CARD Announces Research Position Openings

The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) is anticipating research activity needs in agricultural trade and policy and is recruiting two post-doc researchers.

Specific duties of the International Grains Analyst position:

  1. Research and analyze policies impacting world agricultural markets withan emphasis in food and feed grains, and publish research results inscholarly journals.
  2. Develop and maintain rigorous econometric models of the world agricultural markets.
  3. Organize and prepare the annual FAPRI baseline projections and associated policy analysis.
  4. Communicate results of the agricultural projections and policy analysesto the U.S. House and Senate agricultural committees, USDA analysts,commodity groups, and the public through oral presentations and writtenpublications.

Specific duties of the U.S. Analyst position are the same in research, modeling, and communication, but with a particular focus on U.S. policy and markets.

Required qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent experience in economics or agricultural economics. Two years of experience with econometric modeling techniques and statistical analysis of agricultural markets related to agricultural production and trade (can be pre-Ph.D.). Strong computer skills with statistical estimation software and spreadsheet applications. Leadership, research, excellent communication, and interpersonal skills required to work effectively with project teams and professional groups.

Proposed starting date is May 2009 with some flexibility. Salary commensurate with qualifications. These are term appointments. The post-doc in the Grains Analyst position has the possibility of being considered for a professional and scientific (P&S) position. Submit letter of application, resume of qualifications and work experience, and names and addresses of three references to Dr. Jacinto Fabiosa, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University, 568E Heady Hall, Ames, Iowa 50011-1070, or e-mail to by May 20, 2009. CARD will also conduct interviews at the AAEA meetings July 26-28, 2009, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

(Released May 2009)