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Postdoctoral Associate

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Ag, Leadership&Community Education
Location: Blacksburg - Main Campus
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

Under the guidance of Dr. Drape, the Postdoctoral Associate will design and lead the program evaluation of funded projects in agriculture and the life sciences in social science settings. They will work with project teams to design and implement program evaluation(s), analyze data, and provide evaluation reports to project teams for reporting, publication, and presentations. They may assume responsibility for undergraduate research assistants. Briefly, evaluation projects relate to a) workforce development with veterans; b) research and extension experiences for undergraduates; c) cellular seafood and cellular agriculture; d) underrepresented student training in biomedical sciences; and e) community college partnerships for improved academic performance. In addition, candidates will have the opportunity to co-develop their own research projects with Dr. Drape.

While the primary focus of this position is to conduct and disseminate results from program evaluations, the candidate will be provided opportunities to pursue additional career development activities, such as developing new research skills, establishing a professional network, proposal development, mentoring students, preparing research reports, and/or teaching. A mentoring plan will be developed between Dr. Drape and the candidate at the beginning of the position to determine which opportunities best align with the candidate’s career goals.

The initial appointment is for one year, though the appointment may be extended for one or more years contingent on work performance and available funding.

Required Qualifications

• An earned doctorate in a social science field with documented specialization in program evaluation earned no more than four years prior to the effective date of the appointment with a minimum of one year of eligibility remaining.
• Required experience in conducting human subjects research in agriculture and the life sciences
• Demonstrated command of concepts and theories associated with social science research and program evaluation.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as expertise in working with external stakeholders and community groups.
• Perform as a team member in a department that includes agricultural, leadership, and community education programs that work in concert to achieve the goals of the unit.
• Proficiency in communicating effectively in English.
• Ability to work in a collaborative team setting, as well as an independent researcher.

Preferred Qualifications

• Strong background in community engagement.
• Experience with program evaluation related to agriculture and the life sciences.

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dr. Tiffany Drape at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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