We seek a Postdoctoral Research Associate to contribute to a research project on fish trade and food security in Malawi. The project aims to enhance knowledge on fish value chains (especially informal trade) with a particular focus on issues of gender, food security, and small scale fish workers’ livelihoods. The research will contribute to a growing body of scholarship on the political economy and scalar dimensions of fish trade, as well as provide practical insight for improving the governance of fisheries and their associated value chains. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be based at Michigan State University, however the position will require travel to Malawi for fieldwork. Responsibilities will include conducting surveys and interviews with fishers, fish traders, and other stakeholders around Lake Malawi; collaborating with researchers from the US and Malawi; analyzing data; preparing manuscripts and research reports; and engaging in outreach with key organizations such as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
The position is a 9-month initial appointment with potential for extension. Desired start date is early 2019.
Doctorate -Environmental science and policy, geogra
A doctorate degree in Environmental science and policy, geography or related field.
Must be able to travel to Malawi for fieldwork.
Competitive candidates will have a strong background in multidisciplinary approaches to the study of social-ecological systems, experience conducting fieldwork among resource dependent communities, experience applying social science data collection and analysis methods (e.g. survey, interview, and ethnographic methods), and strong oral and written communication skills. A research background in fisheries governance or natural resource governance, food security, value chains, nautral resource economics, and/or political ecology is preferred.
Required Application Materials
Please submit your CV, a letter of interest, and a list of three references with contact information.
For more information about the position, contact Dr. Abigail Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Review of applications will begin on November 30, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
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