Civil and Environmental Engineering

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12-month Postdoctoral Researcher Position to examine Household Consumption, Impacts, and Risks during the COVID-19 Pandemic

A project funded by the National Science Foundation is hiring a 12-month postdoctoral researcher, to be affiliated with the Sustainable Futures Institute at Michigan Technological University (MTU). The project is a collaboration between MTU and Rutgers University. Work can be done remotely.

The position will require skills and experience in social science survey data analysis, with additional desired experience in environmental life cycle assessment. The ideal candidate for this position has a strong quantitative social science background, experience managing complex datasets, and training in interdisciplinary environmental team science research.

The ability to manage large data sets and use statistical methods to examine changes over time is essential.

The project involves examining food, energy, and water consumption data from households, particularly how the dynamics of consumption have shifted in the COVID-19 context, as well as understanding how that consumption relates to measurements of perceived risk, institutional trust, changing household dynamics, and changes in perceived well being. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to lead data analysis and will have the opportunity to produce multiple first-authored publications with the support of a collaborative team of research scientists across multiple disciplines.

We recognize that many people will not be in a position to relocate, particularly in fall 2020. The work location is flexible, although it is preferred that the candidate be willing to travel and/or temporarily relocate to Houghton, MI or New Brunswick, NJ for part of the appointment duration, as conditions allow.

Salary: $50,000, with University benefits and travel funding support.

To apply, please submit the following applications materials:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Research statement (1 page)
  • Names of three academic/professional references

Application materials and any questions about this position can be submitted via email to Professor David Watkins, project PI,

Application review will begin on June 15 with an expected August start date.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.