Career Resources

Resources on this page were developed through DIALOG and DISCCRS symposia and related activities, with the hope of advancing the progress of climate-change and aquatic-science research and early-career development. A key resource for postdocs in particular is the National Science Foundation's Geoscience Directorate's Recommendations for Postdoctoral Policies and Practicies that can be found here: NSF Postdoc Mentoring Guidelines. The U.S. National Postdoctoral Association has many general resources as well. An annotated bibliography is provided below the table of links. If you know of a resource that you believe would be a good addition to this list, please email us at info@disccrs.org.

This page is divided into the following sections:

Jobs and News Listservs

Professional Development

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Proposal Development

Communication Resources

Mentoring and Teaching

Interdisciplinary Graduate Education


Jobs and News Listservs

  • AcademicCareers.com - Faculty, adjunct, and post doc, department head, and dean jobs in all areas
  • APPAM - Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
  • Climate-L - IISD news & announcements on climate change policy & issues
  • CLMLIST - International list for climatologists
  • EANTH-L - Ecological & Environmental Anthropology
  • Earthworks - Extensive listings of earth related jobs
  • ECOLOG-L - Grants, jobs and news from the Ecological Society of America
  • ESWN - Earth Science Women's Network
  • ES_JOBS_NET - Earth Sciences jobs
  • Geomorph-L - Listserv for the International Association of Geomorphologists
  • GEP-Ed - Global Environmental Politics
  • H-NET - Environmental History
  • HERC - Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. Jobs are organized by geographic area to assist dual-career couples in finding jobs within a reasonable commute.
  • ISOGEOCHEM - Stable Isotope Geochemistry science and news
  • Met-Jobs - Meterological and related jobs (UK)
  • Paleoclimate-List - Paleoclimatology - research & science
  • Planktonnet - Great listserv for aquatic-science jobs. To subscribe to the list, send an empty email to planktonnet-subscribe@yahoogroups.com, or visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/planktonnet/ and click on 'Join this group.'
  • RESECON - Land & Resource Economics Network
  • RISKCOM - Risk Communication
  • Science Careers - career development site published by Science magazine

Professional Development

While academic institutions are increasingly providing students with training related to professional development, most graduates need more training than is currently provided as part of their graduate education. The resources here were developed to fill this need.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Proposal Development

While anyone wishing to pursue a research career can expect to write proposals, concrete skills are not always taught in graduate school. The resources in this section have been used at various DISCCRS symposia to inform scholars of NASA and NSF programs and proposal development.

Communication Resources

Communication skills are key to researchers working at the science/policy interface. The following resources were compiled from past symposia and from recommendations from past DISCCRS participants.

Mentoring and Teaching

Recent PhD graduates are in a period of sharp transition--they still need to be mentored, but they are increasingly taking on the role of advisor and mentor to others. Many are teaching for the first time. These resources were developed to ease the process.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Education

DIALOG and DISCCRS symposium participants come from a variety of academic institutions, within and outside the U.S. As recent PhD graduates, they generally have strong opinions on their graduate experiences and are eager to share the best aspects of their programs. These reports share their perspectives and recommendations.