We seek a postdoctoral researcher for an exciting project designed to assess geographic variation in assess attitudes, values and behaviors as they pertain to the restoration of large, native carnivores. Data from these analyses come primarily from a recent (2022) online survey administered to ~400 respondents in eight regions of interest and a follow-up survey to be coordinated by the post-doctoral researcher.
The postdoctoral researcher will be advised by Drs. Jeremy Bruskotter (Ohio State University) and John Vucetich (Michigan Technological University), and located at the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) at the Ohio State University. Additionally, the researcher will coordinate with collaborators at various NGOs, including scientists and a legal scholar.
• 40% - Conduct data analysis including: (i) fitting statistical models that quantify the relative effects of various psychological constructs on tolerance for carnivores; (ii) making spatially-explicit projections for the suitability of habitat for a large carnivore based upon social and ecological factors; (iii) comparing the effects of various communication treatments designed to increase tolerance for a large carnivore.
• 30% - Co-authoring scientific reports and referred publications.
• 20% - Coordinating an online survey administered through Qualtrics.
• 10% - Presenting the results of research to collaborators and peers in the field.
Application Deadline & Start Date:
The review and selection process will begin as early as the 10th day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled at any time after the minimum posting period has ended (posted through 10 May, 2022).
Anticipated start date is ~ 01 June 2022 but is negotiable.
How to Apply:
Please apply via WorkDay [https://osu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/OSUCareers/job/Columbus-Campus/Post-Doctoral-Scholar_R44634-1] and include a current Curriculum Vitae, letter of interest, and the names of three references. Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Jeremy Bruskotter at email@example.com.
Earned PhD (by start time of position) in Conservation, Complex Systems, Ecology, Natural Resources, Wildlife Sciences, or related field, from an accredited university. Competitive applicants will possess at least four of the following characteristics: (i) strong statistical modeling background, (ii) knowledge of socio-ecological systems (or coupled natural-human systems) theory, (iii) background in the social sciences (especially psychology or sociology) or, at minimum, familiarity with social science theories on human attitudes and values; (iv) experience with Geographic Information Systems, (v) experience conducting mail, phone or online surveys, and (vi) the ability to work as part of a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team. Strong written and verbal communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work both in a team environment and independently are required. Preference will also be given to scholars with a proven publication record.