Category Archives: Opportunities

Job Opportunity: Casual Research Assistant

Dr Jenn Lacy-Nichols is looking for a casual research assistant to support a one-year project analysing government transparency regarding corporate lobbying. The RA would support the first two workstreams of the project: a scoping review of peer-reviewed and grey literature; and an audit of government websites. They would also assist in drafting academic papers as a named co-author. 

The project will run from January to December 2023. The total RA input is estimated to be .6FTE over five months. Specific timelines and hours are open for discussion.

Desired experience:

  • Familiarity with the literature on the commercial determinants of health, corporate political activity, and lobbying.
  • Conducting scoping reviews
  • Using Excel and Endnote (or other referencing software)
  • Writing academic papers

Work can be completed remotely, however candidates will require Australian work rights.

To register your interest, please email Jennifer by 20 February 2023:

–          Your CV

–          1-2 paragraphs outlining your skills and interest in this work

Any questions or to discuss the project further, please contact Jennifer.

Postdoctoral Researcher needed for EcoFoodSystems project at the University of Galway

EcoFoodSystems project seeking postdoctoral researcher for interdisciplinary research on climate-resilient agroecological transitions of city regional food systems.

Food systems encompass all actors and interlinked value-adding activities involved in the production, aggregation, processing, distribution, consumption and disposal of food products that originate from agriculture, forestry or fisheries, and components of the broader economic, societal and natural environments in which they are embedded. Most available data for food-systems decision making remains at the national scale, while day-to-day multi-sectoral decision-making in food systems largely happens in city regions and along value chains with their interconnected peri-urban and rural foodsheds.

Research and innovation activities are needed to enable scaling of innovations and evidence-based transitions to climate-resilience food systems across interlinked urban, peri-urban and rural communities. The EcoFoodSystems project will conduct research and innovation activities that enable stakeholders, decision-makers and change-agents within City-Regional food systems (encompassing both rural and urban communities, production systems, value chains and consumption systems) to improve day-to-day performance towards agroecological and climate-resilient transitions.

By integration of data (including big-data) and research findings, the project will develop sub-national decision-support dashboards and decision-support tools in collaboration with stakeholders, end-users and beneficiaries in the food systems of selected city regions. The project will co-develop and disseminate a common framework, methods and innovative action-learning processes that can be scaled with multi-stakeholder platforms across (and beyond) the selected cities and the rural communities which supply their food.

The EcoFoodSystems project is funded by IFAD/EU and led by the University of Galway’s Ryan Institute, in partnership with Alliance Bioversity International – CIAT, Wageningen University & Research (WUR), and RIKOLTO International. EcoFoodSystem’s research and innovation activities are focused on city regions in Vietnam, Colombia and Ethiopia. 

To further build the EcoFoodSystems project team, the EcoFoodSystems project at the University of Galway is now recruiting a postdoctoral researcher based in the EcoFoodSystems project within the Ryan Institute at the University of Galway and who will conduct research and innovation activities between Galway and the partner countries (Vietnam, Colombia, Ethiopia).

We are seeking an impact-motivated postdoc who is willing to conduct research across disciplinary boundaries that contributes to meeting the goals and objectives of the EcoFoodSystems project. We are particularly interested in applications from talented and motivated researchers with strong backgrounds in the arena of sustainability and food systems, who have strong and proven skills in food systems data analytics, big data, modelling, geospatial analytics, data visualisation, network mapping and environmental footprinting (e.g. life cycle analysis) and development of data-driven decision support tools. Experience in data analytical and visualisation tools such as R (incl. statistical, GIS packages), Python, Tableau, PowerBi, SQL, ArcGIS) and strong competency in data-analytical and statistical techniques.

The successful applicant for the postdoc position will have a PhD and significant/proven prior practical research experience and be willing and capable of conducting field-based research activities via EcoFoodSystems partner institutions in Vietnam, Colombia and Ethiopia. Evidence of prior involvement in research leading to high-quality publications and reports would be particularly welcome, including engagement in the process of drafting, revising and publishing research outputs. The successful applicant will be paid a salary of €39,523-€43,127 per annum.

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Prof. Charles Spillane. Please put reference number University of Galway 283-22 in the subject line of the e-mail application.

The deadline for applications is 1700 (GMT) 25th January 2023. Please note that only applications that put reference number University of Galway 283-22 in the subject line of e-mail application will be considered.

PhD Candidature in Food System Shocks at QUT

PHD Candidature Opportunity (2023)

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is offering a PhD candidature opportunity to work within an ARC Discovery Project: ‘On-Farm Food System Shocks: Managing Transitions to Future Food Security’. The PhD candidate will conduct research in the social scientific fields of food and agriculture, sustainable food systems, food security and food waste, predominantly employing qualitative research methodologies. The research project requires a critical, ‘complex systems’ perspective with a theoretical focus on transitions to sustainability.  

Organisationally, the candidature is located within the QUT School of Management, Faculty of Business and Law, and the Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy. The principal supervisor for the advertised candidature is Professor Carol Richards with Dr Rudi Messner as associate supervisor.  

The successful applicant must meet the PhD course entry requirements at QUT and will have the opportunity and supervisor support to apply for a PhD scholarship (application deadline: 31 March 2023).  

For further inquiry and expression of interest please contact: Professor Carol Richards – Sustainable Food Systems 

Job Opportunities: 2x CSIRO postdoctoral fellowships

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia, has two postdoctoral fellowship opportunities based in Brisbane, Queensland.

The fellowships will be within the CSIRO-UQ Food System Horizons Initiative. The overarching vision of the Food System Horizons Initiative is to help build a new and better-informed national conversation on food system transformation that is inclusive of different stakeholder visions, ambitions, and values, and identifies a range of solution pathways to Australia’s food system futures.  

To find out more about the positions, please click on the opportunity titles below. Applications closing soon!

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Food System Transformation: Dynamic Benchmarking – Applications closing 24 November 2022.

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Food System Transformation: Constraints and Enablers – Applications closing 23 November 2022.

Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Associate (Social Scientist) position at WSU

Washington State University (WSU) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (Social Scientist) to work on a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI).

The project focuses on plastic mulch end-of-life management decisions among strawberry growers in California in order to better understand the factors that help or hinder growers’ adoption of more sustainable practices (e.g., polyethylene mulch recycling) and technologies (e.g., biodegradable plastic mulches) that can help address the growing problem of agricultural plastic pollution. 

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work as part of the Human Dimensions Working Group headed by Dr. Jessica Goldberger (Rural Sociologist) in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. Responsibilities include conducting qualitative research with diverse stakeholders, conducting survey research, preparing project reports and manuscripts, delivering oral presentations, and other duties as needed.

Required qualifications include a PhD in rural sociology, sociology, anthropology, or closely related field; experience with qualitative research methods; experience with survey research; strong analytical skills, willingness to travel to California, project meetings, and conferences; ability to work independently; interest in agriculture, diffusion of innovations, the environment, and/or sustainability; excellent organizational and project management skills; and excellent written and oral communication skills. The primary location of the position is WSU’s Pullman campus. Start date: July 1, 2023 (negotiable).

To apply, please submit a cover letter, current CV, copies of academic transcripts, writing sample, and names and contact information for three professional references via the WSU job portal. Applicant screening will begin on January 15, 2023 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Jessica Goldberger or call +1 (509) 335-8540. WSU is an EEO/AA/ADD employer.

Deadline extended! ISA RC40 MENA workshop – Call for abstract

The aim of this workshop is to support early-career researchers in agri-food from the Middle East (or working on the region, including Turkey and Iran) in moving their papers for successful publication in international journals in English. The objective is to provide feedback on the works-in progress (i.e., constructive feedback on draft papers), and advise the authors on some strategies to adopt for publishing.

Submit your applications by November 10, 2022: short bio (up to 200 words), a CV (including published work), and abstract (up to 400 words) of a paper proposition focusing on contemporary agri-food issues sent by email to Cynthia Gharios

• Applications are welcome from early-career agri-food researchers (PhD candidates or researchers within five years since achieving PhD)

• Priority will be given to those who have not yet managed to publish a paper in high-impact international journals.

• Priority will be given to non-native English language researchers and researchers from the region.

Successful applications will be notified by November 15th, 2022, and full papers (in English, 6,000 – 9,000 words) are expected by January 6th, 2023.

Authors will receive written comments from advisors and other authors, and an online workshop will take place with all early-careers and advisors on January 20th 2023

You can find full details on the RC40 website.

Job Opportunity: University of Montana

The University of Montana Environmental Studies (EVST) Program invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level, beginning in August 2023. They seek an interdisciplinary community-engaged scholar, inspiring teacher, and effective mentor with expertise in climate equity, resilience, and policy to join their dynamic civically-engaged community of faculty and students.

Please visit the job listing to learn more about the position and how to apply. Priority applications due by Nov. 13 2022. 

Job Opportunity: Research Associate position in Social-Ecological Systems at QUT

A one-year, full-time research associate position is available at the Queensland University of Technology (part-time arrangements available as well). The Research Associate will join a dynamic research group dedicated to decision science and social-ecological systems research, looking to empower communities and governments to make more sustainable choices about agricultural production and food consumption. The position is open immediately, and would ideally suit someone with experience in social sciences methodologies and data management, and interests in research that links people and their practices with environmental sustainability and biodiversity conservation. 

The primary purpose of the position is to contribute to two Australian Research Council projects focused on the environmental sustainability of agricultural systems. The two projects are:

• ‘Pathways to agri-food supply chains that co-benefit people and nature’ within the School of Biology & Environmental Science and the Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy (led by Ayesha Tulloch); and

• ‘The local, regional and global human networks influencing adoption of sustainable practices in food production systems’ within the School of Architecture and Built Environments and the Centre for the Environment (led by Dr Angela Guerrero-Gonzalez).

More information about the position can be found via this link and on the attached position description: 22771- PD- Research Associate in Social-Ecological Systems.pdf (nga.net.au)

Applications can be made through the QUT careers website (www.qut.edu.au/careers, reference number 22771).

PhD scholarship opportunity: Food system resilience at the University of Melbourne

There is an exciting opportunity available for a PhD scholarship in the resilience of urban food systems with Professor Sarah Bell, City of Melbourne Chair in Urban Resilience and Innovation at the University of Melbourne, co-supervised by Dr Rachel CareyApplications are due on 31 October.

More information is available here.

Job Opportunity: Lecturer in Sociology at University of Canterbury

Excerpt from Job Description:

Āu Mahi | What You Will Do
Te Kura Mātāpuna Tangata | School of Language, Social & Political Sciences (LSAP) is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Sociology with strengths including but not limited to environmental sociology. The successful candidate will teach the course Environment and Society and co-coordinate one of the level 100 sociology courses. They will also be able to develop courses in their particular area of expertise. 

Knowledge of and research expertise in environmental sociology in the Aotearoa New Zealand context is of central importance for teaching and supervision of students who live in and will primarily work in Aotearoa New Zealand/Australia. Someone who is able to address and research longstanding issues of Māori and Pasifika along the lines of sustainability and social movements would be a priority, in alignment with the UC strategic plan.

Other responsibilities will include pastoral care of students, postgraduate thesis supervision, research, administrative tasks, outreach, and supervision of tutors. The University is committed to developing biculturally competent, community-engaged and globally aware graduates and teaching which supports students’ ability to understand and interact effectively. Your teaching and professional development will reflect these values.

Applications close Sunday, 16 October 2022 (midnight NZ time)

Further details about the position and instructions about how to apply can be found here.