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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Sarah Fletcher

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Fletcher, Sarah
Other Mentor(s) if Applicable: 
Buzz T, hompson, Jenna Davis, Kahlid Osman
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Woods Institute
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
This is a 9-12 month position with possible extension seeking a summer or fall 2022 start date.
Appointment Start Date: 
Summer or Fall 2022
How to Submit Application Materials: 

To apply, please submit the required application materials in a single PDF file. Please title your e-mail as "Water in California" and send the  PDF to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Human Right to Water in California
The Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University invites applications for a Stakeholder Engagement Postdoctoral Associate. This position is part of a new, collaborative research initiative on advancing the human right to water in California. It is funded by the recently launched Sustainability Accelerator in the new Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability. The postdoctoral associate will work with Prof. Sarah Fletcher, Prof. Jenna Davis, Prof. Buzz Thompson, and Prof. Khalid Osman.
Over one million people in California lack consistent access to adequate quantities of safe water. In 2012 CA became the first state to pass a law recognizing the human right to water, defined by three pillars: accessibility, quality, and affordability. The associate will explore opportunities to co-create research with external partners to address barriers to implementation including: metric design, data collection and management, and decision-support. This position is ideal for a recent PhD seeking to transition from academia to the public or non-profit sectors.
Key Responsibilities:
Data collection and review of relevant policies, regulation, research, and implementation efforts towards the HR2W in CA
Map and engage key HR2W stakeholders, including representatives of disadvantaged
communities, to understand their interests and concerns
Plan and organize a workshop to convene individuals and organizations who are supporting implementation of the human right to water in CA
Identify knowledge and implementation gaps where Stanford researchers can meaningfully contribute to advance the HR2W
Support proposal development in partnership with stakeholder organizations for follow-on funding to co-develop research and solutions

Required Qualifications: 
  • A PhD in environmental engineering, public policy, management or other discipline
  • 3+ years of research or work experience in the water sector
  • Experience with stakeholder engagement and outreach; community engagement experience preferred
  • Excellent writing skills; experience writing for academic and non-academic audiences
  • Excellent oral communication skills and a passion for talking to people
  • Strong project management and organization skills
  • Commitment to advancing equity and justice in research and professional activities
Required Application Materials: 
  • Cover letter describing your relevant experience and interests
  • CV
  • List of 2-3 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.