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Postdoctoral Research position in Quantitative Amphibian Ecology : Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania
 
 
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Date Posted 03/13/2021
Category
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

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Agency
Pennsylvania State University
Location
University Park, PA
Job Category
Post Doctoral Appointments
Salary
at least $57,500
Last Date to Apply
04/11/2021
Website
https://apptrkr.com/2176533
Description
Postdoctoral Research position in Quantitative Amphibian Ecology During the late 1980's scientists recognized that amphibian populations were declining globally. In response to this crisis, USGS developed an Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) in order to make inference to the dynamics of North American amphibian populations. The ARMI program has led to much useful research (armi.usgs.gov), and inferences include reduced populations of N. American habitats over the last decade. The success of the ARMI program has resulted from collaboration between field scientists and statistical ecologists. For more than a decade, the ARMI program has hosted a post-doctoral researcher who works with the program to further research goals in the application of conservation science for amphibian populations. We seek a postdoctoral researcher who will engage in research that will support the ARMI program. The research will include developing new statistical methodology, as well as tailoring existing methods to specific ARMI uses. This includes assistance with nonstandard statistical problems that arise during their analyses. The person hired into the position will work with the PIs to identify 1-2 research topics that focus on statistical and applied ecological issues in amphibian population dynamics and ecology and address ARMI program needs. Potential areas of interest include developing goodness of fit tests for occupancy models, methods to improve estimation of demographic rates from combined data models, improving estimation of community dynamics in situations with heterogeneous availability, and improving models for use in resource management decisions including those with an emerging infectious disease nexus. Selection of the topic areas will depend on the interests of the postdoc. The work will be conducted in collaboration with the USGS ARMI program; the postdoc will be supervised by Drs. Evan Grant at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (Northeast ARMI) and Dr. David Miller, Pennsylvania State University (Applied Population Ecology Lab). The post-doc will also interact and collaborate with other USGS researchers associated with the ARMI program (armi.usgs.gov). We strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, and particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups in amphibian ecology, quantitative ecology, or statistics. Qualifications 1. Ph.D. in quantitative ecology, wildlife ecology, or related fields. 2. Knowledge of amphibian ecology, modeling, statistics, decision analysis. 3. Excellent verbal and written communication skills to facilitate a collaborative research environment and dissemination of results in scientific outlets. 4. Commitment to maintaining an inclusive work environment and to effective collaboration and mentoring within a diverse team of scientists. Benefits The salary will be at least $57,500 plus benefits depending on experience and qualifications. This is a one-year time-limited appointment with potential for extension based on the scope of the applicant's interests and contingent on funding. Application Submit a cover letter outlining interests and qualifications, CV, and names and contact information for three potential references. Candidate must provide evidence that all requirements have been met for completion of the Ph.D. prior to the effective date of hire. Please address any questions to David Miller mailto:(dxm84@psu.edu) or Evan Grant mailto:(ehgrant@usgs.gov) Apply online at https://apptrkr.com/2176533 CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to http://www.police.psu.edu/clery/, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. Copyright ©2017 Jobelephant.com Inc. All rights reserved. https://www.jobelephant.com/ jeid-11c7bf99a7ca4ab1af86978cffcc0dd0
Qualifications
1. Ph.D. in quantitative ecology, wildlife ecology, or related fields. 2. Knowledge of amphibian ecology, modeling, statistics, decision analysis. 3. Excellent verbal and written communication skills to facilitate a collaborative research environment and dissemination of results in scientific outlets. 4. Commitment to maintaining an inclusive work environment and to effective collaboration and mentoring within a diverse team of scientists.
Contact Person
David Miller
Contact eMail
dxm84@psu.edu

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