Specialist Series (Open Rank - Ethnography and Water Policy)

University of California-Irvine
Irvine, CA, United States
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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Junior (3-4 Years)
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Department of Anthropology

One specialist position is available in the School of Social Sciences and the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Valerie Olson, the specialist will participate in collaborative ethnographic research associated with a one-year, multi-institution study on the strengths and needs of communities in a Southern California watershed. Main tasks include, but are not limited to:

1)Developing and participating in ethnographic research data collection activities, such as community listening workshops, interviews, focus groups, and archival data collection. Specific tasks will include: leading the development of ethnographic data collection instruments; supervising and training research fellows; and assisting study partners with water authority engagement, broadly construed.

2)Participating in ethnographic data analysis and writing, including: partnering with a data management firm to develop data coding, analysis, and display; and contributing to the collaborative writing and editing of the final ethnographic report as appropriate.

3)Providing review, reports, and content as appropriate for water agency plan updates based on the ethnographic study.

4)Project management duties, including but not limited to: producing quarterly progress reports of study activities; contributing to study monitoring; data management and maintenance.

5)Participating in other study activities as needed, such as: technical advisory committee meetings, engagement and education events throughout the watershed, conferences, etc. Participating in other Department of Anthropology activities as needed, including but not limited to giving lectures in one undergraduate anthropology course during the 2018-2019 school year.

Requirements - Candidates must hold a Ph.D. at the time of application in anthropology or sociology. Candidates must have a relevant ethnographic research profile, including: ethnography of community and regional level water insecurity and vulnerability, preferably in the study area of Southern California; research on California water agencies, water policy, and/or water decision making; and community-engaged research. Candidates should also have 3-5 years of progressive research project coordination and data management experience, including: conducting literature reviews; data coordination, monitoring, and management; and preparing reports. Candidates must be able to travel within the regional study area as determined by the project.

The ideal candidate will have experience developing ethnographic research instruments and supervising research assistants. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a record of scholarly excellence and achievement through research publications, teaching, and service.

The appointment is scheduled to begin as early as May 1, 2019 for a period of five months. There is not currently an option for renewal. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Travel expenses for research activities related to the study will be reimbursed. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Application Procedures - Applicants should forward 1) cover letter (including research skills and qualifications), 2) a current curriculum vitae, and 3) three names and contact information for references. Submit materials via UC Irvine’s online application system, 4) other documents as listed below in Requirements. Applications must be received by April 23, 2019 for consideration.

Submit materials via UC Irvine's online application system, RECRUIT, located at https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF05242. Applications must be received by 4/23/19.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. It has a National Science Foundation Advance Gender Equity Program and is responsive to the needs of dual career couples in tenure track positions.