The Virginia Tech Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory in
Manassas Virginia seeks a highly motivated and collaborative
researcher with expertise in collaborative governance, particularly
at the science-policy interface, and/or with social marketing. The
postdoctoral associate will contribute to the implementation of a
National Science Foundation Growing Convergence Research (NSF-GCR)
project on inland freshwater salinization. With the Occoquan
Reservoir in Northern Virginia as its test bed, this NSF GCR
project aims to understand the various sources of freshwater
salinization and catalyze stakeholder-driven management strategies
to address freshwater salinization. The project brings together
faculty and students from four universities and nearly 40
stakeholders representing a broad range of societal sectors,
perspectives, and expertise in freshwater salinization
This position is an initial two-year postdoctoral appointment. The
salary is $70,000 per year, with a start date of February 1, 2023.
PhD must be awarded no more than two years prior to the effective
date of appointment with a minimum of three years eligibility
The postdoctoral associate will be based in the Occoquan Watershed
Monitoring Lab (OWML) in Manassas, VA, with occasional required
travel to the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, VA. Occasional
travel to attend professional conferences and engage in project
activities is also required.
With the guidance of their faculty mentors and in cooperation with
other project team members, the postdoctoral associate will work on
the following research activities:
(1) Designing and facilitating stakeholder engagement, particularly
to advance ‘joint fact-finding’ as a means to build a shared
understanding of the nature of freshwater salinization and
implications of potential decisions.
(2) Planning and executing studies to evaluate the effectiveness of
stakeholder engagement and collaborative governance approaches
applied, and in particular joint fact-finding efforts.
(3) Designing, implementing, and assessing a social marketing
program within the water and sewershed to test the efficacy of
strategies to reduce non-point contributions of salt to the
(4) Working with the team overall to advance its transdisciplinary
convergence agenda, including a two-week transdisciplinary research
summer bootcamp for undergraduates.
(5) Presenting and publishing cutting-edge research on
collaborative governance, social marketing, and the facilitation
and evaluation of convergence research.
With mentorship, the postdoctoral associate will lead the design of
research, data collection and analysis, and manuscript writing on
the aforementioned research topics. The postdoctoral associate will
help support coordination and collaboration among the project team
and with other stakeholders. The postdoctoral associate will have
the chance to mentor masters and PhD students. The postdoctoral
associate will receive guidance and training in the preparation of
manuscripts for scientific journals, presentations for conferences,
and proposal writing.
(1) Ph.D. in a relevant Social Science discipline (e.g., Public
Policy, Science and Technology Studies, Sociology, Psychology); PhD
must be awarded no more than two years prior to the effective date
of appointment with a minimum of three years eligibility
(2) Expertise in collaborative governance and/or social
(3) Publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at
conferences about collaborative
governance and/or social marketing.
(1) Expertise and experience in designing, facilitating, and
assessing multi-stakeholder collaborative governance processes,
ideally within the context of environmental management.
(2) Expertise and experience in designing, implementing, and
assessing a social marketing campaign.
(3) Evaluation expertise.
(4) Knowledge of Common Pool Resource Theory.
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal
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