Research Associate

The Water Resources Center seeks a Research Associate to develop a nationally recognized and extramurally funded research program on water economics and policy.  Future projects are expected to be built around the incumbent’s expertise and interests. Relevant research areas related to water resources include: big data econometric and computational approaches, climate change, land use and land cover change, technology adoption and technical change, agricultural and environmental policy analysis, risk management and decision-making under uncertainty, nonmarket valuation, behavioral economics, or experimental economics. The incumbent will also offer research based education through presentation of research results in appropriate forums and by developing online media for dissemination through the Water Resources Center website. Duties may also involve classroom instruction in academic departments, subject to departmental needs.  Service responsibilities include work on center or other university committees and representing the center at external events to provide research-based information. The position is annually renewable subject to performance and availability of funding.


Required qualifications are a PhD or equivalent degree in agricultural/resource/environmental economics or in a closely related field, excellent communication skills with a demonstrated ability to prepare reports, publications, and presentations. Preferred qualifications include experience related to grant proposal preparation, data management, project management/coordination, and interacting with stakeholder audiences.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online. Click on this link (or go to and search for job opening 313962), then click on the Apply button and follow the instructions. A complete application includes: (1) a cover letter describing qualifications, experience, and motivation for applying, (2) current curriculum vitae, (3) transcripts of all post-baccalaureate coursework (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), (4) a sample research paper, and (5) names and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin on December 5, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Jeffrey Peterson, WRC Director ( or 612-624-9282). 

About the Water Resources Center and the University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota’s Water Resources Center ( is an interdepartmental unit of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences and University of Minnesota Extension. It is Minnesota’s member of the National Institutes for Water Resources, giving it a Congressional mandate to conduct and organize research relevant to water resource concerns in the state.  The center also provides professional training programs and hosts numerous events including the annual Minnesota Water Resources Conference.  

 The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is among the largest public research universities in the country, located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations. The University provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.   Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.