Post-Doctoral Associate, Climate Change

Rutgers University, Department of Human Ecology Published: November 21, 2019
New Brunswick, NJ
Job Type
Analyst / Research / Scientific /
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~ The Department of Human Ecology of the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences addresses the human dimensions of environmental problems. ~

Faculty from diverse disciplines use their expertise in the natural and social sciences to study the effects of human activities on the environment and the impact of environmental changes on individuals and communities.

Position Overview

The Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate to fill a position focused on understanding the impacts of climate change on fishers and fishing communities in the Northeastern U.S.

Funding for the Post-Doctoral Associate, Climate Change position is available for up to two years. This is a one-year appointment with the expectation that it will be renewed for an additional one-year increment (two years total), contingent upon satisfactory performance.


  • The candidate will join an interdisciplinary team, funded by the NOAA Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) program.
  • The research focuses on understanding how climate change is altering fishers “fishing opportunity portfolios” through shifts in fish distributions, changes in their population productivity, and management and economic constraints on their ability to adapt.
  • The candidate will be responsible for designing and conducting field interviews in five fishing communities from Maine to North Carolina and working with the rest of the project team to model changes in fishing opportunity portfolios based on data collected during these interviews.
  • Additional duties include helping supervise undergraduate and graduate students working on the project and presenting and publishing research results.


Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in marine policy, anthropology, sociology, interdisciplinary fishery science, or another relevant field is required.
  • The candidate should have excellent oral and written English language communications skills.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with experience:
    1. designing and applying field interview protocols,
    2. working in interdisciplinary teams including both social and natural scientists, and
    3. who have a strong publication record.

Posting Close Date: 12/01/2019 - Posting Number 19FA2432

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