The Research Associate (Post-doc) will work on a project on evaluating the ecology, control strategies, and pathways of invasive red swamp crayfish in Michigan. Additionally, the candidate will evaluate existing data on invasion pathways for invasive crayfishes, with the ultimate goal of helping to establish critical monitoring locations. The project team currently sustains a databse of five years of crayfish trapping data and is executing crayfish eradication efforts in several locations. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate closely with project collaborators at the Michigan DNR, in addition to several other local, federal, and tribal partners to identify and answer key research questions, assist with project development, planning, and execution. This is a dynamic project with an enthusiastic team of collaborators, with room for intellectual flexibility. The successful candidate will be expected to publish results from analyses in peer-reviewed journals and project reports.
This is a one-year position with expected start date of October 1, 2023.
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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.
Doctorate -Fisheries and Wildlife or related field
The candidate must possess knowledge equivalent to a Doctoral degree in Fisheries and Wildlife or a related field. Up to six months or related and progressively more work experience with quantitative methods in fisheries or ecology including statistical and simulation model methods. Experience with statistical modeling software such as R, Matlab, and GIS platforms.
Demonstrated excellence in quantitative methodologies, including published articles in peer-reviewed journals; experience with population analyses and/or risk assessments; experience with spatial datasets; experience with wild populations of crayfish or other decapod crustaceans (i.e. NOT aquaculture); experience analyzing catch data; desire to work with a collaborative team that includes federal, state, and tribal natural resource agencies; demonstrated ability to communicate research results to a variety of audiences including the general public; desire to engage in outreach activities with natural resource agencies and the general public.
Required Application Materials
CV, letter of interest, and names and contact information for 3-5 references
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