Post-doctoral Research Associate – Spatial Ecologist University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Job Description:
The Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska invites applicants for a post-doctoral research associate to study wildlife distribution and demographics. The primary objective of the project is to develop species distribution models for a suite of grassland dependent species and identify the potential consequences of land-use change through scenario planning. Analysis will include previously collected land-cover and animal distribution data, as well as new field data collected during the study.

This position is a three year, $40,000-$60,000/year (DOE), full-time, grant-funded position with benefits. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a successful applicant is identified. The primary duty station for the position is on the UNL campus in Lincoln, NE where the successful applicant will assist with administrative duties related to the project, including supervising technicians. The position will work in collaboration with Dr. Joseph Fontaine and Lindsey Messinger at UNL, Dr. Jeff Lusk at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, and Andy Bishop at the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture.

Qualifications:
The successful applicant will have knowledge of species distribution modeling techniques, including experience developing statistical and spatial models using ArcGIS, R, Python, WinBUGS, or similar platforms. Preferred applicants will demonstrate a strong understanding of hierarchical spatial modeling techniques using Bayesian or frequentist statistics. Knowledge of
additional computer programming languages (C#, C++, Javascript, etc.) and web development are a plus. Successful applicants will be highly motivated with a strong work ethic, and excellent communication skills including a successful publication history. Applicants must be comfortable interacting with peers, the public, private landowners and cooperating agency staff, and have interest in mentoring graduate students.

To Apply:
Send a cover letter, CV, and the name and contact information for three references to: jfontaine2@unl.edu

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