Post-Doctoral Researcher
Advertiser: Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Connecticut
Field(s) of specialization: Any field
Position type(s): Postdoctoral Scholar
Location of job: See advertisement
Degree required: Doctorate
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: 2 years
Letters of reference required: 2
Target date for applications: 15 Nov 2021
Application deadline: 1 Mar 2022 (accepting applications)
Posting end date: 1 Apr 2022
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting November, 2021.
Ad text:


The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Connecticut is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with interest in regional economic development; industrial organization; establishment, firm, and industry dynamics; or agricultural economics. The successful candidate will work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers to create new reporting geographies that better capture the multi-dimensional nature of rurality by using restricted access data on the characteristics of households, businesses, and workers. They will also be expected to contribute to empirical analyses that examine how economic connectedness influences establishment dynamics, economic vitality, firm productivity, demographic change, and the evolution of the food-and-agriculture supply chain.


The postdoctoral researcher will work with Drs. Richard Dunn and Anton Babkin at the University of Connecticut, as well as other team members at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with an anticipated start date between April 1 and July 1, 2022 in an 11.35 month, full-time appointment. Responsibilities will include contributing to the construction of new urban-rural place typology based on economic connectedness; calculation of measures of economic activity and economic dynamism for place categories; identification of geographic areas with strong associations to the food-and-agriculture supply chain; econometric evaluation relating economic connectedness to patterns of establishment dynamics, local economic vitality, firm productivity, demographic change, and the evolution of the food-and-agriculture supply chain.

Postdoctoral researchers will be expected to co-author multiple publications in field and interdisciplinary journals. Researchers are encouraged to participate in professional conferences and to seek other professional development opportunities, including external funding support. This position also involves opportunities to work on research with graduate and undergraduate students.



Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in economics, agricultural economics, demography, geography, sociology, data science, or a closely related field prior to appointment start date. Potential hires must also have superior proficiency in data analysis or modeling using Python, R, or MATLAB.


Preferred qualifications include proficiency in econometric modeling; experience working in a distributed version control system such as Git; strong communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment; experience working with large datasets; demonstrated knowledge of GIS software; a record of peer-reviewed publications or advanced working papers related to the position description.


We are seeking a candidate with interest in a 2-year position. The position is evaluated and renewed annually, conditional on performance and mutual interest. There may be opportunities to extend the position. The anticipated start date is between April 1 and July 1, 2022 (negotiable).

The position will offer a competitive salary that is commensurate with qualifications and experience. An attractive fringe benefit package is included and location of work may be flexible based on data access requirements.


Review of applications will begin on November 15 and continue until the position is filled. Please submit the following materials through (1) a curriculum vita; (2) a cover letter; (3) graduate transcripts; (4) sample of publications or relevant working papers; and (5) commitment to diversity statement which should identify how you anticipate this research agenda could broaden participation in economic research among historically disadvantaged populations. Arrange to have two (2) letters of reference posted directly into

Direct inquires to and (include both in recipients list) with the subject line: Post-Doctoral Researcher Search.

Employment of the successful candiate will be contingent upon the sucessful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on April 1, 2022.

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The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Job market paper
  • Transcript of grades
  • Diversity statement
  • Paper (writing example) (optional)
  • Sample of code (optional)
  • Letters of reference: 2
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