University of California, Davis, Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Policy; submit by 10.01.2012

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Reference: JOB36519
Application deadline: CLOSED

Title: Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy specializing in environmental politics, policy, and governance in the context of coupled human-natural (social-ecological) systems, with teaching, research, outreach and service responsibilities. The appointment is in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The position is for an academic year (9-month) tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, which includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and outreach of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station.

The research, teaching and outreach mission of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy ( is to bring together the natural sciences and social sciences in the creation and distribution of basic and applied knowledge to support the development of sustainable solutions to today’s environmental challenges associated with resource use, climate change, and population growth. Faculty research interests include the ecological and economic management of marine fishery resources, the effects of invasive species on the diversity and functioning of ecosystems, the impact of environmental activism on resource management, the effects of habitat fragmentation and climate change on endangered species, and the connection between land use policy and automobile dependence.

The appointee will have access to many collaborative opportunities within the department and with colleagues in campus units such as the College of Letters and Science, the Graduate School of Management, the School of Law, the UC Center Sacramento, the John Muir Institute for the Environment, and the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy.

Responsibilities: The appointee is expected to establish a competitively-funded research program relevant to environmental policy, with an emphasis on issues related to climate change mitigation and/or adaptation and other important environmental issues. The candidate’s research should be grounded in theories of cooperation and institutional analysis and should employ quantitative approaches such as mathematical/computational models (for example, evolutionary game theory, network analysis, decision-making under uncertainty), behavioral experiments, and/or policy impact evaluation methods. The appointee will be responsible for teaching undergraduate courses on theory or methods in environmental policy and on environmental policy topics. Additional contributions to departmental courses and graduate education are expected, particularly in the area of research design for environmental policy and integration of social science into interdisciplinary programs. Mentoring of graduate students, undergraduate student advising, participation in and development of outreach programs, curricular development, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. The appointee is expected to conduct fundamental research, train students, and provide outreach that will ultimately enhance environmental quality in California. The appointee is expected to conduct mission-oriented research and outreach of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station.

Qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Political Science, Environmental Policy, Public Policy, Urban Planning, or closely related field. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research.

Salary: Commensurate with experience within the Assistant Professor ranks at the University of California.
Applications: Application materials must be submitted via the following website: The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by October 1, 2012.

Materials requested to include: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) publications list, 3) up to three publications, 4) graduate school transcripts 5) statement of research accomplishments and future research plans, 6) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, and 7) the names, addresses, including e-mail, of three professional references. Additional inquiries should be directed to Professor James Sanchirico, Search Committee Chair, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, One Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, (530) 754-9883,

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.