The Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont (UVM) is recruiting an exceptional postdoctoral researcher for the project titled “Integrated community microgrids transitions and energy sovereignty in remote communities in Alaska.”

The Gund Institute for Environment  at the University of Vermont is a research center dedicated to understanding and tackling the world’s most critical environmental challenges. Driven by the belief that research should inspire action, the Institute takes a cross-sector approach to solving environmental issues with stakeholders from government, business, and broader society.


They are seeking a creative and highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to conduct a transdisciplinary study utilizing interpretive methods in electrical power systems, engineering, data science, and just transitions scholarship to provide an analytical understanding of how transitions are shaping energy sovereignty and environmental resilience in the remote energy communities in Alaska.

The project’s goals are to explore how remote energy communities are enhancing grid efficiency and energy security, justice, autonomy, sustainable community development, electrification, and environmental resilience in Alaska. This is a collaborative project working in partnership with universities and community organizations in Alaska. The project is led by Bindu Panikkar and Mads Almassalkhi.

The position is for two years (one year with an extension to an additional year pending satisfactory progress). We offer an annual salary of $52,000 plus benefits. Postdocs will also have opportunities for professional development (e.g., media and communications training). Expected start date is September 1, 2022.


See full position description, eligibility requirements, and apply online here Applications are due March 15, 2022.