Research Associate

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Friday, September 30, 2022, 11:00pm



Ithaca, NY
United States

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The Center for Engagement in Science and Nature is one of the major programmatic units at the Lab and engages people through educational (e.g., Bird Academy) and citizen science (e.g., Project FeederWatch, NestWatch) programming. The Center supports the Cornell Lab’s mission “to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds.” Our approach to public engagement in science is focused on gathering biological information at large spatial scales while creating dynamic educational content and web applications through which the public can better understand the natural world. The Cornell Lab is widely viewed as a global leader in the field of public engagement, and in particular, citizen science, managing exemplary projects while pursuing methodological innovation for moving the field forward. This position requires the ability to successfully collaborate with staff from across Lab Centers to continue to advance our public engagement goals.

We are seeking a research associate trained in the social sciences to support research on how people interact with birds, nature, and science as part of the Lab’s large and global participant engagement efforts that include millions of people per year. Working in collaboration with the leadership of the Center for Engagement in Science and Nature, this researcher will:

  • Conduct original research involving identification of research questions, hypotheses, theoretical perspectives, and experimental protocols. 
  • Design and implement mixed methodological studies (using both quantitative and qualitative approaches) focused on learning in formal and informal settings, engagement in citizen science, and behavior change in a conservation context.
  • Collect, interpret, synthesize, and analyze data, including datasets related to participant learning, contributions, and actions. 
  • Lead and collaborate on research publications and internal reports. Present findings to the public, Lab staff, funders and supporters, and at appropriate professional conferences. 
  • Scope external funding opportunities and develop grant proposals focused on the Lab’s public engagement programs. 
  • Manage grant-related budgetary responsibilities and ensure ethical standards in research. 
  • Mentor staff or students as needed, including oversight and instruction on research techniques. 
  • Serve as a thought leader to communicate with external collaborators and public audiences about the findings resulting from the research.
  • Enhance the Lab’s exposure and capabilities in social science research while establishing and nurturing valued partnerships.

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