Duties: Project director of the Environmental Performance Index (epi.yale.edu)
Academic unit: Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy (envirocenter.yale.edu)
Location: New Haven, CT, USA
Qualifications: Ph.D. in applied, quantitative social science
Term: Two years, Summer 2020 – Summer 2022
Application: cover letter and CV
Deadline: Review of applications begins 13 March 2020 and continues until filled.
The Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy (envirocenter.yale.edu) seeks a two-year Postdoctoral Associate to serve as the project director for the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) (epi.yale.edu). For over twenty years, the EPI has been a flagship project of the Center, ranking countries on high priority environmental issues in two areas: protection of human health and ecosystem vitality. Leading the project includes mobilizing a team of partners, researchers, and experts, while taking primary responsibility for the framing, data analysis, and production of a high-quality report. In addition to the EPI, we are looking for an individual who can provide intellectual leadership and innovative approaches with other research projects related to environmental data analytics and contribute to various workstreams at the Center.
Oversee all elements of the production of the 2018 EPI report, including data gathering, methodology development, data review and assessment, and communication of results;
Work closely with the EPI Team, including Yale faculty and our partners at Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network;
Contact and consult data partners at other institutions, including academic research centers, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations;
Ensure methodological rigor and scientific accuracy of the EPI through surveying the latest advances in environmental data, developing novel metrics and indicators, refining existing methods, and interrogating data and results;
Manage data and research materials, including developing and enforcing systems for documentation and retention of data collection and analysis, meeting notes, correspondence, code, written drafts, and all other materials necessary for complete transparency and replication of the project;
Coordinate day-to-day operations and administration of the EPI, including hiring and supervising student research assistants, developing and tracking budgets, and managing contracts with vendors;
Develop and implement a communication strategy for disseminating the results of the 2020 EPI, including event planning for the release, preparation of the website, engagement with traditional and social media, and other opportunities for presenting the project to diverse audiences;
Answer inquiries from international media, government officials, academic researchers, and members of civil society;
Lead the writing of the 2020 EPI report, website, summary, and technical appendix;
Work with Professor Dan Esty, other Yale faculty, and research partners to produce academic journal articles and other publications related to the EPI results; and
Otherwise support the work of the Center, including contributing to fundraising efforts and writing reports and other materials for donors.
Education & Experience
Ph.D. in applied, quantitative social science with an environmental emphasis. Possible fields include Public Affairs, Public Policy, Environmental Studies, Sustainability, Geography, International Development, Statistics, Political Science, and Economics.
Statistics or Econometric expertise required, through doctoral training and research experience.
Broad knowledge of environmental science and policy, especially in the areas of climate change, biodiversity, and international sustainable development.
Skills & Abilities
The ideal candidate will possess
Excellent research, writing, interpersonal, and communication skills;
Experience with interdisciplinary research and collaborations;
Demonstrated leadership and project management experience;
Ability to work under pressure, meet tight deadlines, and manage multiple pressing responsibilities with minimal supervision; and
A high level of computational ability, including fluency or the ability to rapidly learn data management, GIS, and statistical software, especially R.
Schedule & Compensation
This is a full-time position for two years to run Summer 2020 – Summer 2022. The start date is flexible, but we cannot offer a deferral. The position requires working during normal business hours throughout the calendar year with occasional travel. Salary is competitive and includes a benefits package through Yale University.
Application deadline is 13 March 2020, though review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Please email a cover letter and CV as a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org
Letters may be addressed to Prof. Dan Esty, Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511.
Cover letters should address qualifications for this position rather than summaries of research and publications.
If invited, candidates may be asked for additional materials, including writing samples and references.
About Yale University
Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.