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PhD Position at the University of Strathclyde

Postby Susan Howick » Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:15 am

ESRC/ Scottish Government PhD studentship at the University of Strathclyde

Since 2007 public service delivery and reform in Scotland has been aligned with a set of National Outcomes and a single Purpose: “To focus Government and public services on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth.” Over time, the Scottish Government, working with its partners in the public, third and private sectors, has developed a distinctive approach to public service delivery and reform to deliver the Purpose and National Outcomes set out in Scotland’s National Performance Framework ( ... otperforms). That approach responds to particular strengths and challenges in Scotland seeking to reduce inequalities and to help ensure the long term sustainability of public finances. The distinctive Scottish approach is committed to protecting and improving public services through reform and efficiency, and in these tough times, the power of public services to enhance quality of life and improve economic opportunities has never been more important. To successfully reform our services and ensure they improve outcomes, reduce future demand for services and are financially sustainable, innovative approaches to reform are required to understand the needs and capabilities of communities, and through the implementation of the Government’s reform principles; the four pillars of prevention, performance, people and partnership, a recognition of the importance of place and utilising co-production and assets-based methodology to deliver improvement in practice.

Innovative participatory systems-based methods which can help address the challenges of public service reform exist but have not yet been applied in this context. In this project, the student will draw on three system-based methods (SBMs): Strategic Options Development and Analysis (SODA), Soft Systems Methodology (SSM), and System Dynamics (SD). The aim is to develop concrete accounts of how these SBMs, SODA, SSM and SD, can be used (in isolation or combination) to help service providers and communities to reform their services in a thoughtful and participative manner. We envisage the student will undertake a small number of action research case studies, where we will actively seek to deploy the SBMs in question to help service managers and key stakeholders (e.g. community planning partnerships, third sector) discuss and agree system reforms following the principles of the Scottish approach and the 4 pillars of reform. The development of the case studies will be informed by insights from What Works Scotland which is expected to be launched in June 2014.

The student will be supervised by Professors Alec Morton and Susan Howick and will be expected to interact regularly with the Scottish Government as the sponsor and part-funder of this proposal.

The studentship covers home tuition fees and a stipend of £13,863 pa for 3 years. Candidates are required to have an excellent Honours (Undergraduate) degree in a relevant business, scientific or social science subject, and a Masters degree (or equivalent) will be strongly preferred. An understanding of the Scottish approach to public service delivery and reform would also be desirable. Interested applicants should send a CV and a short statement of research interest to Professor Alec Morton ( by 31st May. Applicants need to be eligible for UK/EU fees and should also read and confirm that they are eligible for funding according to the ESRC academic and residential criteria, summarised here: ... index.aspx. The selected candidate will also need to be approved by the Scottish Graduate School-Doctoral Training Centre (
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PhD Position at the University of Zurich

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:51 am

There is a new job opportunity at the University of Zurich. Link to the ad on the System Dynamics Society website (+).
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PhD Position at the University of Bergen

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:28 pm

There is a new job opportunity at the University of Bergen. Link to the ad on the System Dynamics Society website (+).
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Senior Modeler at Climate Interactive

Postby Travis Franck » Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:52 am

Senior Modeler Position Description

Position: Senior Modeler – International Climate Change Adaptation

Location: Remote

Status: Full Time, 40 hours per week

Position Summary
Climate Interactive (CI) is looking for a new member of its team – a Senior Modeler to work in the growing area of International Adaptation and Resilience. CI is currently engaged in projects in Kenya and the Horn of Africa, and is beginning work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, and possibly other regions of the world.

Climate Interactive ( uses system dynamics computer simulation to help decision-makers see what works to address complex social and environmental issues such as mitigating climate change, accelerating the transition to clean energy, and building climate resilience.

The Senior Modeler will be responsible for creating system dynamics computer simulations, analysis, and engage clients and stakeholders in model simulations. Additional responsibilities include writing and editing media for CI.

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks
• Contribute as a collaborative member of a high performance team, both within the Adaptation and Resilience Program and in the wider CI team.
• Create, test, improve and iterate system dynamics computer simulations.
• Use system dynamics models for analysis, producing data, charts, and narrative reports of modeling results.
• Create simulation interface, slides and model documentation.
• Engage stakeholders to elicit their mental models during the creation of causal loop and stock-flow diagrams.
• Present simulation and analytic insights to stakeholders, both remotely via webinars and in-person (travel 3-7 weeks per year); primarily in countries of the Global South.
• Write and edit blog posts, website text, brochures, project descriptions, journal articles, and policy papers, as needed.
• Manage project timelines and deliverables, including supplying realistic time estimations as needed.
• Support the Program Director in delivering on contracts, grants, and CI’s mission.
• Deliver in-person presentations, interact in meetings, run webinars, speak in conference calls, deliver capacity building workshops, coach leaders

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability
• Masters degree or PhD or equivalent experience.
• At least five years experience building and using computer simulations and working with clients and stakeholders using simulations.
• Competence with the Vensim software package.
• Competence building dynamic hypotheses with stakeholders, including causal loop and stock/flow diagramming.
• Competence with different analytic skills to analyze primary and modeled datasets.
• General understanding of climate change, economic development, and environmental science and policy.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Self-motivated. Able to work independently and remotely.

Valued and Non-Essential Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability
• Working knowledge of other subject areas within the CI mission including: clean energy, climate change modeling, and systems thinking

• Exceptional communicator
• Extremely well organized, detail-oriented and analytical
• Team player

The position will be salaried (salary commensurate with experience), and include health care, vacation, holidays, 401(k), public transit commuter stipend (certain locations), and fitness stipend.

How to Apply
Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and short written answers via a web form:

New Venture Fund Careers
Climate Interactive is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The New Venture Fund is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. The New Venture Fund's work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of races, ethnicities, national origins, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, beliefs, religions, faiths and ideologies, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and levels of physical ability.
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Re: Job Openings

Postby Martijn Eskinasi » Thu Mar 13, 2014 8:19 am

A system dynamics job position is vacant at the UCL in London ... de=1404133
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Postdoctoral Research Position in New Mexico USA

Postby Leonard Malczynski » Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:30 am

Will be posted to the SD Career Link

Job Description
New Mexico State University located in Las Cruces, New Mexico cooperating with Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico is accepting applications for a qualified and experienced Postdoctoral Researcher with a background in modeling, preferably experience with system dynamics. We seek candidates that are immediately available to fill this position. Duration of this position is from 1 to 6 years.

Project Description
NSF EPSCoR Project: Energize NM EPSCoR modeling module
NSF Coupled Human and Natural Systems: Acequia Water Systems Linking Culture and Nature: Integrated Analysis of Community Resilience to Climate and Land-Use Changes. NSF Award #1010516

Project Objectives
Develop a system dynamics decision support system, the Rio Grande Water and Society Simulation Model (RGWSSIM) that will allow simulations of changes in human and natural systems linked by acequia communities (traditional Spanish community managed irrigation systems). RGWSSIM will operate on a laptop computer and be accessible to community users. Scenarios will consider climate and economic changes as well as stakeholder-defined impacts such as climate and land use on river/riparian function, tradeoffs among competing agricultural practices, and associated economic/environmental consequences of alternative resource management strategies.

Interested applicants should send a CV, references, and cover letter to Dr. Alexander “Sam” Fernald via email ( or Dr. Vincent Tidwell ( Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled, with a start date to be determined.
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Job Opening at University College London

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:43 am

There is a new job opportunity at University College London. Link to the ad on the System Dynamics Society website (+).
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Job Openings at University at Albany

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Jan 16, 2014 5:10 pm

There are two new job opportunities at University at Albany. Link to the ads on the System Dynamics Society website (+).
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Job Opening at Radboud University Nijmegen

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:18 pm

There is a new job opportunity at Radboud University Nijmegen. Link to the ad on the System Dynamics Society website (+).
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Job Openings at Vanguard Strategy

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:10 pm

There are new job opportunities at Vanguard Strategy. Link to the ads on the System Dynamics Society website (+).
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