Postdoctoral Scientist: Wildlife Disease Mitigation Modeling – Colorado

Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado or Madison, Wisconsin (negotiable)
Job Category
Post Doctoral Appointments
$59,000 per year
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
POSITION SUMMARY: Colorado State University is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral position to model the population dynamics and effects of disease mitigation strategies on wildlife species. The postdoc will work with two different systems: sylvatic plague in prairie dog colonies and white-nose syndrome in bats, developing decision models that can inform management decisions. The primary objectives for this post-doctoral position are, for both plague in prairie dog colonies and white-nose syndrome in bat colonies: 1) to refine existing models of population dynamics and disease transmission, including pertinent sources of uncertainty; 2) to simulate the consequences of different mitigation actions or portfolios of actions to identify optimal mitigation strategies; 3) to develop a visualization tool to assist managers with decision making; and 4) to recommend a monitoring approach to evaluate the effectiveness of implemented mitigation actions, reduce uncertainty, and inform future mitigation decisions. DUTIES: The post-doctoral fellow will be primarily supervised by Dr. Bill Kendall at the USGS Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, at Colorado State University. The incumbent will also work closely with Drs. Robin Russell, Dan Walsh, and Tonie Rocke (USGS National Wildlife Health Center), Wayne Thogmartin (USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center), Evan Grant (USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center).
MINIUMUM REQUIREMENTS: 1. Ph.D. in conservation science, ecology, natural resources, statistics, or a related discipline. 2. Expertise in the principles and methods of wildlife monitoring and statistical methods used for modeling the population dynamics and trends of populations. 3. Demonstrated proficiency with statistical software including R 4. Demonstrated evidence of excellent written and oral communication skills. 5. Demonstrated evidence of publishing in the peer-reviewed literature. DESIRED ABILITIES: Competitive candidates will have a background in demographic estimation and population modeling, spatial modeling, disease modeling, or decision modeling, and knowledge of prairie dog or bat population biology. Experience JAGS, OpenBUGS, or Nimble software is desirable. The successful candidate should have experience and enjoy working collaboratively in groups.
Contact Person
Bill Kendall ( or Robin Russell (
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