Socio-ecological Systems Scientist


Cornell University


Thursday, July 15, 2021

Start Date

Monday, January 3, 2022

The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track position in the area of social-ecological systems analysis, at the level of Assistant/Associate Professor. The position will be 50% research and 50% teaching (2.5 courses per academic year).

The successful candidate will establish an internationally recognized, externally funded research program that advances theory and practice related to social-ecological systems analysis concepts, methods, and applications. We value scholarship that addresses multiple scales of environmental change and embraces the dynamic intersections of social and ecological systems. The successful candidate’s research and teaching could focus on multiple spatio-temporal scales and methods, but we place particular emphasis on large-scale – regional, national, global - analyses and quantitative approaches. We seek applicants working at the intersection of social and ecological research. Relevant problem domains include but are not limited to land use, water resources, biodiversity conservation, energy, infrastructure, climate change, and the environment-health nexus. This faculty position will enhance the alignment of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment ( with the goals of the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability ( and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Contributions to undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentorship are expected. The position will strengthen the popular cross-college Environment and Sustainability (E&S) undergraduate major ( The successful applicant will be eligible to supervise graduate students in multiple programs appropriate to the candidate's expertise, crossing departmental and disciplinary boundaries.

QUALIFICATIONS: A PhD is required at the time of appointment. We encourage applications from exceptional social scientists and natural scientists who work at the intersection of social and ecological systems. Applicants should demonstrate capacity to apply and develop a suite of analytical methods and problem definitions that advance understanding of large-scale social-ecological systems dynamics. Interest and ability to teach social-ecological systems theory and associated quantitative methods and applications at undergraduate and graduate levels are required. The Department of Natural Resources & the Environment particularly seeks applicants whose record in research, teaching, and service prepares them to support and contribute to a vibrant culture of inclusive excellence at Cornell.