GI PostDoc II Neighborhood Perceptions of Green Infrastructure

Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Duties: The Cary Institute seeks a full time postdoctoral researcher to conduct research on perceptions of green infrastructure by residents of contrasting neighborhoods in Baltimore, MD. In particular, the research will focus on perceptions about green infrastructure, and whether those perceptions relate to social, demographic, and spatial characteristics of neighborhoods as well as to the design purpose of the infrastructure. The ideal candidate will have expertise with social-ecological approaches to urban systems, including the development and conduct of semi-structured interviews, as well as community assessments based on Photo Voice. The successful candidate should be comfortable working with multidisciplinary teams, familiar with interview design, conduct, and analysis. Strong organizational, communication and writing skills are also required for coordinating research, database management, and input from collaborators in the green infrastructure research program. The project will require collaborative work to relate the interview and Photo Voice data with standard socio-demographic data as well as with a high resolution and novel land cover classification to be employed by the project. Team members are Joshua Ginsberg, Steward Pickett, Emma Rosi, and Shannon LaDeau at the Cary Institute, Timon McPhearson at the Cary Institute and the New School University, Mary Cadenasso at the University of California Davis, Peter Groffman at the Advanced Science Research Center of the City University of New York, and Morgan Grove at the USDA Forest Service. The applicant will also collaborate with other closely related research projects at the institution, including the NSF Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather-related Events Sustainability Research Network ( and the Baltimore Ecosystem Study LTER.

Duration: This position is full time for one year, subject to renewal for a second year. The position includes salary plus benefits. Start date is flexible, but spring 2018 is preferred.

Location: Millbrook, NY, with periods in Baltimore MD.

Qualifications: PhD in social science, geography, anthropology, urban planning, social-ecology or other relevant discipline. The applicant should be experienced in conducting analyses and data management in R. Experience should include training in interview construction and conduct. Competitive candidates will have multiple publications in academic journals.

This is an exempt, benefitted position. All candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. Finalist candidates must successfully complete a post-offer, pre-employment background check.

Closing date: 15 January 2018 or when the position is filled.

To apply: Please complete an online application at and include a single PDF file consisting of a cover letter which includes Job Code 170321-I, a resume, and the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references.

The Cary Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, familial status, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.