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TITLE: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Quantitative Ecology at Colorado State University
POSITION: Postdoctoral Research Associate
LOCATION: Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. Postdoc will also have opportunities to work locally with collaborators at USDA-ARS, and at the University of Nevada, Reno as a visiting scholar.
APPOINTMENT: 24-month, with the possibility to extend contingent on available funding and performance.
PROJECT: Our USDA-NIFA-funded project aims to understand the drivers and dynamics of prairie dog boom and bust population cycles, in the context of plague, climate, and livestock production.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The postdoctoral associate will work with Ana Davidson and Cynthia Hartway at Colorado State University and Kevin Shoemaker at the University of Nevada, Reno, and collaborators at USDA-ARS to develop statistical models that integrate a suite of long-term ecological, spatial, and climate data and improve our understanding of the drivers of boom-bust cycles of prairie dog colonies. The anticipated start date is October 1, 2021.
QUALIFICATIONS: Required: Must have a PhD in ecology/biology, statistics, or closely related field by the start of employment. Must also have demonstrated experience publishing scientific papers in quantitative ecology. Must have proficiency with programming, spatial analysis and statistics in R and be able to develop and implement hierarchical statistical models using Bayesian and/or frequentist methods. Highly Desirable: Experience with population demographic models, strong background in spatially explicit analysis, strong quantitative and analytical skills, and an ability to communicate and collaborate well.
SALARY AND FRINGE BENEFITS: Annual salary is $50,000-$55,000. Sick leave, group health, life, dental, disability, and retirement benefits are per University policy (
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Application materials include: 1.) Curriculum vitae; 2.) Cover letter describing background and qualifications relevant to the position; and 3.) Contact information for 3 professional references. All application materials should be submitted electronically as one file in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format to:
For questions, contact: Dr. Ana Davidson, Search Committee Chair.
DEADLINE: For full consideration by the search committee, all materials must be received by the application review deadline of Aug 30, 2021.