Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment - ML

2863 17432
Position ID:Duke-NSOE-ML-POSTDOC1 [#17432, 3820]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Beaufort, North Carolina, United States [map]
Subject Area: Marine Sciences
Appl Deadline:2020/12/31 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2020/11/02, listed until 2020/12/31)
Position Description:    

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DUKE-WWF POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP: SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES Duke University and World Wildlife Fund invite applications from recent graduates with a PhD in topics related to food security or fisheries (e.g. economics, natural resource management, geography, political science, or marine science) to perform collaborative research related to the urgent need for robust, evidence-based strategies and policies that achieve sustainable and equitable outcomes for biodiversity and people involved in small-scale fisheries. Of particular interest in this collaborative research project is the role of interventions, governance and the social, cultural and environmental context in shaping food and fisheries outcomes for different societal groups. This Duke-WWF postdoctoral fellowship will provide the successful applicant a unique opportunity for research, financial support for travel, collaborative hosting of workshops, strong administrative backing, and motivated faculty and experts interested in academic exchange. RESPONSIBILITIES Concern about food security and malnutrition continues to rise both globally and among coastal communities dependent on small-scale fisheries and aquaculture. Understanding the role of institutions, governance and the social, political and environmental context- notably in regions most prone to climate shocks - is essential for stability and scalability of successful and equitable management practices. The successful candidate will be responsible for synthesizing and developing novel insights on the drivers and mechanisms that affect food security and other social outcomes in coastal communities. The post-doc fellow will accomplish these goals through one or more of the following methods: knowledge synthesis, causal inference analysis, systems modelling, and other related methods. The candidate will also be responsible for coordinating with a network of collaborators, developing policy-relevant outputs, and disseminating research on small-scale fisheries. The audience for this Duke-WWF project is wide, including policy makers and community groups. The position will work under the mentorship of Dr. David Gill (Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University) and Dr. Gabby Ahmadia (Marine Conservation Science, Oceans, WWF), and offers a unique opportunity to work with renowned fisheries researchers around the world. REQUIREMENTS A PhD in economics (including resource, agricultural, development or environmental economics), geography, resource management, marine science, environmental studies/science, political science, or related disciplines. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated person with an interdisciplinary background and training. The candidate must have a background in causal inference methods or systems modelling using observational data. Candidate should also be able to grasp and synthesize insights from a large amount of literature, both qualitative and quantitative, and co-develop research outputs in a large team of academic and non-academic collaborators. The successful candidate must possess outstanding written, digital and verbal communication skills and be able to translate complex ideas into accessible concepts and language, tailored to different audiences. The postdoctoral fellow must have great organizational skills and attention to detail. The successful candidate will mentor and supervise students at the BS, Masters, and PhD level, and contribute to a joint project with a paired postdoctoral fellow who will focus on the cultural meaning of food, including its religious, aesthetic, moral, and cultural aspects, and its relationship to sustainable coastal food production. WORK LOCATION Work is expected to take place in Beaufort, NC. Due to Covid, consideration may be given for remote work. TERM One year with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding. QUALIFICATIONS Required: · Doctoral Degree in Economics (including Resource, Development or Environmental Economics), Geography, Resource Management, Marine Science, Environmental Studies/Science, or other related science fields · Very strong statistical modelling and analysis skills · Experience in causal inference methods (e.g. impact evaluation) and/or systems modelling · Strong research skills, particularly in data analysis, quality-control, and data management. · Experience with programming or scripted analysis such as R, Stata, Python, SAS, or similar language Desired · Experience doing causal inference research using systems approaches · Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently · Highly motivated and creative problem-solving skills · Experience working with a large, diverse group of academic and non-academic collaborators will be valuable. Applicants should hold a PhD in the fields mentioned above prior to start date. PROJECTED START DATE Start date is flexible for doctoral candidates completing degrees in summer of 2020

To apply: Interested individuals should send the following materials to AcademicJobsOnline - Job#17432: • CV • Names and email addresses of 3 references • A short cover letter describing your background and career goals • A brief statement of research interests and methodological skills • A sample research paper Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. DUKE UNIVERSITY Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values. Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


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