Research Position in Agriculture & Global Warming, Princeton

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Science, Technology & Environmental Policy Program on the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Post-Doctoral Fellow or Associate Research Scholar for Global Agriculture and Climate Change

The Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University invites applications for a position as a post-doctoral research associate in Global Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and Forest Protection.

This position will report to and work closely with Tim Searchinger, an Associate Research Scholar, and principal investigator of the project.

To apply, please visit the Princeton University website

The successful candidate will engage in relevant research and assist in coordination of an international, collaborative project, titled "The Agricultural Synergies Project." This project involves writing detailed guidance for how to improve agricultural production in developing countries while reducing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and protecting natural habitats.

The guidance documents will focus on three topic areas:

  1. The more efficient production of milk and meat from ruminants on pasture in Latin America and in small-scaled, mixed cropping livestock systems in Africa and Southeast Asia
  2. The practical expansion of agroforestry in developing countries
  3. The opportunities and challenges of intensifying agricultural production in developing countries in a manner that saves land locally as well as globally. 

The work combines many fields: agronomy, animal husbandry, greenhouse gas lifecycle analysis, ecology, economics, and policy analysis. Princeton's role is to coordinate a team of researchers on all settled Continents. The primary work products will be guidance documents, but there will also be opportunities for spinoff, collaborative research publications.

The initial appointment is for one year with possibility of renewal assuming good performance. The position is available immediately - the search will continue until the position is filled. 

The position is open to all regardless of citizenship.  Applicants should apply on the Princeton website and include a cover letter describing research experience, curriculum vitae including a publication list, a statement of research interests, and contact information for three references. 

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a recent PhD in an appropriate research field, a background in at least some aspect of agriculture, good statistical skills, skills in GIS analysis and managing web sites, and an ability to work in a rigorous and interdisciplinary manner.  

The position is full-time with benefits for one year, with possibility of renewal.

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