Postdoctoral Researcher for Agricultural and Resource Economics
Description of Work Unit
The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics centers its research, teaching and outreach activities in defined areas of excellence: agricultural education, agribusiness management and finance, livestock systems, consumer choice and the economics of water, land and environment. We are dedicated to, and appreciated for, engaging stakeholders in high-quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, as well as the ability to effectively communicate findings to the public and peers. Excellence in teaching and mentoring students is created with thoughtful and innovative curricular design, emphasizing experiential learning where appropriate and fostering student achievement. We strive for a positive and collaborative environment in which stakeholders are highly valued and supported.
The Ogallala Aquifer underlies parts of eight states and is crucial to providing water for irrigation that raises crop yields and profitability in the region. Irrigated agriculture supports the vitality of rural communities, however, it is being depleted in many areas. It is therefore important to understand how specific interventions influence groundwater conservation and support long-term economic outcomes in the region. The selected individual will work in collaboration with Dr. Suter, Dr. Goemans and Dr. Manning of CSU and Dr. Schoengold of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to develop and refine a linked hydro-agronomic-economic model of groundwater use. The modeling framework will then be used to evaluate the impacts of various groundwater management strategies and agricultural practices on water use and profitability for producers in specific areas in the Ogallala Aquifer. The individual will also carry out regional economic analysis to assess the broader economic implications of the conservation interventions.
Required Job Qualifications
- PhD in economics, agricultural economics, resource economics or related field completed by start date
- Experience with computational economic modeling
- Experience managing large datasets
- Demonstrated ability to produce academic and policy-focused research papers
- Strong oral communication skills and experience with collaborative research
Preferred Job Qualifications
- Experience programming in Matlab and/or Python
- Experience with hydrologic modeling related to groundwater
- Demonstrated ability to work with interdisciplinary teams
- Experience with regional economic modeling (e.g., CGE)
- Demonstrated ability interacting with stakeholders
- Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility
The research will involve the development of a hydro-agronomic-economic modeling framework that will be used to assess the impact of specific interventions intended to conserved groundwater. The research will also involve the regional economic analysis of specific interventions to assess their impact on broader economic outcomes in the region.
Percentage Of Time 90 Job Duty Category Project Related Travel Duty/Responsibility
Attend research team meetings, or meetings with stakeholders to discuss appropriate methods and disseminate results.
Percentage Of Time 10
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by Tuesday, October 31st, 2017. Applicants should upload the following: (1) A cover letter addressing your qualifications; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) a writing sample, (4) transcripts for all graduate study (unofficial versions acceptable for application), and (5) contact information for two professional references who will be required to upload letters of recommendation. Please inform your references that letters must be received by November 10, 2017 in order to complete your application materials. This position is available to start as soon as January 2018; however, final start date is negotiable.
For inquiries about the position, contact Search Chair Chris.Goemans@colostate.edu. For additional information about Colorado State University, consult the university’s website at www.colostate.edu.
Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact Chris Goemans; email@example.com
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