Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Job Title Post-Doctoral Fellow Posting Number P1799F
Job Description Summary

The Conservation Governance Lab housed in the School of Forestry and Wildlife at Auburn University is seeking a 12-month post doc funded by the National Science Foundation ( NSF ).

The project is a special, urgent project funded by the NSF - RAPID program aimed at increasing our understanding of the global COVID -19 pandemic. Our project focuses on how marginalized communities, especially in the South, are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. The project is interdisciplinary, and aims to understand how Southern communities in the states of Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana are receiving, responding to, and acting on the most up to date scientific information from leaders and the media. We will focus on how marginalized communities are consuming scientific information, and whether there needs to be changes to the way science is communicated during a global pandemic. Findings are useful to decision-makers and public health officials who seek to communicate effectively during this pandemic, and can inform future communications challenges like the eventual vaccine.

Because the research question spans many disciplines, emphasis is not on recruiting from any one particular discipline, but rather seeking recruit someone who can commit to managing a large scale research project, with minimal supervision, with rapid turnaround. Applicants with backgrounds in quantitative or qualitative social science, surveying, polling, urban planning, public opinion, political science, economics, anthropology, public health, public administration, biology, epidemiology, or a related field are welcome to apply. Emphasis when evaluating candidates will not be on home discipline, but rather on enthusiasm for the project, a shared understanding that COVID -19 is hitting marginalized communities hardest, and a willingness to see an NSF project through to completion in a short term project. The successful candidate will have the option to author grants to expand the work of this project, and as such, the position may be extended beyond the 12-month timespan contingent on available external funding.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants are required to have a PhD at the time the position begins in a social, biological, public health, or related science. The selected candidate must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of the appointment.

Applicants are required to be in or with commuting distance to Auburn, AL for the majority of the term of the appointment. While some flexibility is possible, the success of the project will depend on this position’s presence in the lab as managing the project team will be a major part of the role.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Desired Qualifications

Previous experience in managing undergraduate researchers, conducting research, preparing reports for funders, is desirable. Basic knowledge of surveys and statistical analysis and an enthusiasm and willingness to learn would also make you a competitive applicant. Strong writing and project management skills, and being comfortable leading meetings are also desired. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills necessary to communicate and interact effectively.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must complete the online application at this link: to include a letter of interest, complete CV/resume, names and contact information of 3 references and transcripts (transcript should show conferral of Doctorate degree and date of conferral.) Questions on the role may be asked via email to Dr. Kelly Dunning at Given the large response typical of vacancies of this sort, individual feedback on applications is not possible. Review of applicants will occur beginning September 1, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.

Open Date 08/24/2020 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes References required for this position? Yes If yes, minimum number requested 3 Supplemental Questions

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