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Undergraduate Research Assistant
Postdoctoral scholar for nature therapies and health outcomes project
Postdoctoral scholar in land use change and vector-borne disease
Training and Curriculum Lead
The Natural Capital Project (NatCap) at Stanford seeks 1-2 undergraduate research assistants for a project to understand how nature exposure (e.g, residential greenspace, park visits) in cities can improve both mental and physical health outcomes. Our unique interdisciplinary team integrates a wealth of new data, science, and analytics (e.g., smartphone mobility big data, wearables, and meta-analysis) to advance the new scientific frontier. The research assistant will mainly contribute to screening a list of identified literature, extracting key reported data on nature-health connections, and helping synthesize information, as well as other related tasks as needed. They will work under the supervision of NatCap Postdoctoral Scholar Dr. Yingjie Li and other project team members (e.g., Dr. Gretchen Daily, Dr. Anne Guerry, and Dr. Lisa Mandle). Very good reading skills in English and a rigorous spirit are required. Prior experience working in a research setting, related knowledge background, and meta-analysis/ systematic review experience are preferred but not required. All necessary training will be provided.
This position is ONLY open to currently enrolled undergraduate students at Stanford. The research assistant will be expected to devote 10-15 hours per week to the project, but work hours/location are flexible. This is a paid position at an hourly rate dependent on quarters of experience. The position is open now, and we are hopeful for a start date ASAP.
How to apply
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting on February 20, 2023. For full consideration, please apply by 11:00 PM PST, February 28, 2023.
To apply, please email email@example.com with the subject line “NatCap Undergraduate Research Assistant” and attach a statement of interest (one short paragraph, < 250 words), and CV/resume.
The Natural Capital Project at Stanford, together with collaborators at the Stanford Medical School, is seeking a creative, collaborative postdoctoral scholar to help lead a randomized controlled trial to study the effectiveness of park prescriptions in a clinical setting. Our “Nature Prescriptions to Improve Health” project is designed to explore the effectiveness of park prescriptions that can equip physicians with nonpharmacologic methods that could increase the health and wellbeing of individuals. The postdoc will analyze data from wearables (e.g., heart rate variability, step counts), from electronic medical records and from surveys to explore changes in time outdoors and changes in health and wellbeing. The postdoc will join a vibrant collaborative team working to advance the science connecting nature exposure to health and to develop generalizable models for informing urban planning and other decisions affecting people and nature in urban environments.
The Natural Capital Project (NatCap), a partnership centered at Stanford, is an interdisciplinary team of academics, software engineers, and real-world professionals working to integrate the value nature provides to society into all major decisions. Our ultimate objective is to improve the well-being of all people and nature by motivating greater and more targeted natural capital investments.
This position is for one year–with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding availability. We are hopeful for a start-date ASAP. The postdoctoral scholar will be based in the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, part of the Doerr Sustainability School and co-advised by Dr. Gretchen Daily and Dr. Anne Guerry and by Dr. Chethan Sarabu at the School of Medicine with additional advisory support from Dr. Ann Hsing and Dr. Abby King (also at the School of Medicine). The expected base pay for this position is the Stanford University required minimum for all postdoctoral scholars appointed through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The FY23 minimum is $68,238
How to apply
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting at the end of February.
To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “NATURE PRESCRIPTION POSTDOC” and attach a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references. In the cover letter, please describe your interest in and qualifications for the position.
Please also indicate in your cover letter if you would require sponsorship for a visa to work in the United States, as well as any details that would affect the type of visa. Visas must be processed through the consulate in your home country.
The Natural Capital Project at Stanford University is recruiting a postdoctoral scholar to work on an NSF Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID)-funded project (DEB-2011147) investigating the effects of land use change on vector-borne disease. The overall objective of the project is to understand the successional dynamics of vector-borne diseases with changing land use, as well as to generalize beyond system-specific, descriptive case studies to mechanistic understanding and prediction of the consequences of land use decisions for infectious disease.
The postdoc will integrate field data from Madre de Dios, Peru on vector distributions, pathogen presence, disease incidence and human behavior with remote sensing data to answer questions about the ecological and socio-economic drivers of patterns of disease. They will also contribute to the Natural Capital Project’s efforts to develop generalizable models linking land use/land cover to human disease risk. The postdoc will have the opportunity to collaborate and interact with other project PIs based at Stanford University (Dr. Erin Mordecai – Dept. of Biology, and Dr. Eric Lambin – Earth System Science), at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science (Dr. Andrew MacDonald), and at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru (Dr. Willy Lescano).
This position is one of two open postdoc positions associated with this NSF EEID project. The other position is based with the MacDonald disease ecology lab at UC Santa Barbara. Information about the UC Santa Barbara position is available here. A single application can be submitted to apply to both the Stanford and UC Santa Barbara positions. See below for more details on how to apply.
The position based at Stanford University is for one year, with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding availability. The position will be advised by Dr. Gretchen Daily and Dr. Lisa Mandle and based with the Biology Department at Stanford University. The expected base pay for this position is the Stanford University required minimum for all postdoctoral scholars appointed through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The FY23 minimum is $68,238.
To apply please send one email to both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “NSF EEID POSTDOC” and attach a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references. The cover letter should summarize your relevant experience and qualifications and your interest in the position(s), as well as indicate which of the positions (UC Santa Barbara, Stanford, or both) you are applying for. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting Feb. 15 and until the positions are filled.
The Natural Capital Project is seeking a Training and Curriculum lead, to collaborate with team members across the NatCap network to develop and refine training program engagement practices and projects. The Training and Curriculum Lead will have a solid understanding of NatCap’s overall capacity building strategy, our goals and objectives for specific training events, and will ensure that NatCap trainings, workshops, and courses are professional and accomplishing desired objectives. The successful candidate will have a willingness to travel internationally when necessary.
This is a condensed job advertisement; to learn more and apply visit the Stanford Careers website.
NatCap is seeking a full-time Project Manager to work directly with NatCap project teams and collaborators from countries and multi-lateral development banks on an exciting new project to mainstream natural capital approaches in policy and finance decisions. The project spans over 15 countries in the Americas, Asia and Africa, representing diverse opportunities and urgent needs for mutual learning, technical assistance, and capacity building to support policy and investment leaders committed to harnessing the power of ecosystems to improve human wellbeing. The Project Manager will support the day-to-day operational aspects of each country team’s workplans, including coordination of tasks and communications among team members and across teams. This is a one-year fixed term position. If you are highly motivated, up for a challenge and know how to get things done, this position may be the right career opportunity for you!
Position will be filled as soon as possible. Apply for the position here.