Cornell University, College of Business

Position ID:Cornell-College of Business-ATKCENTRES [#15462, WDR-00021341]
Position Title: Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability Research Associate
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14850, United States [map]
Subject Area: Economics
Appl Deadline:2019/11/20help popup finished (2019/11/12, finished 2020/05/31, listed until 2019/11/20)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability  

Research Associate

This position requires an experienced research associate to devote 100% of their full-time effort to the Social Cost of Water Pollution working group at the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability. 

This research associate will work closely with the project lead (Catherine Kling) and collaborators (Daniel Phaneuf and David Keiser) on research and outreach activities related to the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability working group. This individual will oversee multiple research projects and independently lead many components of the projects related to the economics of the Social Cost of Water Pollution and integrated assessment modelling of land and water resources. This individual will also be provide administrative and intellectual leadership for outreach and engagement activities related to the Social Cost of Water Pollution.

The initial appointment of the research associate will be for two years (with a third year likely) with the possibility of extension annually after that period. Each year’s appointment will be conditional on performance and budget.

Anticipated division of time for this position consists of:

Research responsibilities (50%):

  • Working closely with projects leadership team to develop estimates of the social cost of water pollution for a variety of scales and locations of watersheds.
  • Working jointly with ecosystem modelers, hydrologists and other research collaborators to advance the development of integrated assessment models for water quality and associated ecosystem services including wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, and air quality.
  • Leading and working collaboratively on primary studies to estimate social cost estimates for ecosystem services related to water quality and related services.
  • Maintaining data bases related to land use, water quality, conservation programs etc that can be used in research and outreach projects, both within Cornell and externally.
  • Writing and publishing research papers broadly related to water quality, ecosystem services, and co-benefits from conservation programs.

Coordination, administrative and organizational activities (50%):

  • Workshop/conference support (coordinating submissions and pre-workshop reading materials, coordinating related web and social media postings working in conjunction with Cornell Atkinson Center staff, leading post-workshop activities including help collecting workshop materials, writing white papers, summaries, etc.)
  • Collaborating on funding efforts including proposal writing and engagement with external partners.
  • Collaborating on the development of web and other social media products to support the tools and visual products that stakeholders and partners can use to support shared goals.
  • Various other support activities as the need arises.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in agricultural economics, economics, or a related area
  • 2-3 years job-related research experience with strong quantitative research skills
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to manage multiple priorities, complete work on tight deadlines and implement critical projects. Must be able to multi-task in a fast-paced research and outreach setting.
  • Excellent computer skills (at a minimum: proficient in Stata, R, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel).
  • Demonstrated ability to publish in academic agricultural and resource economics publications.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to effectively work as a member of an interdisciplinary team.

Supervision Exercised:

This position will provide functional supervision as needed to associate researchers and data analysts working at the Atkinson Center and the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. The position holder will also work closely with graduate and undergraduate students involved in research.

Application Materials:

  • Letter of interest, with clear indication of position being applied for
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two reference letters




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