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Job ID: 230613

Research Assistant/Associate
Auburn University

Date Posted Feb. 13, 2024
Title Research Assistant/Associate
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department Agricultural Econ & Rural Sociol
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Environmental Science & Ecology
This is a two-year limited term appointment. Continuation of employment is contingent upon availability of funds.

The Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Auburn University is seeking candidates for the position of Research Assistant or Associate with a primary focus on understanding how farmers make profitable decisions about irrigation in Alabama. The economics and rural sociology team is part of a broader effort with environmental scientists, crop & soil scientists, and environmental engineers that are building integrated models of Alabama farms to ensure increased irrigation is also sustainable. This is a 24-month limited-term appointment and is funded from external sources. Continuation of employment is past 24-months is contingent upon availability of funds and skills required, as well as performance.

The individual selected for this position will report to Dr. Joshua M. Duke and Dr. Adam Rabinowitz to assist with building models of the irrigation economics on model farms around Alabama. This individual will also work with four other Auburn University agricultural economics and rural sociology faculty in the development and refining of farm models. Interdisciplinary work is also expected with agricultural scientists and engineers on the broader Auburn University team to integrate scientific results and models into the representative economic farm models.

The University: Auburn was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the state of Alabama’s best employers, with employees staying an average of ten years! Learn more about Auburn’s impact, generous employee benefits, and thriving community by visiting

The Department: Discovering and transmitting socio-economic knowledge to students, Alabama, and the world is our mission. As a multidisciplinary department, 14 faculty members are agricultural economists and 3 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. There has been an opportunity to hire 7 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 190 undergraduate students, and about 30-35 M.S. and Ph.D. students. The department website can be accessed at: A department facilities video can be viewed at:

Extension: The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is the outreach organization for the land grant mission of Auburn University and Alabama A&M University. Its educational programs grow from these two land grant university campuses to serve the people of Alabama. Science-based educational programs are delivered that enable people to improve their quality of life and economic well-being. Information and programs are available online or in person through all 67 County Extension Offices and at teaching sites throughout Alabama communities. For more information, please see

The Community: The Auburn/Opelika area is a page right out of Southern Living magazine with an idyllic small-town feel, perfecting a unique balance between a close-knit community and driving consistent growth and development. Paralleling the growth of Auburn University, the Auburn/Opelika area boasts services and amenities that cater to any interest. We’re proud of our top school systems, city services, award-winning restaurants, and the infectious spirit of life in a college town. You can find us nestled halfway between the beach and the mountains in a lower-cost-of-living area, two hours outside of Atlanta or Birmingham. If you’re new to Auburn, we’d love to introduce you. If you’re already acquainted with Auburn, we’ll keep it simple: it’s time to come home! The City of Auburn website has information on the community and services that can be accessed at:

Our Commitment: Auburn University is committed to a diverse and inclusive campus environment. Visit to learn more about our commitment to expanding equity and inclusion for all.

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