Assistant Professor of Climate Change Policy

Jan 27, 2015 Sarah Phan
Department of Environmental Science & Policy
Application period Jan 08, 2015 10:20 AM to
Jan 09, 2015 10:20 AM
Where Environmental Science & Policy
Contact Name
Contact Phone Tel (530) 752-5880, FAX (530) 752-3350

Title: Assistant Professor of Climate Change Policy, in the Department of Environmental Science & Policy.

Responsibilities: The successful applicant will work in the areas of climate change policy. Potential disciplinary backgrounds include policy sciences, economics, environmental law, and other appropriate social sciences (sociology, anthropology, geography, planning).  Preference will be given to integrative scientists who employ quantitative empirical and modeling approaches, with demonstrated experience in policy engagement and capacity to work in interdisciplinary programs.  The candidate’s research goals should focus on developing and analyzing the effectiveness of climate change policies, including the integration of scientific information into policy decisions and feedbacks between social decisions and environmental change. Ideally the candidate’s research will have international relevance, though other scales are also appropriate (e.g. local, regional, national). Research may focus on the link between climate change and other environmental issues such as water management, energy development, and conservation management. The successful candidate is expected to fully participate in the Environmental Policy Master’s (EPM) program, and the position will carry a teaching responsibility in the program. The EPM degree is a non-research, experiential MS program where groups of students address complex environmental problems from multiple perspectives (legal, economic, policy, politics, social, technological, scientific). The candidate needs to be an enthusiastic and engaged scientist, able to provide the science leadership necessary for working with diverse policy stakeholders, environmental professionals, and multidisciplinary scientific teams.  The appointee will also teach an undergraduate course in international environmental policy or other topics consistent with the appointee’s expertise. The candidate will contribute to the department’s mission, as well as participate in departmental team-taught courses. Departmental service, collegiality, and excellence in teaching are highly valued in DESP, and the appointee will be expected to participate in committee work, administration, undergraduate and graduate advising, and other responsibilities that are shared by department faculty.    

Qualifications:  Ph.D. degree in public policy, public administration, economics, political science, anthropology, sociology, geography, urban planning or related disciplines relevant to climate change policy at the time of appointment, or a JD degree combined with another relevant advanced degree in environmental science or policy. Interest in developing a research program relevant to climate change policy at the local, regional, national and/or international level. Evidence of scholarship during graduate and post-graduate activities using quantitative approaches. Evidence of experience with real-world policy decisions. Demonstrated ability or potential to obtain extramural support for research activities. Capacity to work in interdisciplinary science teams. Demonstrated ability or potential to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses. Evidence of ability and interest in training/mentoring graduate students, particularly those seeking non-academic career paths. Interest in advising undergraduate students. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, including the ability to present information to non-scientific and public audiences. Evidence of collegiality and professional service consistent with departmental, campus, and professional citizenship.

Salary: Commensurate with experience within the Assistant Professor rank 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 January 9, 2015.  Materials requested to include: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) publications list, 3) three publications, 4) statement of research accomplishments, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, including a statement regarding interest in participation in the one-year, coursework-only Environmental Policy MS degree program at UC Davis, 6) statement of future research plans relevant to climate change ecology and conservation, and 7) the four professional letters of references. Additional inquiries should be directed to Professor Mark Lubell, Recruitment Committee Chair, Department Environmental Science & Policy, One Shields Ave., University of California, Davis, CA  95616, Tel (530) 752-5880, FAX (530) 752-3350, email:.

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Position details

Application period

Jan 08, 2015 10:20 AM to
Jan 09, 2015 10:20 AM


Environmental Science & Policy

Contact info

Tel (530) 752-5880, FAX (530) 752-3350

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