- University of Idaho
- Location: Moscow, ID
- Job Number: 7070843
- Posting Date: Oct 9, 2020
- Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Job DescriptionPosition Summary
The Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology within the University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is recruiting a full-time postdoctoral scholar. The initial appointment is one year with the possibility of extension.
The postdoctoral position primarily involves empirical research in the field of air pollution and agricultural policies and practices. We are interested in the effects government programs (e.g. CRP), irrigation technologies, fertilizer applications, tillage practices, and general land-use management have on particulate matter emissions. We are also interested in evaluating the amenability of producers to modify practices in exchange for compensation or other benefits.
The postdoctoral fellow will work directly with Drs. Alexander Maas (University of Idaho), Jude Bayham (Colorado State University), and James Crooks (National Jewish Health) to conduct primary research using secondary data from existing air quality monitoring networks (EPA, Purple Air, etc.).
The goal for the assessment is to facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of how land-use decisions influence particulate matter emissions, and ultimately human health. As part of this position, the postdoctoral fellow will be expected to identify key researchers in the field and coordinate the completion of a large USDA funded Foundational and Applied Sciences proposal.
A strong candidate is expected to have strong programming skills, familiarity with spatial modeling methods and econometrics, and an understanding of environmental economics.
Job Duty Function Conduct research, including the creation of data-collecting and spatial modeling code:
• Include in-depth research and quantitative analysis from of a wide variety of sources (e.g., online databases, academic journals, government reports, non-government organization (NGO) reports).
• Work closely with research team leads to support and conduct research, identify additional research team members and connect research across teams.
• Conduct and facilitate a Discrete Choice Experiment survey among agricultural producers and other large landowners in the west.
Job Duty Function Produce associated high-impact academic articles products:
Write academic articles and present at least one professional conference.
Job Duty Function Coordinate and facilitate the submission of a full proposal to USDA-NIFA’s Foundational and Applied Sciences program:
• Present and dissemination results.
• In partnership with marketing and communication colleagues, design online written products; participate in high-level external meetings, professional networking events and other activities connected to the Idaho Climate-Economy Impacts Assessment and present research to businesses, non-profits, government entities, citizens and educators in Idaho.
• A Ph.D. in economics, applied economics, computer science, civil engineering, or related field.
• Experience working collaboratively on a multi-investigator team.
• Experience with programming skills (R, Python, etc.)
• Experience in research and technical skills, with experience telling the stories demanded by large complex datasets.
• Experience writing for technical and non-technical audiences.
• Experience with spatial statistics and econometrics.
Physical Requirements & Working Conditions
Candidate may have the option to work remotely.
Degree Requirement Listed degree qualification is required at time of hire.