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Post Doctoral Researcher Bioenergy and Natural Resource Policy - Archive
Institute for a Sustainable Environment

Posting: 12490
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2013-02-18

Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon

The Ecosystem Workforce Program is seeking a full-time (1.0 FTE) post-doctoral scholar to join our team at the Ecosystem Workforce Program (http://ewp.uoregon.edu) on a 12-month fixed term basis.  Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director of the Institute.

This scholar will conduct independent research under guidance of the principal investigators on two interdisciplinary woody biomass energy policy studies as well as other natural resource policy and management projects.  For the first project, the scholar will examine the influence of bioenergy policies across the supply chain on bioenergy development at the federal and state level (Pacific Northwest and Lake States).  For the second project, the scholar will compare bioenergy sustainability and policy across four countries in the Americas.  Both projects will involve policy analysis and mixed methods.  In addition, the scholar will engaged in other research projects as the opportunity and need arises in the area of forest and natural resource policy esp. associated with public lands and communities in the American West.

Position Duties

1.      Project management, including ensuring that project objectives are being met in a timely fashion.

2.      Collaborate on research design with an interdisciplinary team from the University of Oregon, University of Minnesota, Michigan Tech University and other universities.

3.      Lead research implementation including data collection, analysis, and interpretation.  For each project, the successful candidate will play a lead role in collecting and managing data, conducting qualitative and quantitative policy analysis, and constructing comparative research.

4.      Communicate research results in a variety of forums.  The successful candidate will have primary responsibility for transforming research results into manuscripts submitted for publication, working papers, and conference presentations.  The incumbent will also play an important role in communicating results to stakeholders, policy makers, and the campus community.

5.      The successful candidate may also engage in other Ecosystem Workforce Program projects as suitable to their skills, and as time and resources allow.

Required Qualifications

1.      Ph.D. in a social science field such as natural resource management, economics, geography, political science, or other related field.

2.      Excellent data and project management skills.

3.      Excellent time management and organizational skills.

4.      Excellent interpersonal skills and experience working in an interdisciplinary and/or multi-institutional team environment.

5.      Excellent writing skills and high English proficiency.

6.      Regional, national, and international travel, for up to 7-14 days at a time.  International travel may include conducting fieldwork in Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina.

Preferred Qualifications

1.      Research interests and experience in applied policy analysis and natural resource social science, specifically in areas of biomass energy development, rural economic development, community-based management, and/or natural resource and forest policy.

2.      Strong empirical research skills, including policy analysis using diverse quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods such as performing in-depth policy reviews, conducting interviews, administering surveys, managing large secondary datasets.

3.      General statistical skills for developing linear and/or non-linear regression models, mixed-effects models, structural equation models, and/or multivariate analysis.  The successful candidate need not be an expert statistician; however, a general propensity towards statistical proficiency is preferred.

4.      Experience supervising students.

5.      Experience and/or interest in conducting research in the U.S., Mexico, and South America.

6.      Spanish and/or Portuguese speaking and reading proficiency.

7.      Valid driver’s license.

Salary:  Range is $45,000-$51,000 per year plus benefits.  The University of Oregon provides excellent benefits, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance coverage, retirement plans, and paid leave policies.

Application deadline:  The position is open until filled.  We will begin reviewing applications January 1, 2013.

Starting date and appointment length:  This post doc is anticipated to begin in winter 2013 for a one-year appointment.  There is potential for renewal, dependent on funding and at the discretion of the Director of the Institute.  The incumbent must work primarily from Eugene, OR.

To apply:  Please email your application to Dorothy Bollman at dbollman@uoregon.edu.  Please include all of the items in a single PDF file in the order listed below.

1.      Application cover page: (http://ups.uoregon.edu/sites/ups.uoregon.edu/files/ups/EmplAppShort%20rev.pdf

2.      Letter of interest that describes your interest and qualifications

3.      Curriculum vita/resume

4.      The names, affiliations, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references

5.      Writing sample

If you have questions about the position, contact Cassandra Moseley at cmoseley@uoregon.edu.

About the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is located in the scenic Willamette Valley, with easy access to snow-capped mountains and scenic coastlines, two hours south of Portland.  The beautiful campus is located in Eugene, which is known for organic foods, active neighborhoods, and has some of the highest walking, biking and transit user rates in the country.

The University of Oregon is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The successful candidate will support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment.