Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy - NRR

Position ID:Duke-SSPP-NRR-WFPCRS [#27665]
Position Title: Research Scientist
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Public Policy
Appl Deadline:2024/08/31 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2024/05/20, listed until 2024/08/31)
Position Description:    

Duke University
Sanford School of Public Policy
World Food Policy Center
Research Scientist

The World Food Policy Center (WFPC) is a research unit situated in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. The WFPC conducts interdisciplinary research in the thematic areas of food policy evaluation, food security, inequality in the food system, and resilient food systems strategies. The center is supported through competitive federal research awards and grants from philanthropic foundations. A grant-funded opening for a Research Scientist is available immediately at the WFPC, located in Durham, NC. This position is for a two-year employment period, with potential to extend dependent on garnering additional research funding. 

Occupational Summary 
The WFPC seeks a full-time Research Scientist to build out a research portfolio in one or more of the following food policy areas: 1) food and nutrition security; 2) food loss and waste; and/or 3) food and sustainability, broadly defined to include strategies to address the impact of climate change on the food system, and food systems resilience. The successful candidate will deepen and expand existing lines of research, with the opportunity to focus on North Carolina and/or U.S. food systems issues. Position responsibilities include co-teaching an upper-division food policy course and mentoring students. 


Candidates must have research experience in food policy research with experience in quantitative research methods (causal inference with surveys methods or secondary data) or experimental (e.g., randomized controlled trials, economic experiments, survey experiments, among others) methods. Experience with other methods (or an openness to and interest in) such as, qualitative research, or mixed methods can be bonus to the quantitative skills. The ideal candidate will have experience with proposal development and academic publishing. 

Experience in university teaching, preferably both undergraduate and graduate level courses, is a plus.


Primary Responsibilities 
Conduct research and publish in one or more WFPC priority areas of food and nutrition security, food loss and waste, or food and sustainability. Research may include: 
Secondary Responsibilities 
Lead or contribute to the development of new grant proposals in priority areas emphasizing collaboration with other faculty/units at Duke and beyond, and multidisciplinary inquiry. 

Co-teach a food policy course with the WFPC Director. 

Engage in robust outreach of research findings, such as developing policy briefs or policy change-focused reports, informing social media outreach, participating in podcast interviews, and developing data visualization/communication appropriate for policy makers, food systems advocates, and the public. 

Minimum Qualifications 
PhD in agricultural and applied economics, economics, food policy, political science, public policy, sociology, nutrition, or related fields. 

Must have authorization to work in the United States. 


Required Skills 

The ability to work independently is a must. Strong writing, verbal, and interpersonal skills are necessary. Demonstrated experience in quantitative research design and analysis is necessary.  Experience with quantitative analytical programs (Stata, SAS, R, Python, or similar) is required. 

Additional Skills 

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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Duke University
World Food Policy Center
201 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708