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Post Doctoral Fellow- Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources Management at West Virginia University

Posted in Education 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Morgantown, West Virginia

Job Description:

The West Virginia University Research Corporation is seeking applications for a Post Doctoral Fellow in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources Management. This position will be a resource contact relative to the various research projects dealing with the development of land reclamation education, human dimensions of land use, and perceptions of water quality at the state, national and international levels. Project sponsors include the USDA Forest Service, US Geological Survey and the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture. This position may require the organization of stakeholder meetings throughout West Virginia for water quality studies and the Appalachian Geopark Initiative. 

In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:


  • Plan and conduct a surveys with various populations segments- for example: 10,000+ West Virginia residents aimed at understanding their perceptions of water quality for drinking and recreational purposes.

  • Create and maintain existing project databases for data analysis.

  • Attend bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly meetings as needed with project partners.

  • Attend research conferences and read scientific literature to keep abreast of technological advances and current research findings.

  • Identify and assist with acquisition of funding from public, private, and governmental sources.

  • Assist with development of novel research proposals for sponsor submission.

  • Write proposals, papers, and abstracts to attract research funds.

  • Search scientific literature to select and modify methods and procedures most appropriate for research goals.

  • Perform laboratory and field experiment activities according to protocol.


    • Independent experimental data analysis.

    • Maintain detailed logs of work related activities, including accurate laboratory records and data on research methods, procedures, and results.


  • Oversee research facilities and personnel


    • Assure compliance with research protocols and safety requirements.

    • Oversee and direct undergraduate and graduate researchers in the completion of experiments.

    • Maintain lab equipment; keep accurate inventory of lab assets; monitor and assure proper use and conditions of lab equipment.


  • Write and present research/study status reports for review and use of the Principal Investigator.

  • Prepare results of experimental findings for presentation to colleagues and the sponsor; at professional/technical conferences; and/or, for publication in scientific journals, as directed.

  • Serve as a Teaching Assistant for select RPTR courses. 

  • Independently use professional concepts and organizational policies to solve a wide range of moderate to complex problems in imaginative and practical ways. 

  • Work effort often addresses non-routine matters within established protocol, guidelines, and/or policies. 

  • Work effort has significant impact on client services and operations, producing moderate to major organizational, legal and financial results and/or liabilities. 

  • Position duties require oversight of projects.




  • Successful completion of a Ph.D. Program from
    an accredited university
     in Recreation,

  • Parks and Tourism Resources, Natural Resources Management or related

  • field is required

  • Experience in conducting social science surveying and data analysis is

  • required.

  • Experience with SPSS, SAS or other
    statistical analysis programs is

  • required.

  • Depth skills, knowledge, and interpretive abilities, as well as some creativity,

  • are required to successfully perform duties