New job opportunity – postdoc position, UCSB, Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research

Santa Barbara, CA – The Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research (ISBER) seeks a postdoctoral scholar to contribute to the development of interactive online tools for communicating the results of sustainability research to the public.  Work to be performed will advance the state of the art in policy applications of environmental research.

Researchers at ISBER completed a life cycle assessment (LCA) of used lubricating oil management in California for the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (Cal-Recycle) to support recent legislation. In a subsequent project, the researchers will produce an interactive web application to interpret study results with improved accessibility and transparency assess sensitivity to input parameters, and enable policy makers to easily up=date the model as new data become available. Academic research to support the project is anticipated to lead to methodological advances in LCA, including the use of open data.

The postdoctoral scholar will work directly with the PI and California state policy makers to design and implement the tool.  Candidates must possess a PhD or equivalent and relevant experience in a field related to sustainability science, industrial ecology, human-computer interaction, or data management; demonstrated experience developing web or database applications; interest in policy applications of sustainability research; professional communication skills. Familiarity with life cycle assessment methodology (ISO 14044) is highly desirable. concrete experience with Microsoft SWL Server, C# programming language, and/or javascript (jQuery, D3, and similar) is preferred, but any programming or web development experience is valuable.

The position will offer considerable opportunity to advance the career of an academic researcher interested in sustainability science and policy through interaction with faculty at the Bren School of environmental Science and Management. Position is for one year, beginning as soon as possible. PI will work with the postdoc to secure additional research funding if desire.

ISBER is located on the beautiful campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, near beaches, hiking, cycling, and other attractions of the California central coast. Union-protected employment terms include 10 paid holidays plus 24 personal days per year, comprehensive health benefits for individuals and families, liberal and flexible working conditions, and a competitive salary commensurate with experience.

Open until filled; early responses appreciated. Please send a cover letter describing your research interests and experience, curriculum vitae, and names of three references to Dr. Brandon Kuczenski (

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, including minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. The school is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

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