Postdoctoral Opportunity – Department of Geography, Rutgers University
Regional Climate Change Projections to Enable Equitable Ocean Planning for the Blue Economy
The postdoctoral candidate will contribute to an interdisciplinary National Science Foundation funded project that aims to provide knowledge and tools for more inclusive development of offshore blue economies. Key concerns of the project are to co-design decision support tools that empower community members to integrate climate information into decision-making, to make projections of climate impacts on ecological systems and coastal livelihoods accessible and useable across scales; and to expand socio-ecological literacy by integrating diverse community interests, including those of marginalized communities, into the data inventories and decision-making processes related to blue economy development.
The candidate will focus on the question of inclusion of a range of livelihood interests into processes associated with ocean planning and blue economy decision making. Using qualitative and fieldwork methods, in conversation with quantitative analysis of environmental and socio-economic change, the candidate will integrate into the project the needs and concerns of coastal community members directly dependent upon the marine economy (e.g. vessel crew members, fish processing plant workers, neighborhood and community development associations, waterfront and wind energy sector laborers).
The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in social science (e.g. geography, anthropology, marine or environmental studies, or related), a strong interest in questions related to the emerging blue economy, ocean planning, participatory methods in research and decision making, and environmental change and community adaptation. They will have qualitative research skills related to community and stakeholder engagement in research and policy development. They should be available for fieldwork (e.g. site visits, interviews, hosting workshops) in coastal Southern New England and the Mid-Atlantic Region (being in residence at Rutgers University is not required).
The position is open until filled. Applications will be considered immediately upon receipt. Interested candidates should send their CV, a brief statement describing their research interests and qualifications, the names of three references, and a representative writing sample to Kevin St. Martin (email@example.com). Email inquiries prior to applying are also welcome. The position is fully funded for 12 months and includes university benefits. Priority will be given to candidates that can start immediately and no later than October 31.