Post Doctoral Fellow at Clemson University

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Location: Clemson, South Carolina

Job Description:

Clemson University: College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences: Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management
Post Doctoral Fellow

Location: 263 Lehotsky Hall

The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at Clemson University is pleased to announce a new Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Clemson University Institute for Parks and The Park Solutions Lab, starting in Summer or Fall 2018. The position involves working closely with Dr. Matt Brownlee and Dr. Robert Powell. The position includes coordinating innovative initiatives at the Institute, directing applied research activities in the Lab, managing existing National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, and assisting with new NSF proposals. Most research projects aim to provide protected area managers with critical data to understand a) the linkages between biophysical processes, human behavior, and social systems, b) park visitors' onsite behaviors, use patterns, and desired benefits, and c) educational outcomes associated with environmental education/interpretation in parks and protected areas. The research includes quantitative, geospatial, and qualitative approaches including the use of GIS applications, social media and networks, and app development. Research sites include numerous protected areas such as the Bonneville Salt Flats, Cumberland Island National Seashore, Joshua Tree National Park, Katmai National Park, Lake Clark National Park, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The postdoctoral researcher will have consistent opportunity to generate their own research projects synergistic with the larger Lab and Institute initiatives. This is a benefit-eligible, 12-month position with an annual salary of $47,500. The position is renewable annually contingent on performance and funding.

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at Clemson University is one of the largest of its type in North America, with 35 full-time faculty, and approximately 150 graduate students (Masters and Ph.D.) and 500 undergraduates. Clemson University is a selective, public, land-grant university in a college-town setting along a dynamic Southeastern corridor. It is located on the shores of Lake Hartwell in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Minimum qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in social sciences, preferably Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, or a related field

  • Experience working in park management, natural resource management, environmental education or with conservation initiatives

  • Experience collaborating on larger research projects with an ability to manage others, including doctoral students

  • Experience with quantitative, qualitative, and geospatial software packages

  • Excellent writing skills

Additional Preferred skills:

  • Advanced skills with ArcGIS software

  • Ability to leverage advanced computing technology


Review of applications will begin on June 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants wishing to be considered for the position should submit the following materials via Interfolio:

  • Cover letter articulating interest and skills pertaining to the position

  • Curriculum vita

  • Names and contact information for 3 academic or professional references.

Initial questions should be directed to Dr. Matt Brownlee at and 864-508-1212.

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.