The candidate will work collaboratively with Pennsylvania Game Commission (Game Commission) biologists, Wildlife Futures Program (WFP) staff at Penn Vet, and other state and federal partners to implement disease data visualization tools as part of a comprehensive Wildlife Health Information and Reporting System that is being developed by the WFP and Timmons Group. Experience working with large data sets and strong quantitative skills are required for determining dashboard reporting metrics. The position will provide outreach and education actions with data providers (state and federal agencies) so excellent communication skills and the ability to work with diverse stakeholders are required.
This position will also conduct data analyses in support of applied scientific research related to wildlife disease surveillance and zoonotic disease threats; for instance, expanding existing, and develop new, data visualization tools for incorporating disease risk across the landscape. The position provides the opportunity for addressing questions of interest to the individual using extensive existing datasets on wildlife disease, available through the Game Commission and partner agencies. Publication of first-authored collaborative research findings in peer-reviewed journals, representing the WFP at professional meetings and trainings, and assisting with educational and outreach activities will all be expected.
Ph.D. and familiarity with computer programs (e.g. R, GIS) and database software used in the study of infectious disease dynamics. Experience working with “large data” to examine the relative importance of environmental factors versus host abundance in determining the presence of pathogens or parasites across the landscape is also an important aspect of this position. The ability to collaborate and clearly communicate written and verbal scientific objectives and project results to a broad audience (e.g. field biologists, hunters) is required.