The University of Michigan announces one post-doctoral research opportunity, 
August 2018 and focusing on urban GIS broadly-conceived. The successful 
applicant will 
work on Food Systems. This includes two projects:  1) The food-energy-water 
nexus of 
urban agriculture across multiple scales; and 2) urban meat 
patterns and dynamics. Collaborating with a team of faculty, postdocs, and 
research will be conducted in cities in Europe (France, Germany, the U.K, and 
Poland) and 
the U.S. (New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit).  The postdoctoral researcher 
will be work in 
the Urban Sustainability Research Group 
mentored by Joshua Newell (Associate Professor). 

Qualifications: A PhD is required at the time of appointment. Candidates must 
have a PhD 
in one or more disciplines broadly associated with Land System Science (e.g., 
natural resource economics, sociology, political ecology, remote sensing, 
architecture). Proficiency with the management and analysis of geospatial data 
geographical information systems (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.) and experience with 
managing, and harmonizing heterogeneous data types are required. Preference 
will be 
given to applicants with publication experience and programming experience in 
R, Python 
and/or Google Earth Engine. Experience processing, analyzing and displaying 
‘big data’ is 
a plus. The ability to apply this expertise and tools in an urban context is 
highly desirable.

Position Details: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and 
qualifications. Benefits are excellent and include employee health and dental 
The position is initially for one year, with the potential to extend to two 
years based on 

Background: The University of Michigan is one of the world's premiere research 
universities, offers rigorous academic programs, outstanding faculty, and 
diverse cultural 
and social opportunities in a stimulating intellectual environment. The School 
Environment and Sustainability (SEAS)’s overarching mission is to contribute to 
protection of the Earth's resources and the achievement of a sustainable 
society.  Through 
research, education, and outreach, the faculty, staff, and students are devoted 
generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help 
manage and conserve environmental resources to meet the full range of human 
needs on a sustainable basis. SEAS is a diverse collection of natural 
scientists, social scientists, 
engineers, and designers working collectively in an integrative setting.

Application Instructions:  Applicants should send: 1) a CV; 2) a 2-page cover 
letter that a) 
details their interest in the position, and b) outlines their relevant skills 
and experience; 3) 
one recent publication or dissertation chapter, and 4) names and contact 
details (email 
addresses and telephone numbers) for three references, to Dr. Alec Foster 
( Please bundle all materials as one pdf file. Contact Dr. 
Foster should 
you have questions. The application deadline is March 12, 2018.

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