Postdoctoral Research Associate Opportunity – Colorado State University

Job posted June 15, 2016.

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Rangeland Social Science
Dept. of Forest & Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University

The deadline for applications is June 26, 2016.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Rangeland
Social-Ecological Systems (RSES) Lab in the Department of Forest and
Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University in Fort Collins,
CO, led by Dr. María Fernández-Giménez. The RSES Lab is a highly
productive interdisciplinary group that focuses on rangeland
ecological dynamics and the management practices and institutions that
support them. Our lab practices transdisciplinary research that
engages rangeland users, managers and policy-makers as partners in the
research process. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work with
an interdisciplinary team of ecologists and social scientists from the
RSES lab, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the USDA Northern
Plains Climate Hub and Texas A&M University to investigate how
individual ranchers and a multi-stakeholder group make rangeland and
grazing management decisions and the ecological, social and economic
outcomes of these decisions. The successful applicant will work with
this team to generate a number of publications, gain experience in
grant writing, mentor undergraduate students, and help inform the
practice of rangeland management through interactions with local
stakeholders in Colorado and Wyoming.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work on multiple tasks within
the framework of the larger project, including: (1) Analyze
qualitative rancher interview and stakeholder meeting transcripts
associated with the Adaptive Grazing Management (AGM) Experiment
(2) Assist with organizing, facilitating and documenting stakeholder meetings of
the AGM Experiment; (3) Conduct interviews with ranchers and other AGM
stakeholders, (4) Assist in the organization and facilitation of
outreach workshops for ranchers and other rangeland stakeholders, and
(5) Analyze survey data from a repeated survey of ranchers and natural
resource professionals in Colorado and Wyoming. The candidate will
also have the opportunity to contribute to other projects related to
the social dimensions of rangeland management and to interact with
other postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students in the
RSES lab. Opportunities for professional development are supported and
attendance at a minimum of one national conference per year will be
fully funded. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to
collaborate with faculty and staff at other universities, natural
resource agency staff, and conservation organizations.

The successful candidate must have an earned PhD in natural resource
social science or a closely related field. Experience with both
qualitative and quantitative social science research methods,
knowledge of rangeland issues, and strong written and oral
communication skills are preferred. Ability to work independently and
in teams is essential. Demonstrated success at publishing qualitative
or mixed methods social science research is highly desirable.

This position is available August 1, 2016. Salary is $50,000/year plus
benefits. The position is initially for one year but may be extended
based on available funding and successful performance in the first

To apply and view a full position announcement, please visit: Application materials include
a letter of interest, a current CV or resume, and contact information
for three professional references. For full consideration, please
submit application materials by June 26, 2016.


The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State
University is interdisciplinary with programs of emphasis in rangeland
ecology, natural resource policy and planning, forestry, fire science,
fire management, and restoration ecology. The Department¹s faculty
support the Warner College of Natural Resources and the University in
fulfilling the Land Grant Mission in these programmatic areas. The
Department offers undergraduate majors in Forestry, Rangeland Ecology,
and Natural Resources Management in addition to master of science and
doctor of philosophy degrees. Additional information about the
department can be accessed at
The city of Fort Collins is situated along the beautiful Front Range
of the Rocky Mountains. In addition to CSU, major employers in the
community are Hewlett-Packard, LSI Logic, Intel, Agilent Technologies,
Advanced Energy, Kodak, Anheuser-Busch, and Poudre Valley Hospital.
Numerous state and federal research agencies in Fort Collins
contribute to the intellectual environment of the university and
provide the successful candidate additional local collaborators. These
include the Colorado State Forest Service, US Forest Service ­Rocky
Mountain Research Station, US Forest Service ­ Arapaho-Roosevelt
National Forest/Pawnee National Grasslands, National Wildlife Research
Center, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, National Park Service,
Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Bureau of Land
Management. The University of Colorado in Boulder, Northern Colorado
University in Greeley, University of Denver, and the University of
Wyoming in Laramie, are all within a one-hour drive. In addition to
the many and varied cultural activities sponsored by the University,
the community offers a center for performing arts, a symphony
orchestra, repertory theater, choral society, and dance company. The
city operates numerous indoor and outdoor pools, several ice rinks,
five public golf courses, and sponsors a wide variety of leisure-time
activities. Rocky Mountain National Park, Pawnee National Grasslands
and Roosevelt National Forest are within 30 miles of Fort Collins.
Finally, Fort Collins is consistently identified as one of the best
cities in the US to live in by various national media.

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment
that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age,
creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender,
disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation,
gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University
is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully
committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all
Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders
regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of
Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services. Colorado State
University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living
environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To
support this environment and comply with applicable laws and
regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background
check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited
to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry,
motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education
verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law
or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is
reasonable and prudent to do so.