Postdoctoral Research Associate

Phoenix, AZ, US

Securing Water for and from Agriculture through Effective Community and Stakeholder Engagement

Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute in collaboration with the School of Human Evolution and Social Change are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to conduct social scientific research as part of a multi-million dollar, multi-institutional research project to assess the effectiveness of stakeholder engagement for addressing water quality and quantity concerns associated with agriculture. This project is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Responsibilities for the Research Associate include (1) administering the project, including managing research budgets, coordinating teams, and communicating with team members and stakeholders; (2) designing, conducting, and analyzing original quantitative and qualitative research in case study locations to examine the effects of stakeholder engagement on participants, their behaviors related to management practices, and outcomes for communities and environmental conditions; (3) preparing project reports and manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications and making academic and public presentations; and (4) assisting with long-term data management and archiving.

The initial appointment will be for one year, with the opportunity for renewal contingent on the availability of funding and satisfactory performance.


Applicants must have a PhD in a social science PhD in a social science (e.g., anthropology, geography, sustainability, natural resource management, rural sociology, etc.) completed by the start date. The ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others on a multi-disciplinary research team is crucial. Demonstrated expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research is required.  Specific required research skills and experiences include intensive interviewing, survey design and administration. The candidate will also need to be flexible enough to travel to conduct research in multiple locations in Arizona. Excellent organizational and communication (oral and written) skills (including spoken/written English) are required. The ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students across the university and community is required. Experience with large research projects preferred. Applicants should have demonstrated academic interests and experience publishing in one or more of the following topics: engagement and deliberation; science communication; democratic theory and practice; environmental implications of agriculture; community development; management of water resources; farmer decision-making and management; or other related fields.


The position is based in Morrison Institute, on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus.

Start Date

December 15, 2017 or as negotiated

Salary and Benefits

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

Application Procedures

The first close date will be November 29, 2017, 5:00p.m. Arizona; and every week thereafter until the search is closed. Please feel free to contact Sarah Porter ([email protected]) with questions.

To apply, visit and upload your application as one combined pdf document.

  • Letter of interest outlining qualifications and experience as it relates to this position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Information for three professional references (their position, title, e-mail, phone number)

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis protected by law. For complete statements on ASU’s non-discrimination policies, please refer to go to:  and

ASU offers applicants an opportunity to voluntarily self-disclose information for the University affirmative action plan; applicants may complete an EEO survey for the position they are applying for online. Information you will need to complete the survey: Job Number: 12187. Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department Name: Morrison Institute