Opportunity for Post-Doctoral Researcher, Ecosystems and Human Health

The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics seeks a postdoctoral associate to develop rigorous and practical models relating ecosystem changes to human health outcomes.

The 2-year position is part of a partnership among the Gund Institute, the “Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages” (HEAL) project, and Luc Hoffmann Institute at WWF. Together, we are working to understand nature-health relationships and inform conservation and public health decisions with our findings.

The postdoc will be directed by Taylor Ricketts and will be located at The University of Vermont in the United States.


The postdoc will: (i) work with a unique global dataset of household and environmental variables – compiled for this project – to model the effects of ecosystem change on human health; (ii) use these data to collaborate with WWF in assessing health impacts of conservation in priority watersheds; (iii) look beyond this dataset to identify and analyze additional ecosystem contributions to human health. In all of this work, s/he will interact closely with other scientists participating in HEAL, and with scientists and field staff at WWF.


Applicants must have a doctoral degree in ecology, economics, public health, epidemiology, or related fields. Successful candidates will have strong quantitative skills, specific expertise in ecological and/or public health modeling, and a commitment to connecting research to real-world issues. We are especially seeking candidates from developing (i.e., non-OECD) countries, but will consider all applications.


Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to Taylor Ricketts, Director, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, at Review of applications will begin on March 2, 2015 and we anticipate a start date of spring 2015.


The University of Vermont is located in Burlington, between the Green and Adirondack Mountains and on the shores of Lake Champlain. The Gund Institute is a transdisciplinary environmental research center involving more than 50 faculty, visiting scholars, and graduate students. Related efforts at UVM include a university-wide research initiative in Complex Systems and a growing campus-wide collaboration on ecosystem-health interactions.

Luc Hoffmann InstituteOpportunity for Post-Doctoral Researcher, Ecosystems and Human Health