Postdoctoral Associate, Energy and
Agricultural Land Use Analytics
Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics
Cornell SC Johnson
College of Business
The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
invites applicants for a Postdoctoral Associate on Energy and Agricultural Land
Use Analytics with a 1-year renewable term position in our Applied Economics
and Policy area, intended for placement in the Charles H. Dyson School of
Applied Economics and Management, with an intended start date of July 1, 2021. The position will be based in Ithaca, NY.
Responsibilities of the position include (1)
conducting independent research in coordination with a dynamic
interdisciplinary team, (2) collecting, curating, and linking large geospatial
datasets on land use, wind and solar energy potential, electricity grid infrastructure
and administrative parcel-level information, (3) conducting spatial modelling
related to the optimal deployment of renewable energy production on a changing
landscape, and (4) drafting manuscripts for submission to peer-review journals.
The Postdoctoral Associate’s research will be
primarily supported by a grant from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
that seeks to understand and characterize the land use transition from largely
agricultural land use to renewable energy (e.g. solar and wind power) in NY
state. This research will help inform critical stakeholders in the state
regarding the feasibility and nature of the tradeoffs in achieving the mandates
to make NY state carbon neutral by 2050.
The position allows a creative and
self-motivated candidate to lead several research studies within the overall
confines of the supporting grant. This means the candidate has the possibility
to pursue economic, agri-environmental, or rural/urban planning aspects of the
project depending on the candidate’s training and interests.
The ideal candidate will possess a PhD in
geography, regional science, data science or related field, and should have a
demonstrated ability to manipulate, combine and analyze large geospatial
datasets of heterogeneous formats (raster, point and parcel-level polygon
data). Training in large-scale optimization and other quantitative techniques,
as well as a demonstrated interest in agricultural land use, renewable energy,
quantitative urban planning, and data analytics are desirable.
The candidate should have a strong record
conducting independent research and scholarly activities including publication
in peer-reviewed journals and a commitment to transparent and reproducible
research. Finally, the candidate should be comfortable interacting in an
interdisciplinary environment working collaboratively with economists,
agricultural ecologists, engineers, and hydrologists, and in communicating with
stakeholders in NY state. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are
Salary is commensurate with experience.
The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
(established on July 1, 2016) combines three Schools: the Samuel Curtis Johnson
Graduate School of Management (Johnson), the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied
Economics and Management (Dyson), and the School of Hotel Administration (Hotel
School). Dyson houses a top-ranked undergraduate business program as well as
graduate programs that award Ph.D., M.S. and M.P.S. degrees. Areas of faculty
research include management; environmental, energy and resource economics; food
and agricultural economics; and international and development economics.
Faculty members in the Dyson School frequently collaborate with colleagues in
Computer and Information Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Natural Resources,
and other units on campus.
consideration please ensure that your application is complete by May 31, 2021.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position
has been filled. Applications received
after May 31, 2021 will be reviewed if the position has not been filled.
The following materials are required: Letter of interest articulating the background and interest as well as potential research ideas, with clear indication of position being applied for;Curriculum vitae;Up to three research papers;Three recommendation letters; Statement on Contributions to Diversity;
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