Title: Postdoctoral Fellow Structured Decision Making Managing Chronic Wasting Disease - Fort Collins, CO
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Full job description: https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/115906
Full Consideration Application Date: 11/28/2022
Salary Range: $60,000 – $70,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (FWCB) Department is comprised of over 150 faculty, postdocs, and graduate students who jointly address problems facing vertebrate systems. Research typically focuses on threats to native ecosystems worldwide including habitat loss and alteration, invasive species, emerging infectious diseases, climate change, and the interactive effects of these stressors. A leader in education, FWCB is the only program in Colorado to offer comprehensive undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees in fish and wildlife conservation and management. Our outreach and engagement efforts assist individuals, communities, and organizations to solve complex environmental problems and to be effective stewards of the planet’s fish and wildlife and the systems.
ACADEMIC AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES: Colorado State University is a land grant institution with an enrollment of approximately 31,000 students. It is located in Fort Collins, Colorado (http://www.fcgov.com/visitor/), an attractive and dynamic community of 164,000 residents at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Fort Collins has been named one of the most desirable places to live by a variety of organizations. The region is home to a diverse range of ecosystems and land uses with numerous outdoor recreational activities.
The postdoc will work as part of an interdisciplinary team on a USDA–APHIS-funded project, “Structured Decision Making for Managing Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)”, that aims to (1) review current state and regional CWD surveillance programs and management strategies to compare objectives and data collection approaches, (2) evaluate surveillance design trade-offs and determine optimal sampling strategies, and (3) identify willing stakeholders and experts to participate in a series of meetings to develop a structure decision making (SDM) approach to optimize CWD management in regions with shared management objectives.
We seek a postdoc with good quantitative skills, a strong background in disease ecology (preferably CWD or related diseases), experience with decision-making or systems models, and an ability to communicate and collaborate well with a diversity of partners. The postdoc will review information on CWD surveillance efforts by state and federal agencies and compile list of objectives, data collected, and data management and use. Using this information, they will evaluate surveillance design trade-offs and determine optimal sampling strategies to meet common objectives. The postdoc will also compile all CWD management strategies employed or proposed and any qualitative or quantitative assessment of the outcome of these strategies.
The postdoc will have opportunities to work locally with collaborators at USDA National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) and interact with the newly formed Disease Decision Analysis and Research (DDAR) group at the Eastern Ecological Research Center (formerly, the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center). The postdoc will work closely with this team of wildlife biologists, disease ecologists, quantitative ecologists, and decision analysts and lead willing stakeholders, or their representatives, in a decision-making process to develop CWD-related objectives and plausible management strategies to determine optimal CWD management in selected regions with shared management objectives.
APPOINTMENT: 12-month, with extension contingent on available funding and performance. This position has potential to be remote with the condition that the incumbent travel to Colorado State University in Fort Collins occasionally.
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• Must have a doctoral or equivalent degree in Wildlife, Ecology/Biology, Veterinary Medicine, Epidemiology, Statistics, or closely related field at time of hire.
• Demonstrated experience publishing scientific papers in one or more of the above fields.