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Collaborative Research with SESYNC Postdocs

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The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) seeks Research Collaborators (PhD required) who are interested in mentoring incoming SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellows and co-developing socio-environmental synthesis research projects with them. Collaborators must have demonstrated expertise in the social, natural, or computational sciences with sufficient research experience to provide intellectual mentoring to Postdoctoral Fellows, and ideas suitable for research collaborations using synthesis methods (data integration, quantitative or qualitative analysis, modeling, etc.). We welcome Collaborators from universities, NGOs, government agencies, and other research institutions.

Collaborators will be selected through an application process. Following selection, SESYNC will share contact information, project ideas, and short bios of Collaborators with pre-screened potential Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants who will then initiate contact. At their discretion, Collaborators will work with suitable applicants to co-develop project ideas that will form the basis of the final Postdoctoral Fellowship application. Successful proposals will clearly delineate the roles of the Postdoctoral Fellow and the Collaborator in the project.

This is an ideal opportunity for collaborations across disciplines, as our competitive Postdoctoral Fellowship program draws applications from scholars across the social and natural sciences.

Collaborators are expected to work closely with the Postdoctoral Fellow on the proposed project for a period of two years beginning September 2014 and provide mentorship on the synthesis research. Postdoctoral Fellows will be funded by SESYNC and located in Annapolis, MD. They are expected to meet in person with their Collaborators at least twice per year; funds will be provided for Fellows to visit Collaborators at their home institutions and vice versa. SESYNC will provide a month of summer salary each year for the Collaborator via a sub-award to the Collaborator’s home institution.

SESYNC will conduct an initial screening of Collaborator applications received prior to February 1, 2014.

For more information on SESYNC's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, click here.

Applying to be a Collaborator

Potential Collaborators should submit:

  • A brief description of topics and ideas for a collaborative socio-environmental synthesis project (1 page max),
  • A CV,
  • A short bio, and 
  • A brief statement (500 words) on expectations for the proposed collaboration, including expectations of the Postdoctoral Fellow and thoughts on facilitating a productive mentoring relationship.


Applications for Research Collaborators are accepted on a rolling basis, with an initial screening of Collaborator applications received prior to February 1, 2014.

Prospective Postdoctoral Fellows are also invited to encourage potential mentors of their choice to apply to be a SESYNC Research Collaborator. The Research Collaborator may not be the prospective Fellow's PhD advisor or mentor.

Please submit the required documents as a single PDF using the form at www.sesync.org/forms/postdoc-collab

Questions should be emailed to info@sesync.org

The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Minorities and Women Are Encouraged to Apply