Accepting Applications for Postdoctoral Fellows & Research Collaborators

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Jan 07, 2014

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships that begin August 2014.

SESYNC also invites applications for Research Collaborators, who will co-develop postdoctoral projects and serve as a postdoctoral mentor during the fellowship.

Postdoctoral projects will focus on socio-environmental or cyberinfrastructure synthesis. Synthesis is a research approach that accelerates knowledge production by distilling or integrating existing data, ideas, theories, and methods to draw more reliable or generalizable conclusions and to reveal novel areas of study. Synthesis often involves merging large and/or heterogeneous data sets from multiple sources, researchers, or fields of inquiry, as well as critical analysis in evaluating arguments and interpreting evidence. It can employ a diverse array of theoretical and methodological approaches (e.g., statistical/mathematical, structured case studies comparison, cultural analytics, scenario studies, game theory, ethnographic studies, organizational theory, simulation/computational modeling, etc.).

We seek a diverse group of Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Collaborators in the social, natural, and computational sciences. Areas of previous research should be relevant to socio-environmental synthesis or synthesis education, including (but not limited to) anthropology, computer science, ecology, education, economics, geography, history, mathematics, political science, psychology, public policy, planning, sociology, statistics, etc.


Fellowship appointments will be through the University of Maryland, and fellowship awardees must be based at our facilities in Annapolis, Maryland. Depending on their research interests, Fellows may choose to spend part of their time at the offices of our partner organization, Resources for the Future, located in Washington, D.C.

The fellowship provides an annual stipend, full University of Maryland employee benefits, and a small annual travel allowance to attend meetings or to meet with collaborators.

Fellowships are awarded for a maximum of two years and include structured mentoring programs, facilitated access to policy makers, and opportunities to participate in ongoing Center activities. In addition to mentoring support from their SESYNC Research Collaborator, Fellows will also receive professional mentoring from SESYNC leadership members, and will have access to a wide range of professional development resources and programs.

SESYNC Research Collaborators will also receive support to travel to SESYNC to work with the Fellow, as well as a month of summer salary each year via a sub-award to the Collaborator’s home institution.

More Information

For Postdoctoral Fellows:

Fellowship applications must be submitted by April 15, 2014, 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

For Research Collaborators:

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

Prospective Fellows are 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.

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

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