Postdoc: Agricultural adaptations to reduced water availability

University of Idaho

Various, ID, US


Postdoctoral Research Associate

Primary Purpose:

Postdoctoral Research Associate sought to conduct social science research primarily on a USDA-funded project designed to assess feedbacks between farmer adaptation to declining water availability, land use change, and groundwater availability in the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer region of Idaho. The primary goal of the research is to evaluate how farmers adapt to changing water availability and how their adaptation strategies change over time as a result of their impacts on landuse and groundwater availability. The postdoc will work collaboratively with Dr. Morey Burnham (Idaho State University) and Dr. Chloe Wardropper (University of Idaho), and will have the opportunity to work on other projects related to natural resource management, including the adoption of agricultural conservation practices among northwest dryland wheat growers and the social-ecological dynamics of large landscape conservation planning for drought and wildlife in the Continental Divide region of Idaho and Montana. Several datasets related to the grant and other projects already exist, so there are opportunities to publish quickly.

Questions about the position can be directed to Morey Burnham ([email protected]) and Chloe Wardropper ([email protected]).

Salary and Term:

The position can begin as early as August 15th (start date is flexible) and will be contracted for one year, with a second year of funding available dependent on performance.

Position location:

Ideally, the chosen candidate will be located at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, though it is possible for them to be located at the University of Idaho in either Moscow or Boise.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Design and administer interviews and analyze interview data and/or design and administer surveys and analyze survey data, depending on prior experience
  2. Coordinate and lead stakeholder workshops
  3. Design agent-based models to be used in stakeholder workshops (depending on prior experience)
  4. Manage project datasets
  5. Coordinate project meetings
  6. Prepare manuscripts and publish results in peer-reviewed journals
  7. Present research results at national conferences

Minimum Qualifications:

The candidate should possess a doctoral degree earned within last five years in human geography, sociology, anthropology, natural resources, or similar field or be ABD. The candidate should have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and should possess expertise in qualitative and/or quantitative social science research methods.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with quantitative social science research methods, specifically experience with designing and administering surveys and knowledge of a statistical software package, such as Stata. Experience with qualitative social science research methods, specifically designing and administering interviews and knowledge of data analysis software, such as NVivo or Atlas.ti. Experience with agent-based modeling and/or participatory modeling.

Application materials:

To apply, please submit a cover letter describing relevant skills and academic interests, a Curriculum Vitae, and the names and contact information for three references at the following link: Please address the materials to Drs. Morey Burnham and Chloe Wardropper.


Chloe Wardropper

Assistant Professor

Department of Natural Resources and Society

University of Idaho

Office: (208) 885-7528

Cell: (914) 806-7775