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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Jim Leape

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Leape, Jim
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Woods Institute
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
One year, full time with possibility of extending based on funding availability.
Appointment Start Date: 
January 2024
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Send materials to with the subject line “Postdoc App: Climate & Blue Foods.” Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  Applicants must be available to start no later than January 2024. 

Does this position pay above the required minimum?: 
Yes. The expected base pay range for this position is listed in Pay Range field. The pay offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors including (but not limited to) the qualifications of the selected candidate, budget availability, and internal equity.
Pay Range: 
$71,650 - $76,000

The Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) catalyzes research, innovation, and action to improve the health of the oceans for the people who depend on them the most. A part of the Woods Institute for the Environment at the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, COS capitalizes on Stanford’s broad expertise in ocean science and in the many other disciplines crucial to developing ocean solutions including engineering, computer science, political science, design, and business. Our core team of researchers and fellows partner with other research institutions, national and international nongovernmental organizations, businesses and governments, as well as established and emerging leaders in the data revolution.
Blue foods support the health and livelihoods of billions of people worldwide. Yet climate change threatens how much blue food wild fisheries and aquaculture can supply. In a warming world, there are multiple hazards: marine fisheries, for instance, must contend with shifting species distributions, shellfish production with ocean acidification, and inland fisheries with prolonged droughts that limit freshwater availability. By undermining production capacity, climate change compromises blue food’s contributions to economic and food security. However, sustainably managed blue foods can help achieve global goals for climate change, land, water, and biodiversity. Realizing the potential of blue foods will require action to address these threats and build resilience of fisheries and aquaculture to future shocks.
This opportunity is crafted for early career scholars with a strong interest in food systems, climate change, sustainability science, law and policy as well as the important interactions therein. The fellowship offers a hands-on opportunity to apply scientific skills and expertise to address urgent and intensifying policy challenges throughout the world.  This work will build on Stanford’s continued track record of engagement on global sustainability issues and deepen partnerships with policy stakeholders.
In research, the Fellow will use quantitative and qualitative methods to: (1) analyze how climate change may impact blue foods, (2) identify how blue food management can support climate-resilient food systems, (3) determine how blue foods can be effectively integrated into national climate policies and adaptation strategies, and (4) highlight knowledge and policy gaps.
In policy work, the Fellow will play a lead role in managing COS’s efforts at the intersection of climate change and blue food research and engagement. The Fellow will engage with external policy partners and stakeholders at the national, regional, and global scales to ensure that project activities are as relevant as possible for active policy processes, engaging directly in such processes when appropriate.

Required Qualifications: 

Fellowship applicants should have:
▪ Received a Ph.D., J.D., or M.B.A., in a related field in the last three years with expertise in climate and food systems, including but not limited to: policy, law, science, nutrition, economics, technology, or data analysis;
▪ Demonstrated interest and experience in policy engagement;
▪ Strong academic credentials, excellent writing and editing abilities, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and a collaborative spirit;
▪ Direct experience in project management and execution; including task management and collaborative engagement with partners distributed across the globe, as well as the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously;
▪ A commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within the workplace and a track record of community engagement and service;
▪ Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, self-motivation, and aptitude for working with diverse partners and policy stakeholders on rapidly evolving processes;
▪ Sound judgment and exceptional ethical standards in serving as a trusted source for evidencebased analysis and policy engagement;
▪ Exemplary written and verbal communication skills; fluency in English.

Required Application Materials: 
  • Cover letter summarizing interest in the position and relevant experience
  • CV
  • Writing sample
  • Contact information for three references


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.