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  • Post-Doctoral Fellow - Rural Sociology - Rural Partnership Institute
    Agri Economics & Rural Soc
    Auburn University

    The Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Auburn University is accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellowship. The anticipated start date will be May 2024 for an initial period of 15 months with a possibility of extension to one or more years depending on performance and funding availability. This is a benefit eligible, non-tenure track position. 

    We seek an energetic and motivated postdoctoral fellow/research associate to conduct innovative research in rural sociology at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Auburn University. The focus of the work will be conducting survey research and working with existing data sets on agriculture, forestry, and rural industries regarding the challenges and opportunities for rural Alabama. The individual selected for this position will work directly with Dr. Russell (Auburn University) on a USDA funded project.

    The University: Auburn University is an R1 land-grant institution organized into twelve academic colleges and schools. Auburn is ranked 40th among public universities in the U.S. News and World 2021 Report. In 2020, 24,505 undergraduates as well as 6,232 graduate and professional students were enrolled. The University is nationally recognized for its academic excellence, commitments to community engagement, positive work environment, flourishing student life programs, and beautiful campus. To learn more about the University, please visit:

    The Department: The multidisciplinary department has 14 faculty members who are agricultural economists in various fields and 3 who are rural sociologists. This includes a mix of research, teaching, and Extension appointments to achieve the department’s mission in conjunction with other university departments, industry, and organizations. Due to recent retirements, the department has hired 5 new tenure-track faculty in the past 4 years. Faculty and students publish in top journals in their respective disciplines. The Department has excellent facilities, an experimental economics laboratory, over 150 undergraduate students, and about 30 MS and PhD students. A department facilities video can be viewed at:

    The Community: Auburn is recognized as one of America’s best small towns with a moderate climate and easy access to major cities, beaches, and mountains. The city is situated along the rapidly developing I-85 Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama corridor. The combined Auburn-Opelika Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a growing population of over 160,000. The City of Auburn grew 43% in the past decade and is known for an excellent public school system and a local medical center acknowledged as among the best in the region. The City of Auburn website has information on the community and services that can be accessed at:


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