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Postdoctoral Researcher

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Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by Friday, January 19th, 2018. Applicants must be US citizens due to USDA data restrictions. Please upload the following materials: (1) A cover letter addressing your qualifications; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) a writing sample, (4) transcripts for all graduate study (unofficial versions acceptable for application), and (5) contact information for two professional references who will be required to upload letters to complete your application materials. Letters of recommendation must be uploaded to the system by 11:59 PM on January 26th, 2018. For inquiries about the position, contact Search Chair Chris.Goemans@colostate.edu. For additional information about Colorado State University, consult the university’s website at www.colostate.edu.

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Postdoctoral Researcher
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 201701056AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range Salary commensurate with experience
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Posting Date
Open Until Filled Yes
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 01/19/2018
Description of Work Unit

DARE centers its research, teaching and outreach activities in defined areas of excellence: agricultural education, agribusiness management and finance, livestock systems, consumer choice and the economics of water, land and environment. We are dedicated to, and appreciated for, engaging stakeholders in high-quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, as well as the ability to effectively communicate findings to the public and peers. Excellence in teaching and mentoring students is created with thoughtful and innovative curricular design, emphasizing experiential learning where appropriate and fostering student achievement. We strive for a positive and collaborative environment in which stakeholders are highly valued and supported.

Position Summary

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University (CSU) is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow in the economics of insurance and natural resource use, with a focus on groundwater extraction. The selected individual will work with Dr. Manning and Dr. Goemans at CSU, and with Roger Claassen at the USDA Economic Research Service. Approximately one-third of the fellow’s time will be spent in Washington, DC, merging confidential, field-level crop insurance data with newly developed remote sensing data on land use and groundwater pumping. These data will be used to develop empirical models explaining crop insurance enrollment and its impact on land and water use. In addition, an optimization model will be developed that describes the dynamic incentives created by current crop insurance programs. Results will be used to examine the implications of crop insurance on current conservation initiatives being implemented at both federal and local levels.

The position is funded through a USDA NIFA grant and the individual will work closely with researchers on an interdisciplinary multi-institutional USDA Coordinated Agricultural Project. Collaboration with another CSU Postdoctoral Fellow in water economics will be encouraged. The current position can leverage data, stakeholder relationships, and institutional knowledge created through this complementary work. US citizenship is required.

Required Job Qualifications

• US Citizenship
• PhD in economics, agricultural economics, resource economics or related field completed by start date
• Experience with econometric and/or economic optimization modeling
• Experience managing large datasets
• Demonstrated ability to produce academic and policy-focused research papers
• Strong communication skills

Preferred Job Qualifications

• Experience with empirical modeling of agriculture or other resource systems
• Experience with dynamic optimization methods
• Demonstrated ability to work with large spatial datasets
• Experience with models of risk, uncertainty, and insurance
• Demonstrated experience interacting with collaborators and stakeholders

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research at CSU
Duty/Responsibility

The research at CSU will involve the development of a theoretical/numerical model examining the pathways through which crop insurance influences planting and irrigation decisions. It will also involve the use of public data to empirically measure how crop insurance affects producer decisions and responses to adverse shocks.

Percentage Of Time 60
Job Duty Category Research at USDA ERS
Duty/Responsibility

The research will also include time in Washington, DC, merging public datasets with confidential field level data on crop insurance enrollment. All analysis using the merged dataset must occur in the USDA ERS office.

Percentage Of Time 30
Job Duty Category Project Related Travel
Duty/Responsibility

Attend research team meetings, or meetings with stakeholders to discuss appropriate methods and disseminate results

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by Friday, January 19th, 2018. Applicants must be US citizens due to USDA data restrictions. Please upload the following materials: (1) A cover letter addressing your qualifications; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) a writing sample, (4) transcripts for all graduate study (unofficial versions acceptable for application), and (5) contact information for two professional references who will be required to upload letters to complete your application materials. Letters of recommendation must be uploaded to the system by 11:59 PM on January 26th, 2018. For inquiries about the position, contact Search Chair Chris.Goemans@colostate.edu. For additional information about Colorado State University, consult the university’s website at www.colostate.edu.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact Chris Goemans; chris.goemans@colostate.edu
EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 2
Maximum Requested 2

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Writing Samples
  4. Unofficial Transcripts
Optional Documents