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Postdoctoral Fellow
Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado
 
 
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Date Posted 07/24/2019
Category
Postdoctoral-Earth Sciences
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Working Title

Postdoctoral Fellow

Position Location

Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position

Yes

Posting Number

201900233AP

Position Type

Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Number of Vacancies

1

Work Hours/Week

40

Proposed Annual Salary Range

$58,500

Desired Start Date

06/01/2019

Position End Date (if temporary)

 

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on

04/07/2019

Description of Work Unit

The Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit enhances graduate education in fisheries and wildlife sciences, and facilitates research among cooperators and partners including Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the U. S. Geological Survey, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Wildlife Management Institute. Research conducted by the Unit involves graduate and post-doctoral education and technical assistance to our Cooperators to understand and manage fish and wildlife resources in Colorado and elsewhere. General areas of emphasis include aquatic ecology and fish biology, population and community monitoring and modeling, the analysis of animal movement and spatio-temporal ecological processes, and disease ecology and epidemiology.

Position Summary

We seek an outstanding early career scientist to evaluate bat monitoring efforts based on the North American Bat Monitoring Program. The postdoc will develop status and trends population models integrating existing acoustic data from legacy mobile transects with data collected following NABat acoustic monitoring protocols and environmental covariates that account for large-scale system changes. These models will be used to generate maps of species distributions and evaluate changes in activity of bat species in White-Nose Syndrome (WNS)-free regions. The outcome of this work will be to establish baseline information regionally that will help us to better understand the impacts of WNS and inform monitoring strategies for WNS.

Top priorities include updating NABat databases for analyses, developing habitat and environmental data scaled to population observations, and determining monitoring and estimation methods that are sensitive to potential changes in population distributions, bat acoustic activity, and critical habitat features. The primary objectives for this post-doctoral position are: 1) use acoustic monitoring data collected across multiple states to provide NABat partners with baseline information (e.g., maps) of species distributions and evaluate changes in distributions of bat species in WNS-free regions; 2) develop NABat status and trends models that integrate data from stationary point acoustic monitoring with data collected from mobile acoustic transects to model bat distributions and activity levels; 3) provide a formal evaluation of the benefits and limitations to each approach and their ability to contribute to understanding status and trends of NA bats through the NABat framework.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in conservation science, ecology, natural resources, statistics, or a related discipline by anticipated start date.

  • Expertise in the principles and methods of wildlife monitoring and statistical methods used for modeling the population dynamics and trends of populations.

  • Demonstrated proficiency with statistical software including R.

  • Demonstrated evidence of excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Desire and proficiency to publish in the peer-reviewed literature.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Background in demographic estimation and population modeling

  • Background in spatial modeling

  • Knowledge of bat population biology

  • Knowledge of bat acoustic monitoring methods

  • Knowledge of analysis of acoustic monitoring data

  • Experience with WinBUGs, JAGS, or STAN software

  • Experience working collaboratively in workgroups

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

 

Job Duty Category

Research

Duty/Responsibility

Evaluate bat monitoring efforts based on the North American Bat Monitoring Program. Use acoustic monitoring data collected across multiple states to provide NABat partners with baseline information (e.g., maps) of species distributions and evaluate changes in distributions of bat species in WNS-free regions. Develop NABat status and trends models that integrate data from stationary point acoustic monitoring with data collected from mobile acoustic transects to model bat distributions and activity levels; Provide a formal evaluation of the benefits and limitations to each approach and their ability to contribute to understanding status and trends of NA bats through the NABat framework.

Percentage Of Time

80

Essential Duties

 

Job Duty Category

Project Management

Duty/Responsibility

Ensure project objectives are met by meeting regularly with project team, setting interim goals, and submitting reports. The postdoc will help the PIs communicate with the funding agency and explore opportunities for continuing the project through future grant proposals.

Percentage Of Time

20

Application Details

 

Special Instructions to Applicants

Start date is flexible for position. 
Application materials consist of the following: 
Cover letter (max two pages) addressing how you meet the qualifications for the position, CV, and three professional references.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License

Search Contact

Bill Kendall; William.Kendall@colostate.edu

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
 

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.
 

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

 

References Requested

 

Minimum Requested

3

Maximum Requested

3

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