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How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following in a single pdf file to Dr. Mark Lindquist at

  • Cover letter describing your relevant experience and scholarly interests
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Relevant publications, portfolio and/or projects
  • Names and contact details of three people who can provide a reference letter commenting on your professional and academic qualifications

Job Summary

McIntire Stennis Postdoctoral Fellow:  Evaluating Ecosystem Service Tradeoffs in the Design, Planning & Management of Urban Forests

Postdoctoral Fellow sought for a multidisciplinary research project investigating novel methods for Evaluating Ecosystem Service Tradeoffs in the Design, Planning & Management of Urban Forests. The goal of the project is to design, develop and evaluate a decision support system (DSS) based on the Unity3D game engine and Rhino 3D/Grasshopper software to be applied in urban forest decision making in Detroit.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work with Dr. Mark Lindquist, Dr. Victoria Campbell-Arvai, Dr. Bruce Maxim and a team of computer science students, and will be responsible for the development and programming of the DSS as well as contributing to the design, coordination and conduct of focus groups with community partners to identify required inputs to the DSS. These efforts will also include the review and interpretation of transcripts from the focus groups.  We expect the Postdoctoral Fellow to contribute to the preparation of manuscripts and reports from this research. 

Required Qualifications*

PhD in computer science, social science, built environment or a similar field.

Desired Qualifications*

The candidate should be an interdisciplinary researcher and have:
  • Experience with CAD and/or video game development (experience with Unity3D, Rhinoceros 3D and/or C# is a plus)
  • Experience in social science research
  • Experience with designing and administering surveys, interviews and focus groups
  • Demonstrated scientific writing and communication skills


Additional Information

Mission Statement

The School of Natural Resources and Environment’s overarching mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and the achievement of a sustainable society.  Through research, education, and outreach, the faculty, staff, and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.  Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.