Tailored opportunities: Postdoctoral Research Fellow Pest management in coupled human-natural systems in developing countries


The Environment and Livelihoods Lab at McGill University in Montreal, Canada ,  invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with training in resource economics, quantitative human geography, land systems science, or similar. The Fellow will develop an innovative research program in an interdisciplinary project examining the prevention and management of migratory locust outbreaks in Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Brian Robinson at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, with additional mentorship possible from Dr. Eli Fenichel (resource econ, Yale University) and Dr. Joleen Hadrich (ag econ, University of Minnesota), or Dr. Arianne Cease (entomology, Arizona State University). Potential research foci include topics such as farm-level pest management decisions, the distributional impacts of locusts on vulnerable communities, spatial (remote sensing Landsat, MODIS, LIDAR, drone) analysis of locust impacts, institutional coordination of effective and efficient management of migratory locusts, the bioeconomics of pest management, among others. The Fellow will also provide social science expertise in an interdisciplinary team that includes entomologists, nutritional ecologists, and geographers.

This position  includes competitive salary and benefits. Travel to the Arizona State University and field sites are expected. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position with a start date as soon as a suitable candidate is identified. Renewal for another 12 months is possible pending available funding.


Candidates must have a PhD in agriculture and resource economics, geography, international development, public policy, or related field, including those with robust quantitative training in an interdisciplinary degree program. Priority will be given to those with experience in applied field work that includes collection and analysis of field based (survey) data, institutional analysis of resource (especially pest) management, and conducing field work in Latin America. Proficiency in Spanish language is desirable


Review of applications will begin on January 22, 2018


 Interested candidates should email (i) a cover letter describing their research interests and qualifications; (ii) a CV; (iii) 1-2 representative publications; and (iv) a list of 3 references to Brian Robinson at brian.e.robinson@mcgill.ca. Review of applications will begin on January 22, 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Author: African Academic/Researcher

Science and Research by Africans for Africa

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