Postdoctoral Research Scholar (Action for Water Equity)

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA 🇺🇸


Tempe, AZ

Open Date

Jun 21, 2022


Arizona State University’s Global Futures Laboratory is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to conduct social scientific research as part of a multi-million dollar research project on “Action for Water Equity” for in U.S. colonias. This project is supported by a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation. To learn more about the project, please see:

This is a benefits-eligible, full time, 12-month position.  The initial appointment will be for one year, with the opportunity for renewal contingent on the availability of funding and satisfactory performance.  The candidate will also need to be flexible enough to travel to conduct research in the U.S. West.

Start Date

August 1, 2022

Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is eligible for Arizona State University benefits.

Arizona State University is committed to building a model for an American research university that measures impact by the success of its students, and faculty committed to the public good with solution-focused research that expands interdisciplinary thinking, and a university that accepts major responsibility for health, economic, and social development of its community.

Essential Duties

Responsibilities for the Postdoctoral Scholar include:

  • Design, conduct, and analyze original quantitative and qualitative research on stakeholder and/or participatory engagement in case study locations;
  • Work closely with a range of research participants, including government scientists, policy makers, and marginalized communities;
  • Collaborate in coordination with members of interdisciplinary teams, including engineers, hydrologists, and computer scientists;
  • Prepare reports, academic/public presentations, and manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications with a focus on stakeholder and/or participatory methods and results;
  • Administer social science research, including managing research budgets, coordinating with teams, and communicating with team members and stakeholders; and
  • Assist with long-term data management and archiving.
  • Supervise student lab assistants.


Required Qualifications

  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a social science (e.g., anthropology, geography, sustainability, natural resource management, environmental social science, environmental sociology, public policy or affairs, social work; etc.) by time of appointment.
  • Demonstrated expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research is required.
  • Demonstrated academic interests and experience publishing in one or more of the following topics: stakeholder research, participatory methods, co-production, or other related fields.
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in working with stakeholders from marginalized communities as well as scientific researchers.

Desired Qualifications

  • Expertise in stakeholder, participatory or other community-based approaches, especially with marginalized communities.
  • Experience in doing applied/policy research and outreach with a range of stakeholders, including government scientists, policy makers, and marginalized communities.
  • Rigorous research methods training, including research skills and experiences in individual and group interviewing, survey design, and mixed-methods analysis (including qualitative coding, data management, data analysis and data visualization).
  • Experience with social network research.
  • Experience with large research projects.
  • Experience working with undergraduate students.
  • The ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others on a multi-disciplinary research team.
  • The ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students across the university and community.
  • Excellent organizational and communication (oral and written) skills (including spoken/written English).Spanish language proficiency.

Application Instructions

Applicants are responsible for including a cover letter, CV, and the names of three professional references in their application through our Interfolio website. Emailed applications will not be accepted. 

The initial application deadline is July 6, 2022.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

For the seventh year in a row, ASU has been named the most innovative school in the nation, recognizing the university’s culture of groundbreaking research and partnerships, as well as its commitment to helping students thrive in college and beyond. U.S. News and World Report has named ASU as the most innovative university all seven years the category has existed.