The Urban Systems Lab (USL) at The New School invites applicants for an appointment as an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Urban Nature-based Solutions.
We are seeking an outstanding scholar with expertise in the synergistic benefits of nature-based solutions (NBS) for urban resilience, and the role of social, ecological, and technological-infrastructural contexts in NBS outcomes. The Fellow will support the U.S. National Science Foundation funded research project Nature-based solutions for Urban Resilience in the Anthropocene (NATURA-net.org). The focus of the Fellowship will be to support ongoing NATURA research activities, conduct original synthesis research on applications of nature-based solutions (NBS), and support development of the NATURA Global Roadmap on Urban NBS. In addition, the fellow will promote communication with NATURA network members, support research outputs from Thematic Working Groups, and the NATURA early-career network. The Fellow will participate in an ongoing research program in the Urban Systems Lab at The New School and will develop new research based on their interest and expertise with faculty at The New School and with external colleagues on the project.
The Postdoctoral Fellow will have access to the USL's cutting-edge data visualization team as well as a community of postdocs and other scholars working interdisciplinarily on understanding complex urban system dynamics for transformative change. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong research and writing potential, excellence in working in research teams, and ability to provide leadership in a network of scholars and practitioners.
The Urban Systems Lab is an interdisciplinary research, design, and practice space at The New School that provides new insight into developing more equitable, resilient, and sustainable cities. The Lab's work advances cutting edge science, data visualization, and computation to develop systemic solutions to social and environmental challenges driving inequity and injustice in urban areas.
The New School, a private university in New York City's Greenwich Village, serves undergraduate and graduate students across a range of fields with a commitment to bringing practices in design and social research to studying issues of our time and challenging students to become engaged citizens dedicated to solving programs and contributing to the public good.
The New School is committed to actively recruiting from a diverse pool of applicants. We encourage candidates from groups underrepresented in US higher education to apply. The New School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex, or gender (including gender identity and expression), pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status.
The 12-month postdoctoral position will be homed at The New School's Urban Systems Lab in New York City. Fellows are expected to be in residence on campus, contingent on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and university policies as well as those of New York State and New York City. You can find more information on the Urban Systems Lab at The New School here: http://urbansystemslab.com/
Qualifications: This interdisciplinary position is open to scientists from diverse backgrounds including in urban ecology, urban planning, ecological economics, urban geography, and related areas. Prior experience with urban NbS research is desirable. Applicants must have completed the Ph.D. by the position start date and be eager to work with an interdisciplinary team to develop original research on urban resilience and nature-based solutions.
The selection among eligible candidates will be based on: ●Ability to conduct independent synthetic research on nature-based solutions for urban resilience ●Support of the development of the NATURA network ●Collaborating in the tracking, metadata creation and documentation of data and products produced by NATURA network members. ●Participate in NATURA webinars, research exchanges ●Support communication and development of early career network ●Co-design replicable synthesis research workflows on nature-based solutions in cities ●Contribute to the development of the NATURA Global Roadmap for urban NbS ●Engaging with the academic and outreaching activities of the USL and contributing to the intellectual life and creative growth of the team.
The following skills are preferred, but not required: ●Familiarity and experience with NbS research, especially in urban contexts ●Experience working with small and large research teams to do synthesis research including meta-analysis, literature reviews, and related research approaches ●Excellent writing skills ●Experience working and leading research teams ●Interest in network science
Special Instructions to Applicants:
To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by May 1, 2021. Expected start date is July 1, 2021 or shortly after. Review of applications will begin immediately and may continue until the position is filled. Using The New School's human resources website https://careers.newschool.edu applicants must submit:
●cover letter that highlights the applicant’s skills and abilities and describes applicant's suitability for the position ●curriculum vitae ●short research statement related to the position ●up to three representative publications ●names and contact information of three references
For information on the University benefits package including health and retirement plans, please visit http://www.newschool.edu/human-resources/benefits/
Internal Number: 19618
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