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Postdoctoral Research Associate I
The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona
Date Posted 03/03/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

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Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Posting Number req4466
Department Sch of Nat Resource&Enviro-Res
Department Website Link https://snre.arizona.edu
Location Main Campus
Address Tucson, AZ USA
Position Highlights

The School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE) at the University of Arizona has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in natural resources management and policy beginning in Fall 2021. The ideal candidate will have research interests in environmental policy and management and network analysis, and interest or experience in pursuing interdisciplinary research at the interface between natural science and policy. The postdoc will have a primary supervisor in SNRE (Dr. Aaron Lien) and will work closely with faculty with expertise in environmental economics, atmospheric science, applied ecology, and public policy and administration (Drs. Dave Breshears, Laura López-Hoffman, Abby Swann, Elizabeth Baldwin, and Jose Soto).

This position is supported by a National Science Foundation Dynamics of Coupled Natural-Human Systems grant. The selected postdoc will work with a team of leading social and ecological scientists from the Universities of Arizona and Washington to develop new knowledge about how land cover change connects places and people across space, and how to design governance systems to manage these connections. This is a year-to-year appointment up to 2 years contingent upon funding and performance.

The selected postdoc will contribute to field research focused on understanding decision-making within the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Forest Service, including how political, behavioral, and institutional factors shape Forest Service employees’ land management decisions. More specifically, the postdoc will lead the development and execution of work to understand the structure and function of policy networks within the USFS and USDA, work with other team members to analyze the relationship between policy networks and institutions, and contribute to institutional analysis of USDA and Forest Service policies.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more! 
The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocations services, please visit http://talent.arizona.edu/.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Participate in network study design and data collection to understand social and policy networks within the US Forest Service and related entities (30%)
  • Analyze network data with R, UCINet, or other appropriate software (20%)
  • Write and/or support writing manuscripts presenting the results of our research for peer-reviewed journals (20%)
  • Assist with or independently prepare and implement surveys and interviews, including paperwork for Institutional Review Board approval (20%)
  • Assist with or independently conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis of survey and interview data (10%)
  • Other tasks as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Interest in interdisciplinary research or a willingness to engage with researchers in other disciplines, e.g. climate science and ecology
Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD in natural resources management, public administration, public policy, political science, or a related field upon hire.
  • Experience with designing and conducting network research and analyzing network data, including network theory, data collection using in-person and survey methods, analysis and visualization methods for understanding network structure and function, and publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts communicating the results of network research
Preferred Qualifications Experience using R to conduct quantitative statistical analysis and to visualize data
Experience with qualitative research, including interviews and focus groups and analysis of qualitative data
Experience working with interdisciplinary teams and a willingness to engage in team science
Experience working with undergraduate and graduate students
Experience with US environmental, agricultural, and forest laws and policies
Experience in human subjects research
An ideal candidate will have experience with collection and analysis of network and other social and policy data through both field interviews and surveys
Experience in network analysis methods and theory, including data analysis
Experience with institutional analysis theory and methods, the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework, and/or the Ecology of Games Framework
Quantitative statistical experience is desired
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job FTE 1.0
Work Calendar Fiscal
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Rate of Pay $50,000
Compensation Type salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Number of Vacancies 1
Target Hire Date 8/15/2021
Expected End Date
Contact Information for Candidates Debbie Busack
Open Date 3/2/2021
Open Until Filled Yes
Documents Needed to Apply Resume, Cover Letter, and One Additional Document
Special Instructions to Applicant Along with your application, please submit a Resume, Cover Letter, and Writing Sample.
Diversity Statement At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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