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Stakeholder Engagement PostDoctoral Research Associate

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Laboratory and Research

Posting Number: req8331

Department: Udall Center

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona seeks to appoint a postdoctoral research associate to focus on stakeholder engagement in environmental and natural resources governance.

Stakeholder engagement is at the cornerstone of environmental and natural resources governance. Yet, it is often characterized by institutional deficiencies, inequities in practice, inadequate benchmarking, and a lack of measurable outcomes. This position offers the opportunity to explore stakeholder engagement across a number of efforts underway at the Udall Center, including local green infrastructure and urban greening projects, the use of novel geospatial tools in federal natural resources engagement processes, and governance practices in the Colorado River Basin, among other research topics. In addition, there is considerable room for the postdoctoral researcher to design and implement their own research initiative under this broad umbrella of stakeholder engagement in environmental and natural resources governance.

The Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy is a university-wide research center that is the intellectual home for interdisciplinary, stakeholder-based policy research and outreach. As such, the Udall Center's charge is to advance cross-cutting inquiry and connect diverse policy research efforts and researchers, gain increasing external support for policy research, and deliver measurable public impact. The Environmental Policy Program at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy engages in applied research and outreach on public policy topics relating to economic development, environment, public health, public lands, and energy transitions and extends to such themes as social justice, gender equity, human well-being and quality of life, Indigenous entrepreneurship, and energy and renewables.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental,
and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid
vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the
employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans;
access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

The postdoctoral candidate will be tasked with:

  • Collaborating in an interdisciplinary and diverse research group
  • Developing and where appropriate, overseeing project design
  • Synthesizing and integrating across diverse bodies of public policy, geography, political science, and other relevant disciplinary literature
  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative research
  • Partnering with local, regional, and national stakeholders
  • Presenting research results at national and international conferences
  • Organizing and facilitating project meetings and broader stakeholder engagement efforts
  • Coauthoring academic articles with research group members
  • Co-supervising 1-3 undergraduate and graduate students engaged in collaborative efforts
  • Co-developing proposals for extramural funding to continue and expand the line of research
  • Additional duties may be assigned

Knowledge, skills & abilities:

  • Enthusiasm for studying stakeholder engagement in environmental and natural resources governance
  • Comfort working in teams, leading team meetings, and supervising students
  • Collaborative spirit
  • Strong methodological skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree or equivalent in geography, environmental policy, planning, political science, or a related field

Preferred Qualifications

  • Record of published research in related area(s)
  • Relevant experience

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $53,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Andrea Gerlak

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant

Please attach 1 or 2 writing samples with your other applicant materials (to be uploaded as an "Additional Document").

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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