Assistant Professor, Sustainability and Equity


UC Berkeley


Monday, December 2, 2019

Start Date

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Energy and Resources Group (ERG) and the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) at the University of California, Berkeley, seek applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor faculty position in the area of Sustainability and Equity. The expected start date is July 1, 2020. The appointment will be split 50% in ERG and 50% in ESPM.

Social equity is foundational to solving critical environmental problems facing humanity at local, national and international scales; such challenges include climate change, food security and sovereignty, natural resource access, biodiversity loss, energy resources and production, water access and quality, land use and scarcity, and human health. We seek applications from scholars who foreground issues of equity in their environmental research and whose work pays attention to issues of power, access, voice and justice in shaping local, national, and/or international policies.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service.

ERG and ESPM are committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We encourage candidates who have had non-traditional career paths, or who have taken time off for family reasons, to apply for this position.

Basic Qualifications: Applicants for this position must hold a Ph.D. or J.D. (or equivalent international degree) or be enrolled in a Ph.D. or J.D. (or equivalent international degree-granting program) at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications:
The ideal candidate will:

  • have a record of research that crosses disciplinary boundaries in the environmental and social sciences, with the potential to develop an internationally-recognized research program that includes collaboration with colleagues in the natural and/or biophysical sciences.
  • be a capacious scholar whose research will bring new insights to the intertwined nature of sustainability and equity, and who will advance interdisciplinary conversations that define both ERG and ESPM.
  • be working in fields including but not limited to: environmental studies, political economy, history, law, anthropology, sociology, geography, political science, behavioral sciences, public health, city planning or the intersection of two or more relevant fields
  • demonstrate evidence of strong research productivity, potential for funding, and a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring of undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs.
  • demonstrate evidence of their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in ways that align with UC Berkeley’s mission to meet the educational needs of California’s diverse population (see:

ERG and ESPM are both units with multidisciplinary communities of scholars and cooperative extension specialists from the biological, physical, and social sciences, as well as the humanities, who conduct research, teaching, and outreach to advance understanding and develop solutions for the world’s pressing environmental problems. In addition, Berkeley provides outstanding opportunities for intellectual engagement with colleagues in other campus units including the College of Environmental Design, the Law School, the School of Public Health, the Goldman School of Public Policy, the Institute for International Studies, the Center for Race and Gender, the Institute for Social and Economic Change, the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, and the Departments of Political Science, Sociology, History, Economics, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Geography, and Ethnic Studies.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach a graduate course in their area of expertise, with a focus on methods for the analysis of sustainability and equity, or on specific environmental challenges analyzed through the joint lens of sustainability and equity. They will also teach an undergraduate course that contributes to the undergraduate majors of Society and Environment, Conservation and Resource Studies, Environmental Science, and the ERG minor.

To apply for consideration, please go to the following link: Applicants should also provide three letters of recommendation that speak to their excellence in research, teaching, mentoring, service, and record of contributions to diversity and inclusion. It is preferred that all letters of recommendation be uploaded by referees by the final date to apply (December 2, 2019). All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( ) prior to submitting their letters.

The deadline for applications is December 2, 2019. Please direct questions to Megan Amaral,

For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit: To learn more about UC Berkeley’s Principles of Community, please go to: .

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: .

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Megan Amaral

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