[ECOLOG-L] Post-Doctoral Position in Tropical Deforestation and Agriculture — Brazilian Amazon

The Gibbs Land Use and Environment Group (GLUE) at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison seeks an exceptional Post-Doctoral Research Associate.
The researcher will help lead a large project investigating outcomes of
zero-deforestation commitments for soy and cattle in collaboration with
other organizations in the U.S. and Brazil.

The candidate will join a thriving and interdisciplinary team that
integrates novel property-level mapping approaches, econometrics, and
field surveys to improve our understanding of changing land use in the
Brazilian Amazon and Cerrado. We aim to produce high quality and
actionable research that can be readily applied by industry,
policymakers, and other academics to understand supply chain
traceability and governance. Key responsibilities for this position
include leading a team to survey cattle ranchers in Brazilian Amazon and
Cerrado biomes, and mapping the full cattle supply chain and industry
expansion. The successful candidate will also be proactive in writing
scientific papers and otherwise disseminating results to broad audiences
of academics and other stakeholders by presenting at conferences and
participating in relevant multi-stakeholder meetings.

Ideal qualifications include some of the following:
– Fluency in Portuguese and English and excellent written and oral
communication skills
– Experience designing farmer surveys and leading field research
– Knowledge of and interest in cattle and soy production in Brazil
– Analytical skills such as econometrics, statistics, or GIS would be a
– Strong organizational and project management skills
– Ph.D. in Geography, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology, or a
related field (M.S. plus extensive research experience will also be

The one-year position will begin after Jan 30, 2016 with potential
renewal for up to two additional years (contingent on funding
availability and performance). Salary for this full-time position will
be $45,000 per year, plus health insurance benefits.

GLUE is a vibrant and energetic research group, with strong experience
working in Brazil. Madison is widely recognized for its warm and
international community, high quality of life, culture and arts scene,
and easy access to natural areas. Costs of living are moderate, and
public transportation and bicycle paths are easy transportation options.

For more information: http://ift.tt/1T1ovX7

Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment:

To apply, please submit a cover letter detailing qualifications and
interest, CV, and phone and email addresses of three references to Holly
Gibbs hkgibbs@wisc.edu. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing
basis. Application deadline is Dec 20, 2015 or until position is

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