Post Doctoral Associate, Social Scientist, Cornell University

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Department of Natural Resources
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

POSITION: Post Doctoral Associate, Social Scientist
STARTING DATE: July 1, 2014
LOCATION: Human Dimensions Research Unit

Department of Natural Resources
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850


The Human Dimensions Research Unit (HDRU, in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral position engaged in a suite of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation projects including issues related to 1) the future of recreational hunting in the 21st century; and 2) governance of wildlife resources. Additional projects to be agreed upon between the HDRU and the successful applicant could include those related to aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes region and/or issues related to rapid energy development in the northeastern United States.

This position includes a 12-month initial appointment with possible extension, depending on performance and additional funding availability.


  • Assist with conducting a literature review emphasizing wildlife management and local/regional governance, public participation, and local government capacity for environmental decision making.
  • Conduct in-depth interviews (individual and/or group) and participate in quantitative survey design and analysis with a broad spectrum of New York residents, including hunters and hunter education instructors, key wildlife stakeholders and decision-makers, and members of the general population.
  • There is potential for similar work in the areas of fisheries/ aquatic invasive species and/or energy development.
  • Communicate with natural resource managers, local government officials, and key stakeholders to disseminate results and make recommendations.
  • Participate in, and lead where appropriate, writing of reports and peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Qualifications Required:

  • PhD in a social science discipline (sociology/rural sociology, political science, economics, social psychology, geography, communication) and a strong understanding of natural resource systems, or PhD in an interdisciplinary natural resources program that includes human/social/economic dimensions as described above.
  • Excellent communication skills including spoken/written English.
  • Broad social science methodological competence, especially in the conduct and analysis of qualitative interviews, design and implementation of standardized surveys, and quantitative analysis.
  • Demonstrated desire to publish in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Proven organizational skills and the ability to work independently while adhering to tight timelines.


  • Experience and leadership in education/outreach programs.
  • Proven track record of research in Human Dimensions of natural resources.
  • Expertise in terrestrial and/or aquatic systems as area of natural resource competence.
  • Understanding of natural resource management/governance.

Commensurate with experience

Work under the supervision of a collaborative team of researchers from Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources.


Please send a single pdf file containing a letter of application outlining qualifications and experience for the position, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details for three references. Email to or in hard copy to Meghan Baumer, 120 Fernow Hall, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853. Inquiries about position specifics can be directed to Richard Stedman at or 607-255-9729.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2014 or until position is filled.