Post-Doc Scholar (Oceans Governance)

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC, United States
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Position Summary

We are hiring a post-doctoral scholar to work on an NSF-funded project entitled Making Oceans Worlds: The Big Data Revolution and Oceans Governance. The successful candidate will work with our interdisciplinary team of social scientists, marine biologists, geospatial scientists and information scientists to contribute to a project examining the ways that ‘big data’ are intersecting with global and regional oceans governance efforts. The post-doctoral fellow will work with the project team to develop archival techniques and impact analysis. The postdoc will work with an archivist at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Odum Institute for Research in the Social Sciences and will utilize the UNC Dataverse, an open-source repository software application for archiving, sharing, and accessing research data. The archivist will provide the post-doc with training in archival methods and guidance on the development of metadata.

The post-doc’s home department will be the UNC Department of Geography, and the post-doc will work closely with and have opportunities for mentorship from the interdisciplinary project team, which includes: Dr. Elizabeth Havice (UNC Chapel Hill Department of Geography), Dr. Lisa Campbell (Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment), Dr. Pat Halpin (Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment), and Dr. Andre Boustany (Monterey Bay Aquarium and Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment). The postdoctoral candidate will have access to resources available via UNC’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and will be encouraged to take full advantage of professional development opportunities at UNC broadly as well as in the Department of Geography, and at Duke University and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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Location: This is a position through the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. All work can be conducted remotely, and the post-doc will not be required to live in the Chapel Hill area. However, we would be delighted for the post-doc to join our community in Chapel Hill and the Research Triangle to engage in the rich academic opportunities in the area.
We strongly encourage black, indigenous and people of color and women candidates to apply for this position.

Educational Requirements

Doctoral Degree

Qualifications and Experience

Successful candidates will have familiarity with global and regional oceans governance, and familiarity and/or experience with big data and its applications to oceans policy and governance. The successful candidate must be highly attentive to detail, have persistence and enthusiasm for hunting for data, and excellent communication skills. The successful candidate will have experience with managing large datasets, proficiency in access or excel (preferably access), and preferably will have competence in GIS platforms, R, and/or Stata.