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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Jenna Davis

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Davis, Jenna
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
1/1/23-12/31/23
Appointment Start Date: 
1/1/2023
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Applicants should e-mail a PDF file to Heather Bolei at hbolei@stanford.edu with the following: a letter summarizing relevant research experience, interest in the position, and the earliest date they could start; curriculum vitae (maximum 5 pages); a list of three references with contact information (email and phone); and a sample of published work. Please include “Piped water postdoc” in the e-mail subject line. Applications received by December 15, 2022 will receive priority consideration.

Post-doctoral Research Opportunity at Stanford University, California: Impacts of water supply transitions on livelihoods and health in sub-Saharan Africa
 
Professors Jenna Davis and Gary Darmstadt at Stanford University seek a motivated post-doctoral associate to lead innovative research in Uganda on both the short- and longer-term effects of transitioning from community water points such as shared handpumps to on-premises piped water supply. This research will include tracking novel maternal and child health outcomes, along with consequences for time use and livelihoods. The project will generate evidence regarding the many ways that changes to water service can affect households and communities, enabling better-informed investment decisions.
 
This position requires strong research and project management skills, as well as the ability to work independently and collaborate effectively with partner organizations. It will also require extensive fieldwork in Uganda. Prior field research in a low- or middle-income country is required, with preference given to applicants who have research management experience.
 
Applicants must have a Ph.D. from an accredited university and a publishing record in peer-reviewed journals. They should be proficient in the design of data-collection tools and analysis of primary data. Experience in the areas of water supply, maternal and child health, and/or rural development is preferred. Strong written and oral communication skills are essential.
 
The interdisciplinary nature of this research will provide opportunities for the postdoc to interact with team members who have a range of expertise, from infrastructure planning to early child development. The successful candidate will be based at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment in Palo Alto, California, and will be jointly supervised by Professors Davis and Darmstadt. The initial 12-month appointment can be renewed for an additional year or longer by mutual agreement. The position includes a competitive salary and benefit package.
 
The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, part of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, encourages interdisciplinary and solutions-oriented approaches to important environmental problems. More than 150 Stanford faculty members, representing all seven of Stanford’s schools, are Woods Institute affiliates. The institute pursues its objectives through seed funding, hosting interdisciplinary centers, organizing convenings, and leadership training.

Required Qualifications: 
  • Ph.D. from an accredited university
  • Publishing record in peer-reviewed journals 
  • Strong research and project management skillsProficiency in the design of data-collection tools and analysis of primary data
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate effectively with partner organizations
  • Ability to conduct extensive fieldwork in Uganda
  • Prior field research in a low- or middle-income country
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Research management experience, and experience in the areas of water supply, maternal and child health, and/or rural development
Required Application Materials: 
  • A letter summarizing relevant research experience, interest in the position, and the earliest date you could start
  • Curriculum vitae (maximum 5 pages)
  • A list of three references with contact information (email and phone)
  • A sample of published work. Please include “Piped water postdoc” in the e-mail subject line.

 

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.