This recruitment will be used to fill one regular, full-time (1.0 FTE) Research Analyst 2 position for OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon. The Research Analyst 2 position in the Human and Ecosystem Resiliency and Sustainability Lab (HERS) exists for the purpose of research and data collection/management. This is a grant-funded position and is thus subject to availability of funds. Funding is currently available for 18 months, after which additional funding will be required for continued employment.
The mission of the HERS Lab is to advance, apply and facilitate global, national and regional research on sustainable and resilient human communities and ecosystems. The HERS Lab delivers expertise in ecological assessment and monitoring, natural resource conservation, and sustainability theory and practice to support evidence-based conservation for the 21st Century. As a subdivision of the HERS Lab, the Northwestern Hub for Bat Population Research and Monitoring (NW Bat Hub) addresses this mission by studying the persistence and extinction risks of bats in the context of growing threats from white-nose syndrome and rapid environmental changes occurring across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The NW Bat Hub provides expertise on the natural history and ecology of bats, methods of survey design and acoustic call processing for species identification, and statistical analysis.
The NW Bat Hub’s research and monitoring projects involve the collection and maintenance of a large volume of bat acoustic call recordings for an understanding of species distributions and activity. The Research Analyst 2 will serve as a Data Manager within the NW Bat Hub and work under the direct supervision of the Bat Hub Coordinator.
OSU-Cascades, located in Bend, Oregon, is a branch campus of Oregon State University. Established in 2001, the university currently enrolls more than 1,200 students in bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The campus expanded to a four-year university in 2015, opened its 10-acre campus in fall 2016, and the Oregon legislature approved additional funding in 2017 and 2018 for continued campus expansion, which is currently in progress. The branch campus has ambitious enrollment goals to reach 3,000 students and is engaged in building a culturally diverse and community-centric educational environment.
70% Data Management
Assists the Bat Hub Coordinator in the overall maintenance of bat acoustic data and associated metadata following the Bat Hub’s established protocols.
Compiles and organizes metadata (e.g., site-related data [spatial coordinates, habitat characterizations]) from field deployments either collected on paper datasheets or electronic mobile devices and enters these data into a database.
Compiles and organizes bat acoustic data into storage media and cloud storage.
Performs call processing including filtering to separate files with bat call data from those without, attributing call files with metadata, auto-classifying files with call identification software (e.g., Sonobat), and performing manual review (or vetting) of auto-classified call files to verify species identifications.
Compiles auto-classification and manually reviewed call file results and enters these data into a database matching these data with associated field metadata.
Performs quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) procedures throughout the data management process to maintain overall data integrity. This could include using geographic information systems (GIS) software to verify the accuracy of spatial data.
Performs queries of the database in response to data requests from the Bat Hub Coordinator, the Bat Hub’s Co-Directors, and its partners as directed by the Bat Hub Coordinator.
Assists in researching, designing, and developing database systems for future implementation of database improvements.
20% Research Analysis
Assists the Bat Hub Coordinator by gathering and compiling raw data from a variety of sources including interacting with state and federal agency partners
Assists in the development of survey research instruments (paper or electronic datasheets)
Reads computer printouts (e.g., from bat call analysis programs) in order to compile or extract data
Assists higher level research analysts and statisticians by compiling analyzed bat call data into formats suitable for statistical analysis
Develops, displays, and maintains data in graphs, summary tables, and charts
10% Overall Lab Project Support
Assists the Bat Hub Coordinator in other tasks associated with day-to-day operation of the Bat Hub and its projects and deliverables.
College level courses in statistics (at least six quarter hours); research methods and techniques (e.g., research design, sampling, surveying, etc.); and computer software application or packages (e.g., Statistical Analyses System, Lotus 1-2-3, etc.); OR Three years of experience assisting with the gathering, compiling, analyzing, and reporting of research information and statistical data plus assisting with the drafting of this information into narrative or statistical reports; OR An equivalent combination of training and experience. Transcripts must be submitted for all required and/or related courses.
Additional Required Qualifications
At least one year of experience of call processing and analysis methods using Sonobat call analysis software including filtering files for bat calls, attributing files with metadata, auto-classifying calls to species, and manually reviewing calls to verify species identifications for species common in the western U.S.
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Demonstrated strong organizational skills with the ability to take initiative, prioritize workload, and work independently in order to meet deadlines
Exceptionally high accuracy level and attention to detail
Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)
Working knowledge of relational databases either hosted locally (e.g., Access) and/or online (e.g., PostgreSQL)
Working knowledge of GIS software (e.g., ArcGIS)
Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity