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Voss Postdoctoral Research Associate 2012- Brown University

Organization: Brown University, Environmental Change Initiative – Voss Postdoctoral Research Associate 2012

Application Deadline: January 15. 2012

Amount and Duration: Two year appointments, $45,000, plus benefits and a discretionary fund of $5,000/year in addition to any research funds that may be directed to the project by mentors.


Brown University’s Environmental Change Initiative seeks candidates for one or more distinguished postdoctoral positions in interdisciplinary environmental science. Established in 2004, Brown University’s Environmental Change Initiative (ECI) catalyzes collaborative research among 13 affiliated academic units and over 40 individual researchers. Particular strengths include coastal and marine ecology, biogeochemistry, Earth systems history, population studies, environmental sociology, remote sensing and spatial analysis, evolutionary genetics, ecosystem-based management, biogeography, and climate change adaptation. Brown University maintains a cooperative research program with the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at Woods Hole, including the Ecosystems Center and the Josephine Bay Paul Center in Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Requirements for the positions include a Ph.D. in an environmentally-related discipline, the ability to take initiative and work independently, and strong interest in interdisciplinary science. Each successful candidate will develop an independent research project mentored by two faculty members working in different fields at Brown University or the Marine Biological Laboratory.  A list of ECI-affiliated researchers is here: Additional faculty may be eligible to mentor projects and should contact Martha Downs ( for further information.

Prospective applicants must contact their proposed mentors to discuss their project ideas before applying. Positions will be two-year appointments in the Environmental Change Initiative. Associates receive a salary of $45,000, plus benefits and a discretionary fund of $5,000/year in addition to any research funds that may be directed to the project by mentors.

Required project proposal (1500 words maximum, excluding references): The proposal should describe how the project builds on the applicant’s current work and how it relates to the research interests of the proposed mentors.  Proposals will be judged on scientific merit, potential for building cross-disciplinary bridges, and an achievable research plan, given time and budgetary constraints. The project proposal is an essential component of the application package and applications without proposals will not be reviewed.

More Information

To apply, please send the following items to

  • Cover letter
  • Current CV
  • Project proposal (less than 1500 words)
  • Three letters of reference from advisors or colleagues who know the applicant’s work well. Letters should describe prior research experience and evidence of applicant’s interest, capability, and potential in interdisciplinary environmental research
  • Two letters of support from proposed mentors, describing the mentor’s interest in the applicant and the proposed project and evaluating the preparation of this applicant to work effectively in an interdisciplinary environment. Proposed mentors should send letters of support directly to

For additional information, please contact Marty Downs, Associate Director of ECI ( Applications received by January 15, 2012 will receive full consideration. Brown University is an EEO/AA employer.


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