Two Post-Doctoral Research Associate Positions

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The Human Dimensions Lab, Department of Forestry and the Natural Resources Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana are looking for  two post-doctoral research associates to join two collaborative, interdisciplinary, international projects. Both projects are part of a large initiative, Arequipa Nexus Institute for Food, Energy, Water, and the Environment (the Nexus Institute) and both positions will involve coordination and collaboration with selected faculty and graduate students at the National University of Saint Augustine (UNSA), our partner institution in Arequipa, Peru.
Project 1: Equitable Co-existence of Agriculture, Mining, and Regional Development in Arequipa: Realities, Barriers, and Opportunities.
Project 2: A Framework for Sustainable Water Management in the Arequipa Region

Specific responsibilities: managing day-to-day communication and relationship between research team and partners in Peru; organizing and coordinating qualitative and quantitative data collection in the field (as soon as summer 2018); analyzing qualitative and quantitative data; co-developing manuscripts and other research and engagement products; participating in other research-related project activities.
Required qualifications: completed a PhD in a relevant field by the start date; high Spanish-language competency, particularly in spoken Spanish; interest and willingness to travel to the Arequipa region for field work during an extended period of time (e.g., one or more months).
Strongly preferred qualifications: experience with interview and survey research; familiarity and/or experience with water governance and smallholder farmer related research; experience with statistical/econometric analyses; field experience in the rural Global South.

Both post-doctoral research associate positions are for two years, given satisfactory progress in the first year. The annual salary is $47,500 plus benefits, and they provide funds to cover relevant travel expenses to research sites and conferences. The selected post-doctoral research associates will also have opportunities for professional development on and off-campus. Preferred start date is April 16, 2018, but may be negotiated upon request. Review of applications will start on March 19, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply: submit the following in a single PDF file to Dr. Zhao Ma via email (zhaoma@purdue.edu): cover letter describing your relevant experience and scholarly interests with a clear indication of your preference between the two projects; curriculum vitae; two examples of relevant publications or writing samples; and contact information of three references. Please use the following subject for your email “Nexus post-doc application for position X_First Name Last Name.

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