Postdoctoral  research  fellow  positions:  Impacts  of  forest-­‐sector   environment  and  development  programs       The  International  Forestry  Resources  and  Institutions  (IFRI)  research   network  is  seeking  two  to  three  postdoctoral  research  fellows  to  join  its   research  team  at  the  University  of  Michigan.  The  fellows  will  support  IFRI   research  projects  on  forests  and  forest-­‐dependent  livelihoods  in  less-­‐ industrialized  countries.  In  particular,  the  fellows  will  be  closely  involved  in   a  new  project  funded  by  the  UK’s  Department  for  International   Development  (DFID)  to  evaluate  the  impacts  of  forest-­‐sector  environment   and  development  programs.       The  postdoctoral  research  fellows  will  report  directly  to  Professor  Arun   Agrawal,  coordinator  of  the  IFRI  research  network.  The  fellows  will  work  as   part  of  an  interdisciplinary  team  of  faculty,  postdoctoral  researcher  fellows,   and  students  based  in  the  School  of  Natural  Resources  and  Environment  at   the  University  of  Michigan  in  Ann  Arbor,  Michigan,  USA,  and  some  research   colleagues  outside  UM.       Responsibilities  of  the  research  fellows  will  be  to:   -­‐ Coordinate  research  in  one  or  more  of  the  following  five  countries:   Brazil,  Ethiopia,  Ghana,  Indonesia,  and  Nepal   -­‐

Contribute  to  data-­‐collection,  analysis,  and  writing  

-­‐ Travel  internationally,  including  time  in  remote  rural  (forest  and   agricultural)  landscapes   -­‐

Mentor  graduate  students  

-­‐ Collaborate  with  partner  organizations,  including  academic,  NGO,   donor,  and  development  agencies  

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Help  with  meeting  research  and  outreach  deliverables  to  DFID  

The  division  of  responsibilities  between  the  two  research  fellows  will   depend  on  the  skill-­‐set  of  the  applicant  pool,  but  all  applicants  should  offer   some  to  many  of  the  following  skills,  knowledge,  and  experience.   Required  skills  &  qualifications   -­‐ A  recent  Ph.D.  in  development,  environmental  studies,  geography,   ecology,  political  ecology,  or  other  relevant  discipline.  Applicants  with  an   interdisciplinary  degree  are  welcome.   -­‐ Advanced  statistical  analysis  skills  with  large  datasets  and  ideally   including  the  use  of  matching  methods  for  causal  inference   -­‐

Fluency  in  R,  Stata,  or  similar  statistical  package  

-­‐ Familiarity  with  quantitative  methods  for  dataset  manipulation  and   analysis  and  with  spatial  analysis  methods(e.g.  with  GIS)   -­‐

Strong  writing  skills  

Knowledge  &  experience   -­‐ Clear  understanding  of  rural  livelihoods  and  development,  particularly   in  forest  landscapes   -­‐ Clear  understanding  of  natural  resource  management  and  governance,   particularly  in  forest  landscapes   -­‐ Experience  of  research  on  impact  evaluation  or  knowledge  of  statistical   techniques  related  to  impact  evaluation   Experience  of  working  in  one  or  more  of  Brazil,  Ethiopia,  Ghana,  Indonesia,   and  Nepal  is  desirable  as  also  that  or  working  in  teams.   The  positions  are  scheduled  to  start  as  soon  as  possible,  but  we  will  begin   reviewing  applications  on  a  rolling  basis  from  early  September  2014.  The   exact  start  date  can  be  negotiated  if  necessary.  Salary  and  Benefits  are   competitive  and  commensurate  with  experience  and  qualifications.  

Benefits  include  employee  health  and  dental  insurance.   Applicants  should  send  1)  a  copy  of  their  CV,  2)  a  1-­‐2  page  a  cover  letter   that  a)  explains  their  interest  in  the  position,  and  b)  outlines  their  relevant   skills  and  experience,  3)  a  recent  publication  or  dissertation  chapter,  and  4)   names  and  contact  details  (email  addresses  and  telephone  numbers)  for   three  references,  to  Joan  Wolf  ([email protected]).  Please  also  contact   Joan  in  case  of  further  questions.  

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