Postdoc Position

Postdoctoral Opportunity:

Decision Science and Climate Change Adaptation


Agency: Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, a partnership between the US Geological Survey and the University of Massachusetts Location: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Location: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA preferred

Job Category: Postdoctoral Fellowship

Salary: $55,000/year plus fringe benefits; this is a 2-year position

Start Date: Late Fall 2019 or early Spring 2020


This is an exciting opportunity to couple cutting-edge approaches of translational ecology and knowledge coproduction with the strengths of decision science to investigate a national strategy for Department of Interior operationalization of climate change refugia conservation. Additionally, a national view of refugia mapping, based on National Park Service and US Fish Wildlife Service priorities, will be developed. This process will then be tested on the ground in the western U.S. Products will include scientific journal articles, publicly-accessible research syntheses, and management guidelines for refugia conservation. Ultimately, this project will inform natural resource management decisions related to land protection, invasive species treatment, recreation management, and a host of other conservation challenges.

The postdoctoral fellow will 1) lead national workshops so that refugia research can be incorporated to reduce uncertainty and improve management; 2) lead regional workshops focused that function as case studies; and 2) write a synthetic paper for peer-reviewed publication taking a national view of how climate change refugia can be identified and managed. A critical need is for a postdoctoral fellow who can incorporate decision science including value of information analysis and expert elicitation.

The postdoctoral fellow’s supervisor is located on the campus of University of Massachusetts in Amherst, in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. This is a fantastic location, with a remarkable mix of college atmosphere (Smith, Mt Holyoke, and Amherst Colleges are also here), culture, and work-life balance. The fellow will be part of a vibrant Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) community ( and co-located with USGS scientists. The NE CASC mission is to work with natural and cultural resource managers in the Northeast and Midwest regions to use climate science to inform decisions and co-produce information and tools for climate change adaptation.


Applicant should have experience in decision analysis (e.g., structured decision making) and must have completed a Ph.D. by September 2019, preferably related to ecology, environmental science, or resource management. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience with U.S. Department of Interior (e.g., National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). Other important qualifications are a strong work ethic, problem-solving and time management skills, creativity, an ability to work independently, and a track record of publications. The fellow will also be responsible for mentoring graduate students.

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter outlining your interests, research background, and relevant experience; a curriculum vitae; and contact information for 3 professional references (name, email, phone, address) combined in a single PDF file with the file name formatted as lastname_firstname to Review of applications is ongoing. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact person: Toni Lyn Morelli

Contact phone: 413-545-2515

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