GI PostDoc III Document Analysis

Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Duties: The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies seeks a full time postdoctoral research scientist to conduct research urban green infrastructure (GI) in a multi-city study of green infrastructure planning and policy. The ideal candidate will have expertise in document analysis, green infrastructure planning, advanced statistics and GIS analysis skills. The applicant should be comfortable with social science methods, explicitly including methods for document analysis, to work as a member of a team of postdocs and senior scientists to examine how green infrastructure is perceived, planned, and initiated in multiple US cities. The successful applicant must be adept at working with multiple researchers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds in urban ecology, including geographers, landscape and urban planners, biophysical scientists, and environmental educators. Strong organizational, communication and writing skills are also required for coordinating research, database management, and input from collaborators in the green infrastructure research program. Team members are Joshua Ginsberg, Steward Pickett, Emma Rosi, and Shannon LaDeau at the Cary Institute, Timon McPhearson at the Cary Institute and the New School University, Mary Cadenasso at the University of California Davis, Peter Groffman at the Advanced Science Research Center of the City University of New York, and Morgan Grove at the USDA Forest Service. The applicant will also collaborate with other closely related research projects at the institution including the NSF Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather-related Events Sustainability Research Network ( and the Baltimore Ecosystem Study LTER.

Duration: This position is full time for one year, subject to renewal for a second year. The position includes salary plus benefits. Start date is flexible but early spring 2018 is preferred.

Location: Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY

Qualifications: PhD in urban planning, ecology, geography, environmental science, or related social sciences. The applicant should be fluent in R or other statistical software and have experience in document analysis and familiarity with green infrastructure research, in particular in urban environments. Competitive candidates will have multiple publications in academic journals.

This is an exempt, benefitted position. All candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Finalist candidates must successfully complete a post-offer, pre-employment background check.

Closing date: January 15, 2018 or when the position is filled.

Originator: Dr. Steward Pickett and Dr. Timon McPhearson

To apply: Please complete an online application at and include a single PDF file consisting of a cover letter which includes Job Code 170331-I, a resume, and the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references.

The Cary Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, familial status, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.