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ESI is hiring a Postdoctoral Associate to undertake research related to environmental justice with a primary focus on hydrocarbon-producing regions of the United States. Download as a PDF.

Position Description

Here & Real is an ESI project dedicated to direct engagement with U.S. regions as they face climate change and an emerging low-carbon economy. Working with local and state leadership, community organizations, and newsrooms, we combine world-class research with local values and economic realities in order to support decision-makers and residents as they plan—and help create—a more resilient future.

The ESI is hiring a postdoctoral associate to develop research that builds on the Here and Real project and explores the intersections of an emerging low-carbon economy, rural economic opportunities, political narratives, and self-determination in hydrocarbon-producing regions of the United States. How can communities in these regions be empowered to thrive in a modern, low-carbon economy?

The Postdoctoral Associate will work with the ESI team, MIT students, and faculty advisors to co-produce research with ESI’s community partners and networks, resulting in peer reviewed publications and public-facing contributions to these communities undergoing disruptive change. This position will also liaise with the ESI team engaging with Latin American communities on nature-positive environmental justice solutions.

This position reports to the ESI Engagement Program Director and the ESI Director upon request.


  • A PhD in Environmental Studies, Economics, Planning, Management, Geography, Anthropology, or a related field
  • Knowledge of qualitative research methods; community engagement; equity/justice issues; challenges facing rural America
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, prioritize, adapt to rapidly shifting priorities and manage research projects from start to publication
  • Is a self-motivated, strategic thinker who possesses excellent organizational and communication skills and deadline-oriented attitude, and an ability to deliver high quality results while managing multiple priorities
  • Excellent written, communication, and relationship management skills that promote collaboration and cooperation
  • Some U.S. travel, when allowed by MIT

To Apply:

Submit your application through MIT Careers. Review of applications will begin on July 20, 2021 and continue until filled.

For questions, contact Laur Hesse Fisher at



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