Ph.D Research Assistant in Environmental Policy, Planning, and Sustainability

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Organization: Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, UNH

Location: Durham, NH

Type of opportunity: Ph.D Research Assistantship

Contact: Dr. Catherine M. Ashcraft

Duties: The student will participate in a new, NSF funded, interdisciplinary research initiative examining the economic, technological, ecological, social, and political tradeoffs associated with different kinds of dam decisions. Focusing on collaborative knowledge production, stakeholder engagement, and the use of science in decision-making, the student will work closely with modelers and design experts to develop a role-play simulation using a participatory system dynamics model and design charrette. The student will be a part of UNH’s interdisciplinary Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Ph.D. Program (

Desired qualifications:  The student should have a completed master’s degree in environmental studies, natural resource management, planning, political science or a related field, a strong commitment to interdisciplinary and applied research, an inquisitive nature, strong communication skills, demonstrated abilities to work well both as part of a group and independently, and fluency in English. Research will include interviews, surveys and stakeholder workshops and experience with qualitative research and experience working with stakeholders are highly desirable.

Start and end dates: Fall 2016

Salary/pay: The position includes a full tuition waiver, an annual stipend (9-month academic year and 20 hr/wk over the summer), and health insurance for 3.5 years (with the possibility of an additional year of RA or TA support).

How to apply: To apply please send the following items to Dr. Catherine Ashcraft ( (1) letter describing your research interests and qualifications, including your academic preparation; (2) CV; (3) unofficial transcripts (undergraduate and graduate); (4) copy of GRE scores; and (5) the names and contact information for 3 references. Please put “NEST PhD” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning December 15, 2015. Candidates who are short-listed will need to submit full application materials by 1/15/16; see more information at Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: January 15, 2016