Postdoctoral Position – Human Dimensions of Climate Smart Agricultural Practices
A postdoctoral position is available in the Social Sustainability of Agriculture and Food Systems Lab at the University of Georgia, under the mentorship of Dr. Jennifer Jo Thompson.
Description: This position concentrates on social science research within two interdisciplinary USDA-funded projects focused on sustainable agriculture and ‘climate smart’ agricultural practices in the US, particularly cover cropping. Broadly, this research aims to develop a rich, qualitative understanding of farmers’ motivations and experiences adopting and using cover crops at multiple scales, to support more effective outreach and technical assistance that also expands equity and participation in US agriculture.
Duties: The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for data collection (focus groups, as well as opportunities for interviews and participant observation), qualitative data analysis, and writing up manuscripts in collaboration with graduate students and researchers at UGA and elsewhere. The position also includes opportunities for travel to present at scholarly and professional meetings.
- A PhD in anthropology, geography, rural sociology or other relevant social science field.
- Strong skills in qualitative data collection and analysis.
- Publication record, evidenced by peer-reviewed publications.
- Independent work ethic.
- Experience working with farmers or other agricultural stakeholders in social science research.
- Experience with participatory research methods.
- Experience working with large research teams, including across disciplines, and with remote academic and non-academic partners.
- Interest/experience mentoring graduate/undergraduate students.
- Demonstrated capacity for communication of research findings among diverse audiences including farmers, non-profits, policy-makers, etc.
Starting Date: Negotiable, August 2023 preferred.
The initial appointment is for one year, with possibility of renewal up to three years with satisfactory performance.
Salary: Competitive starting salary and benefits package
Location: Athens, GA
Interested candidates, please submit:
- A cover letter that details experience and interest in the position
- A full CV
- Up to three peer-reviewed publications
- Contact information for three references
Review of Applicants: To be fully considered for the position, applications should be received by May 10, 2023. Please send application materials to Melissa Ray at email@example.com. Please direct questions to Jennifer Jo Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org. The successful candidate will be required to complete the hiring process through UGAjobs.
University of Wisconsin-Madison – Evaluation Specialist
The Evaluation Unit (https://naturalresources.extension.wisc.edu/services/evaluation/) in UW Madison’s Division of Extension’s Natural Resources Institute is seeking a full-time evaluation specialist to provide research and support for the evaluation of natural resources, environmental, and agricultural programs. The primary purpose of this position is to design and conduct evaluations, analyze and interpret evaluation data, and visualize and share evaluation results and recommendations.
The Natural Resources Institute’s Evaluation Unit’s vision is to be a leader in evaluation by providing innovative, client-focused services that empower individuals, organizations and communities to make informed decisions that benefit our shared natural resources and the people who use them. It works with community-based organizations, higher education institutions, federal and state agencies, foundations and nonprofits across a range of social, agricultural and environmental issues.
The Evaluation Unit supports environmental education projects, transdisciplinary sustainable agricultural research projects, natural resources management and agricultural training programs and water resources management projects. Its mission is to create opportunities for individuals and organizations to clearly articulate and improve their projects and programs and better understand the outcomes and impacts they are having through rigorous and innovative approaches to program development and evaluation.
University of Vermont Post-Doctoral Position in Farmer Adoption of Climate-Smart Practices
A two year post-doctoral position (with potential funding for a third year) is available at the University of Vermont under the mentorship of Dr. Meredith Niles, in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Jo Thompson at the University of Georgia. The expected start date is negotiable, with a preferred start date by February 1, 2023. This post-doctoral position will contribute to two USDA-funded projects focused on enabling farmer adoption of climate-smart agriculture practices that help farmers mitigate and adapt to climate change.
The first project is a USDA Sustainable Agricultural Systems grant working across dozens of institutions and states focused on cover crop precision agriculture. Additional information about the project and team can be found here: http://precisionsustainableag.org/. In collaboration with Dr. Thompson at University of Georgia, this “science in society”-oriented project involves characterizing, mapping, and analyzing the information ecosystem of a large-scale, transdisciplinary sustainable agriculture research collaboration using mixed social science methods, including participant observation, qualitative interviewing, social network analysis, and farmer survey data analysis. The majority of data for the project has been collected, including farmer surveys, a survey of the research team, and in-depth interviews with cover crop adopters in nine states.
The second project is a USDA Interdisciplinary Engagement in Animal Systems (IDEAS) grant, in collaboration with researchers at Colorado State University and UC Davis, which seeks to characterize and model the expected impacts of climate change on the US Dairy system, and the mitigation opportunities. The post-doctorate will work with Dr. Niles to implement a nationwide US dairy farmer and consumer survey, develop outreach and engagement materials for the dairy industry, and develop educational materials for high school and university students. The farmer survey will focus on farmer perceptions and adoption of climate change adaptation and mitigation practices, as well as barriers and opportunities for dairy farmers for climate-smart practice adoption. The consumer survey will focus on perceptions of the US dairy industry, dairy industry climate-smart agriculture practices, and understanding of the sector.
In addition to these projects, the post-doctorate will also have the potential to contribute to other international projects including those in New Zealand and with smallholder farmers across low and middle-income countries, exploring adoption of climate-smart practices.
Salary and Benefits
Salary range will be between $54,000- $60,000, depending on experience. There are also a number of generous benefits associated with the position, which can be found at: https://www.uvm.edu/hrs/postdoctoral-associates-benefits-overview. The post-doctorate will also have opportunities for professional development and travel associated with the projects.
Colleagues and Mentorship
The Niles Lab at the University of Vermont focuses on food systems, environment and health from a behavior and policy perspective. The lab utilizes mixed methods approaches, particularly focused on quantitative social science and data science, including the integration of multiple kinds of datasets. The students and post-doctorates within the lab are inter and transdisciplinary scholars, working in fields including food systems, nutrition, plant and soil science, ecology, data science, and complex systems. The lab is funded through a number of projects from the US Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation and varying foundations, all focused on sustainable food security and systems in a changing environment and complex world.
The Social Sustainability of Agri-Food Systems Lab led by Dr. Thompson at University of Georgia applies expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods social science to develop knowledge about the relationships between human/environmental health, social justice, agroecology, and food systems. As social scientists embedded in the College of Ag & Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia, their inter-/transdisciplinary work focuses on the social sustainability of agriculture and food systems – from collaborations aimed at developing knowledge and outreach to support farmers in adopting conservation agricultural practices (i.e., cover cropping) to those focused on community food systems and food justice (i.e., produce prescription programs, farm to school).
- A PhD in a relevant field related to social sciences, food systems, data science or networks, political science and/or plant, soil or agricultural sciences among others. There is no specific disciplinary PhD requirement, so candidates from many different disciplines, departments and interdisciplinary programs are encouraged to apply if their experience is relevant.
- 2+ years of experience with mixed-methods social science research:
- Ability to analyze quantitative survey data, including social network data, using statistical analyses and network analysis.
- Demonstrated capacity to develop social science surveys
- Familiarity with programming (e.g., STATA, R, Python) oriented toward social science applications.
- Ability to collect and analyze qualitative data (e.g., Atlas.ti, NVIVO, or QDAminer).
- Publication record, evidenced by peer-reviewed publications
- Independent work ethic
- Experience working with agricultural producers in social science research
- Experience working with large research teams, including ability to work across disciplines and with remote academic and non-academic partners
- Interest/experience in mentoring graduate/undergraduate students
- Demonstrated capacity for communication of research findings among diverse audiences including farmers, non-profits, policymakers, developers and/or funders.
The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any category legally protected by federal or state law. Applicants are welcome from any region, and there are no associated citizenship requirements.
To apply for this position please submit:
- A cover letter that details experience and interest in the position including experience working on survey development, network analysis, and across large teams
- A full CV
- At least one, and up to three peer-reviewed publications
- Contact information for three references
Top candidates will be invited to interview through videoconference, with the possibility of a campus visit.
In order to be fully considered for the position, applications should be received by December 15, 2023. Applications should be sent to Rebecca Mitchell, Food Systems Research and Action Coordinator at Rebecca.Mitchell@uvm.edu
PhD Assistantship in soil health and pastoral grassland ecology in the French Pyrenees
We are recruiting a PhD student to study the soil health and ecosystem ecology of pastoral agroecosystems in the French Pyrenees as part of an US-NSF-funded project with collaborators in France and Spain. The student will be enrolled at the University of Georgia, USA but will spend significant field time in the French Pyrenees and be co-advised by Rebecca McCulley (U Kentucky) and Aaron Thompson (U Georgia). The project uses transdisciplinary approaches (co-production of knowledge with farmers and other stakeholders) to understand and predict how climate, policy, and social change will impact the socioecological system of pastoralism that is deeply rooted in Basque culture. This student will work as part of an interdisciplinary team of social and natural scientists from the US, France, and Spain and be responsible for quantifying soil and plant ecosystem health and stocks across a range of active and abandoned pastures. The student will also be expected to assist and co-train in social science data collection and interact with climate/agroecosystem modelers.
Desired qualifications include experience with a variety of soil and plant measurements, knowledge of and interest in pastoral systems, strong statistical, oral and written communication skills, demonstrated effectiveness working in diverse teams and independently, experience conducting remote field work, and an MS degree in a related field of study. Proficiency in French and English are required with proficiency in Spanish preferred.
Candidates should send their CV and a cover letter to Aaron Thompson (AaronT@uga.edu) with PASTORAL PhD in the subject line. To learn more about our research groups, please visit www.mcculleylab.org and Thompsonlab.uga.edu. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is identified, but please return an application by November 15, 2022 for full consideration. The assistantship can start as early as January 2023 or as late as August 2023. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Postdoctoral Research Associate – Climate, Policy, and the Sustainability of the Basque Socio-Environmental System
We seek a French-speaking social scientist for innovative, participatory, and transdisciplinary research examining the future of Basque farming in the context of cultural, policy, and climate change. Our hiring timeline is flexible between late spring 2023 and early summer 2024, so we invite applicants who have PhD in hand or who will complete their PhDs within the next year.
Basque pastoralists have been full partners in the design and development of this project since its inception, and we seek a postdoc who shares our commitment to knowledge co-production. Together, farmers and scholars have outlined two primary research objectives: 1) characterize the existing Basque pastoral socio-environmental system (SES), and 2) analyze and model future changes in the system by integrating long term socio-environmental data with climate and policy forecasts. The research team includes scholars from the University of Georgia, Appalachian State University, the University of Kentucky, the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), and the Basque Center for Climate Change (BC3), as well as a steering committee of farmers and food system advocates.
The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be primarily responsible for ethnographic research in the French Basque province of Soule, including semi-structured interviews and participant observation with Basque farmers and at public events. This position will also include travel across France to interview policymakers and agricultural, environmental, and energy policy advocates. The postdoc will live in Soule for approximately 8 months per year and in Athens, GA for 4 months. The initial appointment will be for one year, with possibility of renewal up to a total of three years, with satisfactory performance.
Required qualifications include a PhD in anthropology, geography, sociology, or other relevant social science field, strong qualitative research skills, and demonstrated ability to work effectively in teams. Candidates must have effective oral communication skills and be able to write clearly, professionally, and persuasively.
Applications must be submitted through the UGA Jobs portal, and a link will be posted here soon. Required materials will include a cover letter, CV, research statement, writing sample, and names of three references. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Please direct any inquiries about the position or project to Dr. Meredith Welch-Devine (email@example.com).
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Social Scientist)
Washington State University
Washington State University (WSU) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (Social Scientist) to work on a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI). The project focuses on plastic mulch end-of-life management decisions among strawberry growers in California in order to better understand the factors that help or hinder growers’ adoption of more sustainable practices (e.g., polyethylene mulch recycling) and technologies (e.g., biodegradable plastic mulches) that can help address the growing problem of agricultural plastic pollution. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work as part of the Human Dimensions Working Group headed by Dr. Jessica Goldberger (Rural Sociologist) in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. Responsibilities include conducting qualitative research with diverse stakeholders, conducting survey research, preparing project reports and manuscripts, delivering oral presentations, and other duties as needed. Required qualifications include a PhD in rural sociology, sociology, anthropology, or closely related field; experience with qualitative research methods; experience with survey research; strong analytical skills, willingness to travel to California, project meetings, and conferences; ability to work independently; interest in agriculture, diffusion of innovations, the environment, and/or sustainability; excellent organizational and project management skills; and excellent written and oral communication skills. The primary location of the position is WSU’s Pullman campus. Start date: July 1, 2023 (negotiable). To apply, please submit a cover letter, current CV, copies of academic transcripts, writing sample, and names and contact information for three professional references (https://wsu.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/WSU_Jobs/details/Postdoctoral-Research-Associate–Social-Scientist-_R-7881). Applicant screening will begin on January 15, 2023 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Jessica Goldberger at firstname.lastname@example.org or (509) 335-8540. WSU is an EEO/AA/ADD employer.
OpenTEAM is a collaborative community of researchers, farmers, and businesses that is developing a connected technology ecosystem to do just that. If the digital agricultural tools farmers used were in a connected system, farmers could input their data once and receive many benefits, giving them more time to do what they do best. In this connected technology system where farmers can share secure access to their data, scientists can expand their own datasets for climate change research, government agencies can more easily certify organic operations, or technical service providers can share new insights from the data to help farmers employ sustainable farming practices. By sharing data securely, these tools allow farmers to access an array of benefits and economic incentives for implementing more sustainable agriculture practices.
This position will be responsible for successful administration and management of the ACTION Project and complex coordination of the alliance. The ACTION Project Director leads the ACTION program staff to develop and implement strategies to promote our vision through collaborative processes, technical assistance, and implementation partnerships.
Postdoctoral Research Position in Participatory Food Governance
Postdoctoral fellow as part of a multidisciplinary team led by Dr. Charles Levkoe, Canada Research Chair in Equitable and Sustainable Food Systems, Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University in partnership with researchers at Carleton University, St Paul’s University, Ohio State University, and several community partners. The Participatory Food Systems Governance project aims to identify effective, innovative, and collaborative approaches to food systems governance for building healthy, equitable, and sustainable food systems. The postdoctoral fellow will focus their efforts on supporting a series of case studies in participatory food systems governance and other thematic areas of the project in Ontario. The candidate will be responsible for literature reviews, conducting interviews, analyzing data, and sharing results in peer reviewed publications, reports, presentations, and public facing outputs. Strong written and oral communication skills are essential, as the candidate will interact with academic, civil society and government leaders, research team members, and support knowledge mobilization.
The successful candidate must have experience and interest in qualitative research methods, conducting community-based research, academic and popular writing, and working closely with civil society organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Research experience in food systems, governance, public policy, and social movements is preferred. The candidate must have completed their doctoral degree within six years of their appointment. The candidate must also be legally entitled to work in Canada (due to funder requirements).
To apply for this position, please send a letter of interest, a CV, transcripts, and contact details for two references via email to: Charles Levkoe (email@example.com). The appointment will begin in January 2023 for one year at $45,000. The appointment may be renewable for a second year upon funding availability and the agreement of all parties. Review of applications will begin on November 1, but applications will be considered until the position is filled. We appreciate your interest; however, only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Inquiries are welcome. Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
The University of Illinois has posted two tenure track positions:
- Economics of Consumer Behavior (Assistant/Associate): https://illinois.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/1581?c=illinois (Search is broadly defined. Emphasis on food, sustainable food systems, and/or the environment. Candidates with an international focus encouraged to apply.)
- Economics of Food Policy (Open rank) https://illinois.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/1619?c=illinois
For more information on the Economics of Consumer Behavior position, please contact Hope Michelson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and
Jonathan Coppess (email@example.com) for the Food Policy position.
The University of Montana Environmental Studies (EVST) Program invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level, beginning in August 2023. We seek an interdisciplinary community-engaged scholar, inspiring teacher, and effective mentor with expertise in climate equity, resilience, and policy to join our dynamic civically-engaged community of faculty and students.
Please go to the following link to learn more about the position and how to apply: http://bit.ly/3629umjobs Priority applications due by Nov. 13 2022.
UMD hiring a TT Assistant Professor in Urban Environmental Health
The Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park invites applications from outstanding scholars to be appointed as Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Urban Environmental Health. We seek a scholar with a PhD in anthropology whose work explicitly examines the link between the environment and human health and wellbeing in urban and/or suburban environments. The candidate should possess environmental and/or medical anthropological expertise that addresses environmental health topics including, but not limited to, climate change, disaster management, nutrition and food security, water security, air pollution, sanitation and waste disposal, built environment, and/or the impacts of toxic chemical exposures, among other areas focusing on the intersections of health justice and environmental justice.
The ideal candidate combines expertise in environmental health with theory from ecological and socio-cultural/medical anthropology to examine the influence of social, structural, and behavioral factors related to social inequality and environmental and human health. Their research program should demonstrate a commitment to collaborative and interdisciplinary research that recognizes the intersectional health, racial, and environmental justice implications of their work. Candidates who use multiple forms of data, analysis, and research methods spanning health, biology, ecology, and other allied fields are of particular interest, but the candidate should demonstrate strong abilities in ethnographic methods. The overall geographic region is open; however researchers currently, or interested in, developing Mid-Atlantic regional-focused research are especially encouraged to apply, as well as those whose work focuses on the impacts of legacies of settler colonialism and chattel slavery on contemporary environmental health.
We seek a colleague with demonstrated and/or clear potential to develop an independent and robust research program in Urban Environmental Health in the Department of Anthropology. The successful applicant will have a track record demonstrated through a variety of pathways, such as publications, research funding, awards, teaching and mentorship, community engagement, policy development, knowledge translation, and interdisciplinary collaborations appropriate to the level of the scholar. Successful applicants should show a strong theoretical and methodological focus that complements existing faculty research and that is grounded in community-based, justice-oriented approaches to research. Candidates are also expected to have a commitment to teaching and mentorship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including working with students and groups from underrepresented backgrounds. We particularly seek candidates who can concretely discuss how their scholarship, teaching, and public engagement work contribute to principles of diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
Candidates are expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate classes that contribute to our department’s core offerings and courses appropriate to their expertise. Such courses include: Introduction to Medical Anthropology and Global Health, Introduction to Ecological and Environmental Anthropology, Applied Urban Ethnography, Urban Anthropology, and Environmental Health.
This position is part of a cluster hire in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) at the University of Maryland centered on social justice and inequality. The cluster hire will bring in new faculty in multiple departments, including African American Studies, Anthropology, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Government and Politics, Psychology, and Sociology. Faculty recruited through this initiative will join a larger community of scholars in BSOS conducting fundamental research on inequities as they arise as a function of race, gender, sexual orientation, economic, immigration status, and the intersectionality of these and other identities. The College envisions significant opportunities for cross-disciplinary discussion, collaboration, mentoring, and professional development within the cluster.
Candidates should include the following information for required documents; 1) a cover letter that details their experiences and interests and discuss how you will contribute to our departmental commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, 2) a teaching philosophy statement, 3) current curriculum vitae, and 4) contact information for three professional references (references will not be contacted without prior notification of candidate. Electronic submission only to https://ejobs.umd.edu. (Position # 123712). Questions may be sent to the search coordinator, Nadine Dangerfield, 301-405-4737 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin immediately, and early submissions are strongly encouraged. Priority will be given to applications received by November 13, 2022. The position will remain open until filled. The Department of Anthropology is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community.
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.
Open Rank Tenure Track Position (University at Buffalo)
University at Buffalo is hiring two tenure track faculty in Environment & Sustainability: open rank, any discipline. Seeking applicants with a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinarity, we welcome unconventional approaches to critical issues. Topical areas include but are not limited to urban ecology, agri-food systems, water systems, energy and climate. A range of quantitative and qualitative approaches with scales from local to global are all appreciated.
Assistant/Associate Professor Tenure Track, Applied Socio-Environmental Sciences (Emory University)
The Department of Environmental Sciences (ENVS) at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, seeks applicants for a full-time, nine-month tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor with a focus on applied socio-environmental sciences beginning fall semester 2023.
We welcome applications from candidates whose research explores and analyzes the interaction of human behavior at one or more scales, from the individual to communities and institutions, with global environmental change and natural resources and their implications for equity and environmental justice. The successful candidate’s interdisciplinary work will incorporate quantitative and qualitative social science approaches applied to relevant coupled human-environmental interaction domains such as climate change, biodiversity conservation, the environment-health nexus, food systems, sustainable cities, energy production and water resources.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop a widely recognized and policy-relevant research program that attracts external funding and contributes to the interdisciplinary mission of the department and the university; teach and mentor at both the graduate and undergraduate levels; and contribute to the department, university, and relevant professional societies and community through service, collaboration and engagement.
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. or equivalent granted by the time of appointment. Candidates should demonstrate a clear trajectory for excellence in both research and teaching in a multidisciplinary setting, as well as a demonstrated commitment to enhancing inclusion and diversity in the environmental sciences.
We embrace diversity and seek candidates who will participate in a climate that attracts students of all ethnicities, races, nationalities, and genders.
Applications will be accepted only via Interfolio, and should include (1) a cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) research statement; (4) teaching statement; (5) a one-page statement on your plans to contribute to efforts on inclusion and diversity at Emory, and (6) a list of three academic references with contact information. Review begins on October 28, 2022 (apply by midnight on October 27, 2022, for priority consideration), but applications received up to 30 days after review begins will be given full consideration. Questions related to the position (but not application materials) should be addressed to: email@example.com
Post-Doc position for a quantitative social scientist to work with HWISE collaborators (Texas A&M)
The Post-Doctoral Research Associate is responsible for working with a large interdisciplinary team to analyze a multi-sited study, manage and coordinate the development of a new round of data collection for households in higher-income contexts with HWISE-RCN members. The post-doctoral scholar will also be expected to participate in data analysis and manuscript writing. If the description sounds interesting to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity. The pay is $62,000 plus benefits.
Here is the position description and application portal for details and qualifications. Please reach out to me if you have questions.