University of Michigan: Erb Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Corporate Sustainability

The Erb Institute for Sustainability in Business

The Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan seeks a postdoctoral scholar to help develop and lead a two-year research effort on measuring the impact of corporate sustainability efforts with the goal of advancing the triple-bottom-line. Specifically, the institute—in partnership with the Ford Motor Company—seeks answers to the following questions:

  1. What is the current state-of-the-art with respect to identifying, operationalizing, and measuring sustainability impacts (broadly defined to include social, environmental, and economic outcomes)?
  2. How might impact metrics be better integrated with corporate decision-making (e.g., about overall corporate strategy, the development of products and services, etc.) such that tradeoffs across social, environmental, and economic objectives are better accounted for by executives, managers, and stakeholders?

Based on our observations and experiences, there exist countless opportunities for improving upon the identification, operationalization, measurement, and integration (in corporate decision-making) of sustainability impacts. Thus, a key focus of this research will be on the development and testing of approaches and/or tools for deployment in real-world corporate sustainability settings.

Postdoctoral Research Fellows are appointed for two years in the Erb Institute and are expected to be in residence during the academic years of the fellowship, participate in the intellectual life of the institute, and devote time to their independent research. If desired, classroom instruction may be included in the agreement, pending the availability of suitable teaching opportunities.

Supervision, support, and mentoring for this project will be provided by a consortium of faculty members appointed in the Erb Institute, company partners, and Erb Institute staff. Additional details about the expectations and responsibilities of postdoctoral fellows in the Erb Institute may be found here: myumi.ch/LB4V1

The annual stipend will be $65,000 based on an academic year, September 1 — August 31; a modest discretionary research fund will also be provided in addition to funds required for direct research expenses. Fellows are eligible for University employee bene ts programs including health and life insurance options.

About the Erb Institute

The Erb Institute sits between the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School for Environment & Sustainability. The Erb Institute is focused on addressing the world’s sustainability challenges, broadly defined, by challenging and shaping markets and the private sector to become sources of positive solutions. The Erb Institute emphasizes through research, and champions through teaching and engagement, a leadership role for the private sector in bettering our world and our society. Researchers in the Erb Institute are global in their approach, think in terms of systems, and adopt a view of broad sustainability.

Application Information

Until February 28, 2018, The Erb Institute will be accepting applications from talented and creative early-career scholars who will conduct high-quality and interdisciplinary research that is responsive to opportunity outlined above; participate in seeking additional extramural funding related to their research; write jointly-authored and peer-reviewed articles; and contribute content for a broad array of audiences under the Erb Institute’s thought leadership banner.

To apply, applicants must submit — in a single, collated PDF document — by 11:59 ET on February 28, 2018:

A brief cover letter (maximum two pages), which provides a summary of the applicant’s PhD research and career goals, and outlines how an Erb Institute postdoctoral fellowship will advance their career in sustainability research. For applicants who are currently doctoral candidates, please indicate the anticipated schedule of completion. A PhD or comparable degree is a prerequisite for this appointment;

A proposal (maximum five pages) outlining the type of research the applicant would conduct while in residence; the proposal must directly address the research opportunity outlined above.

Please keep in mind that proposals will be read by scholars, practitioners, executives, and managers. Proposals that involve more than one discipline approach are especially welcome;

An up-to-date curriculum vitae. As an addendum, applicants are asked to provide a list of courses taken while a graduate student (a transcript is not required); and

Two short (manuscript-length) examples of your written work. One of these examples should reflect applicants’ dissertation research; however, applicants are asked to not send a copy of their dissertation.

Separate from these application materials, applicants must arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to the selection committee care of the email address below. Recommendation letters must be from individuals qualified to write about the applicant’s aptitude for the position. Without exception, letters of recommendation must also be received by the deadline on February 28, 2018.

NB: Incomplete applications, including those with missing recommendation letters, will not be reviewed.

Application materials, including letters of recommendation, should be sent to Dr. Joseph Arvai, Director of the Erb Institute, at [email protected]. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

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last updated 7-Feb-2018