Social-ecological analysis of nitrogen loss in Midwest agriculture

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W.K. Kellogg Biological Station – Michigan State University

A full time postdoctoral position is available to work on a project examining interacting social and ecological factors underlying nitrogen loss from corn production in the Upper Midwest. The study involves multi-disciplinary and collaborative research to understand the drivers of water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions associated with nitrogen fertilizer application. This project is funded through the National Science Foundation Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems program and aims to work with stakeholders and policy - makers to better understand nitrogen loss and pursue new approaches to increase nitrogen use efficiency.

Candidates should have completed a Ph.D., which can be from a relevant natural or social science discipline, and the most competitive candidates will have training and/or experience in interdisciplinary settings, systems thinking, or coupled systems research.

The successful applicant will work with the PI to manage and participate in both ecological and social science aspects of the research project. Experience working with farmers is preferred, but not required. An ability to analyze quantitative ecological and social data is necessary as well as a willingness to help facilitate meetings with stakeholders, scientists, and policy-makers.

The position will be available as early as October 1 2013. It will initially be offered for one year, but will be extended to two years upon a positive review of the work performed. Additional years of funding may also be available.

The positions is based at Michigan State University’s W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS), which is located near Kalamazoo Michigan, midway between Detroit and Chicago and about 60 miles south of the MSU main campus in East Lansing. KBS is a center for ecological and social-ecological research and education and hosts a diversity of events year round. For more information see:

Applicants should send a statement of interest, CV, and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Diana Stuart ( in one pdf file. Review of applications will begin on July 15th and continue until the position is filled.

Expiration Date: 
Tue, 2013-09-10

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