New Postdoc Fellowship Opportunities at SESYNC

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May 17, 2017

New Postdoc Fellowship Opportunities at SESYNC     

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites applications for three exciting new Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunities that are scheduled to start in August 2017. These opportunities are open to applicants who have completed their PhD in a relevant field within the last two years.

The Fellows will work in residence at SESYNC in Annapolis, MD and will be full participants in SESYNC’s Postdoctoral Immersion Program. Priority will be given to projects that incorporate other social and environmental data sets, either from previously funded investigator-led studies or from government sources.

Applications for these opportunities will take place in a two-step process. First, submit a combined PDF of your C.V. and a detailed cover letter by May 31 at 5pm Eastern Time. Second,applicants will be informed within one week if they are invited to submit a full proposal by June 22, at 5pm ET.


The new Fellowship opportunities include the following:

SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellowship - Supply Chain Commitments

Expansion of globally traded commodities is the leading cause of tropical forest loss. Recent campaigns by NGOs have incentivized major corporations to make commitments to exclude products associated with deforestation from their supply chains. Dr. Rachael Garrett of Boston University and Dr. Kimberly Carlson of University of Hawaii are leading a SESYNC Pursuit focused on zero-deforestation commitments, commodity flows, and land use change in South America. Drs. Garrett and Carlson will be mentors on this Fellowship.

Applicants are expected to propose ideas for a data synthesis or modeling project that contributes to our understanding of the effectiveness of zero-deforestation commitments in reducing the environmental impacts of agricultural expansion in South America. Application instructions can be found at


SESYNC-RTI Postdoctoral Fellowship: Modeling the Impacts of Climate Variability on the Nutritional Value of Crops and Potential Effects on Human Health and Well-being

Climate variability has already begun to affect global agriculture, with impacts expected to increase in future decades. A collaborative research team led by Dr. Robert Beach at the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) and colleagues at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is working to characterize and model the complex dynamics between climate variability, nutrition, and human health.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will take advantage of the data science and synthesis expertise of SESYNC and the agricultural climate impacts modeling expertise at RTI, and will bring their own expertise in the social and/or public health dimensions of the impacts of climate variability. The successful candidate will co-develop the project with collaborating mentor Dr. Robert Beach, an agricultural and natural resource economist and Fellow at RTI. Application instructions can be found at


SESYNC-Microsoft Postdoctoral Fellowship: Big Data and Socio-Environmental Sustainability

Microsoft has developed two novel environmental datasets and applicants are expected to propose ideas for a data synthesis or modeling project that addresses an important environmental question that makes use of one or more of these assets:

Geospatial Socio-Environmental Research

New land cover data at high spatial and temporal resolution offers the potential to improve understanding of landscape processes and to empower local planners and managers in identifying risks and prioritizing responses. In collaboration with Microsoft, the Chesapeake Conservancy and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife have pioneered the production of high accuracy, high-resolution (1 meter) land cover datasets for the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound watersheds. 

Applications are invited for a project that leverages these high-resolution land cover data to address one or more important socio-environmental research questions.

Project Premonition and Socio-Environmental Systems 

Working with academic partners, Microsoft’s Project Premonition designed mosquito traps with smart cells that can identify mosquito species based on wing movements and then capture those of interest along with key environmental data including time, temperature and light levels (

Applications are invited for a project that leverages these data.  Particular areas of interest include: exploration of host diversity or population dynamics as they relate to land cover and microclimates, human disturbance gradients, and other factors. 

Application instructions can be found at



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