The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is seeking a post-doctoral associate to coordinate and conduct experimental research into methods of farmer engagement in urbanizing landscapes in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The ultimate goal of the research is to generate empirical evidence to guide techniques for collaborative environmental problem solving that balance the goals of producers, residents, businesses and governments. The candidate will be expected to apply quantitative and qualitative research techniques to generate new insights into the effectiveness of participatory engagement on sustainable farming practices, publish findings in peer-reviewed journals, and share results with non-technical audiences. The position is funded for 3 years as part of a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Sustainable Agricultural Systems grant. The position is located in Solomons, MD and will require travel throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The research team, led by Dr. Lisa Wainger at the UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, consists of members from the Center for Nutrient Solutions at Pennsylvania State University, Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, and the University of Maryland. The team will engage with a broad community of farmers and outreach practitioners to test existing methods and new approaches to collective problem-solving. The post-doctoral researcher will join a large multi-investigator research team, led by Dave Abler of Pennsylvania State University, representing a network of academic institutions in the Northeast. The full project scope includes identifying multiple social, economic and governance opportunities to promote sustainable agriculture in urbanizing landscapes. Team members will use stakeholder engagement, economic surveys, crop production research, and watershed models to test approaches to enhance farm productivity, sustain farm and urban livelihoods, manage nutrient runoff, and improve water quality and environmental conditions at multiple scales in the watershed. Responsibilities ●Engage with the research team and network with multiple non-profit organizations to co-design workshops to be held in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed ●Co-develop an empirical research strategy testing farmer engagement techniques ●Conduct novel experimental behavioral research ●Synthesize and visualize results for multiple audiences ●Prepare manuscripts and public/scientific presentations
Unit: Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
Location: Solomons, MD
●A PhD in social science / human dimensions research (cultural anthropology, sociology, psychology, behavioral economics, geography, multi-disciplinary, or other) with experience in mixed methods (quantitative and interview/observational techniques) including survey/experimental design, statistical data analysis, and qualitative elicitation methods ●Familiarity with pro-social behavior and behavioral change research ●Familiarity with agricultural production and water quality issues ●An interest in integrating social science research with ecological modeling ●Excellent verbal and written communication skills ●Strong organizational and multitasking abilities ●Ability to work with a variety of individuals and organizations
Submission of the following is required: -CV -A statement of research interests -One-page summary of Ph.D. thesis -Copies of publications -Names/addresses of four references
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Salary Range: $50,000-$53,000
Internal Number: 1309
About University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Beginning with Reginald Truitt's dockside laboratory in 1925, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science has traveled the road to discovery. For more than 80 years, UMCES students, researchers and faculty have gathered information and developed theories that have helped improve society's scientific understanding of the environment. By sharing this newfound knowledge on important issues such as fisheries management, ecosystem health and climate change, the Center has had an undeniable impact on the way we think about the natural world. As Maryland's premier research institution aimed at advancing scientific knowledge of the environment, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is one of twelve institutions within the University System of Maryland.