August 2014
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[Met-jobs] Postdoc, PhD Student, & Lab Manager Positions at Purdue University (USA)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:51:08 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

Announcing THREE positions in the Natural Resource Social Science (NRSS)
Lab in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue
University in West Lafayette, IN. The NRSS Lab is a highly productive
group that primarily focuses on the intersection between water quality,
climate change and agriculture in the Midwestern United States. PI Dr.
Linda Prokopy has a number of grants to support this ongoing work and
successful applicants for the positions listed below will generate a
number of publications, gain experience in grant writing, and help
inform the practice of watershed management through interactions with
local stakeholders throughout the Midwest. All applicants must be
eligible to drive for Purdue University business. For more information
about the lab and Dr. Prokopy, please visit:

Position 1: Postdoctoral Research Assistant:
A postdoc is needed to work primarily on two projects: (1) A content
analysis examining how climate change is portrayed in the agricultural
media, and (2) A qualitative assessment of how farmers' willingness to
adopt certain conservation practices is changing with increased climate
variability. Both of these projects are part of larger interdisciplinary
projects and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work
with multiple investigators at other universities. The candidate will
also have the opportunity to work on other projects related to the
social dimensions of watershed management and to interact with other
postdocs and graduate students in the NRSS lab.

The successful candidate will have experience with both quantitative and
qualitative social science research methods, knowledge of agricultural
conservation policy and water quality issues, and strong written and
verbal communication skills.

This position is available immediately but must be filled by January 1,
2015. The position pays $45,000/year plus benefits. This position is
initially for one year but is renewable for a second year based upon
satisfactory performance.

To apply for this position, please email Dr. Prokopy at
<> and attach a letter of interest, a current CV or
resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Position 2: PhD Student:
A PhD student is sought to conduct research on the determinants of the
maintenance of both urban and agricultural conservation practices. This
work will build upon existing NRSS lab work on what motivates people to
adopt practices and will focus on the critical question of how to ensure
that practices are maintained in working condition so environmental
benefits are actually reaped. The preferred candidate will have an MS
degree in a field related to natural resources social sciences.

This position will begin January 2015 and will include the departmental
standard stipend and tuition remissions for three years. For more
information about the department's graduate program, visit
<>. Before
applying through the graduate school, please email Dr. Prokopy at
<> with a copy of your CV.

Position 3: Watershed Management Specialist:
This position is for a full-time staff member in the NRSS lab. The
successful candidate will oversee the daily management of the NRSS lab
(oversee survey mailings, write reports, supervise undergraduate
students) and will conduct research and outreach on watershed
management. The successful candidate should have knowledge of Midwestern
agriculture, social science research methods, and watershed management.
The preferred candidate will have an MS degree in a field related to
natural resources social sciences.

The position will begin as soon as a successful candidate is identified.
This position has no ending date but is contingent upon the availability
of grant funds. Salary will be between $35,000 - $45,000 dependent upon
qualifications and will include benefits. To express interest in this
position, please contact Dr. Prokopy at <> and attach
your resume or CV.

Melissa Widhalm
U2U Project Manager
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Purdue University

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