Postdoctoral Scholar, Environmental policy - Earth Research Institute
- University of California
- Location: Santa Barbara, California
- Category: Admin-Laboratory and Research
- Posting Date: 06/15/2021
- Application Deadline: Open until filled
A two-year position as a Postdoctoral Scholar is available in the Earth Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The successful candidate will participate in a research project led by Professor Patricia Holden. We seek to hire a postdoc with interests in cannabis production, agriculture and environmental governance, grower decision-making behavior and extension/science communication. The postdoc will lead a 2-year social science research project to survey cannabis growers and other relevant stakeholders to characterize cannabis production practices as well as the drivers behind the use of these practices in Santa Barbara county. This position is within a large interdisciplinary team that includes field, experimental, and spatial data scientists, with whom coordination is required.
Work will be carried out under the supervision of lead PI Dr. Patricia Holden (https://holdenlab.eri.ucsb.edu/ ), and with input and guidance from project co-PIs Dr. Houston Wilson (Dept. Entomology, UC Riverside; http://treecrops.ucr.edu/ ) and Dr. Hekia Bodwitch (Cannabis Research Center, UC Berkeley; https://ourenvironment.berkeley.edu/people/hekia-bodwitch ). This survey project is part of a larger proposal to characterize the relationship between cannabis regulatory policy, production practices, pesticide residues, and movement of agrichemical inputs into waterways. This postdoc position will be based in the Holden Lab on the UC Santa Barbara campus, and survey work will require fieldwork at various regional locations around Santa Barbara county. Funding is through a grant from the CA Bureau of Cannabis Control.
We are looking for candidates that are highly collaborative, willing to work with other disciplines, with a positive attitude, and attune to the various sensitivities involved in surveying growers about their agricultural practices, especially cannabis farmers in a region where this ‘new’ form of agriculture is under dispute.
This is a full-time position with Dr. Patricia Holden as the lead PI. Competitive salary and benefits commensurate on experience. The initial appointment is for two years. The anticipated start date will be July 1, 2021.
The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.