PhD Graduate Research Assistantship in Human Dimensions of Water Resources

University of Missouri-Columbia

Columbia, MO, USA 🇺🇸

I am seeking a doctoral-level graduate research assistant (RA) to conduct research in stakeholder engagement in water resources research.

Primary responsibility is to lead social science field research interviewing key stakeholders interested in hydrologic models in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, USA.

Opportunities to collaborate on other social science and environmental policy field-based research projects in the lab group are also available. Please read our research approach:

A Ph.D. in Natural Resources may be earned in either Water Resources or Human Dimensions of Natural Resources emphasis areas.

Water Resources:

Water Resources Graduate Program

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources:

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Graduate Program

Research Assistantships include a full tuition wavier, a $2k monthly stipend, and health insurance. Research assistants work 20 hours per week on research while completing coursework. Students will have opportunities to design and conduct qualitative and quantitative research, write and present study results, and co-produce research and recommendations with the practitioners who will use the data. Teaching assistantships in Sustainability courses are available for developing RA’s teaching experience. RA will join the Sustainably Science Lab.

Must have:
• Experience conducting social science or policy research to address environmental problems (data collection, analysis, and writing)
• Ability to conduct interviews with diverse stakeholders
• Strong communication and writing skills
• Work well independently and as part of a team
• Degree(s) in either environmental or social sciences: Interest in interdisciplinary policy-relevant research

• A Master’s degree
• Degrees in both the environmental and social sciences
• Experience with survey and/or interview research and qualitative data analysis
• Experience working with community stakeholders and government agencies
• Familiarity with ecology, environmental science, or social theories
• A high level of organization, initiative, and the ability talk with anyone
• Passion for sustainability, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary research

To apply: Please email a: (1) CV, (2) 1-page statement of your interest in the position, qualifications and experience, as well as career goals, and (3) writing sample to:

Damon M. Hall, Ph.D.
Materials will be reviewed as they are received.

For more about the lab, see:

The School of Natural Resources (SNR) at the University of Missouri is the Midwest’s only comprehensive natural resources program. SNR, a division of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, is one of the leading educational institutions in the nation emphasizing an integrated approach to natural resource management. SNR, housed in the Anheuser-Busch Natural Resource Building, is noted for small classes, hands-on student research opportunities, active student organizations, high-tech classrooms, personalized advising and strong professional orientation. Faculty research expertise includes Climate Science, Water Resources, Health and Environment, Soil Science, Wildlife Science, and Forestry/Agroforestry. There are approximately 150 graduate students in SNR.

Columbia, Missouri is home to the University of Missouri, commonly known as Mizzou, the state’s flagship university (est. 1839) and largest with 23,000 undergraduate and 8,000 graduate students. Mizzou was the first land grant university west of the Mississippi River. The University of Missouri is among the top 63 US research universities and a member of the American Association of Universities. Columbia is equidistant between St. Louis, MO and Kansas City, MO, less than a two-hour drive to each. Columbia has a reputation of progressive politics, protected journalism, and public art centering around University of Missouri, Columbia College, and Stephens College. Columbia has seven colleges in the area and ranks among the top college towns in the country. Of the city’s 124,500 residents, 30% are enrolled in college or graduate school. Mizzou campus blends into the downtown area, making it a highly walkable and bikeable city. The city’s parks and trails system and proximity to the Katy Trail, Rock Bridge State Park, Three Creeks Conservation Area, and the Mark Twain National Forest affords many hiking, biking, and camping opportunities. Columbia MO consistently ranks among the Best College Towns in the US.






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