Post-doctoral Research Associate Position – Oregon

Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR
Job Category
Post Doctoral Appointments
$39,000 - $43,000
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Post-doctoral Research Associate Position: Adélie Penguin response to climate change in the Ross Sea region - a full lifecycle approach.

Applications are invited for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Post-doctoral Research Associate appointment in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, at Oregon State University. The successful applicant will fill a key position in an NSF-funded, long-term demographic project designed to study the effects of environmental variation and change on Adélie penguin demography. Current research is focused on understanding the potential carry-over effects of environmental variation during different phases of the penguin life-cycle. We have a long-term database on known-age, Adélie penguin (banded as chicks) with known breeding histories from multiple breeding colonies on Ross Island, Antarctica. We have equipped a sample of these birds at two sites with GLS-TDR tags to learn more about migration, winter habitat use, and foraging behavior during the non-breeding season, and the impacts of non-breeding season conditions on penguin demography.

Applicants must have completed all the requirements for their doctoral program (PhD or equivalent), with demonstrated research accomplishments, and publications in the primary research literature. Applicants should have the necessary skills and experience with sample design and the estimation of animal population parameters as well as an interest and capability in the development of novel approaches to estimating and modeling population dynamics. The position will primarily involve data analysis, modeling and scientific publication writing for peer-reviewed journals, but also at least one season of field work in Antarctica.

The successful candidate will work under the mentorship and supervision of Dr. Katie Dugger, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University, but will also collaborate closely with Dr. David Ainley (H.T. Harvey and Associates) and Dr. Grant Ballard (Point Blue Conservation Science), project co-PI’s. An excellent command of the English language, quantitative analytical skills, and written and verbal communication skills are absolutely required. Special consideration will be given to candidates possessing one or more of the following knowledge and skills: spatial statistics, integrated population models, and Bayesian modeling techniques, as well as a demonstrated ability to thrive in remote and challenging field conditions.

For more information on this position please contact Katie Dugger – Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State University,
(, 541-737-2473) and the position posting can be found here:

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

Appointment: Appointments will be intended for a term of one (1) year, with the expectation for renewal of an additional 1.5 years, based upon a satisfactory performance review. Salary ($39,000 to $43,000/year) and full benefits will be commensurate with qualifications of the successful applicants. Start date is negotiable but no later than September 2017 as the expectation is that the successful application will go into the field for the 2017-2018 season (mid-October 2017 through mid-January 2018).

Applications: The final application deadline is July 31st, but we will begin reviewing applications on July 1st and make a decision before the final application deadline if a suitable candidate applies by the full consideration date of June 30th. Applications must be submitted on-line through the following link: and should include 1) a letter of interest, 2) a complete CV with details of academic qualifications, 3) electronic copies of two representative scientific publications, and 4) the names and contact information of at least three individuals who have agreed to provide a personal and professional recommendation if requested.
Minimum Qualifications:

PhD in Fisheries and Wildlife or related field.

Excellent command of the English language, both written and verbal communication skills.

Excellent computing skills including use of statistical software (R, MARK) and spatial software (ArcGIS).

Knowledge of, and expertise in population estimation techniques using capture recapture data, particularly large, long-term data sets.

Demonstrated ability to effectively disseminate science through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific conferences.

Demonstrated ability to collect biological data on wild animal populations under rugged and remote field conditions.

Ability to lift or pull heavy equipment (50+ lbs).

This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions (as per Voluntary and Compulsory Driver Standards OSU Standard 125-155-0200) as per OSU 576-056-0000 et seq.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications:

Knowledge of and expertise in, integrated population models and Bayesian modeling techniques.

Knowledge and experience with penguins or other seabirds.

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.
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