lonE Postdoctoral Fellowship - University of Minnesota

Post Date: 3/14/2023
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: University of Minnesota, Institute on the Environment
Position/Title/Fund: lonE Postdoctoral Fellowship - Full-time, Hybrid
Deadline: May 1, 2023
Contact Info: ione-research@umn.edu

The University of Minnesota has launched a cohort-based Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment (IonE). We envision a world in which sustainable agriculture feeds the world; renewable energy powers healthy homes, efficient transportation and flourishing businesses; every person has access to food, water and shelter; oceans, lakes and rivers are clean and healthy; communities have vibrant economies, neighborhoods and cultures; and thriving ecosystems support flourishing economies and societies. 

The goal of the IonE Postdoctoral Fellowship is to accelerate the transition to this future by supporting breakthrough research across disciplines, developing the next generation of global leaders, and building transformative partnerships across the state, region and globe. IonE Postdoctoral Fellows are interdisciplinary, community-engaged scholars who thrive both as team leaders and collaborators. The Fellows are visionary leaders who conduct solutions-oriented research to support equitable and just sustainability transition decisions. The Fellows define success by the impact they have in the world.

IonE Postdoctoral Fellows will lead 1-2 projects during their tenure.  At least one project will be part of IonE’s existing portfolio to allow you to quickly integrate into our team, develop team science and project management skills, build academic and non-academic networks, and develop some early research outputs. A second project can either be a different project that is part of IonE’s existing portfolio or a project you propose that connects to IonE’s research priorities. As part of the application process, you will indicate your interest in one or more IonE projects.

The IonE Postdoctoral Fellowship will have an annual cohort of 5-15 fellows every year. Each Fellow will receive a postdoctoral fellowship salary commensurate with experience between $60,000-$68,500; additionally they will receive research and professional expenses, basic moving expenses, as well as benefits, including health care coverage and paid leave. 

Specifically, we are looking for PhD or PhD candidates who:

  • Can accelerate just sustainable transition for all by supporting breakthrough research across disciplines
  • Can engage with other fellows, scholars and professionals across the University to co-produce creative, fundable, and impactful projects to advance sustainability outcomes; and
  • Collaborates with governments, Tribes, international development organizations, NGOs, or businesses to improve our shared sustainability goals.
  • Has an impactful record of research products or publications, such as reports, training materials, peer-reviewed publications, patent filings, software documentation, policy memos, and /or decision support tools from any disciplinary field.

Full Time Hybrid Work:

  • Salary range: $60,000-$68,500
  • Comprehensive benefits package
  • Training and mentoring opportunities
  • Part of interdisciplinary, collaborative research team
How to Apply:

Those who are interested in applying can visit IonE Postdoc Fellowship webpage. We are accepting applications until 12pm Central Time on May 1, 2023.


  • PhD in any disciplinary field, including interdisciplinary studies. Must have either expertise or expressed interest in developing expertise in a particular aspect of sustainability.
  • PhD anticipated in 2023 or completed within the past 5 years. 
  • Clear interest and relevant skills for at least one of the existing IonE projects.
  • Willingness to relocate to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area or a statement of preference for remote work and willingness to regularly engage in person at IonE
  • U.S. citizenship is not a consideration in decisions. Candidates must be U.S. work eligible; non-U.S. scholars must have or be able to obtain a visa.
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