A qualified and motivated candidate is sought to complete PhD studies in a project focused on the social and ecological aspects of provisioning fisheries in the Great Lakes. Provisioning fisheries are defined and distinguished from other fisheries as fulfilling personal social needs and dietary needs of poor and vulnerable people, many of whom are new migrants to North America. The project includes researchers from Virginia Tech and Cornell universities on the US side and Carleton and Dalhousie universities on the Canadian side. Using methods from the ecological, economic, sociological, and ethnographic sciences, data collection will largely be based on intercept sampling (e.g., creel surveys) and in-depth semi-structured interviews.
Interested candidates should contact Leandro Castello (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). To apply, email [in one PDF document] a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and contact information for three references. The letter of interest must address: (i) your research interests, (ii) why you are interested in this particular position, and (iii) why you feel qualified to successfully complete a PhD in this project. Candidates with a record of involvement in research including publication of scientific articles and working knowledge of Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Vietnamese languages are encouraged to apply. Positions are for an August 2021 or January 2022 start, and are supported by a combination of Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantships, including tuition and stipend. Following a pre-selection process, candidates will have to apply for admission to Virginia Tech’s Graduate School.