Postdoctoral Research Associate: Mississippi

Mississippi State University
Starkville, MS
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Post Doctoral Appointments
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Mississippi State University (MSU) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join a multidisciplinary research team developing a decision support tool for landowners interested in forest and wildlife management goals regarding even-aged pine of Mississippi (; Job # 503124 ). Specifically, the MSU research team intends to build a comprehensive, interactive model exemplifying the Mississippi landscape and underlying functionality such as forest stand dynamics regarding timber production, canopy coverage, and wildlife forage availability among silvicultural and wildlife management activities, 2) simulate a range of traditional and non-traditional mid-rotation management scenarios among diverse landowner goals, and 3) develop decision support tools for landowners and biologists. The applicant will work closely with MSU staff from the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture and Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University and biologists with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. Additional stakeholders may include, but are not limited by, local foresters, the Mississippi Forestry Association, and other natural resource managers throughout Mississippi. Project investigators include Drs. Ray Iglay (wildlife), Mark McConnell (wildlife), and Austin Himes (forestry). Primary duties will include developing materials regarding the above objectives, assisting with information gathering from peer-reviewed and stakeholder discussions, data management and analysis, development of agent-based or similar simulation models and structured decision-making model. Secondary duties may include developing complementary research efforts supporting primary duties and professional development, interacting with natural resource personnel, presenting results at scientific and non-scientific meetings, and developing peer-reviewed manuscripts. In summary, early-career researchers interested in advancing the current interactions of forest and wildlife management goals within current and future timber markets and with interest in applied research are encouraged to apply.
Minimum Qualifications: • Ph.D. in wildlife science, ecology, forestry, natural resource management, conservation biology or at least one degree in an above discipline or similar discipline and Ph.D. in an applicable field. Preferred Qualifications: • Degrees in at least two of the aforementioned subjects. • Experience with agent-based or similar modeling frameworks as well as structured decision-making models. • Demonstrated abilities in designing and managing field research projects, managing and analyzing data, creative thinking, publication development, and/or effective communication among multiple stakeholder groups are preferred. • Preference will also be given to candidates with a background in wildlife and forest management and/or thorough knowledge thereof, demonstrated data management abilities among multiple software and coding language platforms including image processing, and demonstrated success working closely with government and non-government stakeholders on applied questions in wildlife conservation within working forests. • Applicants should be self-motivated, fit well in a multidisciplinary team environment, exhibit excellent oral and written communication skills, and demonstrate the ability to publish in the peer-reviewed literature. Mississippi State University is one of the leading research institutions in the Southeast and ranked as a top-tier land grant university by the National Science Foundation. The Department of WFA ( is comprised of 35 faculty, >20 support staff and is home to the Mississippi U.S.G.S. Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Unit, the USDA Wildlife Service state director's office and State Fish and Game Management offices. This position is a full time, 12-month appointment with funding available for two years with an annual salary of $55,000 + benefits. The position will remain open until filled. Interested applicants must apply online at (search for Job # 503124) by submitting a cover letter, vitae, statement of research interests with emphasis on how this opportunity aligns with career goals and interests, copy of your transcripts, and complete contact information for three references. For additional information, please e-mail Dr. Ray Iglay (; Subject: “Forest-Wildlife Postdoc”) or call 662-325-5933 and leave a detailed message. The position is slated to begin by November 1, 2021, but start date is negotiable. Applications will be reviewed in the order received. PLEASE APPLY EARLY IF INTERESTED. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT: MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.
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Raymond Iglay
Contact Phone
(662) 325-5933
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