Tuesday, August 13, 2013


EMPLOYMENT: CIFOR Postdoc in Socio-Economic & Spatial Data Analysis for Tropical Forest Conservation

A postdoctoral position to support monitoring and evaluation of tropical forest conservation initiatives is available in North Carolina, pending finalization of research contract. The post-doc will support two research projects funded by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR): (1) impact evaluation of forest management certification, and (2) development and proof-of-concept of national and sub-national social safeguard information systems for REDD+. For both projects, the primary responsibility of the post-doc will be to compile and analyze spatial data on forest cover and other biophysical conditions in conjunction with socio-economic data. Data analysis will include matching and spatial econometric models. The post-doc will need to communicate and coordinate with research partners in multiple institutions and countries, and is expected to co-author manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals.

Requirements for the position include excellent GIS and database management skills, familiarity with econometric matching methods and spatial econometric models, and demonstrated technical writing and communication skills. Experience with applied economic research and econometric packages in R and STATA are highly desirable. Foreign language skills (French, Indonesian, Portuguese, Spanish) would be helpful. Qualified candidates from developing countries (broadly defined), women, and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply

The post-doctoral researcher will be supervised by Dr. Erin Sills (NC State) and also work with Dr. Pam Jagger (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and CIFOR scientists and associates. The position offers opportunities to engage with the extensive network of environmental, resource, and development economists, as well as social-ecological systems researchers, in the Research Triangle of North Carolina (e.g., CenRep at NC State; the US Forest Service; the Carolina Population Center; and the Triangle Working Group on REDD+). The post-doc will be based primarily in the Research Triangle, with travel to Sub-Saharan Africa and possibly other research sites.

The appointment is for one year, with preferred starting date by 1 October 2013. Salary is commensurate with experience (click here for description of university benefits).

Application will require cover letter, CV, graduate transcripts, contact information for three references, and a research writing sample. To express interest or for further information, contact Dr. Erin Sills (sills@ncsu.edu) or Dr. Pam Jagger (pjagger@unc.edu).

Deadline: open

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