Postdoctoral Research Associate, PIRE (PDS001875)

Position Information

Status receiving applications; interviewing in progress
Position Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
Vacancy ID PDS001875
Department Carolina Population Center - 631100
Position Type Postdoctoral Scholar

Posting Details

Salary Range Dependent on Qualifications
Full-time/Part-time Full Time
If part-time, hours per week
Proposed Start Date
Estimated Duration of Appointment 12 Months
Posting Open Date 11/16/2017
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Summary

We are searching for a post-doctoral scholar in geography, spatial science, sociology, applied economics, public policy or a related field with skills in quantitative spatial and social science to collaborate on a newly funded NSF PIRE in energy poverty, defined as the lack of access to electricity and reliance on biomass fuels. The faculty leads for this project are Michael Emch (Geography), Barbara Entwisle (Sociology), and Pam Jagger (Public Policy), The geographic focus is Southern Africa, and the position will involve extensive fieldwork in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The outcomes studied in this interdisciplinary program are diverse e.g., biomass use, deforestation, particulate matter emissions and exposure, and health impacts. The first year of the position will involve building and analyzing study datasets by integrating Living Standards Measurement Study, Demographic and Health Survey data, and other population representative data with satellite-derived land cover-land use and other spatial and environmental data, and using the data to analyze the state of energy poverty, energy transitions, and its implications. Subsequent years will involve managing teams to conduct quasi-experimental evaluations of interventions in collaboration with our African partners. The position will also involve supporting the PIRE PIs in managing the training program and fieldwork for graduate and undergraduate students. The position will be housed at the Carolina Population Center and part of a highly successful postdoctoral program based there. Additionally, there will be ample opportunities for connecting with a wider network of scholars and career development. The initial term of appointment is one year, reappointment for a 2nd and 3rd year is likely depending on contributions to the progress of the project. If interested, please contact Drs. Emch, Entwisle, or Jagger who can be directly contacted via email if desired.

Educational Requirements

A PhD in geography, spatial science, sociology, applied economics, public policy or a related field with strong quantitative training.

Qualifications and Experience

We are seeking a productive, self-driven, and collaborative scholar with a strong background in GIS, remote sensing, spatial analysis, spatial econometrics, and multilevel modelling and an interest and some experience in interdisciplinary research. Experience in a developing country region preferred.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Instructions

Applicants must attach their curriculum vitae, a publication or dissertation / thesis paper, cover letter summarizing qualifications, and a list of 3 references.

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Posting Contact Information

Department Contact Name and Title Dawn Andres, HR Specialist
Department Contact Telephone or Email
Postdoctoral Affairs Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Equal Employment Opportunity office at (919)-962-1091 or send an email to

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Writing/research Sample

Optional Documents

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