[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD assistantship: Human Dimensions of Reducing Seafood Supply Chain Waste

Kiki Jenkins kiki.jenkins at gmail.com
Fri Oct 13 13:38:18 MDT 2017

please pass this on to promising students who might be interested.

*ASU PhD Position: Human Dimensions of Reducing Waste in the Seafood Supply

The Jenkins Research Team
<https://sustainability.asu.edu/person/lekelia-jenkins> in the *School for
the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS)* at Arizona State University is
seeking to fill a graduate research assistantship position for a funded PhD
student. The student must remain regularly enrolled in SFIS’ PhD Program in
Human and Social Dimensions (HSD) of Science and Technology
<https://sfis.asu.edu/hsd-welcome>, and take 6 non-audit credit hours
during each semester of the assistantship. The assistantship comes with
three academic years (9 months, excluding summer) of support beginning in
Fall 2018. The project is entitled: Infews/T3: Reducing Resource Use at the
Seafood-Energy-Water Nexus: Focus on Efficient Production and Waste
Reduction. The goal of this innovative project is to develop solutions to
reduce waste (energy, water, sea life, etc.) in the U.S. seafood supply
chain. The grant supporting this research is funded through a partnership
between the National Science Foundation and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s
National Institute of Food and Agriculture. To apply, please send a 1-page
cover letter, CV, and two letters of reference to Dr. Lekelia Jenkins:
kiki.jenkins at asu.edu and cc Dr. Jesse Senko jesse.senko at asu.edu
<Jesse.Senko at asu.edu> by November 9, 2017. The coverletter should address
1) why you are interested in this research; 2) why SFIS and ASU is an
appropriate place for you to do a PhD; and 3) your academic and
professional qualifications for the position. Your CV should include your
academic and professional history, include degrees, GPAs, GRE scores, and
any publications, presentations, or awards.

*Overall Project Description*

This research project focuses on the global food-energy-water systems
shaping the U.S. seafood supply, including seafood with international
origins. While the U.S. government advises doubling seafood consumption for
nutritional reasons, many wild caught seafood stocks are depleted. Meeting
seafood demand by further expanding aquaculture requires substantial energy
and water use. Meanwhile, the United States wastes nearly half of its
seafood supply. This research is motivated by the fact that inefficient
resource use and waste place unnecessary strain on water, energy, and other
resources. A multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research team will
examine intersections and feedback between physical processes such as
harvest, transport and cold storage; natural processes such as changing
aquatic conditions; biological processes such as animal growth; social and
behavioral processes such as government, industry, and consumer decisions;
and cyber-components such as product traceability and
computation/visualization for decision-making.

*Position Description *

*The PhD student will work with the social science team to conduct case
studies that characterize major seafood/aquaculture supply chains in the
United States and abroad, examine existing waste reduction strategies, and
explore options for new strategies with an emphasis on feasibility and
acceptability from a socio-cultural perspective. *Potential duties include:
1) preparing research instruments; 2) conducting interviews and reviewing
documents; 3) coding and analyzing data; 4) preparation of peer-reviewed
journal articles; 5) literature reviews; and 6) other administrative and
research tasks relevant to the project. The PhD student will be required to
do his/her thesis on some aspect of this project with freedom to define
his/her own research niche. The PhD student will be required to be
first-author on at least one paper resulting from this project.

*Qualified individuals will possess many of the following knowledge,
characteristics, and skills:*

·        A bachelors degree in sociology; anthropology; science,
technology, and society; environmental studies; conservation science or
another relevant fields;

·        Interest (and ideally experience) in sustainable seafood,
aquaculture, and/or fisheries research;

·        Expertise in social science research, especially qualitative
research methods, preferred (or a strong desire to learn)

·        Good writing skills;

·        Basic computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Excel,
PowerPoint, and Word;

·        Experience with research software (or willingness to learn),
including Endnote and MAXQDA;

·        Organized, self-motivated, problem-solver who is easy to work with.
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