Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (RHDV2) is a highly contagious, highly fatal disease that has infected wild and domestic lagomorphs in 10 states and will likely spread rapidly across the United States if not contained. Continued spread of RHDV2 will adversely affect small game hunting, the commercial rabbit industry and the pet industry, as well as resulting in trophic cascades. Lack of clear regulatory authority, the size of the live rabbit trade, and the number and diversity of stakeholders involved are impeding states’ ability to respond to RHDV2. The individual hired onto this project will use both quantitative and qualitative human dimensions methods (surveys and interviews) to:
1) determine how key stakeholders may be engaged in appropriate voluntary behaviors to prevent or contain the spread of RHDV2;
2) create a national summary identifying agency knowledge gaps; and
3) identify opportunities for, and barriers to, cooperative efforts to contain RHDV2, including coordination between agencies and cooperation with industry groups.
This is a 12 month fulltime appointment. Applications will be considered as they are received, and will not be considered after October 26, 2020.
Required: PhD in human dimensions, social sciences or related discipline conferred by December 31, 2020. Applicants must have experience in survey design and quantitative analysis, including analysis of survey data (e.g. logistic regression). Applicants must be proficient in computer languages suitable for statistical analysis (e.g., R, STATA). Applicants with demonstrated experience in qualitative research preferred. Send cover letter, CV, unofficial transcripts, a writing sample, and names of three individuals who can provide references to Dr. Pienaar (email below). References will be sought for the final candidates.