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How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following in a single PDF file to Dr. Paige Fischer at

  • Cover letter describing your relevant experience and scholarly interests
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Relevant publications
  • References

Job Summary

Postdoctoral fellow sought for study of human adaptation to climate change at the level of individuals and households. The goal of the study is to improve understanding of human adaptation behavior and methods for eliciting and analyzing data about behavioral adjustments that individuals and households make in response to cross-scale interacting environmental changes. The specific focus is on forest management activities of individuals who own land in temperate forest areas and how these activities may interact with changes in wildfire risk, insect and diseases, and vegetation over time with outcomes for human welfare. The study, which will be geographically focused in the Northwestern United States, is a companion to a similar study in the Upper Midwest. The postdoctoral researcher will help design, administer, and quantitatively analyze data from social surveys; help conduct focus groups that include scenario-planning exercises; and write grant proposals and articles for submission to peer-reviewed journals.

Required Qualifications*

The candidate for the assistantship should be an interdisciplinary researcher with a PhD in human geography, complex systems, natural resources, environmental science, social   psychology, sociology or a similar field. The candidate should have:

  • Expertise in social science research
  • Experience with designing and administering social surveys
  • Demonstrated scientific writing and communication skills

The hire will join a growing team of researchers studying human behavior and environmental change in temperate forest systems (see

Additional Information

Please note that this position has a term limit of one (1) year and is benefits eligible.

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.

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