Post-doc position in stable isotopes and carnivore ecology (UW-Madison)

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI
Job Category
Post Doctoral Appointments
$50,000/year plus benefits
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
We are recruiting a post-doctoral associate to lead a collaborative project advancing the study of human subsidies on black bear foraging ecology and population dynamics. This will involve the analysis of a large statewide stable isotope dataset that is currently being generated on black bears and their diet items as well as the application of models to produce accurate estimates of diet as well as the effect of diet on natal recruitment and survival. The post-doc will have access to data associated with this statewide non-invasive study of black bears as well as data associated with GPS collars (locations, activity sensor data), recruitment, and ongoing population monitoring data. There are also opportunities to assist in den checks and monitoring. The position will be funded for 2 years. The post-doc will be advised by Dr. Jonathan Pauli ( in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and will work closely with scientists at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. in ecology, conservation biology, biostatistics, or related field and knowledge of principles of stable isotope ecology and the analysis of these datasets. We seek motivated candidates with training in stable isotope ecology, excellent statistical skills and experience in the analysis of stable isotopes. Previous experience working with carnivores and large biological databases is highly beneficial. Strong computing skills are desirable as well as demonstrable ability to produce quality manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and experience working in collaborative research environments. To apply, please fill out a short survey here: and upload a cover letter summarizing your research interests and experience, your curriculum vitae, and 1-2 representative publications. If you have trouble filling out the application, please contact Renee Klann ( Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until suitable candidates are found. Applications received by March 21st, 2022 are guaranteed full consideration. After reviewing all applicants, we will ask for reference letters from top candidates. The position is open to both U.S. citizens and international candidates. UW-Madison will assist with visa applications as necessary once an offer is made. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the major research universities in the United States. UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology and wildlife management. Madison, Wisconsin consistently ranks as one of the best places in the United States to live, work, and study ( It is Wisconsin's capital city, with a vibrant population of approximately 240,000 that combines small town charm with a variety of leisure and cultural opportunities. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
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Renee Klann
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