Post-Doctorate Position for Synergies between Ecosystem Services and Agroecology



Position: The Redesigning Agroecosystems team at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) in partnership with the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics (GIEE) and the department of Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont (UVM) seeks a post-doctorate to participate in our project on Synergies between Ecosystem Services and Agroecology in the Atlantic Forest of Santa Catarina. We require a creative individual to assist in constructing spatial models of ecosystem services under different land use scenarios, utilizing InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs) or other suitable modeling software. The models will be used to better understand and quantify the impact of our work designing and disseminating sustainable agroecosystems. The attached project summary provides a general overview of the project.

The Redesigning Agroecosystems team is an interdisciplinary group of researchers and students dedicated to designing and disseminating agroecosystems capable of sustaining food supplies, improving farmer livelihoods and restoring ecological function to Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.  Agriculture is a leading cause of unsustainable degradation of global ecosystems, and is overly dependent on non-renewable resources. Both food and well-functioning ecosystems are essential to human survival.  Sustainable food production will require new agricultural technologies that restore ecological function without sacrificing food production, together with the political and economic institutions required for their rapid and widespread dissemination.  We seek a candidate who shares this vision and is interested in advancing research capable of addressing this societal challenge.  The position is currently funded through February, 2017.

Responsibilities: We expect the successful candidate to make a significant contribution to our research project in Brazil, and lead or co-author at least two journal articles.

Qualifications:  Applicants must have a PhD in agroecology, ecological economics, ecology, forestry, public policy, sustainable development or related areas. Successful candidates will have excellent interpersonal skills, strong modeling skills, experience with applied research that integrates the natural and social sciences, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to using research to improve farmer livelihoods, restore the Atlantic Forest, and inform policy decisions.  The ideal candidate will be proficient with ArcGIS.  Applicants must be willing to live near Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil.  Proficiency in Portuguese is desirable but not essential.

Salary:  The successful applicant will be paid R$4100/month

Application: Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a two-page statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to Abdon Schmitt ( and Joshua Farley (  We would like to hire someone as soon as possible, and we will review applications as we receive them.  Inquiries may be made to Schmitt or Farley.

Setting: The agroecology project is located in the Encosta da Serra Geral de Santa Catarina, with pilot projects in the towns of Imarui and Santa Rosa da Lima.  The applicant will work from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, in the city of Florianopolis.  This is among the most beautiful regions of Brazil with exceptional beaches and forests and a culture of outdoor recreation.

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