Erb Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Michigan, United States
05 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

How to Apply

To apply, applicants must submit – in a single, collated PDF document – by December 20, 2018.

A brief cover letter (maximum two pages), which provides a summary of the applicant’s PhD research and career goals, and outlines how an Erb Institute post-doctoral fellowship will advance their career in sustainability research. For applicants who are currently doctoral candidates, please indicate the anticipated schedule of completion. A PhD or comparable degree is a prerequisite for this appointment;

A proposal (maximum five pages) outlining the research the applicant wishes to develop or conduct while in residence; the proposal must both address challenges or opportunities at the intersection of Sustainability and the private or impact (i.e., non-profit) sectors and align with research interests of one (or more) of the Erb Institute’s chaired professors. In the proposal, applicants are asked to indicate with a rationale the chaired professor (Arvai, Hoffman, or Lyon) they envision themselves working with. Proposals that draw on insights from more than one scholarly discipline are welcome.

An up-to-date curriculum vitae. As an addendum, applicants are asked to provide a list of courses taken while a graduate student (a transcript is not required); and

Two short (manuscript-length) examples of your written work. One of these examples should reflect the applicants’ dissertation research; however, applicants are asked to not send a copy of their dissertation.

Separate from these application materials, applicants must arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to the selection committee care of the email address below. Recommendation letters must be from individuals qualified to write about the applicant’s aptitude for the position. Without exceptions, letters of recommendation must also be received by the deadline on December 20, 2018.

NB: Incomplete applications, including those with missing recommendation letters, will not be reviewed.

Letters of recommendation, should be sent via email to:

Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

Interviews will take place, and offers will be made to successful candidates in early 2019.

Job Summary

We are seeking talented and creative early-career scholars who will conduct high-quality and impactful research, participate in seeking extramural funding related to their research, write jointly-authored and peer-reviewed articles, and contribute content for a broad array of audiences under the Erb Institute’s research and engagement banners.

Researchers in the Erb Institute are global in their approach, think in terms of systems, and adopt a broad view of sustainability. We seek scholars whose research and academic interests sit – from a contextual or theoretical perspective – at the nexus of sustainability and the private or impact (i.e., non-profit) sectors. In addition, we seek post-doctoral fellows who will conduct research, while in residence at the Erb Institute, in areas that are closely aligned with the scholarly work and interests of one (or more) of the Erb Institute’s three chaired professors: Drs. Joe Arvai, Andy Hoffman, and Tom Lyon. Selected post-doctoral fellow(s) will be mentored by one of these three professors.

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must be at the beginning of their academic careers, having received their Ph.D. or comparable degree between September 1, 2017, and August 31, 2019. Individuals holding current academic positions at a rank above post-doctoral fellow are not eligible to apply. Fellowships are open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens providing they are eligible for an academic visa in the United States.

Additional Information

Fellows are appointed for two years in the Erb Institute and are expected to be in residence during the academic years of the fellowship, participate in the intellectual life of the institute, and devote time to their research. If desired, classroom instruction may be included in the fellowship agreement, pending the availability of suitable teaching opportunities. Additional details about the expectations and responsibilities of post-doctoral fellows in the Erb Institute may be found here.

The annual stipend will be $65,000 based on an academic calendar year, September 1 – August 31; a modest discretionary research fund will also be provided. Fellows are eligible for University employee benefits programs including health and life insurance options

Mission Statement

The Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan is a joint program between the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School for Environment & Sustainability. The Erb Institute is focused on addressing the world’s sustainability challenges, broadly defined, by challenging and shaping markets, the private sector, and other impact-focused organizations to become sources of positive solutions. The Institute emphasizes scholarly research and externally-focused engagement as vehicles for shaping thinking and dialogue about how the private and impact sectors may help to create a more just and sustainable world.

For more information about the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, please visit:

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.