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Michigan State University Research Associate-Fixed Term in East Lansing, Michigan

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff

Major Administrative Unit / College:College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources

Department:Fisheries And Wildlife 10002344

Sub Area:FAS- Fac./Acad Staff

Salary:Salary Commensurate with Experience

Location: East Lansing

Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University invites applications for the position of Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Fixed-Term) in Wetlands Wildlife Ecology.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the statistical analysis of camera trapping data from a multi-year project to assess waterfowl (and other wildlife) and recreational use of wetlands in Michigan and developing decision support tools to support management decisions at managed wetlands. Other members of the research team are responsible for processing photos and constructing the database.

The anticipated work location is in East Lansing, MI. However, the potential does exist for a remote working arrangement.

Responsibilities include:

  • Analyzing camera trap data with particular emphasis on developing decision support tools for managed wetlands that consider waterfowl communities, recreational use, and other management objectives and considerations.

  • Communicating research findings to public and professional audiences through oral presentations, peer-reviewed publications, and technical reports.

This position is a 12-month fixed term appointment with a potential start date of 1 October 2022 and potential reappointment through 31 December 2024 (the project end date).

Together-we-will Statement: The university requires all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Please seehttps://msu.edu/together-we-will/for details on MSU’s COVID-19 policies.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Wildlife Ecology (or related field)

Minimum Requirements

Doctorate in Wildlife Ecology (or related field) with a strong background in applied statistics, or a doctorate in Applied Statistics with a strong background working on natural resources projects.

  • Strong quantitative skills, particularly in the areas of population monitoring, demography and modeling.

  • Experience leading decision analysis processes (e.g., Structured Decision Making) or developing decision support tools for wildlife management.

  • Must be able to program in R.

  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing, with demonstrated desire and ability to publish in the peer-reviewed literature and present at scientific meetings.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience designing and conducting studies of wetland wildlife habitat use.

  • Demonstrable experience using ArcGIS.

  • Experience working with state and federal wetlands and waterfowl management personnel.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with nonscientific audiences.

  • Experience with program MARK or hierarchical modeling.

Required Application Materials

For consideration, upload the following required documents: a) letter of application (2 page maximum) describing how your interests, background and professional experience match the position description and how (in one paragraph) you can contribute to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (please seeFWStrategicPlan.Final2021.pdf (msu.edu) (https://www.canr.msu.edu/fw/uploads/FW_Strategic_Plan.Final2021.pdf) for departmental DEI goals and objectives), b) curriculum vitae and c) names and contact information of 3 professional references.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:https://msu.edu/together-we-will/

Special Instructions

Questions regarding this position can be sent to Dr. Scott Winterstein atwinterst@msu.edu.

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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.



Department Statement

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife was established in 1950 with faculty drawn from several different units. Since that time, both the faculty and the issues of importance in fisheries and wildlife have changed significantly. Our Mission, Vision, and Values build on our core strengths and prepare us for continuing change in societal needs, scientific understanding, and educational priorities.

Our Mission is to build local, national, and international capacities to conserve ecosystems that support fish, wildlife, and society through integrated programs in research, education, and engagement. We believe a diverse, inclusive working and learning environment enriches the department and fosters innovation in teaching, research, and engagement with partners and the public.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Aug 8, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time