Post-Doctoral Fellow Needed: Social Science of Coupled Human-Natural Systems

Oklahoma State University Department of Sociology
Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Social Science of Coupled Human-Natural Systems

Drs. Riley Dunlap and Beth Caniglia are seeking a creative and energetic post-doctoral research associate to work with an interdisciplinary team to examine human-environment interactions under increased climate variability. The ideal candidate will have solid social science training, evidence of strong methodological and statistical experience, and a sincere interest in collaborating with social and natural sciences.  The candidate will have extensive opportunity to interact with faculty at Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, the Noble Research Center and the South Central Climate Science Center and be a central team member on NSF and related projects.


Applicants must have a doctoral degree in sociology or related social sciences. Database and dataset construction and management is extremely desirable, as is familiarity with the literature on coupled human-natural systems (CHANS). Fluency in English and keeping a valid Oklahoma drivers license are required.

This position is an excellent opportunity for a motivated, emerging scientist to contribute independent work to a highly collaborative project involving social, physical and natural scientists. Extensive experience working as a member of an interdisciplinary team, managing students and overseeing data collection, coding and analysis will result. Salary is competitive and negotiable. The position is available for one year with strong potential for extension up to an additional four years for the right candidate.  Review of applications will begin August 1, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Start date is September 1, 2013.

Location and Facilities

Oklahoma State University has an enrollment of about 25,000 students and is located in Stillwater, a college town with a permanent population around 50,000. OSU-Stillwater is a tobacco-free campus. The Carnegie Foundation classifies OSU as a “High Research Activity” campus. Stillwater enjoys a rich academic and cultural environment in a safe and inexpensive community. It is within one-hour driving distance from Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Application/Contact Information

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references to The cover letter should describe relevant skills, experiences, as well as career objectives and research foci. For further information, please contact Dr. Beth Caniglia at (405) 714-3811.