Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment - ML

2863 17433
Position ID:Duke-NSOE-ML-POSTDOC2 [#17433, 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: SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ASPECTS OF FISHERIES Duke University and World Wildlife Fund invite applications from recent graduates with a PhD with a background in the social sciences with an emphasis in resource management, food systems, communities, or community-based systems dynamics to perform collaborative research related to the cultural meaning of food and governance of food systems, including its religious, aesthetic, moral, and cultural aspects, and its relationship to sustainable food production. This Duke-WWF postdoctoral fellowship will provide the successful applicant a unique opportunity for research, financial support for travel and attendance of conferences, collaborative hosting of workshops, strong administrative backing, and motivated faculty and experts interested in academic exchange. RESPONSIBILITIES The successful applicant will work on a joint organizational research project aimed at understanding the cultural meaning of food, including its religious, aesthetic, moral, and cultural aspects that have yet to be explored in relation to environmental sustainability. Case studies will focus on fishing communities in WWF and Duke University priority areas. As such, suitable research backgrounds include sociology, community-based system dynamics, geography, economics, anthropology, among others. You 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 defining the role of small-scale fisheries in the delivery of food and nutrition to coastal communities. This postdoctoral fellowship is intended to lay the groundwork for future research at the nexus of food, culture and environmental sustainability. The candidate will also be responsible for coordinating with a network of collaborators, developing policy-relevant outputs, and dissemination of research on small-scale fisheries conducted within the scope of the Duke-WWF project to a wide audience, including policy makers and community groups. The position will work under the mentorship of Dr. Norbert Wilson (Duke Divinity and Sanford School of Public Policy), Dr. Grant Murray and 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 and conservation researchers around the world. 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. REQUIREMENTS A PhD in sociology, geography, economics, anthropology, natural resource management or related disciplines, as well as experience in research. Desired background includes participatory research methods, , causal inference research, model building in the fields of sociology, systems dynamics (e.g. community based system dynamics), and other qualitative and quantitative analysis skills. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated person with an interdisciplinary background and training. The candidate must have a broad perspective of the current issues around the cultural or social implications of food, governance of food systems, and/or small-scale fisheries. The candidate should be able to conduct qualitative research using field survey data and/or be able to conduct remote data collection. The 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 candidate must have great organizational skills and attention to detail. He or she 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 quantitative assessment of food security of coastal communities. QUALIFICATIONS Required: · Doctoral degree in sociology, geography, economics, anthropology, natural resource management or related disciplines or other related science fields · Very strong qualitative skills or skills in systems dynamics (e.g. community-based system dynamics) · Experience with quantitative methods · Strong research skills, particularly in data collection and analysis of qualitative data. · Experience with coding and theme development ideally with software such as NVivo similar language or experience developing system dynamic models Desired · 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 #17433: • 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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