Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Science

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
20 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
18 Oct 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources is an academic unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources with undergraduate majors in Natural Resources Tourism and Human Dimensions in Natural Resources. In addition, the Department of HDNR houses Master’s of Science degrees in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and Conservation Leadership, a Master’s of Tourism Management, and a PhD in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. The faculty is also active in human dimensions of natural resources research as well as outreach.

Position Summary

We are seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to join an innovative social science project examining the role of philanthropic foundations in environmental governance. The project focuses specifically on marine conservation governance in the Pacific Islands and will include field work in Fiji and Palau as well as at foundation offices in the U.S. The project embraces academic and applied objectives and offers a unique opportunity to advance both scholarship and practice.

The postdoctoral fellow will be an integral member of our research team, and will contribute substantively to all aspects of project design and implementation. Specifically, the position will include research, outreach, and project administration components. The postdoctoral fellow will be asked to help with qualitative data collection and analysis; fieldwork in Palau, Fiji, and California; bi-annual convening of a project advisory board; dissemination of results through academic papers, oral presentations, and other forms of written and oral communication; and various project management tasks (e.g. coordination of research team meetings, help with grant reporting,).

Required Job Qualifications

PhD in geography, political science, sustainability science, anthropology, environmental studies, sociology or related field.
Candidates must have demonstrated training and expertise in environmental governance.
Candidates must have advanced experience in qualitative social science research methodology.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Demonstrated training and expertise in environmental governance.
Advanced experience in qualitative social science research methodology, including participatory research designs.
Knowledge of the literature on the role of non-state actors in environmental governance, marine conservation and/or the Pacific Islands region.
Experience working collaboratively on a team.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in the environmental field.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

The post-doc will coordinate the overall research design, which will involve the identification of specific research questions, methods, and analytical approaches. In accordance with project design protocols, the post-doc will also conduct independent data collection and analysis, including fieldwork in Palau and Fiji and at foundation headquarters. The post-doc will also be in charge of drafting and submitting the project’s IRB protocol, and managing protected data.

Percentage Of Time 70 Job Duty Category Outreach Duty/Responsibility

Post-doc will organize bi-annual meetings of project advisory board and write quarterly project updates to share with the advisory board. Post-doc will also lead some of the project publications, and present research to diverse audiences in various written and oral formats. Post-doc will help manage relationships with research subjects and donors on an ongoing basis throughout the project.

Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Project Management Duty/Responsibility

Post-doc will help organize research team meetings, draft donor reports, complete other administrative tasks as needed.

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please apply by November 1, 2017, 11:59 pm (MST) with a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, resume or CV and contact information for 3 professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Please also provide a writing sample.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

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