Research Associate (Postdoctoral)

  • Full-Time
  • Anywhere

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies


Ideal candidates should have a doctoral degree in any of the following fields: Environmental Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences, Sustainability Science, Environmental Epidemiology, Global Health, Energy Systems or Energy Analysis, Life Cycle Assessment,Energy Policy, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering. Applicants should have demonstrated experience in health risk assessment, air quality and health modeling, or life-cycle assessment. Additionally, candidates should possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Mentoring experience is also desired for optimal collaboration, even though primary duties are to conduct research.

Job Duties

The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies is deeply committed to the principles of the Wisconsin Idea, which include research, education, and outreach. The postdoctoral research associate will be expected to engage in all of these areas as well as to develop an understanding of university processes and procedures and to acquire and employ the skills necessary to operate within a complex campus environment (i.e., via the research grant submission process). The postdoctoral research associate will be expected to: – Conduct research at the intersection of clean, low-carbon energy scenarios and quantified human health benefits (either prospective or retrospective analysis) under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Patz, along with collaborating faculty in the Nelson Institute, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE). – Attend weekly research meetings with Professor Patz, as well as occasional other key meetings of collaborating faculty. – Write up results for manuscripts to be submitted to peer-reviewed journals and assist in strategic grant proposal development as appropriate. – Present research findings at scientific meetings and/or online webinars. – Participate in the Planetary Health Graduate Scholars Program, jointly administered by the Global Health Institute and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Attend monthly Zoom meetings and help faculty members mentor any students within the Planetary Health Graduate Scholars Program whose work focuses on energy and health (likely not more than one or two graduate students). – Participate in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies – Energy Analysis and Policy (EAP) certificate program by engaging with and helping to mentor graduate students whose work is focused on the nexus of energy and health. If mutually advantageous, EAP students may be engaged.

Qualified individuals interested in this opportunity should submit their curriculum vitae, a cover letter detailing their research experience and research interest, and a list of three references to Laurel Fletcher, Administrator, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE):

Note: Two letters of recommendation will be required of applicants who are notified if they become finalists for the position.


Begin Date: Anticipated start date is between September 1 and October 1, 2021
Full Time
Salary: $55,000


Laurel Fletcher

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