The Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma, is seeking a
one-year postdoctoral researcher to conduct non-market evaluation of ecosystem services in the
US Rio Grande River Basin and assess people’s willingness to pay to protect the river water
resources. The researcher will be expected to develop a contingent valuation model in
collaboration with the PI (Dr. Jad Ziolkowska) and a graduate student. The researcher will
conduct surveys online and travel to selected sites in the Rio Grande River Basin to collect field
data (by interviewing municipalities, farmers and ranchers, tribal nations, the Corps of
Engineers, power generators and industry, recreational managers), analyze the data and generate
We seek a researcher with excellent knowledge and skills in non-market valuation, statistics/
econometrics and with outstanding quantitative and analytical skills. Proficiency in written and
verbal English is required as well as the ability to work independently (under the supervision of
the PI) and with the research team.
Start date: October 1, 2016 (or as soon as possible thereafter)
Duration: 1 year (a possibility for a renewal might open, but is not anticipated right now)
Funding agency: US Geological Survey (USGS)
PhD in one of the following areas: Environmental and Resource Economics, Economics,
Agricultural Economics, Ecological Economics, Environmental Sustainability, Environmental
Sciences, Operations Research, or a related field
Applicants should send the following materials by email to Dr. Jad Ziolkowska at
email@example.com: (1) cover letter (max. 2 pages) describing research experience and how the
applicant’s skills can contribute to the project, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) one publication or
working paper, and (4) names and contact information to three references.
Initial review of applications will begin on June, 1st, 2016 and will continue until the position is
filled. Informal interviews will be conducted at the 2016 AAEA meeting in Boston.
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Jad Ziolkowska as soon as possible
at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details about this research opportunity.
The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution: http://www.ou.edu/eoo.