Research Associate in Fisheries and Wildlife

Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Research Associate-Fixed Term

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

Position Summary

The successful candidate will work in collaboration with scientists from Michigan State University, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (MSU-FW) and USDA-APHIS out of the National Wildlife Research Centre (NWRC) in Fort Collins, CO. The MSU scientist (PI: Dr. Henry [Rique] Campa III) works on wildlife habitat ecology and ecosystem management, with an emphasis on wildlife-habitat interactions and the effects of disturbance on species, populations, and communities.  The NWRC scientists (PIs: Dr. Kim Pepin and Dr. Kurt VerCauteren) are applied quantitative disease ecologists with emphasis on understanding spatial processes of disease spread for risk assessment and control.

As part of a broader collaboration with researchers from USDA-APHIS-Veterinary Services, and managers and veterinarians from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), we aim to provide methods and insight for eliminating bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in Michigan. This is an excellent opportunity to develop a framework for understanding and managing spillover at the wildlife-livestock interface that will be applied in practice. The candidate will gain experience in working on a collaborative team with managers and researchers while expanding their skills in quantitative ecology and the scope of their professional networks. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to:

1) Develop risk maps of bTB occurrence in free-ranging white-tailed deer and transmission at the wildlife-livestock interface using bTB surveillance and host demographic data from deer and cattle.

2) Develop data-based models to predict effects of different spatial vaccination strategies in either or both host species on elimination probability and rate.

3) Develop mechanistic transmission models of bTB in deer that consider animal space use in real landscapes and use the models to evaluate effectiveness of alternative control measures (e.g., habitat manipulation, biosecurity measures) alongside vaccination strategies.

4) Collaborate with research team members and natural resources managers from the USDA, MSU-FW, and the MDNR to meet the project goals.

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, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -pertinent biological, physical, or compu

Minimum Requirements

  1. Ph.D. degree by the start date of the position in a pertinent biological, physical, or computer science field with demonstrated experiences working on applied ecological problems.
  2. Strong record of productivity and publication.
  3. Demonstrated competency in statistical modeling.
  4. Demonstrated abilities to work independently and on a collaborative, diverse team.
  5. Proficiency with a programming language (e.g., R, C++, Matlab,) and experience manipulating, cleaning, and linking diverse data streams.

Desired Qualifications

  1. Experience in spatial disease modeling; particularly in assessing effects of control measures on spatial disease transmission.
  2. Experience extracting and manipulating GIS and GPS data.
  3. Experience with animal movement modeling or spatial processes.
  4. Experience in analyzing large datasets. 
  5. Experience working in collaborative research settings.

Experience submitting manuscripts, publishing articles and presenting research findings to professional and lay audiences

Required Application Materials

Applicants should create a single document (Word or pdf) that includes a letter of interest that highlights the desired attributes specified in the job description, CV/resume, unofficial transcripts, and a list of three references and their contact information.  The name of the file should contain the last and first name of the applicant (e.g., Doe.Jane.pdf). The letter of interest should include a statement of the applicant's areas of interest regarding ecological research on spatial disease ecology and/or control of disease in wildlife or at the wildlife-livestock interface, including the applicant's perception of the most important research questions in this discipline, the connections between these areas of research and the applicant’s prior work, and an account of the applicant’s skills in statistics, modelling, and other pertinent quantitative methods.

Special Instructions

For inquiries or questions, please contact Dr. Rique Campa (campa@msu.edu) and/or Dr. Kim Pepin (kim.m.pepin@usda.gov) via e-mail with “bTB Modeling Postdoc” in the subject line. 

Review of Applications Begins On

02/15/2021

Website

https://www.canr.msu.edu/fw/

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. 

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.  We expect all members of the department to uphold the highest ethical standards in our work and personal conduct, with shared responsibility and accountability. We act in keeping with our values, mission, and vision.

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: Jan 28, 2021 Eastern Standard Time

Applications close: Jan 28, 2023 Eastern Standard Time