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Post Doctoral Fellow - Department of Environmental Sciences
Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia
Date Posted 05/18/2022
Admin-Occupational and Environmental Safety
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

The Department of Environmental Sciences at Emory University seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate focused on agricultural adaptation to changing climate in the southeastern US. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will join an interdisciplinary and trans-institutional project integrating big geospatial data with qualitative data to model and understand agricultural adaptation. This individual will conduct key informant interviews with agricultural stakeholders across the state of Georgia to understand (1) the climate change impacts they already see or anticipate on their operations or amongst their communities, (2) their adaptive strategies, (3) technological, political-economic, and farm-level barriers and bridges they anticipate facing when implementing these strategies, and (4) their visions for the future of their operation or community.


The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be mentored by Dr. Emily Burchfield who has teaching and research interests in sustainable food systems, spatial data science, and mixed methods research. In addition to their research, the individual will be encouraged to mentor talented undergraduates, guest lecture in classes, and develop innovative pedagogy at a leading liberal arts institution. The position will last one year.


Candidates should have a PhD in the social sciences, environmental sciences, or agricultural sciences. Demonstrated qualitative research experience is a must, with a preference for candidates who have experience working in U.S. agricultural systems, ideally in the state of Georgia. Applicants must have a Ph.D. by the start date. 


Start date: August 15th, 2022

Term: 1 year 1.00 FTE, renewable based on performance
Location: Atlanta, GA

Salary: $50,000 (plus benefits)

Institution: Department of Environmental Sciences, Emory University


To apply, please submit the following by May 30th , 2022:

  • Cover letter describing your relevant experience and scholarly interests. Be sure to mention any previous or on-going research in the southeastern US.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Three letters of recommendation.


To ensure the safety of our campus community, the COVID-19 vaccine is required. For more information on the University and Hospital policies and potential exemptions, please see our website.

Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment on the basis of any factor stated above or prohibited under applicable law. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in University programs and in the use of facilities without such discrimination. Emory University complies with Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act, and applicable executive orders, federal and state regulations regarding nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. Emory University is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its affirmative action, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. Inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Department of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Building, Atlanta, GA 30322. Telephone: 404-727-9867 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD).

Emory University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Department of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD). Please note that one week advance notice is preferred.

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