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Sustainable Technology Research Fellow- Oberlin, OH

Organization: Oberlin College

Job Title: Sustainable Technology Research Fellow

Location: Oberlin OH

Hours and Compensation: full time, salary commensurate with experience

Benefits: good package

Position Dates (if applicable): one year, beginning ASAP

Application Deadline: May 1

Posted on: March 7


Organization Overview

We offer a design-oriented curriculum to equip you with the broad set of intellectual tools and learning experiences needed to address the unprecedented environmental challenges facing your generation: remediating and adapting to climate change while developing sustainable systems to produce food, fuel, shelter, and fiber.

While daunting, these challenges also present tremendous opportunities for you and your peers to creatively construct a world that is better than the one you inherited. The Environmental Studies Program seeks to create a learning environment that fosters an understanding of the causes and consequences of our environmental predicaments, as well as the creative problem solving skills to design a more sustainable relationship between humans and the rest of the natural world.

Students can major or minor in environmental studies. Majors will gain the knowledge, intellectual tools, and learning experiences to pursue an increasingly diverse set of career options. Majors often obtain employment immediately after graduating, but most eventually pursue advanced degrees in such fields as environmental science, public policy, architecture, business, law, sustainable agriculture, and urban planning.


The Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College invites applications for the position of Sustainable Technology Research Fellow. This is a full-time, one-year position (renewal for additional years contingent on grant funding), beginning as soon as a suitable applicant can be hired, reporting to the Director of the Environmental Studies Program.


The successful candidate will assist in the development and management of a novel technological system of building and bioregional “dashboards” and other devices that provide city and college residents with environmentally and socially contextualized real-time feedback on electricity and water flows through college, residential and commercial buildings and through the City of Oberlin. More information on the project can be found at:


Requirements:We seek an individual with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience, with advanced computer skills and leadership potential and strong organizational skills who is excited by the opportunity to develop and manage novel technology designed to motivate and empower citizens to take care of the environment. Reliability, creativity, ability to independently trouble shoot and solve technical problems and to collaborate as a team member are necessary.
Desired Qualifications: General hardware and software problem solving skills and experience; scripting (e.g. php); database management (SQL); system administration and system management experience; web design (HTML, XML); project management. It is not essential that applicants have all of these skills and experiences, but we are looking for someone who has the demonstrated ability to learn and teach themselves new skills as needs arise.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a résumé, along with a cover letter describing qualifications and interest in the position and contact information for at least three references to: Dr. John Petersen, Director of Environmental Studies Program, Oberlin College, 122 Elm Street, Oberlin, OH 44074, or by May 1, 2012. Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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