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Postdoctoral opportunity with the Earth Institute

The Earth Institute is looking for applicants for its postdoctoral fellows program:

Postdoctoral Fellows Program in Sustainable Development at The Earth Institute

The Earth Institute at Columbia University is the world’s leading academic center for the study, teaching, and implementation of sustainable development. It builds on excellence in the core disciplines—earth sciences, biological sciences, engineering sciences, social sciences, and health sciences—and stresses cross-disciplinary approaches to complex problems.

Through research, training, and global partnerships, The Earth Institute mobilizes science and technology to advance sustainable development and address environmental degradation, placing special emphasis on the needs of the world’s poor.

The Earth Institute seeks applications from innovative postdoctoral candidates or recent Ph.D., M.D., and J.D. recipients interested in a broad range of issues in sustainable development.

The Postdoctoral Fellows Program in Sustainable Development provides scholars who have a foundation in one of the Institute’s core disciplines the opportunity to acquire the cross-disciplinary expertise and breadth needed to address critical issues in the field of sustainable development, including reducing poverty, hunger, disease, and environmental degradation. Those who have developed cross-disciplinary approaches during graduate studies will find numerous opportunities to engage in leading research programs that challenge their skills.

Candidates for the Postdoctoral Fellows Program should submit a proposal for research that would contribute to the goal of global sustainable development. This could take the form of participating in and contributing to an existing multidisciplinary Earth Institute project, an extension of an existing project, or a new project that connects existing Institute expertise in novel ways. Candidates should identify their desired small multidisciplinary mentoring team, i.e., two or more senior faculty members or research scientists/scholars at Columbia with whom they would like to work during their fellowship.

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Fellowships will ordinarily be granted for a period of 24 months.

More information on the Postdoctoral Fellows Program is available at

Application forms should be completed online at

Applications submitted by December 1, 2008, will be considered for fellowships starting in the summer or fall of 2009.

For more information, contact:

Rita Ricobelli Corradi
Research Director, OARP
[email protected]
The Earth Institute at Columbia University
B-16 Hogan Hall, MC 3277
2910 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
Program e-mail: [email protected]

Columbia University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.