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Pennsylvania State University
  • Position Number: 2205481
  • Location: University Park, PA
  • Position Type: Agriculture - Environmental Science, Ecology & Forestry

Post-doctoral Scholar in Transdisciplinary Climate Science

The Department of Geography at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in Convergent Climate Research and Engagement. The successful candidate will join a group of interdisciplinary researchers from Penn State interested in climate science, climate risk analysis, and climate solutions. The Postdoctoral Scholar will have the opportunity to lead and help organize new initiatives focused on translational climate science, community engagement, and solutions implementation as part of a broad-based recommitment to climate research and action at Penn State and in surrounding communities. The initial appointment period will be 12 months from the effective date of employment with the possibility of renewal. Competitive salary and benefits will be provided.

The Department of Geography is part of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and houses internationally recognized research programs spanning a broad spectrum of natural, social, and computational sciences. The Department is closely tied to the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, and the Institutes for Energy and Environment at Penn State and associated centers of excellence in climate-related research, education, and outreach. Penn State is located in central Pennsylvania, with easy access to major metropolitan areas, and is surrounded by state forests providing ample opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in geography, ecology or a related field by the effective date of employment. The ideal candidate will have experience with transdisciplinary approaches to climate adaptation using qualitative or quantitative approaches, and/or data-driven expertise in environmental informatics and visualization for broad audiences. Strong organizational, project management, and communication skills, including a willingness to engage regularly with regional and global stakeholders and across disciplines is preferred.

Applications must be submitted online and include the following: (i) cover letter describing your background and interest in the opportunity, (ii)a complete curriculum vitae, (iii) a diversity statement which shows a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in your department/workplace and (iv) contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Appointment may begin as early as July 1, 2021. For further information contact Prof. Erica Smithwick (

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences relies on the expertise, sensitivity and commitment of an inclusive postdoctoral cohort to enhance diversity, seek equity, and create a welcoming environment within our community. We are committed to nurturing a learning and working environment that respects differences in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation.

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