I am recruiting a Ph.D. student to begin in Summer or Fall 2021 to join an interdisciplinary team for a funded project on community-based management of a fishery in the Amazonas state of Brazil. This position will work closely with other social and ecological scientists and stakeholders to understand factors related to the fisheries sustainability.
The researcher in this position will be responsible for research on the community dynamics related to fisheries. Research topics could include:
-cultural importance of the fishery to individual fishers and the communities,
-factors related cooperation with harvest quotas,
-community leadership, and
-institutional dynamics that influence sustainability.
Methods will involve a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods. Field work requires travel to the Amazon and the ability to conduct face-to-face interviews with fishers and community members.
A BS degree in environmental studies, geography, planning, political science, sociology, public policy and administration, natural resources, ecology, fisheries or other related discipline is required. Substantive experience with social science research or policy is preferred. Essential skills include fluency in Portuguese or demonstrated ability to become fluent, strong writing and verbal communication, a demonstrated competence with statistics, and ability to work independently and in a team.
The research assistantship is available to both US citizens and international candidates through the Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech. The student will enroll in the Ph.D. degree program in Virginia Tech’s Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation. Additional opportunities for affiliation and funding are available through the Global Change Center’s Interfaces of Global Change program.
Interested students are encouraged to email the following as a single pdf document: 1) a brief cover letter describing their professional background, relevant research experience and interests, career goals, and reasons for seeking a Ph.D. degree, 2) a current curriculum vitae/resume, 3) names and contact information for three references, and 4) an unofficial copy of transcripts and GRE scores directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not submit materials to the Virginia Tech Graduate School at this time.
Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received, but materials should be sent before 28 February 2021.
If you have questions before applying, feel free to email me.