Macalester College, Environmental Studies

Fellowship ID:Macalester-EnvironmentalStudies-UES [#18014]
Fellowship Title: Wallin Postdoctoral Fellowship in Urban Environmental Science
Fellowship Type:Postdoctoral
Location:Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105, United States [map]
Subject Area: Environmental Studies
Appl Deadline:2021/03/01 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/01/25, finished 2021/07/27, listed until 2021/04/21)

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The Department of Environmental Studies at Macalester College announces an opening for a two-year Wallin Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Environmental Science to begin in Fall 2021. 

This position is open to those who have been awarded a doctorate at the time of appointment in Environmental Studies or a relevant field in the environmental sciences. We prefer that the PhD has been completed by July 1, 2021, but will consider ABD candidates who expect completion by October 1, 2021.

The annual starting salary for the position is $70,000, plus full benefits and funds to support research and travel. The position carries a three course per year teaching load, with ample time and support for the candidate’s professional development. The College and department may be able to offer support in terms of software and lab space, depending on the successful candidate’s field.  Macalester faculty routinely engage with students on their scholarly work; the candidate is eligible to apply for internal funding sources to support student collaborators. 

We seek an interdisciplinary environmental scientist who studies the urban environment. The candidate’s research area and approach are open, but might include environmental health and human exposure, water and air pollution, forestry, urban wildlife, greenspace and/or green infrastructure. We welcome applicants with applied experience in government, private and NGO sectors. We are especially interested in candidates whose research is publicly and civically engaged. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level and a community-based and social justice-inspired pedagogy. We seek candidates who complement but do not replicate the existing strengths of the Department of Environmental Studies at Macalester.  Macalester College is a highly selective, private liberal arts college in the vibrant Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, with a population of approximately three million people and home to numerous colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota. Macalester's diverse student body comprises over 2000 undergraduates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and 95 nations. The College maintains a longstanding commitment to academic excellence with a special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. As an Equal Opportunity employer supportive of affirmative efforts to achieve diversity among its faculty, Macalester College strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups. For over fifty years, Macalester has had a dedicated and deeply interdisciplinary focus on Environmental Studies. We use case studies, problem-solving, and a community-centered approach to address environmental problems at the local, national and global levels. Our core faculty bring expertise from the humanities, social sciences, physical, and biological sciences. Our affiliated faculty come from all corners of campus, including anthropology, biology, chemistry, economics, education, geography, geology, and physics.

Our faculty and students benefit from and support the work of the College’s Sustainability Office, which promotes campus- and community-wide engagement in sustainability and environmental justice efforts, and aims to integrate these across the college curriculum.  Our campus initiatives also work toward carbon neutrality, zero waste, sustainable transportation and urban design, and investing in food justice. Our Sustainability Office also collaborates with the Civic Engagement Center, Macalester’s long-standing program for community engagement, to connect campus efforts to sustainability in the community.  

Interested candidates should apply for this position electronically via Academic Jobs Online (online application system). Please include a cover letter that specifies your qualifications for the position, provides an overview of your research agenda, and a summary of teaching philosophy (in one document); a curriculum vitae with two references listed; and a separate statement (no longer than 2 pages) detailing experience and aspirations for addressing diversity, equity and inclusion in teaching, scholarship, and service (see description below).

Macalester College is committed to student and faculty diversity, equity, and inclusion. Strong candidates will have a record of experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching diverse students. In addition to the materials noted above, applicants should also submit a diversity statement (no longer than 2 pages) that discusses past experiences and/or potential future contributions to inclusive excellence in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or outreach. In the diversity statement, applicants should reflect upon their experience and vision regarding the teaching and mentorship of students from diverse backgrounds.

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions about this position can be addressed, with “ES Postdoc search” in the subject line, to Prof. Roopali Phadke (

For more information on Environmental Studies at Macalester College, see:

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Further Info:
Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105

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