Postdoctoral Associate

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 080300 - FWRC-Wildlife,Fisheries&Aquaculture
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade/Salary Minimum:

UC/Minimum: 42,500 

Department Profile:

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture has 30 faculty, 60 graduate students, and 7 administrative support staff (excluding extension and research support personnel). The Department has extensive extension, research, education and service programs in wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture. For additional information see

Area of Specialization:

Wildlife ecology, wildlife damage management, risk assessment

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will work closely with MSU faculty, USDA Wildlife Services National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) research staff and USDA Wildlife Services Airport Wildlife Hazards Program staff to explore the topic and model wildlife strike risk to military aircraft and other aircraft strike associated projects. Primary duties will include developing military wildlife strike risk models and associated tasks of model validation, database development and data analysis, developing peer-reviewed manuscripts and grants related to numerous wildlife aircraft strike topics, communicating results to multiple stakeholders and user groups, and collaborating with diverse researchers and staff members among government and non-government agencies. Secondary duties may include but are not limited to leading additional research endeavors related to aircraft strike risk or assisting NWRC research staff with local research projects, interacting with civil and military personnel including but not limited to airport wildlife biologists and military BASH team members, and presenting research results at scientific meetings. In summary, early career researchers interested in advancing the current knowledge of human-wildlife conflict mitigation concomitant to increasing their research abilities are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in wildlife science, ecology, wildlife damage management, natural resource management, conservation biology or similar discipline.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D. in aforementioned fields and a demonstrated ability to manage complex data projects including proficiencies in data management and analysis using multiple statistical models and software packages (e.g., Program R), familiarity with civil and military aircraft, creative thinking, publication development, and effective communication among multiple stakeholder groups. Preference will also be given to candidates with a background in wildlife damage management (i.e., human-wildlife conflict mitigation) or thorough knowledge thereof, demonstrated data management abilities among multiple software and coding language platforms, and demonstrated success working closely with government and non-government stakeholders on applied questions in wildlife conservation and damage management. Applicants should be self-motivated, fit well in a multidisciplinary team environment, exhibit excellent oral and written communication skills, and demonstrate the ability to publish in the peer-reviewed literature.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of and demonstrated skills in data management and analysis with multiple statistical models and software platforms such as program R and SAS in addition to GIS, Microsoft Access®, and/or SQL. Familiarity with aircraft strike mitigation, analysis of distance sampling data, wildlife monitoring, and Wildlife Services. Demonstrated ability to multi-task among competing priorities.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

Ability to perform routine office duties, interact with fellow researchers and stakeholders, participate in call or web conferences, and a willingness to travel out of state (< 1 trip per month) to meet with project collaborators or present results at meetings.

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding. 

Instructions for Applying:

Please complete cover letter, vitae, statement of research interests, copy of your transcripts, and the complete contact information for three references. For additional information, please e-mail Dr. Raymond B. Iglay at or call 662-325-5933 and leave a detailed message.

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.

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