Req Id:  30554
Job Title:  Graduate Research Assistant
Job Description: 

Job Summary

Post-doctoral research associate positions available in the White Lodging- J.W. Marriott Jr  School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Purdue University to participate in a project to support sustainable development through regenerative tourism in the Colca River Valley, Arequipa, Peru.

Project: Sustainable development, communities, and regenerative tourism.


Job Summary

A postdoctoral research fellow position is available to work on an Arequipa Nexus Institute funded project in the Colca River Valley of Arequipa, Peru. The long-term goal of this project is to help local communities benefit from sustainable and regenerative tourism development.  
The candidate in this position will work with tourism operators and other stakeholders in communities of the High Route in the Colca Valley.  Specific duties will include liaising with key local stakeholders, preparing and undertaking community-based research activities, including participatory qualitative research, and analyzing and reporting on research findings for reports to the community and peer-reviewed scientific journal articles. They will also work with another Nexus-funded post-doctoral fellow during the project. The fellow will be based in the White Lodging- J.W. Marriott. Jr School of Hospitality and Tourism Management under Dr. Jonathon Day.


PhD in Sustainable Tourism or a related field, including geography, anthropology or related field. Experience in qualitative, field-based research, particularly participatory research techniques is preferred.

The candidate must be fluent in both English and Spanish. Experience working in Latin America, especially Peru, preferred. Strong communication and critical thinking skills, attention to detail and problem solving, an ability to work in harsh environments at high altitudes and self-motivation are expected. The positions will be based at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, but will also work closely with faculty at UNSA, in Arequipa, Peru, and engage in extended periods of travel in southern Peru.                   

To apply, please submit a CV including names and email addresses of three references, an unofficial copy of graduate transcripts, and statement of interest addressing your research interest and experience on the areas of the project, to Dr. Jonathon Day

Review of applications will continue until positions are filled, and interviews will be conducted over zoom. The positions are anticipated to start in May, 2024. One position with a 2-year appointment, and one position with a one year appointment is available. Salary will be commensurate with training and experience.



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Posting Start Date:  4/15/24