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Community Engagement Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Arizona

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Posting Number



Udall Center

Department Website Link


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Udall Center at the University of Arizona is in search of a Community Engagement Postdoctoral Research Associate (Postdoctoral Research Associate I). Community engagement is at the cornerstone of environmental and natural resources governance. Yet, it is often characterized by institutional deficiencies, inequities in practice, inadequate benchmarking, and a lack of measurable outcomes. This position offers the opportunity to explore community engagement across a number of efforts underway at the Udall Center, including local green infrastructure and urban greening projects, the use of novel geospatial tools in federal natural resources engagement processes, and governance practices in the Colorado River Basin, among other research topics. In addition, there is considerable room for the postdoctoral researcher to design and implement their own research initiative under this broad umbrella of community engagement in environmental and natural resources governance.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs.

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:
The postdoctoral candidate will be tasked with:

Collaborating in an interdisciplinary and diverse research group
Developing and where appropriate, overseeing project design
Synthesizing and integrating across diverse bodies of public policy, geography, political science, and other relevant disciplinary literature
Conducting qualitative and quantitative research
Partnering with local, regional, and national stakeholders
Presenting research results at national and international conferences
Organizing and facilitating project meetings and broader community engagement efforts
Coauthoring academic articles with research group members
Co-supervising 1-3 undergraduate and graduate students engaged in collaborative efforts
Co-developing proposals for extramural funding to continue and expand the line of research
Additional duties may be assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Enthusiasm for studying community engagement in environmental and natural resources governance
Comfort working in teams, leading team meetings, and supervising students
Collaborative spirit
Strong methodological skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills

Minimum Qualifications

Doctoral degree or equivalent in geography, environmental policy, planning, political science, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications

Record of published research in this area
Relevant experience



Full Time/Part Time

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week




Work Calendar


Job Category


Benefits Eligible

Yes – Full Benefits

Rate of Pay


Compensation Type

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required:

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies


Target Hire Date

Expected End Date

Contact Information for Candidates

Molli Bryson /

Open Date


Open Until Filled


Documents Needed to Apply

Resume, Cover Letter, and Two Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant

Please provide 1-2 writing samples e.g., thesis or dissertation, term paper, or manuscript for publication.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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