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This unique postdoctoral research associate position includes coordinating collaborative elements of NSF-funded research between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Montana. Candidate will be based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, but will have the opportunity to spend time in residence at the University of Montana as well! See below for full details.

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Job Summary: Work as part of an interdisciplinary team that includes ecologists, computational scientists and conservation social scientists. Immediate opportunities exist to lead publications leveraging existing datasets and spatial products developed within and across the labs of project PIs. The successful candidate is expected to bring a background in complex social-ecological systems to compliment the research team and publish cross-cutting research that span multiple disciplines. The post-doc will receive mentoring in the pursuit of extramural funding and will be encouraged to lead additional creative academic pursuits beyond those outlined here. The new Center for Resilience in Agricultural Working Landscapes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is seeking a post-doctoral research associate to work with Drs. Craig Allen and Dan Uden and a collaborative team of social and ecological science researchers from UNL and the University of Montana (Dr. Brian Chaffin, UM). The post-doc will join an NSF-funded research project titled Resilience Informatics for the Convergence of Critical Capacities to Address Regional-scale Environmental Change to lead a "convergence" effort across diverse social and ecological research elements to advance resilience theory and our collective understanding of large-scale landscape transitions, and the potential to use spatial resilience theory and data to better manage landscape change for the benefit of society at-large. This project provides a highly motivated individual with the unique opportunity to (1) leverage innovative spatial technologies in ecology, (2) engage with large-scale social data analysis methods, and (3) develop new theoretical foundations, conceptual frameworks, and technical guidance associated with the broad use of resilience across interdisciplinary scientific research pursuits and public programs for conservation and land management. About the Center The Center for Resilience is serves as an interdisciplinary hub at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, connecting Fellows across diverse disciplines such as natural resources, agriculture, engineering, computer science, and law and policy. Through the center, the postdoc will have the opportunity to engage with an international network of resilience scholars, while also developing scientific and technical products for nonacademic partners and leading science-based management and communications. Faculty and students associated with the Center for Resilience have recently been published in Science, Nature Climate Change, and PNAS. A unique feature of the center is that scientific products are customized to put research findings into easily interpretable products for the public. This involves collaboration with private citizen groups, government, and industry partners to add critical capacities for collectively dealing with large-scale environmental change. As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications: Ph.D. degree and expertise related to the analysis of linked social-ecological systems; advanced degrees could be in ecology, quantitative ecology, spatial sciences, or related field. Willingness to travel and collaborate with research team members at the University of Montana and colleagues at other institutions, in addition to travel to conferences and workshops. Residence time may be split between UNL and UM. Demonstrated ability to publish, and an established publication record in social science aspects of resilience application or theory, applied in rangeland/working landscapes. Demonstrated ability to work at interdisciplinary interfaces, and to successfully compete for external funding.

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