Post-Doctoral Research Associate

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN
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Sep 19, 2021

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Postdoctoral Research Position – International Trade and Trade Policy Analyst
Full- time Regular Grant Funded posiition

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with interest in conducting research on international agricultural trade. The successful candidate will work with a team of researchers to investigate the impacts of current and pending trade agreements, specific trade policies, and regulatory structure and non-tariff measures on U.S. and global agricultural trade. The postdoctoral researcher will be assisting with USDA funded research, as well as other research projects specific to particular agricultural sectors and countries. The person filling this position will also have the opportunity to work closely with Extension specialists, examining the importance of international trade to Tennessee’s agricultural and forestry economy.

Professional Opportunities

Postdoctoral researchers are expected to co-author multiple publications in field and interdisciplinary journals. Researchers are encouraged to participate in professional conferences and to seek other professional development opportunities. This position also involves opportunities to work on research with graduate and undergraduate students


Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in agricultural or applied economics (or a closely related field), and strong training and interest in international trade modeling. Candidates currently pursuing their degree are eligible but degree must be conferred before the candidate’s official start date. Experience with advanced graphing and visualization software (e.g., Tableau Software or something comparable) is desired, but not required. Applicants should have some research experience and coursework related to quantitative economic modeling and/or applied econometrics, as well as a record of peer-reviewed publications or advanced working papers related to the position description. Preferred qualifications include one or more of the following: Proficiency in econometric modeling of trade and trade policy; CGE experience with GAMS, Gempack, or similar modeling languages; strong communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively in a team-based atmosphere; experience working with large datasets and calibration of simulation models.

Application instructions
Qualified applicants should attach: (i) a cover letter, (ii) CV, (iii) a brief research statement, and (iv) the names and complete contact information for three references. Inquiries about the position should be sent to Dr. Andrew Muhammad at [email protected]

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an acceptable candidate is identified. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2021 (negotiable).

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Agricultural Economics - Res
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jul 19, 2021, 1:09:16 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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