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GRI Post-doctoral Fellowship – Food Systems Analytics

Global Research Institute
Williamsburg, Virginia
Posted Date
Sep 7, 2022

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GRI Post-doctoral Fellowship – Food Systems Analytics


Global Research Institute




Unit Mission Statement

The Global Research Institute (GRI) empowers teams of William & Mary students and faculty to make a difference in the world. We are a multidisciplinary hub that applies scholarly research to real world problems, investing in outstanding student and faculty scholars to catalyze new insights and cultivate the next generation of global leaders. Based in the Office of the Provost, GRI supports a whole of university approach to advance W&M by developing ideas, convening partners, creating and analyzing data, and inventing new methods. The Institute’s approach to incubate and scale and applied research helps researchers push research frontiers and produce insights that matter at W&M and beyond. At any time, under the auspices of the Institute there are several research projects, most grant-funded, with the largest being AidData.

Position Summary

The Global Research Institute (GRI) at William & Mary invites applications for a 2-year Post-Doctoral Fellow in Food System Analytics, beginning in fall 2022. This position will focus on developing geospatial and biophysical models to support food sovereignty for Native American communities in Virginia and surrounding areas. A successful candidate may possess knowledge of Indigenous food systems, agriculture, nutrition, health equity, as well as spatial data acquisition and modeling. Additionally, a successful candidate may have contributed to participatory action research and/or worked with Indigenous data sovereignty protocols. This position is designed to support Indigenous communities, strengthen GRI’S research capacity in this area, increase the diversity of our scholarly community, provide a mentored learning experience to the Post-Doctoral Fellow, and support and provide research opportunities for undergraduate students. GRI seeks to attract promising researchers with diverse backgrounds and experiences that will contribute significantly to the academic mission of William & Mary and GRI.

The Post-Doctoral Scholar will support active research on Indigenous food sovereignty at GRI and fully integrate into GRI’s thriving interdisciplinary research community. This candidate will lead several research manuscripts and will receive direct support from a team of undergraduate researchers. This candidate will also receive mentoring from faculty members and researchers on various professional development activities such as building a successful research team, pursuing funded research, navigating the scientific publishing process, presentation skills, classroom instruction, and managing personnel. This position will be open until filled, with a review of applicants beginning on October 15th, 2022.

The Post-Doctoral Scholar will receive an annual salary of $58,000, shared office space, library access, and other benefits including comprehensive health insurance and participation in GRI’s Post-Doctoral Skills Development Series. Residence in Williamsburg, VA or surrounding area is preferred but other arrangements will be considered.

Required Qualifications






Ph.D. in public health, epidemiology, nutrition, public policy, geography, agricultural/environmental science, Indigenous studies, or another relevant field that is received by the time appointment begins (fall 2022) and no earlier than 2017






  • Possess a strong interest in building and pursuing a research agenda that makes use of spatial models that draw from primary data and secondary data Possess advanced quantitative methods training and/or expertise in geospatial analysis, statistics, survey research, and data visualization Demonstrate experience working with one or more programming/statistical languages, software, and tools, such as R, Qualtrics, LaTeX, QGIS, ArcGIS Pro, and Python; Have strong organizational and communication skills

Preferred Qualifications


  • Experience working with Indigenous communities whose traditional territories are occupied by the USA/Canada Engaged in applied/policy research that is directly relevant to improving the health and sovereignty of Indigenous communities Experience working collaboratively on applied/policy research projects with multi-disciplinary teams Proven track record of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and/or presenting research at scientific conferences Experience preparing grant proposals and securing external research funds.

Application Instructions

Candidates must apply via the William & Mary Employment Opportunities portal. For more details and to apply, please visit . To apply, candidates will be required to submit: curriculum vitae, cover letter, 2 letters of recommendation, and a personal statement answering 1) Why are you pursuing Post-Doctoral training? 2) Why does this position interest you? 3) Why do you feel you are exceptionally qualified? 4) Goals and expectations for this training experience and 5) How does this position fit into your career aspirations? Personal statement should be no longer than two pages, single spaced, Times New Roman 11-point font.

Conditions of Employment

This is a restricted position subject to availability of funding. 


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement


William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.




Background Check Statement


William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.


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