Dartmouth College

Guarini Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

Environmental Studies

Dartmouth College invites applications for a Guarini Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Environmental Studies. This fellowship supports scholars whose research addresses theoretical and empirical studies of above and below ground spatial community assembly processes in a global change framework. In addition, the fellowship promotes student and faculty diversity at Dartmouth, and throughout higher education, by supporting completion of postdoctoral training by underrepresented scholars and others with a demonstrated ability to advance educational diversity and inclusivity. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their academic achievement, promise in both research and teaching, and their demonstrated commitment to addressing underrepresentation in the environmental sciences.

This is a two-year residential fellowship, with one course taught in the second year. Throughout, fellows are expected to pursue research activities while participating fully in the intellectual life of the department and the college. Fellows will also participate in postdoctoral programming and be a part of the dynamic Ecology, Evolution, Environment, and Society (EEES) Program. Fellows receive an annual stipend of approximately $55,200 plus benefits and an allocation for research expenses (exact funding levels will be set at the time of offer).

Guarini Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellows are part of the Provost’s Fellowship Program, a multidisciplinary cohort of approximately ten predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars who share a commitment to increasing diversity and inclusivity in their disciplines. Fellows participate together in mentoring and professional development programming, including guidance in preparing for faculty careers.

The Department of Environmental Studies and the EEES Program are highly committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive population of students, faculty, and staff to address global-scale environmental challenges that disproportionately affect marginalized populations. The EEES Program is committed to antiracism, equity, and inclusion, and resolves to create programs, measures, and systems of accountability to make sure that students from diverse backgrounds feel they belong and have the opportunity to succeed. Successful applicants may engage in service via the EEES Committee on Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion or the EEES Scholars Program, an annual pre-doctoral workshop to increase the diversity and accessibility of graduate studies in ecology, evolutionary biology, environmental studies and earth systems.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Develop and analyze empirical and/or theoretical models that link above and belowground spatial community assembly processes in a global change framework
  • Design work that helps to build collaborations across the Ong and Chaudhary lab groups who study agroecology and soil ecology
  • Publish results in peer-reviewed journal articles and present data at conferences
  • Develop and teach a course in quantitative environmental sciences that is approachable to diverse and interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate students in Environmental Studies
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students in scientific methods and career
  • development
  • Contribute to the cultivation of equitable, inclusive, and antiracist lab groups in the Ong and Chaudhary labs, as well as in the Department of Environmental Studies and Ecology, Evolution, Environment & Society Graduate Program

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD in ecology, biology, environmental science or a related discipline by time of appointment.
  • Strong quantitative skills related to spatial ecology, community ecology, or other relevant field
  • Familiarity with scientific literature in spatial ecology, community ecology
  • Programming experience in R, Mathematica (or a similar language(s)) and commitment to open data
  • Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team science environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with agroecology and/or soil ecology
  • Experience with spatial ecological modeling methods
  • Experience applying statistical modeling methods to combine above and below ground spatial community assembly processes
  • Record of publication in the peer-reviewed literature
  • Record of teaching experience
  • Record of mentorship and experience broadening participation for historically excluded groups in ecology and environmental studies

Applicants should submit the following materials via Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/98832.

  1. Cover letter, including overview of research areas, teaching interests, service activities, and motivations to join this multidisciplinary fellowship program;
  2. CV;
  3. Dissertation description (maximum one page single spaced);
  4. Statement describing contributions to advancing diversity and inclusivity through research/teaching/service activities, personal identity, or both (maximum one page single spaced, see sample rubric);
  5. Contact information for three reference letters via Interfolio. Letters will be requested for finalists only.

Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2022, and continue until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2022.

Queries may be sent to Professor Theresa Ong or Professor Bala Chaudhary (search committee chairs) at envssearch@dartmouth.edu

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

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Last updated: 2022-01-16