Postdoctoral Researcher Position – Landscape ecology and connectivity – South Carolina

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Aiken, SC
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Commensurate with experience
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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER POSITION OPENING LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY AND CONNECTIVITY SAVANNAH RIVER SITE CORRIDOR PROJECT, SC The Corridor Research Group (a multi-university / US Forest Service collaboration) is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Researcher to help lead a long-term and large-scale habitat fragmentation experiment seeking to understand the impacts of habitat connectivity on plant community assembly and diversity. The successful candidate will be based at the Savannah River Site (SRS) near Aiken, South Carolina, coordinate collaborative research, and work with a collegial set of faculty mentors. This position includes significant opportunities to initiate an independent research program with support from the participating investigators, and requires strong interpersonal skills, as the postdoc will help coordinate NSF-funded collaborative research involving multiple universities and the US Forest Service. The postdoc will interact closely with the US Forest Service Research Manager; field research technicians; other members of the research group, including graduate students, postdocs, and local US Forest Service resource managers; and the project PIs Ellen Damschen (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Lars Brudvig (Michigan State University), Nick Haddad (Michigan State University), John Orrock (University of Wisconsin-Madison), and Julian Resasco (University of Colorado-Boulder). The initial position will be for one year with possibility of renewal for a second year. Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience. The postdoc will work at the Savannah River Site, live in a city near the site (e.g., Aiken, SC; Augusta, GA), and will work with the Research Manager, seasonal technicians, students, and project PIs who live both near the site and elsewhere. Housing is not provided. The start date is flexible. In addition to offering an outstanding quality of life (the area is consistently ranked as one of the best places to retire in the US), the study area also features outstanding year-round outdoor opportunities (e.g., Congaree National Wildlife Area, Hunting Island State Park). In addition to outstanding opportunities to interact with project PIs and federal scientists at the US Forest Service, several thriving academic institutions are located on-site or nearby (e.g., University of South Carolina, University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Lab). CORRIDOR RESEARCH PROJECT INFORMATION: More information about the Corridor Research Project can be found here: UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY: Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals. The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.
Minimum requirements: A Ph.D. degree in ecology, evolution, or a similar field of study; research interests in line with goals of project; previous field experience; ability to quickly learn species from the longleaf pine ecosystem; the ability to work full days under arduous (hot/humid, brushy) field conditions and maintain experimental landscapes using specialized equipment (e.g., brush saws, herbicide); a valid driver’s license; and ability to obtain driver’s authorization for university and federal vehicles. To apply, please send an email with “Postdoctoral Researcher Application” in the subject line and attach: 1) a CV; 2) a cover letter describing past experience, why you are a strong candidate for this position, dates of availability; 3) a 2-page research statement describing past research accomplishments and skills and brief description of the types of projects you are interested in developing, 4) contact information (names, email addresses, phone numbers) for two references to Ellen Damschen at Applications must be submitted by email for this Postdoctoral Researcher position. Because the Savannah River Site is a highly secure area run by the U.S. Department of Energy, non-United States citizens may have difficulty gaining clearance to work there. We strongly encourage applicants from diverse groups. The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
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