The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture is one of three departments (www.cfr.msstate.edu/wildlife) located in the College of Forest Resources and is nationally recognized for its applied graduate research and undergraduate education programs. The Department has 32 research and extension faculty affiliated with the Forest and Wildlife Research Center (FWRC), College of Forest Resources (CFR), Mississippi Agricultural & Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES), MSU Extension Service, Research and Extension Centers (REC), and is home to a USGS Mississippi Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit.
Area of Specialization:
Upland Bird and Prairie Habitat Conservation
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
We seek an ecologist/wildlife biologist to develop a robust research program in the area of avian ecology with an emphasis on galliformes, to include northern bobwhite and eastern wild turkey ecology and management. Other important areas include grassland bird ecology; grassland restoration (and associated environmental services such as pollination); and wildlife conservation in working agricultural ecosystems. We encourage applicants with expertise in the management and monitoring of avian populations and their habitats and those who integrate their work into the broader prairie habitat ecosystem context. This position will operate with support of the Bryan Endowed Research program. Collaboration with scientists in the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES), Forest and Wildlife Research Center (FWRC), Extension Service, and USGS is expected. The successful candidate will be expected to transfer research outcomes to stakeholders to advance galliform and wildlife conservation in agricultural and forested landscapes, and support the land-grant mission of MSU, which includes teaching, research and service. Teach undergraduate/graduate-level courses in aspects of agricultural wildlife conservation and management and avian ecology. Develop a graduate course in area of expertise, as needed.
Ph.D. with expertise in wildlife management, avian ecology and/or related discipline. Excellence in teaching, communication and organizational skills, procurement of extramural funds to accomplish research, mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, publication of peer-reviewed publications, and a commitment to service are expected. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to collaborate with diverse science disciplines and stakeholder groups, and work closely with federal and state resource agencies to support long-term partnerships.
Rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Substantive knowledge of and experience in galliform/northern bobwhite ecology; issues linked to agricultural land impacts, remediation/restoration in association with the maintenance of biotic integrity; agro-ecology and conservation; grassland or pine grassland ecology; habitat management, and federal farm bill conservation programs; Post-doctoral research or equivalent work-related experience and teaching proficiency. Preference will be given to candidates whose research naturally crosses disciplinary lines and may address questions of relevance to state and federal agencies.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
Responsibilities may include field components with exposure to inclement weather (heat, rain, etc.), insects, potentially aggressive wildlife, and other hazards.
Instructions for Applying:
Applicants should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statements of research and teaching philosophies. Send official and complete college transcripts, 3 PDFs of recent refereed publications, and 3 letters of recommendation to:
Dr. Bronson Strickland
Faculty Search and Screening Committee (Upland Bird and Prairie Habitat Conservation)
Box 9690; Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Mississippi State, MS 39762
For more information, call (662) 722-1510 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.