The Department of Geography (College Station, Texas, USA) at Texas A&M 
University seeks a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with experience in Economic 
Geography to join a $1.5M TAMU Presidential Excellence Fund (“X-Grant”) project 
entitled “Pathways to Sustainable Urban Water Security: Desalination and Water 
Reuse in the 21st Century” (PI Wendy Jepson).  The successful candidate will 
join an interdisciplinary team, lead by Dr. Wendy Jepson, that includes eight 
faculty from the law school, public policy and administration, geography, civil 
and chemical engineering, Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), and urban 
planning.  S/he will join a team with other post-doctoral research associates, 
several graduate students, legal scholars, and TWRI staff researchers.

Work Tasks.  Successful candidates will have to travel extensively to collect 
primary data, conduct interviews, and work closely with a wide range of 
stakeholders, corporate, and institutional contacts. This position also 
requires successful candidates to utilize strong organizational skills, manage 
multiple tasks, maintain overall program mission, and work cooperatively in a 
diverse team environment. S/he will organise and manage project data and 
contribute to the analysis and dissemination of the research.  In addition to 
pursuing his or her own data collection, the researcher will collaborate with 
PIs and other research team members in various ways, such as compiling 
literature reviews and co-authoring publications.

The Post-Doctoral Research Associate will deliver the following: 1) a database 
on the global desalination and water reuse sector; (2) systematic literature 
review of global sector practice and issues, with specific reference to the 
case studies (Texas, CA, Israel, Australia); and (3) an analysis of the global 
water desalination and water reuse global production networks, technological 
path dependencies, engineering design, and role in the implementation of water 
reuse and desalination projects globally. Work products will be published in 
diverse venues, including but not limited to academic journals and sector 

The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to expand on the details 
of his/her own research in consultation with the PI. S/he will support the rest 
of X-Grant team and project objectives, leading and contributing to academic 
publications, participating in team meetings, offering active support to 
graduate assistants on the project, engaging in presentations, and organizing 
workshops and other events related to the project.

Qualifications. Social scientists that have completed a PhD with knowledge and 
research experience in economic geography are encouraged to apply.   Skills 
relevant to the post are:  (1) ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative 
data collection for global production networks; (2) ability to analyze and 
interpret primary documentary and quantitative material; (3) ability to present 
research findings at academic conferences; (4) ability to translate research 
analysis into peer-reviewed articles.   Proven teamwork skills and commitment 
to interdisciplinary collaboration are advantages, as are a strong emerging 
track record in social research and international peer-reviewed publications. 
Candidates are expected to possess excellent academic writing and communication 
skills in English. S/he should have the capacity to pursue discipline-based and 
interdisciplinary work, and to conduct independent scientific research at a 
high level. S/he should have proven skills in carrying out qualitative and 
quantitative (mixed methods) social research. S/he will preferably have a 
background in researching water governance and water policy.

Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Wendy Jepson 
(<>).  Please apply through the Texas 
A&M Human Resources webpage ( and search for the Job 
Posting R-009694,  The application process opens on July 30 2018.  Include in 
the application a CV, cover letter, and names of three references.

Review of applications will begin on 15 September 2018.  The position will be 
open until filled, with an expected start date of January 2019.  This position 
will be funded full time for 24-months.

Jennifer Clark
School of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332-0345 USA
tel. +1 404.385.7224
twitter: @GTCUI

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