Postdoctoral Researchers – Applied Quantitative Ecology – New Mexico

University of New Mexico and Rocky Mountain Research Station
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Job Category
Post Doctoral Appointments
55,000 plus insurance and benefits
Last Date to Apply
The Jones Lab at the University of New Mexico and the Rocky Mountain Research Station ( is seeking up to 3 postdoctoral researchers to work on pressing issues related to conservation of wildlife communities and forest resilience of fire-prone dry forests of the western United States. Postdocs will develop models and analyze existing large (e.g., bioregional scale) and/or long-term (e.g., 30+ years) datasets with the aim of understanding the role and importance of wildfire and forest management on biodiversity and species of conservation concern. Resulting research will directly inform management and climate resilience of large social-ecological systems in the American West. The scope of the positions provides strong opportunities for applicants to make rapid career progress on high-impact problems of both fundamental and applied relevance, and to experience working as a part of major, innovative state-federal-NGO-private partnerships. There are also opportunities to work on other projects in the lab and to spend time on new research, collaborations, and general career development.
Minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in biological or ecological sciences or a Ph.D. in mathematical or statistical modeling. The ideal candidates will have expertise in analytical methods associated with population, community, and/or movement ecology, have experience working with large spatial datasets and familiarity with Bayesian and/or simulation methods, as well as the ability to and interest in working on a collaborative project with multiple stakeholders on high-profile and sometimes controversial conservation issues. GIS skills, strong publication record for the professional stage of the applicant, and honed writing skills are a major plus. The positions will involve joint appointments among several institutions including University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of New Mexico, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and the USDA Forest Service - Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS). Postdocs will work under the guidance of Dr. Gavin Jones (RMRS and University of New Mexico) and co-PI Dr. Zach Peery (University of Wisconsin-Madison; Start dates for the positions will range from March 1 to August 1, 2022 and positions will be for a duration of 2-3 years with possibility of extension pending funding availability and performance. All requirements for the Ph.D. degree must be completed prior to the start date.
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Gavin Jones
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