Postdoctoral in Food Systems at The University of New Hampshire
Employment Opportunities
Monday, February 10, 2020 02:40 PM

Dr. Analena Bruce, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems is recruiting a postdoctoral research associate to lead field research focused on food system development in New England. The proposed research will investigate the social and policy dimensions of different pathways for increasing farm income and food production in the region. The position will be in the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of New Hampshire, in Durham, NH. The associate will have opportunities to collaborate with other researchers from across the agricultural and nutrition sciences on this and other related projects, as well as extension educators, UNH Sustainability Institute partners, and with farmers and stakeholders from across the food system. They will also have the option of analyzing previously collected qualitative and quantitative data to facilitate publication opportunities in the first year of the project during the data collection phase.


  • Lead field research and assist with the design and coordination of the various components of a larger project that includes farm-level data collection as well as data collection on local and regional food markets, food aggregation and distribution models, local and state level agriculture and food policy, and initiatives that support regional food system development.
  • Take a leadership role in the dissemination of the project, including the writing of journal articles, grant proposals, and conference presentations for the scientific community, as well as policy papers, reports and presentations for farmers and stakeholders.
  • Advise, coordinate and collaborate with graduate students working on the project.

Required experience:

  • PhD in a relevant social science discipline or related interdisciplinary program,
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills,
  • Research experience with human subjects, cultural sensitivity/ability to work effectively with diverse farm and food system actors,
  • A record of research productivity,
  • The position requires travel around New England, a valid driver’s license, and successful completion of both a criminal background and driving record check.

Additional preferred skills:

  • Experience with spatial analysis methods,
  • Grant-writing experience,
  • Interdisciplinary research experience,
  • Some experience with agroecological or social ecological systems approaches is an asset.

The initial appointment for this position is one year, with funding available to extend to two years, depending on continued funding and satisfactory work performance. Start date is the summer or fall of 2020, negotiable for the right candidate. For more information or questions about the position, please contact Dr. Analena Bruce: [email protected]

To apply:

Please apply online at ( and be prepared to upload the following:

1) a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, career goals, skills, research experience and qualifications for the position, and why you think the position would support your professional goals,

2) your CV with three professional references (letters not required at this stage), and

3) 2-3 relevant publications.

Review of applications will begin March 10th and continue until the position is filled.

Salary: Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience.

Benefits – This position is eligible for USNH’s post-doctoral benefits including medical and dental insurance options, paid time off, and others. For details, see

About the University: The University of New Hampshire (UNH) is New Hampshire’s flagship public research institution (with an R1 designation), located just minutes from the ocean and within reach of everything from the state’s renowned mountains and lakes region to the major metropolitan hub of Boston. For over 150 years, UNH has delivered hands-on learning, research, and work experiences that bring together students, faculty, and private and public partners to create life-changing opportunities and innovative solutions in our neighborhoods and across the world.

Commitment to diversity: UNH is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer and is committed to creating a more diverse and representative community in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, racial and ethnic and cultural backgrounds pursue goals with mutual respect and a shared spirit of inquiry. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is strongly encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.