Social Science and Human Dimensions

Job Type
Job Rank
Post Doctoral Fellow
Job Institution
Colorado State University
Job Description

The Bond Research Group in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow with a strong background in social science, human dimensions, or human behavior to work closely with engineers on systems that integrate humans, built environments, and natural environments. The candidate should have experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as exposure to recognizing ethical behavior in the context of physical and social interventions. Activities will include, but are not limited to, observation and evaluation of interventions related to energy consumption and indoor environmental quality; review and amalgamation of qualitative survey instruments; interpretation of physical or quantitative measurements to infer behavioral influences; and facilitating community input such as focus groups.

The candidate will benefit from the dynamic and collaborative research environment provided by research groups in Air Quality, Climate, Health, and Well-Being and the Energy Institute, and would join a unique team of collaborators that bridges the disciplines of engineering, public health, psychology, and communications (to name a few). The position provides access to field programs and a large international network of collaborators, community organizations and governmental agencies in addition to academic researchers.

This is a one-year appointment with the option to continue for a total of three years based on performance. In addition to standard university benefits, the position offers support for professional development and dedicated time to pursue the candidate’s own interests.
Examples of relevant backgrounds include psychology, anthropology, human factors within engineering, or human dimensions of natural resources. Demonstrated versatility in methods is more important than the individual’s stated degree. Ability to investigate and assimilate literature in unfamiliar disciplines is essential. Applicants should have excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to work both independently and within a fast-paced multidisciplinary research environment, and comfort with conversing with academicians, community members, practitioners, and policy-makers.

Required Job Qualifications:

• Doctoral degree in psychology, anthropology, human factors, human dimensions, or another relevant field;
• Experience conducting social science, human behavior, or related human systems research;
• Strong interest in environmental health, public health, or public policy;
• Ability to work independently and with a team, balancing competing demands;
• Prior publication record (e.g., peer-reviewed literature, book chapters); and
• The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the US by the proposed start date; the department will not sponsor a visa for this position.

Preferred Job Qualifications:

• History of working within multidisciplinary teams;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Demonstrated ability to conduct research and triangulate outcomes using mixed methods; and
• Experience using feedback from stakeholders to inform design of interventions.

Proposed Annual Salary Range $54,000-$64,000

Desired Start Date 06/01/2023

Applications received by April 25th, 2023 will be given full consideration.

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