Research Associate: Idaho

Univ. of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho
Job Category
Post Doctoral Appointments
$44-75k depending on experience
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The incumbent will perform quantitative research on the interactions among five mammal predators (wolves, lions, black bears, coyotes, and bobcats). Using existing camera-trap and radio-collar data, the incumbent will estimate the spatial and temporal scales of predator co-occurrence and density covariance. Novel statistical methods will be developed and subsequently applied to the camera and collar data to estimate density and then test the effect of density on the strengths and direction of antagonistic hierarchies. Additional habitat covariates will be summarized and included in the modeling to test for interactions and other effects that mitigate the functional and numerical relationships among predators. Duties • Research (70%): Develop and apply quantitative models. • Project management (15%): Meet with managers and other scientists to discuss interim goals and deliverables. Organize existing data. • Communication (15%): Write reports and peer-reviewed journal articles (2-3 per year expected). Discuss research concepts with graduate students.
Desired Abilities Competitive candidates will have expertise in “big” data management, spatial capture-recapture methods, population estimation with camera-traps, and/or the ability to write likelihoods for data with spatial and temporal autocorrelation and/or write Bayesian models in JAGS, NIMBLE, or STAN. Minimum Requirements • Graduate degree in Wildlife Science, Quantitative Ecology, or closely aligned degree. • Expertise in parameter estimation with R (maximum likelihood or Bayesian). • Expertise in the principles of mammal behavior, habitat selection, demographic modeling, and community ecology. • Experience collaborating with wildlife management agencies. • Record of publication in peer-reviewed journals. • Desire to develop new professional relationships. • Must report to work at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. To Apply Please send a cover letter, CV, one peer-reviewed publication of which you are senior author, and contact information for 3-5 references to Matt Falcy ( and David Ausband ( by April 1, 2022.
Contact Person
Matt Falcy, David Ausband
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