Research Assistant (Economics)

Funding for this project supports the development of a multi-disciplinary team of researchers focused on increasing the efficiency of land-use decisions by the DoD. This team will collaborate to apply InVEST, which will inform resource-management decisions on the demonstration sites and may be incorporated into broader DoD installation-management protocols.

The successful applicant will work in a team to adapt and apply the InVEST ecosystem-service models and will then synthesize these results in order to best inform land-use policy at our demonstration sites. Publication of analyses run using data from demonstration sites and presentation of research findings is encouraged.

Principal Responsibilities:

    • Collect, create, and refine economic data relevant to the needs of each demonstration site for valuation of focal ecosystem services on each site as well as the estimation of off-site land values for work related to base encroachment and off-base conservation efforts.
    • Create reports based on InVEST outputs for presentation of key results at each demonstration site.
    • Help create user-friendly manuals tailored to the needs of DoD installation managers for Arc tools.
    • Provide technical assistance related to InVEST to relevant personnel on partner installations.
    • Additional responsibilities may include helping to adapt and improve the InVEST models.


    • M.S. degree in Economics, Natural Resource Economics, Environmental Economics, or a related field required.
    • Some experience in Geographic Information Systems such as ArcGIS, Idrissi.
    • Strong expertise in non-market valuation efforts; including experience applying both stated and revealed preference techniques.
    • Experience with STATA, Matlab, and R software packages.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Term:3 years, from June 2011 through May 2014, and beyond, contingent upon funding.

Location:The Research Assistant will be located in Stanford, CA at Stanford University and this position will require extensive interaction with multidisciplinary teams and travel to the three demonstration installations.

How to Apply:To ensure that your application information is captured in our official files and that the hiring department has immediate access to your resume, you must apply to, Job #41057. Please include a CV and a cover letter that includes contact information for three references. We will begin reviewing applications April 1, 2011 and the position will remain open until filled.

Stanford University is committed to equal opportunity through affirmative action in employment and we are especially eager to identify minority persons and women with appropriate qualifications.