Postdoctoral Research Associate (Social Scientist)
Washington State University
Location: Pullman, Washington
Internal Number: 3600898
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Social Scientist)
Title: 306-YN_FACULTY - Postdoctoral Research Associate
Business Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate (Social Scientist)
Location: WSU PULLMAN CAMPUS
Employee Type: Faculty (+) (Fixed Term)
Job Family: Faculty - Academic - OT Eligible
Summary of Duties:
Commercial specialty crop (vegetable and fruit) growers use plastic mulch to conserve water, suppress weeds, optimize soil temperature, and improve plant growth. However, polyethylene (PE) plastic mulch needs to be disposed of at the end of the growing season, resulting in significant financial and environmental costs. In contrast, biodegradable plastic mulches (BDMs) that can be tilled into the soil or composted at the end of the season could reduce such costs. However, not much is known about the individual, sociocultural, and structural influences on growers' decisions regarding plastic mulch end-of-life management. Thus, research is being conducting on plastic mulch end-of-life management decisions among strawberry growers in California in order to better understand the factors that help or hinder growers' adoption of more sustainable practices (e.g., PE mulch recycling) and technologies (e.g., BDMs) that can help address the growing problem of agricultural plastic pollution. This work is part of a large, multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI). The Postdoctoral Research Associate (Social Scientist) will work as part of the project team, specifically the Human Dimensions Working Group headed by Dr. Jessica Goldberger (Rural Sociologist) in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (http://css.wsu.edu) in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (http://cahnrs.wsu.edu). The position is a temporary, 12-month, full-time position with the ability to renew annually, pending funding and successful review and progress.
Conduct in-depth qualitative data collection with strawberry growers, Extension agents, agricultural input suppliers, crop consultants, recycling facility representatives, and other stakeholders
Develop and implement survey of strawberry growers
Analyze quantitative and qualitative data
Prepare project reports and manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals
Prepare and deliver oral presentations to diverse audiences
Help oversee the activities of the Human Dimensions Working Group
Help supervise graduate students and undergraduates
Earned Ph.D. in rural sociology, sociology, anthropology, or closely related social science field within the last five years
Experience with qualitative research methods
Experience with survey design, management, and data analysis
Strong analytical and statistical skills
Willingness to travel to California, project meetings, and conferences
Ability to work independently as well as with an interdisciplinary team of researchers, Extension specialists, and other project participants
Interest in agriculture, diffusion of innovations, the environment, and/or sustainability
Excellent organizational and project management skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Evidence of high-quality publications and presentations
Experience working in large, multi-disciplinary research/outreach teams
Familiarity with specialty crop production or plasticulture
The primary location of the position is the Washington State University (WSU) Pullman campus (http://www.wsu.edu). With a population of approximately 34,000, Pullman offers a friendly, small-town atmosphere. Located 75 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is a short drive away from the scenic Idaho Panhandle and Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon. The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of outdoor activities. The area provides ample opportunity to enjoy the cultural and academic hubs of both WSU and the University of Idaho (located nine miles away in Moscow, ID). To learn more about the Pullman community, visit: http://www.pullmanchamber.com.
July 1, 2023; negotiable
Salary and Benefits:
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include health/dental insurance, vacation/sick leave, retirement plans, and access to all WSU facilities.
For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Jessica Goldberger, Professor of Rural Sociology, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, at (509) 335-8540 or [email protected].
WSU is an EEO/AA/ADD employer.
College of Agricultural Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS)
In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the above salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate's current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts. For a more detailed summary of benefits offered by WSU for Faculty visit: https://hrs.wsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/2022-Benefit-Overview-for-Faculty-and-AP.pdf. Find total compensation information here: https://hrs.wsu.edu/managers/recruitment-toolkit/total-compensation/.
Temporary End Date:
This is a temporary position expected to end one (1) year after the start date. Renewal is dependent on the need for extension and/or if additional funding is secured to extend employment.
Posting Close Date:
This position is Open Until Filled with screening of applicants beginning on January 15, 2023.
This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.
Please submit a 1) cover letter, 2) current curriculum vitae, 3) copies of academic transcripts (submit as one PDF document under 'Other'), 4) writing sample (e.g., journal article or dissertation chapter), and 5) names, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers for three professional references.
1) Cover Letter
2) Current Curriculum Vitae
3) Copies of Academic Transcripts
4) Writing Sample
5) Professional References
Time Type: Full time
Position Term: 12 Month
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