Coupled Human and Natural Systems Research Assistantship

Climate Policy Lab (CPL) and Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) are seeking a Research Assistant to conduct a literature review on the theory of Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS) to be used in drafting a proposal for an NSF grant to support our research on community-managed natural farming.

The tasks will include, among other things:

  • Conduct a literature review on the theory of CHANS
  • Produce an annotated bibliography
  • Assistance with drafting parts of the grant proposal

The RA will work with Fletcher Professors Kelly Gallagher and Jenny Aker and Woodwell Senior Scientist Jonathan Sanderman.  We expect the RA to initially work around 20 hours.  The pay rate is $17/hour.  The initial literature review and annotated bibliography are to be completed by 10 October.  Thereafter, we will need some assistance with the drafting of some parts of the NSF grant proposal, in particular, how our project proposal ‘informs’ or ‘transforms’ CHANS.  Note that we already have someone working on the main components of the grant proposal, which needs to be submitted before 15 November.


  • Enrolled as a student at Fletcher
  • Advanced research skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Interest in, and some knowledge of, climate and agriculture issues


Please send to no later than Tuesday 27 September:

  • A statement of interest and qualifications
  • Your CV
  • A writing sample

Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds.