Postdoctoral Research Associate – School of Environmental and Forest Sciences,

Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate (10148), full-time, 100% FTE

Location: School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, College of the Environment, University of Washington, Seattle (

Duration: Term: position ends no later than December 31, 2020. Beginning as early as September 2019. Exact duration depends on the start date and negotiated salary.
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Position Description
We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work with an interdisciplinary team on an innovative policy impact study of small forestland owners in Washington State. The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences is tasked to conduct an analysis of Washington’s over 3 million acres of forestland owned and managed by small forestland owners ( The analysis is guided by the following overarching questions related how to “the state’s regulatory actions, (following adoption of the forests and fish report into law ) and intended to benefit both landowners and habitat, have affected small forestland owners. How have programs intended to make up for the disproportionate economic impact been implemented? What can the legislature do to keep small forestland owners on the landscape, so their land will be available for salmon habitat and water quality rather than converted?” The postdoctoral researcher will work with the entire interdisciplinary team, with the main focus of the position on the policy analysis component of the study (see the legislative language for specific questions to be addressed in the policy analysis).

Work will include synthesizing the sizeable literature on small forestland owners as key actors in complex human-natural systems in many locations around the world, including Washington State, and contributing to development of the conceptual framework and empirical data that can be analyzed for the State context. Additionally, the incumbent will have responsibility for collection and analysis of existing and original data (e.g., surveys, stakeholder interviews) for the purposes of the study. The study will entail close interactions with multiple stakeholders. In particular, the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Forest Practices Program, will assist in data collection, interpretation, and in lending specific expertise related to its Small Forestland Owner programs. Engagement and collaborations with both the University researchers and outside experts and stakeholders will be required, as will writing of the study report and related publication manuscripts.

A PhD is required at the time of appointment. The successful candidate for this position will have expertise and interests in the areas of forest, natural resource, or environmental economics; policy analysis and evaluation; forest and natural resource management, policy, and administration. Additional areas of expertise could include land use science, regional and spatial science, political science, causal modeling, survey methods, or rural sociology. The person in this position will be expected to collaborate with project investigators and other researchers and stakeholders and play a leading role in the policy analysis component of the project.

Application Instructions
Applicants should submit a statement of research interests, a CV, a representative example of their scholarly work, and the names, addresses (including e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references to:
Sergey Rabotyagov
Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
University of Washington
Box 352100
Seattle, WA 98195-2100
Phone: 206-685-3159
Review of applications will begin on July 15, 2019
The incumbent will have opportunities for professional development through the University of Washington Office of Postdoctoral Affairs ( ).

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