Postdoctoral Fellowship – Geospatial Approaches to Planetary Urbanization

School of Natural Resources and Environment
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

The University of Michigan announces one post-doctoral research opportunity, beginning August 2016 and focusing on urban GIS broadly-conceived. The successful applicant will work on a project to develop a dynamic GIS-based approach to map urban-distal resource linkages or ‘teleconnections.’ Resource flows of particular interest include water, wood, and food. The postdoctoral researcher will work in the Urban Sustainability Research Group ( under the guidance of Joshua Newell (Assistant Professor). 

A Ph.D. in Geography, Environmental Science or Studies, Forestry or a related field is required at the time of appointment. Expertise in GIS and spatial analysis is essential. The postdoctoral researcher will also be introduced to the emerging subfield of political-industrial ecology, which includes the use of life cycle analysis, material flow analysis, and related mass-balance approaches to critically examine issues related to resource access and use. This is a full-time position available with an initial appointment of one-year, renewable up to one additional year on the basis of satisfactory performance.

The University of Michigan, a leader in undergraduate and graduate education and one of the world’s premiere research universities, offers rigorous academic programs, outstanding faculty, and diverse cultural and social opportunities in a stimulating intellectual environment. The School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) is a diverse collection of natural scientists, social scientists, engineers, and designers working collectively in an integrative setting.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits are excellent and include employee health and dental insurance.  Applicants should send: 1) a copy of their CV, 2) a 2 page cover letter that a) explains their interest in the position, and b) outlines their relevant skills and experience, 3) one recent publication or dissertation chapter, and 4) names and contact details (email addresses and telephone numbers) for three references, to Dana Wall ( Please bundle all materials as one pdf file. Contact Ms. Wall should you have questions. The application deadline is March 1, 2016  For those attending and making the short-list of candidates, interviews may be held at the 2016 American Association of Geographers Conference in San Francisco (March 29-April 2).