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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Modeling of Socio-technical Sustainability Transitions  

The Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and the Environment (VIEE) at Vanderbilt University invites applications from qualified candidates for a post-doctoral fellowship to join a trans-disciplinary project studying urban water conservation policies and transitions to sustainable management of the urban water supply.  This project has developed a database of water conservation policies in 198 metropolitan statistical areas of the United States and an extensive body of qualitative data drawn from key-informant interviews with decision-makers. The fellow will pursue research on understanding how cities transition to sustainable management of water and will apply computational modeling, such as agent-based and systems-dynamics approaches, to understand the dynamics of these transitions. A Ph.D. degree in a relevant field, such as sociology, political science, environmental science, computer science, environmental or systems engineering, or decision sciences, and experience with empirically based modeling of social systems, especially agent-based methods, is required. The appointment will be for one year with the possibility of extending for an additional year, depending on the candidate’s performance and availability of funding.

Three Vanderbilt faculty will serve as mentors for this post-doctoral appointment: Jonathan M. Gilligan, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences; David J. Hess, Professor of Sociology, and George M. Hornberger, Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

Applications will be reviewed starting early-Sept 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted to Jonathan M. Gilligan, associate professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and should include a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a short (3-5 page) essay describing research interests to