Postdoctoral Research: Environment & Sustainability, USA

JSMF Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards 2019, McDonnell Foundation, USA

Postdoctoral Research: Environment & Sustainability: The School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan seeks applications for a postdoctoral position to apply artificial intelligence (AI) approaches to problems and issues in the domain of Environment and Sustainability.


Designation: Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Area: Applying AI in Environment and Sustainability

Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA


  • PhD in data science, statistics, computer science, AI, or a related field.
  • Experience using computational data science or AI approaches, including machine learning, artificial neural nets, knowledge modeling, Bayesian modeling, or other approaches.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and independently.
  • Experience in preparing research findings for conference presentations and refereed journal articles.
  • Experience leading the development of manuscripts publication and must show evidence of success in publishing refereed journal articles.
  • An interest in applying AI methods and approaches in the environment and sustainability domain.

Job Description:
The candidate will be advised and mentored by Prof. Bill Currie, using computer modeling to understand the functioning of ecosystems & landscapes and the impacts of human activities on the environment. Collaborating across fields from wildlife conservation to economics, civil engineering, and urban planning, the candidate will have opportunities for significant training and skills development through MIDAS programs. Research topics will include grounding, alignment, knowledge modeling, automated research workflows, or other topics, developed collaboratively between the candidate and Dr. Currie.

How to Apply:
Please include the materials listed below in a single PDF with your application:

  • Detailed CV
  • Statement describing the candidate’s qualifications and interest in the position, especially applying computational training and skills to problems in the environment and sustainability domain (3 pages)
  • Brief statement describing interest in, experience with, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness (one-half page)
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Names and contact information for three (3) references

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position can be addressed to Prof. Bill Currie ( If you are having issues uploading your PDF, please contact Joshua Wright (, SEAS HR Business Partner.

Last Date for Apply: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Contract DurationInitially 12 months with potential for renewal
CompensationStandard benefits package for postdoctoral researchers at U-M
BenefitsGenerous time off, comprehensive health insurance, life insurance, long-term disability coverage, flexible spending accounts
Mission StatementContributing to the protection of environmental resources and the achievement of a sustainable society
Why Work at Michigan?Competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package, career filled with purpose and opportunity



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