Senior Research Associate, Bridgeport, N.Y.

Cornell University, Biological Field Station
Bridgeport, NY
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Faculty Appointments
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We seek an individual with the ability to develop and lead a strong research program in fish ecology and fisheries management with funding from NYSDEC. The incumbent will conduct research on issues associated with warmwater fisheries management in New York State. This collaboration between NYSDEC and CBFS started under Dr. John Forney and has used both traditional fisheries management tools and an ecosystem approach for over 60 years. Studies on Oneida Lake has resulted in one of the best long-term data series on fish and fisheries in North America and is extremely valuable for understanding fish and fisheries in a changing world. The incumbent is expected to work with NYSDEC fisheries managers and with scientists at Cornell to develop and conduct research projects across New York State and contribute to scientific-based management of New York’s warmwater fisheries resources. New York State is a water-rich state with a variety of inland lakes and rivers from deep Finger Lakes to small ponds. The position requires frequent interactions with NYSDEC fisheries managers, including participation in working groups, field activities, analysis of fisheries data and technical consultation. These activities are considered part of required research activities. Duties include working with the CBFS Director and co-PI Lars Rudstam to lead the NYSDEC funded warmwater fisheries research grant, being the primary contact between NYSDEC and CBFS, and supervising field and laboratory personnel working on DEC funded projects at CBFS. The incumbent is responsible for reports and white papers requested by the granting agency (NYSDEC) and is expected to contribute to the peer-reviewed literature on fisheries and aquatic science. The incumbent will supervise a research group that includes research support specialists, research technicians, and undergraduate student interns. Supervision of graduate students funded via DEC grants and participation in graduate student committees are expected. Outreach activities associated with New York fisheries and service associated with CBFS administration, field classes, and the CBFS intern program are also expected.
Term of position: This is a full-time position located at the Cornell Biological Field Station by Oneida Lake in Bridgeport, NY. The appointment is appointed initially for five years with possible extension depending on funding and satisfactory performance. Frequent travel to the Cornell Ithaca campus to participate in departmental, college and university activities, and supervise graduate students is expected. Anticipated Division of Time: Research 90% Outreach/Service/ 10% Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in fish ecology, fisheries management, or aquatic ecology. In-depth knowledge of freshwater fisheries management. Demonstrated ability to design research, interpret data, and write grants, reports and articles in the peer-reviewed literature. Ability to effectively interact and communicate with academics, management agencies (especially NYSDEC), and the public. Candidates who possess a desire to work with a natural resource agency on management related research, have strong organizational and interpersonal skills and using a team-oriented approach are most likely to succeed in this position. A valid driver’s license in required. Preferred Qualifications: Two or more years’ experience supervising field and laboratory personnel. Experience working with fisheries management agencies. Experience supervising undergraduate research interns. Experience with various field sampling methods. Experience with statistical analyses and models. Salary: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Cornell offers a comprehensive benefits package. The position is funded by NYSDEC contract (80%) and CBFS endowment (20%). Application Instructions: Interested applicants should submit a CV, letter of interest, research statement, contact information for 3 references and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion via Academic Jobs Online at the following link: Applications should be submitted by 05/01/2022. If you have questions about this position, please email
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