2017 University of Central Florida Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

Priority Deadline: February 27, 2017 @ 5 pm EST

Co-mentors: Dr. Timothy L. Hawthorne, timothy.hawthorne@ucf.edu or 407.823-1030 and Dr. Fernando Rivera, fernando.rivera@ucf.edu or 407-823-6235.

The University of Central Florida Department of Sociology in Orlando, Florida anticipates hiring an Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellow sponsored by a $1.6 million NSF Coupled Natural-Human Systems Grant entitled “Restoration and Resilience in Coupled Human-Natural Systems: Reciprocal Dynamics of a Coastal Lagoon” (NSF Award #1617374). The position will start on or about August 8, 2017. Applicants must have a Ph.D. from an accredited institution by the time of hire in Geography, Sociology, Geographic Information Systems or a related social science field.

Applicants for the position should have a research record that demonstrates expertise in the use of mixed methods (qualitative, quantitative, and GIS methods) with an interdisciplinary focus. Experience with coastal systems, restoration, participatory action research, environmental sociology or environmental geography is desired, though not required. Applicants must have strong interpersonal and communication skills. While at UCF, the postdoctoral fellow will have opportunities to develop community and stakeholder connections around coastal restoration efforts in the Indian River Lagoon (FL) through focus groups, sketch mapping, and online GIS applications with diverse stakeholders. The fellow will be part of a broad, interdisciplinary team with geographers, sociologists, biologists, and engineers. Fellow responsibilities will also include co-mentoring and co-managing of graduate and undergraduate students; engaging in intensive fieldwork and community building throughout Central Florida; leading, developing, and collaborating on co-authored manuscripts and conference presentations; creating and implementing an online GIS platform to engage community stakeholders; analyzing quantitative and qualitative datasets; and co-leading of community engagement and outreach events.

The postdoctoral fellow will devote most of her/his time to collaborative, interdisciplinary research with a heavy fieldwork component with community stakeholders along the coast of Florida, and if desired, may have a one course teaching opportunity later in the postdoctoral appointment (though not required). The position offers an excellent opportunity for the ideal candidate to participate in transformative, interdisciplinary work with a strong community outreach and engagement component throughout Central Florida.

Term of appointment will be for two years, contingent on continued NSF grant support and above satisfactory performance and productivity metrics evaluated by the co-mentors. Stipend will be commensurate with experience and based on available funding. Selection will be based on the candidate’s record, scholarly potential, compatibility with the interests of the faculty co-mentors, and desire to be part of an interdisciplinary research team. Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled, but the strongest consideration will be given to candidates that submit all application materials by 5 pm EST on February 28, 2017. To apply, please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a 2 page statement of research interests connecting your existing work and future research plans to the goals of the Indian River Lagoon CNH Mapping Project outlined at (include website), 2-3 examples of peer-reviewed publications, and a list of 3 references via email to sociologypostdoc@ucf.edu. All documents should be in one complete PDF and contain the applicant’s last name in the file name.
UCF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Questions about this postdoctoral fellowship position can be directed to the co-mentors: Dr. Timothy L. Hawthorne, timothy.hawthorne@ucf.edu or 407-823-1030 and Dr. Fernando Rivera, fernando.rivera@ucf.edu or 407-823-6235.