Tenure-Track Faculty Positions

Research Positions

Research Fellow I/II/III
Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology
Auburn University

Position Summary:

**This is a 1 year limited term position and is funded from external sources. Continuation of employment is contingent upon availability of funds.** The Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology is currently seeking applicants for a Research Fellow position to play a key role in a food security project. The project has two key objectives: to survey the range of production, processing and marketing practices of Southeastern farmers who sell their animal products locally or regionally and to determine Southeastern consumers' attitudes toward and beliefs about the safety, availability, quality, affordability and desirability of local and regional foods. The successful candidate's primary responsibility will be to develop, conduct, and analyze a consumer attitudes survey; and in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia conduct a set of cattle producer case studies and face-to-face interviews with small-scale livestock supply chain actors. Under the direction of the project team, the candidate will develop publications for relevant peer-reviewed journals, outreach reports, and presentations at appropriate professional conferences and outreach venues.

 Minimum Qualifications:

The minimum qualification is a Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Sociology, Rural Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Agricultural Economics or related social science discipline. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated knowledge of survey research methods and analysis, as well as the methods and analysis of in-situ observation and face-to-face interviews. The candidate must also demonstrate an ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team, and to work independently to achieve the goals outlined by the research team. Furthermore, the selected individual should have a record of publication and demonstrated knowledge of the agrifood system and will be required to work and to travel independently. Periodic overnight travel for data collection and associated activities, as well as the presentation of research results, is expected. Thus, a valid driver's license is required. The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. Interested applicants must attach a resume/C.V. and a cover letter which includes qualifications, interests, and goals as related to food security to the on-line application. Only COMPLETE applications will be selected for consideration. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts may be required upon final selection as well. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.  A background in governance, especially food safety, is highly desired.

 Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

 Refer to Requisition #24285 and apply on-line at:


 on any computer with internet access. If you need any assistance, contact Auburn University's Department of Human Resources at (334) 844-4145.   Internet access is also available through your local state employment service office and public library.

 Review of applications will begin after August 3, 2012.

 Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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