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Detailed Position Summary:
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Federal Statistical Research Data (FSRDC) seek a forthcoming or recent PhD as a Postdoctoral Research and Extension Associate to explore the business dynamics of rural businesses in the United States, with particular attention to entrepreneurial activities conducted by military veterans (“vetrepreneurs”). The associate will collaborate with a research team comprised of senior researchers and Extension professionals from Texas A&M AgriLife, Texas A&M University, and Baylor University on a research project conducted with the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers.
In the FSRDC, the associate will work with the Longitudinal Business Database (over 8M observations annually), the Integrated Longitudinal Business Database (over 20M observations annually), the Survey of Business Owners (about 1M observations quinquennially), the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (about 0.2M annually), and the American Community Survey (about 5M observations annually), among other datasets. These databases will allow for tracking of business and business owner demographic microdata over time. They will also be merged with public data on other community characteristics. Following initial data management activities, the associate will execute the following activities:
- Model specification analysis and discussion in the FSRDC
- Prepare and collaborate on numerous refereed journal articles including, but not limited to, the following broad topics:
- Perceptions of U.S. vetrepreneurs
- Determinants of vetrepreneur business survival
- Determinants of veterpreneur business growth
- Rural policy implications for supporting veteran-owned businesses
- Impacts of vetrepreneurs on local economic growth
- Nationwide lessons-learned for Extension veteran-owned business curriculums
- Actively engage with the research team to develop Extension curriculum, programming, and training
- Contributions to proposal development workshops and Texas RDC research presentations
- Participate in development and completion of additional FSRDC projects
- May participate in proposals to obtain external funding
The position will be appointed for twelve months, and pending performance review, extended up to 24 months. Through the experience with the research team and the FSRDC, the associate will complement the strong disciplinary training of their PhD program with exposure to a broad range of sciences and learning-by-doing in rural development Extension curriculum design and pilot testing.
The position will be located in College Station, Texas, though the Extension programming will be nationwide, allowing the successful candidate to build a national profile.
At the end of their post-doctoral experiences, the research and extension associate will enjoy a network of senior academic and policy colleagues from which they may launch a successful career as a faculty member or policy analyst.
The research associate will be compensated commensurate with recent PhDs in their field of study and will have access to health care benefits.
Location of Activities:
The successful candidate will be expected to relocate to Texas and will be provided with offices on the Texas A&M University (TAMU) campus and in the Texas FSRDC in College Station, in close proximity to mentors within the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and FSRDC. TAMU is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, research university, that provides an excellent education at a top-ranked institution by combining teaching, research, and Extension in a rich learning environment. TAMU is listed in the National Science Foundation’s top 20 in several areas.
The position will involve travel to the TAMU FSRDC, located on campus in College Station, and to conferences related to the topics addressed by the associate. Travel in and out of state is necessary to fulfill job responsibilities.
This position is supported by the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative Competitive Program of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Award number 2018-68006-27641.
- ABD in Agricultural Economics, Economics, or related field, completed by the date of the first day of employment.
- Demonstrated interest in topics addressed in project description.
- Strong English written and verbal communications skills.
- The associate will need to pass a background check and have spent three of the previous five years in the United States, as required to gain access to a Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC).
- Working knowledge of Stata, SAS, or related statistical software available in the FSRDC environment.
- PhD in Agricultural Economics, Economics, or related field, completed by the date of the first day of employment.
- Academic record of publications related to the issues to be address in project description.
- Demonstrated skills in quantitative analysis.
- Demonstrated ability to synthesize academic inputs from a wide array of sources.
- Understanding of the land grant university system.
- Experience working in the FSRDC system or with other systems involving large datasets.