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Postdoctoral Researcher, Burgess Research Group


Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in quantitative/mathematical sustainability science, who will work under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Burgess. We seek a highly creative, motivated, and collaborative scholar, who will use theoretical and/or empirical approaches to address questions of global importance in sustainability science. The specific research topic is flexible, but may include applying dynamical systems modeling, game theory, agent-based modeling, and/or cutting-edge statistical approaches to provide conceptual advances to understanding coupled-human natural systems in general, and/or to support sustainability solutions in specific systems. Primary responsibilities include modeling and/or data analysis, writing peer-reviewed articles, developing grant proposals, and mentoring junior researchers. 

The initial appointment is for 12 months, with annual renewal thereafter based on performance and funding. Funding is currently available for an additional 12 months (24 months total). The start date is flexible, but no earlier than January 1, 2019, and no later than September 1, 2019.

Who We Are

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Modeling and/or data analysis.
  • Writing peer-reviewed articles.
  • Developing grant proposals.
  • Mentoring junior researchers.

What We Can Offer

Starting salary is $60,000, commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Be Ambitious. Be Innovative. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • PhD in Environmental Sciences, Economics, Ecology/Biology, Mathematics, Psychology, or other relevant discipline.

What You Will Need

  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills (e.g., mathematical, computational, and/or statistical).
  • Record of or demonstrated potential for writing peer-reviewed papers and grants.
  • Can contribute to a collaborative, collegial, and inclusive work environment.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Proficiency in R, Mathematica, or other programming language.
  • Interest in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV.
  2. Cover Letter briefly describing your qualifications, your professional goals, and your specific interest in this position.
  3. List of contact information for 3 references.
  4. In addition, you will need to submit 1 name with contact information who will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation at a later time (can be one of the 3 noted above). This information will be kept confidential and viewable only the search committee.
  5. Proof of Degree.
Review of application materials will begin on October 15, 2018. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Posting Contact Name: Nancy Lathrop

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer