Salary will be commensurate with experience, but will range from $40,000 - $55,000 per year with benefits.
The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) at Colorado State University (CSU) is looking for Postdoctoral Fellows to contribute to a diverse research program addressing research and management questions related to the conservation of wildlife populations and their habitats. The research program currently focuses on the sagebrush ecosystem and understanding wildlife population dynamics in relation to local- and landscape-scale change. Research is conducted in conjunction with the Fort Collins Science Center (FORT) of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Combined with collaborative opportunities within the NREL and the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at CSU, there are unique opportunities for developing applied research working with state and federal scientists, partner agencies, and resource managers.
We are currently in position to hire up to 3 Postdoctoral Research Fellows to work on a collection of conceptually related questions and become part of a larger research team from CSU and the USGS. Successful candidates will have the incredible opportunity to work with a variety of large spatial datasets, asking novel questions about relations between wildlife and habitats with direct implications for conservation of wildlife populations, including Greater Sage-Grouse. More specifically, incumbents could investigate (one or more of the following): spatial modeling of wildlife habitat requirements, the effects of climate and land-use change on wildlife populations and habitats, long-term changes in sagebrush habitat patterns and conditions, potential links between habitat trends, conditions, and wildlife populations, response of habitats and species to improvement and restoration treatments, long-term effects of grazing on wildlife population trends, population viability models for species using diverse demographic datasets, relationships between landscape habitat characteristics and restoration practices, and/or prioritization of habitats for conservation and mitigation. Individuals will be expected to lead research efforts and develop multiple peer-reviewed publications from their research.
Required Qualifications: The postdoctoral fellow(s) must have earned a Ph.D. prior to the time of appointment, in the area of Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Natural Resources, Conservation, or a closely related field. Strong quantitative skills and prior experience with analysis of ecological data are required.
Desired Qualifications: Experience working in sagebrush ecosystems and/or with sage-grouse is important, but not required. Individuals should possess very strong quantitative skills and the interest to learn and pioneer new statistical approaches or techniques. A proven track record of peer-reviewed publications illustrating strong writing and communication skills will be an asset in accomplishing the required tasks. A basic understanding of Geographic Information Systems is extremely important for many of these analyses and positions. Advanced skills in specific quantitative approaches and spatial analyses will be helpful but may not be required of each position. Experience with data simulations, population modeling, spatial modeling, and/or future scenario modeling would be an asset. Individuals with experience with a good spatial and quantitative skills and experience with a diversity of statistical approaches would be ideal for these positions.
Funding is available for each position for one year, with the possibility of renewal and opportunities for collaborative development of proposals. The positions will begin in February 2014, or as soon as appropriate candidates can be identified.
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