POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation Program
DESCRIPTION: Mississippi State University (MSU) is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to join MSU’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquacutlure and the Endowed James C. Kennedy Waterfowl & Conservation Program. The position will be located on the MSU campus in the College of Forest Resources, Thompson Hall. We seek an outstanding, highly motivated, and collaborative individual with an excellent academic record and research expertise in statistics and modeling. The successful applicant should possess interest in waterfowl, avian, and wetlands ecology and management and work with collaborating researchers and managers from MSU (www.cfr.msstate.edu/kennedychair) Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks (MDWFP; http://www.mdwfp.com/waterfowl), and several other collaborative partners. Opportunities exist to join motivated staff and students for the development of new studies impacting waterfowl conservation, help analyze various waterfowl datasets (existing or new), participate in field studies, author and co-author manuscripts, assist with supervision of graduate students, gain teaching experience if interested, and continue to work in areas of waterfowl and wetlands research per your interests.
STARTING: Apply immediately, the position will remain open until filled; Start date anticipated is summer 2022 but negotiable
COMPENSATION: Annual salary of $54,000 (plus benefits); position is a full time, 24-month appointment, but is potentially renewable depending on outputs and deliverables.
LOCATION: This position is on the MSU campus, located in Starkville, Mississippi. Please see a description of the College of Forest Resources (CFR), the Forest and Wildlife Research Center (FWRC), and the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture: http://www.cfr.msstate.edu/wildlife .
ABOUT THE STATE AND UNIVERSITY: Mississippi State University is ranked as one of the top research institutions in the United States; MSU is among only 2.7% of universities in the U.S. that hold the Carnegie Foundation R1-Very High Research Activity designation. The National Science Foundation has MSU ranked No. 12 nationally (top 5%) in Agriculture and Natural Resources Conservation expenditures with more than $109 million spent annually. The 35-member faculty within the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture leads one of the most productive research programs in the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University. The department has a highly collegial and productive group of faculty, post-doctoral fellows, research associates, and Extension associates that help make the department one of the premier institutions for applied wildlife, fisheries, and aquaculture science in the nation.
To APPLY: Interested applicants should apply online at www.jobs.msstate.edu ( PARF #503814; http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/cw/en-us/job/503814?lApplicationSubSourceID=) by submitting a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research, and copies of all academic transcripts. Three letters of recommendation will be required if selected for an interview and should be sent to: email@example.com.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Successful applicants will have a Ph.D. degree in wildlife or wetlands ecology, statistics, or other relevant disciplines* (*PhD students who have completed all degree requirements, including defended their dissertation, and await degree conveyance can also be considered. Documentation that requirements are completed and date degree will be conveyed is required).
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Examples of specific skills of the ideal candidate would include experience with program MARK, resource selection functions (e.g., utilization distributions), Bayesian statistics, proficiency in Program R and GIS/ArcMap. There is latitude for the individual to develop their own research interests related to waterfowl and wetland ecology, such as obtaining and analyzing datasets currently residing beyond MSU. Regardless, the ideal candidate will have strong quantitative skills. This position will enhance your skill set and subsequent career in wildlife or statistical ecology.