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Campus/Location:University Park CampusDate Announced:06/20/2017Date Closing:open until filledJob Number:72197Classification:ExemptWork Unit: College of Agricultural SciencesDepartment:Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education


The Pennsylvania State University's Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education is seeking a 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) 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; (2) preparing project reports and manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications and making academic and public presentations; (3) supervising and mentoring graduate students working on the project; (4) administering the project, including managing research budgets, coordinating teams, and communicating with team members and stakeholders; and (5) 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. Qualifications: Applicants must have a PhD in Rural Sociology or Sociology or a related discipline (Geography, Political Science, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, 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, and spatial analysis. The candidate will also need to be flexible enough to travel to conduct research in multiple locations around the United States. 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 leadership in large research projects preferred. Applicants should have demonstrated academic interests and experience publishing in one or more of the following topics: engagement and deliberation, democratic theory and practice; environmental implications of agriculture; community development; management of water resources; farmer decision-making and management; or other related fields. Location: The position is based in the Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education in the College of Agricultural Sciences at the University Park campus of The Pennsylvania State University. Founded in 1855, Penn State University is a public state-related research university with campuses and facilities throughout the Commonwealth. In 2014, Penn State University had annual research expenditures of over $800 million University Park, the flagship campus, enrolls more than 45,000 undergraduate and graduate students across a wide range of academic programs. Penn State's University Park is located adjacent to the Borough of State College, in the Centre Region (population of approximately 105,000) of Pennsylvania. State College is a bustling, historic college town, with a variety of arts, cultural, sports and other community offerings. With its woodlands, streams, ridged mountains and picturesque farmland, the larger Centre Region presents abundant possibilities for outdoor and recreational activities throughout the seasons. State College is served by three national airlines, and is 4 hours by bus or car from both New York City and Washington DC, 3 hours from Philadelphia and 2.5 hours from Pittsburgh. Start Date: August 1, 2017 or as negotiated. Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is eligible for Penn State benefits. Application Procedures: Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to PSU-EJAMS [weblink]. For further information about the positon, contact Dr. Kathryn J. Brasier, Associate Professor of Rural Sociology, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education, 105B Armsby Building, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802; e-mail: kbrasier@psu.edu. Screening of applications will begin July 20, 2017.

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