Multiple Research Positions

University of Minnesota


Full time

Scientific Research

Jun 10

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About the Jobs

Do you want to do research that impacts local to global sustainability decisions? Do you take a systems focus -- and thrive when working on a team? We want to meet you. We’re the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment (IonE), and we’re looking for multiple researchers, postdocs, Ph.D. students, and a research coordinator to join our Knowledge Initiatives team.

Purpose of Research Positions:

You’ll be part of a dynamic team leading Knowledge Initiatives -- our approach to developing novel, actionable insights to support IonE’s current impact goals to build a carbon-neutral Minnesota and to envision sustainable land use futures. We specifically focus on sustainability solutions focused on agri-food systems; energy transitions; climate mitigation and adaptation; responsible consumption, production, and investments; and sustainable, thriving communities. We use a range of interdisciplinary approaches -- decision support; stakeholder assessment and convening; systems analysis and modeling; and valuing nature -- to provide evidence to support decisions in these different sectors. 

To help advance this work, we’re looking for multiple new team members who have a range of research and coordination skills. In the posted positions, there is an opportunity for you if you have technical skills in one or more of the following: 

environmental and geospatial modeling, 

advanced statistical data analysis, 

mixed-methods social science approaches, 

software engineering and/or coding experience in Python, Matlab, R, or Excel, 

ecosystem service assessment, 

life cycle analysis, 

decision support science, or 

science policy coordination or program management. 

Because we are posting multiple positions, we do not expect that you will have all of these skills (thank goodness!). Instead, we are looking for people who excel at juggling multiple research projects, proactively communicating with team members, and developing both peer-reviewed papers and impact-oriented public engagement with stakeholders to support decision-making and implementation. 

Our current grant-funded job openings include:

Social Science Research Specialist (Job ID 341114)

Two Data Science Research Specialists (Job ID 341117)

Research Software Engineer Specialist (Job ID 341116)

Social Science Research Coordinator (Job ID 341115)

We also welcome candidates who are interested in Ph.D. and postdoc opportunities. Positions can be competitively awarded to support current projects. Or we can work together on project proposals that would be supported through fellowships, grants, or other externally-funded funding sources. 

Position Context: 

We are a mission-driven unit with big ambitions. A UMN systemwide entity, IonE catalyzes interdisciplinary, community-responsive research; works to cultivate sustainability leaders; and uses storytelling as a tool to scale impact, convene our community, and drive change. In this work, and in our workplace, we are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Our immediate network includes some 225 affiliates, several dozen staff and post-docs, hundreds of students, and numerous other collaborators.

These jobs are intended to advance equitable sustainability challenges, emphasizing impact beyond academia. All our projects are as a team and in partnership with government, business, and community stakeholders to accelerate the use of science in decision-making and bring about impact. We are looking for scholars who are excited to work together on projects that are greater than what they could do individually -- embracing our team value of “we over me”. Candidates who have interdisciplinary research, teamwork, and partner-engaged scholarship experience in addition to the job-relevant technical skills are particularly desirable. 

We will begin first reviewing applications for the posted research specialist and coordinator positions on Monday, June 28, with the review continuing until filled. There is no deadline for Ph.D. or postdoc applications; we encourage current students and postdocs who are interested in an IonE postdoc or graduate research assistantship to contact us 6-18 months in advance of the ideal start date to discuss opportunities.

The starting salary range dependent on the job and experience; all positions include comprehensive benefits. While currently remote, this position is likely to become hybrid this fall. Strong candidates who would prefer to be all-remote will be considered. To learn more and apply, visit the University's employment page and search for Job IDs 341114, 341115, 341116, and 341117.

We are asking for a cover letter that describes your qualifications and includes a brief diversity statement, CV or resume, and contact information for at least 2 references (i.e., name, title, organization; URL to biographical sketch or similar; address, phone number, and email address; and relationship to the candidate). References would not be contacted until final candidates have been identified; candidates would be notified prior to contacting references.

If you are interested in Ph.D. or postdoc opportunities, please send a letter of interest and CV or resume to Dr. Melissa Kenney at with the Subject: “IonE Postdoc” or “IonE PhD”.

We recognize that applying for a position takes effort, and we look forward to reading your materials. Current and future IonE employment opportunities are updated at:

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