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Colorado State University seeks a postdoctoral research fellow to join a social science project examining the role of philanthropic foundations in environmental governance. The project focuses specifically on marine conservation governance in the Pacific Islands, and will include fieldwork in Fiji and Palau as well as at foundation offices in the U.S. The project embraces academic and applied objectives, and offers a unique opportunity to advance both scholarship and practice.

Project PIs are Drs. Rebecca Gruby (Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, CSU), Michele Betsill (Department of Political Science, CSU), and Xavier Basurto (Duke University). The fellow will be an integral member of our research team, and will contribute substantively to all aspects of project design and implementation, including international fieldwork, publications, and science/policy translation.

The postdoctoral fellow will be selected in the Fall of 2017, and work will begin in January 2018. Although the fellow will collaborate with all co-PIs, the fellow will be based in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University, with Dr. Rebecca Gruby serving as lead mentor. This is a full time 12-month position with a salary of $50,000/year plus benefits.

The position will be initially contracted for 1 year. The position will be reviewed annually and, contingent upon performance and on available funds, will be appointed for two additional years for a total of 3 years.

To apply and view a complete position description, click here. Applicants should submit materials by November 1, 2017, for full consideration. Questions may be directed to: [email protected]

Colorado State University conducts background checks on all final candidates.
CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer.


Colorado State University is a Carnegie Research 1 (research extensive) university in the United States and is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top universities in a variety of categories and disciplines – including natural resources and conservation. CSU has also achieved a sustainability benchmark no other college or university had ever achieved: a platinum designation by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System). STARS is considered the most comprehensive and prestigious sustainability performance measurement program in higher education. The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources is an interdisciplinary social science department with a mission to contribute to the conservation, stewardship and enjoyment of natural and cultural resources and the management of those resources in a way that produces environmental health and sustainable human benefits. For more information about the department, click here. The Political Science Department at Colorado State University is nationally and internationally recognized for our strength in environmental politics and policy. For more information, click here.


The city of Fort Collins is situated along the beautiful Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. In addition to CSU, major employers in the community are Hewlett-Packard, LSI Logic, Intel, Agilent Technologies, Advanced Energy, Kodak, Anheuser-Busch, and Poudre Valley Hospital. Numerous state and federal research agencies in Fort Collins contribute to the intellectual environment of the university and provide the successful candidate additional local collaborators. These include the Colorado State Forest Service, US Forest Service –Rocky Mountain Research Station, US Forest Service – Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest/Pawnee National Grasslands, National Wildlife Research Center, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, National Park Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Bureau of Land Management. The University of Colorado in Boulder, Northern Colorado University in Greeley, University of Denver, and the University of Wyoming in Laramie, are all within a one-hour drive. In addition to the many and varied cultural activities sponsored by the University, the community offers a center for performing arts, a symphony orchestra, repertory theater, choral society, and dance company. The city operates numerous indoor and outdoor pools, several ice rinks, five public golf courses, and sponsors a wide variety of leisure-time activities. Rocky Mountain National Park, Pawnee National Grasslands and Roosevelt National Forest are within 30 miles of Fort Collins. Finally, Fort Collins is consistently identified as one of the best cities in the US to live in by various national media.