Postdoctoral Fellows Program in Sustainable Development and Peace: The Earth Institute and the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity

Postdoctoral Fellows Program in Sustainable Development and Peace: The Earth Institute and the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity

The Earth Institute, Columbia University and the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) seek an innovative postdoctoral candidate (recent Ph.D, M.D., or J.D.) recipient specializing in conflict resolution, violence, peace-studies, or related areas, with an interest in its relation to sustainable development. The Consortium is seeking applicants with significant knowledge and interest in interdisciplinary research.

The Postdoctoral Fellows Program in Sustainable Development and Peace with AC4 provides scholars who have a foundation in the social sciences the opportunity to acquire the cross-disciplinary expertise and breadth needed to address critical issues in the fields of conflict resolution and sustainable development, including reducing poverty, hunger, disease, and environmental degradation. Those who have developed cross-disciplinary approaches during graduate studies will find numerous opportunities to engage in leading research programs. International candidates are welcome to apply.

Position Description

This is a 2-year appointment, and will require a strong capacity to work both independently and collaboratively as part of the Consortium’s research team and as a member of the Earth Institute Fellows cohort. The initial responsibility of the Postdoctoral Fellow will be to develop and formalize a research agenda in collaboration with Professor Peter T. Coleman (the AC4 Executive Committee Chair, and primary research investigator), the AC4 Research Coordinator and other members of the Consortium. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be encouraged to incorporate their own professional and research interests into the formal AC4 research agenda, as their primary responsibility will be designing and carrying out research, analyzing data, and publishing results. In addition, the individual in this position will be expected to assist in the continued development of AC4 as a Columbia-wide network for innovative advancement in research, theory, and practice. This will require being available to participate in Consortium meetings, conference calls, as well as minimal administrative tasks associated with their responsibilities with AC4. The Fellow will also be a member of the Earth Institute Fellows program, allowing direct access to its resources and 700+ world-renown scientists and scholars in New York and around the world.

Minimum Requirements

All doctoral requirements must be fulfilled before the beginning of the fellowship. Exceptional oral and written communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills are required. Flexibility and adaptability coupled with attention to detail, and experience and comfort working efficiently on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.

Applications and Additional Information

The Postdoctoral Fellow position begins September 1, 2010.  Applicants must commit to a 24 month term of service. 

The position is full-time (40 hrs/week), and the salary is competitive, including fringe benefits and research funds. For more information, visit: and

To apply, please contact the AC4 research coordinator, Jeffrey J. Schiffer, at: Include a cover letter, CV and a maximum of two letters of reference to Mr. Schiffer. The application deadline is July 1, 2010.

About the Earth Institute

The Earth Institute, Columbia University is the world’s leading academic center for the study, implementation, and teaching of sustainable development. It builds on excellence in the core disciplines—earth sciences, biological sciences, engineering, social sciences, and health sciences—and stresses cross-disciplinary approaches to complex problems.

Columbia University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.