Associate Director for Research

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Associate Director for Research

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Associate Director for Research will provide support for interdisciplinary synthesis research teams conducting long-term (2-year) projects and other participants who come to the Center for single workshops and individual scholarship.  He/she will provide scientific support during the development and implementation of projects. The incumbent will learn about the scientific basis of projects with an emphasis on helping teams with the integration of natural, social and computational science. She/he will work with teams to refine proposals as they progress through the SESYNC review process and will participate with the SESYNC Review Committee during panel deliberations and by summarizing reviewer and panel comments. The incumbent will provide feedback and advice to research teams regarding strategies for overcoming interdisciplinary challenges including links to other SESYNC support services, and will help teams link to existing and new networks of researchers as appropriate.  She/he will consult with teams on a continuing basis as research is conducted to identify any new needs that arise and to gather information on team progress for SESYNC evaluation and reporting purposes.  The Associate Director for Research will maintain and expand an extensive network of contacts in the scientific community in order to identify individuals who might effectively participate in SESYNC programs, as well as expand the Center’s community of practice. He/she will act as a facilitator for teams as needed, with a specific emphasis on helping foster effective interdisciplinary synthesis processes. The incumbent will be an active contributor to SESYNC’s center evaluation and will be expected to support a variety of special projects the Center undertakes to advance its mission of engaging the scientific community in socio-environmental synthesis research.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. and minimum of two years experience (post PhD) working on natural, social or computational environmental science problems relevant to the link between humans and the environment.  Strong interpersonal and speaking skills as well as experience working with teams of researchers and publishing in scholarly outlets.  General knowledge of the socio–environmental/ecological literature and research methods.  An existing network of relationships in natural, social, or computational science and willingness to expand that network. Experience with proposal writing and review processes are required. Strong organization skills and the ability to initiate and manage a portfolio of multiple and diverse projects. A professional demeanor and exceptional written and oral communication skills are essential as is a desire to actively engage with a wide variety of individuals in various settings


Preference given to individuals who have demonstrated experience with synthesis methodology and computational approaches. Experience serving as a facilitate or, liaison, or sounding board for research teams. A demonstrated ability to understand interdisciplinary problems with an appreciation of the role of teamwork in achieving desired outcomes.  Demonstrated ability to work both as a productive member of a support team and independently to deliver outcomes in a timely manner. The successful applicant should be able to work in a dynamic environment and have the flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of research teams. Experience with research program management. Some experience with program evaluation and interest in, or experience with network and/or bibliometric analyses. 

Diversity Statement: 

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, gender, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or political affiliation. 

Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. 

To apply:

Preference will be given to applications received by March 30, 2017.  Please submit cover letter, resume, three professional references to the webform below. For questions, please email


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