Job Annoucement: Postdoc in sanitation studies, India

Dr. Kathleen O’Reilly (Department of Geography, Texas A&M University, is seeking a postdoctoral researcher for a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Global Development: Water, Sanitation, Health Program) funded project entitled “Successful Sanitation Habits in Rural India.This 12-month position is available starting January 2012 and runs through December 2013. The initial appointment will be for a one year term and is renewable for a second year term contingent upon excellent performance and continued funding.

The project is a two year study in West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh, India that will identify the social and environmental factors influencing toilet usage habits of families in rural India. Both quantitative and qualitative data will be collected over an extended field period. The project will contribute to our understanding of sanitation adoption among all family members in a household.

The postdoctoral researcher will assist Dr. O’Reilly with a range of research activities, including travel to India for data collection over four months in 2012-2013, and assisting with: 1) data review, coding, and analysis of collected quantitative and qualitative data; and 2) writing of scholarly products (e.g., manuscripts and presentations) in College Station, TX.

The position requires a completed PhD in geography or a related field or a letter certifying that all requirements for the doctoral degree have been met and stating the conferral date. The ideal applicant will have field experience, training in quantitative and/or qualitative methods, and expertise in political ecology, gender theory, and/or South Asian studies. Language proficiency in English, Hindi, and/or Bengali is desired. Salary is $40,000 annually, including benefits.

Please send 1) cover letter describing research interests and experience; 2) complete curriculum vitae; 3) writing samples; and 4) names of three referees to Write “postdoctoral position” in the subject line please. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Texas A&M University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, underrepresented ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities.