Post-Doctoral Research Associate

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate


Franklin College Anthropology Department

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Athens Area

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The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.


The postdoc’s role will be primarily research and project-management based within the Department of Anthropology and Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases. Special considerations will be given to candidates with expertise in socio-ecological data collection, including qualitative and quantitative data analysis, archival and geospatial data analysis, and research experience in the U.S. and Latin America. There are a series of deliverables for the position linked to key duties including publications and project reports. The postdoc will assist with ethnographic and survey based research, coordinate and implement anthropological and historical data collection, and assist with permit management.

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Other duties include assisting with the management and analysis of socio-ecological data; mapping in QGIS/ArcGIS and statistical and spatial analysis; working directly with UGA and Panamanian collaborators; and potential management of undergraduate and graduate student assistants on the project. There will be opportunities to collaborate on additional publications and other deliverables related to this project.

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Position Summary:

We seek a post-doctoral research associate to assist in studying the social dimensions of a coupled natural and human systems (CNH2) grant focused on understanding the social and ecological determinants of multi-host vector-borne infections in dynamic tropical landscapes. The primary role of the individual will be to assist in the collection, analysis and interpretation of information related to the social dimensions of the project focused on land-use change, human and animal health in Panama. The position is based in the Department of Anthropology (via the Tanner and Velásquez Runk labs) at the University of Georgia.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position:

Ph.D. in Anthropology or related field from a CHEA accredited institution or international equivalent. Experience in Anthropology or related social science fields related to infectious disease research or background in coupled human-natural system research is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies :

-Experience with survey research, mixed research methods, and strong quantitative skills including experience with STATA, R, QGIS/ArcGIS
-Multimedia data presentation and website skills with Adobe Creative Suite, Drupal, and/or related software is preferable.
-Language abilities to work in both English and Spanish.
-A track record of presenting and publishing research in scholarly forums is desired.

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While performing duties of this job, the individual will regularly operate a computer. The individual will travel around UGA campus as needed for meetings. Additionally, they will travel for research to Panama and professional conferences. Comfort working in rural areas and around animals is preferable.

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Posted: 2/13/2020
Application Due: 8/14/2021
Work Type: Full Time