Wellesley College invites applications for a two-year Paulson Initiative Postdoctoral Scholar position to begin in Summer 2020. The Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative goal is to connect students to their natural environment and sense of place, and transform the Wellesley College campus into a living laboratory. Wellesley's campus is a unique landscape that includes a diversity of ecosystems and natural topography that allows for hands-on, multidisciplinary research right outside the door of the classroom. The Paulson Initiative seeks an exceptional postdoctoral scholar who has a demonstrated commitment to empowering students from communities that are underrepresented in academia through research, teaching, mentoring and/or service to help develop innovative, interdisciplinary teaching and research opportunities advancing and implementing the Wellesley College campus as a living laboratory. This person would use their scientific expertise to help build an interdisciplinary program that integrates faculty research, student research and learning opportunities, and adaptive landscape management to advance the scholarship, sustainability, and inclusive excellence of Wellesley College. We welcome applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the field and ask you to state in your cover letter how you will enhance inclusive excellence and the diversity of educational experiences at Wellesley.
- Collaborate with faculty and staff to develop, implement, and support innovative living laboratory research and teaching infrastructure and opportunities
- Develop, manage, and support student living laboratory learning opportunities, including work-study, internships, and academic year and summer research programs
- Partner with Botanic Gardens and Facilities to advance adaptive management across campus linked to faculty and student research and learning.
- Collaborate across departments to develop, support, and communicate a knowledge base of living laboratory projects and data
- Teach one introductory course and one course in their area of expertise in the Environmental Studies Department using the campus living laboratory and integrating inclusive pedagogy
- Contribute to programming for the Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative
- PhD in landscape ecology, restoration ecology, or related fields
- Minimum two years of relevant research experience
- Minimum one year teaching and/or undergraduate student mentoring experience
- Evidence of outstanding scholarship
- Demonstrated commitment working with and empowering women and underrepresented students through teaching, mentoring, creative activity, service and/or research.
- Demonstrated enthusiasm for and creative energy around engaging, teaching, advising, and mentoring Wellesley students in a small liberal arts community in both classroom and research settings.
- Demonstrated interest to work in interdisciplinary settings and foster cross-college collaborations and applied research
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaboration with teams towards short-term goals and the larger mission of the Paulson Initiative and the College
- Experience with data organization and visualization
- Experience in project and/or program management
Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a teaching statement that includes evidence of a commitment to working with and empowering women and underrepresented students, and the names and email addresses of three references. The deadline for all materials is March 20, 2020.
Wellesley College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Wellesley College and all its subcontractors shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60–1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that Wellesley College and all of its subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.