We are seeking a Research Associate/Post-doctoral Fellow (RA/PDF) with background in animal population modeling and spatial epidemiology to adopt a spatially explicit modeling framework currently used by Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) for evaluating harvest strategies within the context of landscape change to include the effect of chronic wasting disease (CWD) on deer populations. The effort is supported by pre-existing software, AEP demographic and harvest data, data from a continuous 18-year CWD surveillance program, previously published epidemiological models, and detailed information from field projects on seasonal deer movements and home ranges, habitat selection, grouping patterns, and space and sex-specific contact rates. Evidence of good writing and presentation skills is required. Preference will be given to persons with GIS, R statistical software, and programming skills. Applicants must be self-motivated with a strong work ethic and have demonstrated skills for leading a project effort, and effectively working with managers, stakeholders and academics.
Within the framework of the project, the RA/PDF is expected to remain current on the evolving literature on CWD; substantiate demographic, population and harvest data relevant to the project; derive routines for direct and indirect CWD transmission, incorporate CWD effects on vital rates; derive relevant spatial layers from fields data that influence CWD transmission; and integrate the new aspects for CWD aspects into the existing model working with software developers. The RA/PDF will also work with managers to conceptualize a set group of harvest scenarios to evaluate outcomes with the model. The RA/PDF will be responsible for all stages of the project including model conceptualization and development, beta testing and model sensitivity analysis, comparing out comes of harvest scenarios, writing reports and publications, and providing presentations on project results at diverse outlets.
This is a two-year position with an annual salary of $59,000-$64,000 CAD that depends on qualifications range and includes benefits. The position is expected to start on in July or at such time a suitable candidate is found. There is flexibility in working remotely during the first portion of the project. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens but is not a requirement.
Please email to Dr. Evelyn Merrill (email@example.com) the following items in one Acrobat PDF document combined in the order listed below by June 25th 2021.
1) Cover letter outlining specifically your how your background, experience, and technical skills meet the requirements of the project including project leadership, effectively working with managers and stakeholders, and adept writing/presentation.
2) For three references provide position and affiliation, contact information (email & phone) and nature of working relationship.
3) CV and any other supporting materials.