Postdoctoral Research Associate in Global Synthesis of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions

October 20 2017

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Global Synthesis of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions

Application deadline: November 17, 2017.

Start date: June 1, 2018.

Applications are invited for a 2-year position as a Postdoctoral Research Associate as part of a newly NASA-funded interdisciplinary project titled “The Global Land Rush: A Socio-Environmental Synthesis”. This project will conduct an integrated global synthesis of large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs), a growing phenomenon in the global South as governments and transnational investors seek to secure access to land in developing countries to produce food, bio-fuels, and non-agricultural commodities. Consequences of LSLAs vary widely across the globe, ranging from land improvement and creation of new livelihood opportunities to land degradation and dispossession of land from local inhabitants. The project brings together researchers at the University of Maryland and University of Alabama, and offers an exciting opportunity for a rising scholar to engage in globally impactful, interdisciplinary research.


Qualifications: Candidates must have a PhD in one or more disciplines associated with Land System Science (e.g., geography, natural resource economics, sociology, political ecology, remote sensing). Proficiency with the management and analysis of geospatial data in geographical information systems (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.) and experience with acquiring, managing, and harmonizing heterogeneous data types are required.Preferred candidates will also have experience with geospatial analysis and modeling (e.g., spatial regression, survival analysis), synthesis methods (e.g., meta-analysis, archetype analysis, qualitative comparative analysis (QCA)), and/or familiarity with remote sensing data and time series analysis.

Application Details: This position is based in the Department of Geography at the University of Alabama located in Tuscaloosa, AL. Salary will be commensurate with experience and includes benefits. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position with a start date of June, 2018, but that is flexible. Review of applications will begin November 17, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Apply online through the UA Department of Geography ‘postdoc pool’ using the following link:

Please direct questions about this position to Dr. Nicholas Magliocca (