Phipps is seeking applications for an Ecopsychologist to research the interconnections of human health and well-being with the health of the environment, in line with Phipps Research Institute’s focus on sustainability and health. An emphasis will be placed on such topics as Biophilia and Biophilic Design, especially at the intersection of the built and natural environments; fostering connections to nature; and understanding motivations behind pro-environmental behavior change with a goal to bridge the gap in our understanding between the built and natural environments and effects on mental and physical well-being.

The Ecopsychologist will report to the Director of Research and Science Education and will work collaboratively with several departments, including Research, Horticulture, and Studio Phipps, as well as develop collaborations with local universities and organizations. Duties will include conducting original research, analyzing and evaluating data and assisting in presentations of the innovative studies being conducted.

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. in ecopsychology, human ecology, public health, neuroscience, psychology, medicine, or closely-related disciplines. Focal areas of expertise might include mindfulness-based interventions or biophilic design. The successful candidate must have a passion for interdisciplinary research with a demonstrated ability to work as part of a collaborative research team, as well as working with children and the general public in a pleasant and courteous manner. Proficiency with computer software and data management is required (use of R, Python, Matlab, STATA, etc., preferred), and teaching experience in formal and informal education is preferred.

Phipps offers a competitive compensation package, strong benefits and unique atmosphere. Qualified candidates should apply using our online application or send a cover letter, résumé and salary history via email to or mail to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Human Resources Department, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Phipps is an equal opportunity employer.

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