Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Urbana-Champaign, IL, United States
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Position: 100% appointment for 24-months with the option to renew for up to 5 years

Overview: The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences has an opening for a highly motivated early-career postdoctoral researcher to join a project examining the politics of pipeline development in the United States. In particular, this research will explore the social and environmental impacts surrounding the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in Southern Illinois and Iowa. The successful candidate will be expected to initiate and advance research that examines linkages between environmental regulation, public participation, and social justice in US energy policy. S/he will draw on a variety of social science methods to explore stakeholder perceptions of the process of pipeline construction and its impacts, as well as assess the state of the literature with regards to EIAs, energy infrastructure, and social justice. The position will require out-of-state travel to field sites and engagement with affected stakeholder groups. The selected candidate will not be expected to teach.

Primary responsibilities include:
• Build relationships and engage in outreach with affected communities in Illinois and Iowa
• Help lead qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
• Co-write external grant proposals
• Develop and prepare manuscripts
• Create visualizations for communicating research results
• Present at conferences and workshops
• Supervise undergraduate students and interact with graduate students

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in the environmental social sciences or related field within the past five years. Demonstrated experience conducting applied field research and working with a variety of social science methods. Excellent writing, communication, and data management skills. A high level of organization and project management experience. Ability to work independently, supervise a team of students, and collaborate with diverse members of the research team. Must hold a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications: Area of expertise is open, but we are particularly interested in researchers working in one of the following areas: environmental and social impact statements, US land policy, rural development, energy policy, and/or indigenous studies. Ideal candidates would also have some experience in the Global South, as there will ultimately be a comparative component to the project.

Proposed Start Date: June 2019

Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (see:

Application Procedures: Please direct any questions to McKenzie Johnson (

For Best Consideration, submit the following application materials in one PDF file by December 1, 2018:
• Cover letter explaining interests and qualifications
• Curriculum vitae
• Contact information of three or more references

**Please E-mail application materials to:

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