Institute of Social and Economic Research Graduate Research Assistant in Public Policy
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Classification:Graduate Assistant - Research (taxable)
Grade:Grad Research Student
Work type: Graduate Student Worker
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Coll of Bus & Public Policy
Categories: Education/Instructional, Other, Research/Science/Grants
The Institute of Social and Economic Research is seeking a graduate research assistant to work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers on impacts of climate change and resource management policies on commercial fisheries in Kachemak Bay and lower Cook Inlet. Research involves conducting in-person interviews with commercial fishers in communities along Kachemak Bay, performing qualitative and quantitative analysis of data from interviews and other sources, and participation in writing research results for publication.
Graduate Research Assistantship in Public Policy
University of Alaska Anchorage
MA in Anthropology; MA/MS in Interdisciplinary Studies; Masters of Public Administration (MPA), public policy emphasis
Location: This position will be located in Anchorage, Alaska, at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Position summary: The Institute of Social and Economic Research is seeking a graduate research assistant to work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers on impacts of climate change and resource management policies on commercial fisheries in Kachemak Bay and lower Cook Inlet. Research involves conducting in-person interviews with commercial fishers in communities along Kachemak Bay, performing qualitative and quantitative analysis of data from interviews and other sources, and participation in writing research results for publication.
Description and responsibilities: The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting research to understand how Alaska commercial fishers perceive and are responding to changes in local abundance and distribution of harvested species in Kachemak Bay and the lower Cook Inlet region. Local knowledge (LK) from the commercial fishing community has been used to document historical patterns in abundance, distribution, and condition of harvested species and other aspects of coastal marine ecosystems. Participants in commercial fishing possess knowledge about how ecological changes interact with management and policy decisions that potentially impact their livelihoods. This information has been used to inform management of commercial fisheries and marine ecosystems in Alaska. LK may complement scientific data by filling spatial and temporal gaps in biological surveys that form the basis for stock assessments. The major goals of this project are to: (1) elicit , analyze, and synthesize LK from the commercial fishing community to characterize long-term changes in harvested species, climate, and resource management; (2) characterize how the commercial fishing community perceives and is responding to changes in harvested species and policies; and (3) assess commercial fishers’ perceived ability to adapt to the observed ecological changes and other co-occurring pressures. The student will conduct in-person interviews with commercial fishers in communities along Kachemak Bay, perform qualitative and quantitative analysis of interview data and publish results on impacts of climate change and resource management policies on commercial fisheries in Kachemak Bay and lower Cook Inlet. The student will work closely with collaborators in the fishing industry and be advised by Dr. Matthew Berman and Dr. Jennifer Schmidt. The student will also be part of an interdisciplinary research team through Alaska EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research). You may contact Dr. Matthew Berman ( firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Jennifer Schmidt ( email@example.com) for more information about the position.
Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, resource management, environmental studies, economics, anthropology, or a related field by June 2020 is required. The successful applicant will be highly motivated and creative; possess excellent writing and communication skills; have interdisciplinary training in social and natural sciences; demonstrate leadership or public engagement experience; and show an interest in using qualitative and quantitative approaches to address policy-relevant questions in fisheries. Experience with the commercial fishing industry and fieldwork conducting interviews is preferred but not required.
Funding: Support is available for two years, including tuition, wages, and health benefits for enrollment as a full-time degree-seeking graduate student at any University of Alaska campus. Funding for this position is provided by the National Science Foundation’s Alaska EPSCoR program.
Closing Date: Applicant review will begin January 10, 2020.
Start Date: August 2020
To Apply: Applications will only be accepted online at https://careers.alaska.edu/cw/en-us/filter/?search-keyword=&work-type=student%20employee&location=anchorage&job-mail-subscribe-privacy=agree . Applicants should submit the following documents: (1) cover letter describing why you wish to pursue a MS degree, your interest in the project, and qualifications; (2) CV or resume; (3) unofficial transcripts; (4) technical writing sample; and (5) contact information for two references. In your cover letter, please also report your GRE scores from the General Exam or planned date of exam.
Dr. Matthew Berman, Professor of Economics
Dr. Jennifer Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Natural Resource management and policy
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Dr., AK 99508 (907) 786-5426;
Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.
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Contact Information: If you have any questions regarding this position please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.
Advertised: Alaskan Standard Time 05 Nov 2019
Applications close: Alaskan Daylight Time
31 Aug 2020
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