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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Social Science

The Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and the Environment (VIEE) and the Vanderbilt Climate Change Research Network (CCRN) are pleased to invite applications from qualified candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship position in environmental social science. The position is for one year, with the possibility of an additional one year extension contingent on performance and funding. The appointment is to start in summer of 2015. Additional details about the position are offered below, and information about VIEE and CCRN can be found here:


Applications are sought from candidates with primary experience in one or more relevant fields in the area of environmental social science, including psychology, sociology, and decision sciences. We are particularly interested in applicants whose research interests and expertise include perceptions of climate change, resource consumption, engagement in environmental behavior and environmental policy support. For the successful candidate, the thrust of the work during this fellowship will utilize quantitative social psychological or sociological research methods to examine influences on energy use, environmentally significant behavior and policy support by individuals, households, and private institutions.

The postdoctoral fellow will function as an integral member of an active, interdisciplinary research group. The fellow will interact with faculty, graduate and professional students, undergraduates, and other postdoctoral fellows representing a wide range of disciplines, including energy and environmental law, political science, economics, psychology, human and organizational development, management, earth and environmental sciences, and engineering. Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to existing projects, work closely with other members of the research group and in interdisciplinary teams, help develop project proposals and publish research results in peer-reviewed journals. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field by the time the appointment begins. In addition, they should have a keen interest and demonstrated expertise in their particular area, strong interpersonal skills, writing ability, and capability to perform in-depth analysis. Candidates must be self-starters who are comfortable taking initiative and who can play a major role in working on multiple projects and bringing them to completion. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications should include: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) three letters of reference from supervisors or professors signed and on letterhead with email addresses and phone numbers included, and (3) an essay (3-5 pages) describing reasons for applying, goals to be accomplished during the fellowship, and a description of how completion of the fellowship will help accomplish career goals. Applications should be submitted electronically as an email attachment to