Now Hiring - Postdoc in Experimental Economics

Position Description

The Center for Experimental & Applied Economics (CEAE) at the University of Delaware seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a postdoc researcher for 2-3 years with the opportunity for renewal thereafter. The successful candidate will focus on applying experimental and behavioral economics to agri-environmental issues and coastal water issues, such as the reduction of non-point source pollution, environmental and food risks, and conducting randomized controlled trials on voluntary conservation programs. This position and related research is supported from funds from the National Science Foundation and the United States Department of Agriculture.


The successful candidate will have the opportunity to co-author several publications and participate in professional conferences. This position also involves opportunities to work on research with graduate and undergraduate students. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Kent Messer, CEAE Director and Dr. Leah Palm-Forster CEAE Associate Director.

The University of Delaware is the co-headquarters for the Center for Experimental & Behavioral Agri-Environmental Research (CBEAR), a USDA Center of Excellence. We are also related to the new NSF-EPSCoR project in Delaware entitled, “Water in the Changing Coastal Environment of Delaware” (Project WiCCED). The position will offer a competitive salary that is commensurate with qualifications and experience. An attractive fringe benefit package is included.


Applicants are expected to have strong training and experience in experimental and behavioral economics and its application to agricultural and/or environmental issues. A PhD in economics or applied economics (or closely related field) with an emphasis on environmental, agricultural, and resource issues is preferred. Applicants without a PhD, but have significant experience with experimental economics research, may also be considered. Experience with writing grant proposals is welcomed.



Submit via email a letter of application, vita, a personal statement, university transcripts (unofficial transcripts are sufficient), and the names of three references to Maddi Valinski, CEAE Lab Manager (

Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2019 (negotiable). Review of applications will begin on March 8, 2019, and will continue until an acceptable candidate is identified.

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EPSCoR Project WICCED Summer Scholars Program

The EPSCoR Project WiCCED Summer Scholars program takes place over a 10-week period beginning in May/June and culminating in August with the presentation of research results at an undergraduate research symposium. In addition to completing an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor, interns participate in skill-building seminars on such topics as choosing a graduate school, research ethics, and making research presentations and posters. Summer Scholars typically receive a stipend of $4,000.

The research project descriptions below specify any coursework or prerequisites for the opportunity. In addition to research, EPSCoR Project WiCCED Summer Scholars are also required to attend workshops in career development and effective communication, as well as occasional field trips or social events. Scholars present the results of their work at a student symposium in August 2019.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

How to Apply:

Students who are interested in applying should review the published opportunities below. You may select a first choice and second choice project. To apply, go to:

Please note that the application requires one letter of recommendation from a faculty member or another person who can comment on your experience, education, and suitability for an EPSCoR Project WiCCED Summer Scholars research project. The online application system will ask you for the name and email of your references, and will send a request to that person by email. Please contact your references in advance, to see if they are able to provide a letter.

Students with questions about the EPSCoR Project WiCCED Summer Scholars program or the application process should contact Dr. Yolanda Williams-Bey at DENIN.

2019 EPSCoR Project WiCCED Summer Scholars Project Descriptions

Delaware State University 


University of Delaware


Wesley College

EPSCoR Project WICCED High School Program - William Penn Scholars - July 8-August 16, 2019

In summer 2019, there will be opportunities for six William Penn High School students to have paid research opportunities at the University of Delaware. The opportunities are broadly related to the environment, and include computer science, microbiology and soil science.  The opportunities are designed to build skills and experience, earn credit toward graduation, and meet others interested in science and technology. The internships are organized by the Delaware Environmental Institute at the University of Delaware.

The dates of the internships are July 8 to August 16, 2019.

More information on each opportunity is provided below. Students apply online, and are selected through a competitive application process.  To access information, and to apply, go to:

The internships are part of a larger scientific research project in Delaware, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF is a federal agency that funds high-quality science and engineering of importance to society. The Delaware project is a partnership among the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Delaware Technical Community College, and Wesley College. The scientific focus, and the name of the project is, “Water in the changing coastal environment of Delaware” (nicknamed Project WiCCED) The overall project will assess threats and develop solutions around the human and natural pressures threatening water security in Delaware’s changing coastal environment. A major focus of project WiCCED is to monitor nutrient pollution and water quality.

High School students interested in participating in summer research can apply for one of three opportunities.

Opportunity 1, Computer Science

Faculty Member: Andrew Novocin

Data Core: The data core will support project WiCCED by developing a platform for storage and dissemination of data produced by project WiCCED and will develop data analysis techniques and data-backed decision support systems.

Techniques and skills: Learn about computer systems, coding languages and teamworking skills.

Opportunity 2, Microbiology

Faculty Member: Thomas Hanson

Microbiome Core: The microbiome core will support Project WiCCED by establishing high quality genetic information about microbial species found in water and surrounding environments to determine how microbiome profiles are affected by salinity and nutrients.  Microbes are critical players in pollution and chemical cycling. Specific information about the presence and absence of specific genes related to nitrogen, sulfur, carbon and phosphorus cycling will be analyzed.

Techniques and skills: Determine the genetic and physical profile of microorganisms,  sterile technique, media preparation, culture maintenance, and potential for web based bioinformatic programs

Opportunity 3, Soil Science

Faculty Member: Donald Sparks

Threat 2; Salinity-associated Nutrient Mobilization and Cycling: Threat 2 will support project WiCCED by studying how the salinity of newly flooded coastal soils and sediments alters nutrient cycling. Salinization degrades water quality and alters the fundamental physiochemical nature of the soil-water environment. These changes negatively affect the health and functioning of wetland biota and often result in shifts in the structure of the wetland community and alters the ability of a wetland to provide key ecosystem services.

Techniques and skills: Analyze soil materials, pipetting skills, sterile techniques and media preparation.

General skills that most students will learn in conjunction with the specific skills learned in each individual opportunity.

  1. How to keep a note book
  2. Learn how university laboratories operate
  3. Work alongside undergraduate, graduate and professional scientists

Now Hiring - Web Applications Developer Intern

Position Title: Web Applications Developer Intern
Location: 102A Pearson Hall, University of Delaware (Remote Working Option Available)
Deadline to Apply: April 1, 2019

The University of Delaware’s Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis (CEMA) seeks a
talented student intern interested in creating web applications using environmental sensor data and
information. This position will be a miscellaneous wage position, with compensation commensurate
with experience and qualifications. The intended duration of this internship is June 1, 2019 through
August 31, 2019.

Job Duties:

  • Design, develop, and maintain web applications for environmental data websites.
  • Develop testing routines for existing and future web applications. Troubleshoot and correct
    problems encountered during testing.
  • Ensure the security and integrity of the application(s) and application data.
  • Write and prepare software documentation.


  • Working knowledge of fundamental computer science concepts
  • Experience developing applications in HTML, CSS, Javascript, and PHP
  • Experience writing and utilizing RESTful API services
  • Proficiency in unit testing
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and effectively with people of varying
    computational backgrounds
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Willingness to learn and understand the application of environmental data and information in

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with mobile application development (iOS and Android)
  • Experience with JSON and other data exchange formats
  • Knowledge of SQL for accessing data in databases

To apply, please send resumes with a cover letter to:
Kevin Brinson
Director of DEOS
Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
Phone: 302.831.6906

Environmental Summer Internship Opportunities

Summer Internships are available through a variety of local and regional partners in Delaware. 

Resources to find internships and jobs in the area related to water: