Post-Doctoral Fellow or Associate Research Scholar for Global Agriculture and Climate Change at Princeton Univeresity
The Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University invites applications for a position as a post-doctoral research associate in Global Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and Forest Protection.
The successful candidate will engage in relevant research and assist in coordination of an international, collaborative project, titled “The Agricultural Synergies Project.” This project involves writing detailed guidance for how to improve agricultural production in developing countries while reducing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and protecting natural habitats.
The guidance documents will focus on three topic areas: (1) the more efficient production of milk and meat from ruminants on pasture in Latin America and in small-scaled, mixed cropping livestock systems in Africa and Southeast Asia, (2) the practical expansion of agroforestry in developing countries, and (3) the opportunities and challenges of intensifying agricultural production in developing countries in a manner that saves land locally as well as globally.
The work combines many fields: agronomy, animal husbandry, greenhouse gas coordinate a team of researchers on all settled Continents. The primary work products will be guidance documents, but there will also be opportunities for spin-off, collaborative research publications. This position will report to and work closely with Tim Searchinger, an Associate Research Scholar, and principal investigator of the project (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The initial appointment is for one year with possibility of renewal assuming good performance. The position is available immediately– the search will continue until the position is filled.
The position is open to all regardless of citizenship. Applicants should apply on the Princeton website and include a cover letter describing research experience, curriculum vitae including a publication list, a statement of research interests, and contact information for three references.
Qualifications: Candidates should have a recent PhD in an appropriate research field, a background in at least some aspect of agriculture, good statistical skills, skills in GIS analysis and managing web sites, and an ability to work in a rigorous and interdisciplinary manner.
The position is full-time, with benefits for one year, with possibility of renewal.
The Department of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Education is offering the course AFEE 2421: Professional Communication for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment. The goal of this course is to help students practice foundational writing and speaking skills needed to join current conversations about agriculture, food, and natural resource use and to be successful in a wide variety of careers.
Students who want to be the next generation of teachers, scientists, industry leaders, advocates, and policy makers must learn how to communicate with the public, their peers, and other audiences. Success requires more than mastery of technical knowledge; professionals must be able to communicate science-based information and ideas with clarity, logic, and strategy in order to make an impact and enact change. For the ﬁnal project, students work in teams to put together a symposium, modeled after the TED Talks conference in which they practice presenting engaging information to different audiences about important issues related to food, agriculture, or environmental challenges & solutions.
This is a three-credit course open to all students. It will be held during Fall 2013 from 10:40 to 11:30 with lecture on Monday and Wednesday and discussion on Friday.
In 2014, the GPS Alliance’s Global Spotlight will again award grants to faculty and graduate and professional degree students to support innovative research and the continued development of a global network of engagement and scholarship across the University. This program will support targeted research and other scholarly initiatives related to the Spotlight themes for 2012-14: the region of South Asia and the issue of Global Food Security. For more information please see the GPS Alliance’s announcement.
The Swedish American Green Alliance (SAGA) invites American students and young professionals to apply for three three-month traineeships in Sundsvall, Sweden that will occur between September and December 2013. These traineeships will focus on corporate responsibility and sustainability and be provided by the SCA forest products company, the SSG industrial consulting firm, and the Akroken Science Park bioproduct development firm.
Applications are due July 14. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, students or young professionals, and at least 21 years of age. Submit an updated resume and a personal letter (not more than 500 words) in which you state the company you would like to work for (view options below), the experiences you would bring, and how the traineeship would benefit your future career. Please send your documents to saga at sacc-usa.org. For more information see the complete SAGA announcement.
About: “SCA is a leading global hygiene and forest products company that develops and produces sustainable personal care, tissue and forest products.”
Looking for: “The successful candidate has a strong interest in environmental issues, biofuels and bioenergy and is humble, positive, creative and ambitious. Tasks will include following EU policies concerning biofuels and bioenergy; mapping and developing strategies; biorefinery projects; market assessments. The successful candidate understands policy, politics, public affairs, sustainability and is business savvy.”
About: “SSG works with standardization, recommendations, information and training as well as information and transaction management within the following business areas: Technology, Logistics & Purchasing but also Health, Safety & Environment.”
Looking for: “SSG is open for entrepreneurial, active applicants, a hands-on person with a passion for sustainability, building businesses and developing new ideas and markets. SSG has built a solid organization and business, and we are now in a growth phase interested in international markets. The perfect trainee is someone who wants to make a difference in the international process industry where SSG delivers and develops solutions to common industrial problems.”
About: “Our focus is on forestry, research and new developments in bioenergy and biofuel in the Mid-Sweden region. Our work is based on the triple helix model, i.e. a regional interaction between academia, industry and public stakeholders. We empower regional businesses and individuals to facilitate a more dynamic region.”
Looking for: “A highly motivated student or young professional to engage in a number of initiatives with a special focus on developing business models for new wood-based products. Tasks will include building business models and marketing plans for the U.S. market.”
ReUSE Minnesota is a new multifaceted nonprofit dedicated to reducing waste throughout Minnesota. By forming and facilitating partnerships among reuse businesses, educating businesses and consumers, and advocating for the reuse sector of the economy, ReUSE Minnesota is keeping Minnesota’s material goods in use and out of landfills.
Reuse not only reduces the need for raw materials, it also supports the Minnesota economy. The reuse sector employs 46 thousand Minnesotans, and because these jobs are service-based, most of the money stays in Minnesota.
ReUSE Minnesota is a successor to the Minnesota division of the Reuse Alliance. It was founded by eight entities who wanted to shift from a national to a statewide focus, including the University of Minnesota ReUse Program, Arc’s Value Village, Bridging, Companies to Classrooms, Costume Rentals, Minnesota Computers for Schools, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, MnTAP, and St. Louis County. ReUSE Minnesota covers a wide range of goods and services from architectural salvage to costume rental, and from thrift furniture to electronics repair. It focuses on the “Three Rs:” Reuse, Rental, and Repair, and connects and advocates for all local businesses in this sector.
To celebrate the start of its mission, ReUSE Minnesota will host a launch party at the Summit Tap Room in St. Paul on June 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. This event will also be webcast on the ReUSE Minnesota Youtube channel.
You can become involved with ReUSE Minnesota by applying to become a member. Membership is free for students, $35 per year for other individuals, and $100 to $200 per year for organizations. Members will receive ReUSE publications, and paying members may vote and hold elected office.
ReUSE Minnesota is working to save resources for consumers, businesses, and the Earth. Visit the ReUSE News and Resources page or Facebook page to stay up-to-date on the organization’s progress and learn how you can benefit from this growing economic sector.
Written by Madeline Giefer