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
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Salary Grade:  UC

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Department Profile:

Mississippi State University is ranked as one of the top research institutions in the United States. The Carnegie Institute has designated MSU as a "higher research activity" doctoral granting institution. We are also ranked among the nation's top 100 research institutions based on the most recent National Science Foundation survey. The 35-member faculty within the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture leads one of the most productive research
programs in the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University. The department is well-known for its highly collegial and interdisciplinary faculty, post-doctoral fellows, research and extension associates that help make the department one of the premier institutions for applied wildlife and fisheries science in the nation. As one of the fastest growing undergraduate programs in the region, our 300 undergraduate students concentrate in wildlife agriculture science, human-wildlife interactions, conservation biology, wildlife veterinary medicine, conservation law enforcement, and wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture science. The department also houses 60 graduate students across a variety of programs, with nearly 100% job placement rate following receipt of a graduate degree. Located in Starkville, MS, Mississippi State is the centerpiece of a growing college town with a vibrant and diverse community and economy, a low cost-of-living, main street family atmosphere and connections to over a hundred thousand acres of national forests, national wildlife refuges, and state recreational lands. For more information on the Starkville community visit:

Area of Specialization:

Waterfowl-avian/wetlands ecology/statistics/modeling

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

We seek an outstanding, highly-motivated, and collaborative individual with an excellent academic record and research expertise in statistics and modeling. The successful applicant will possesses interest in waterfowl, avian, and wetlands ecology and management and work with collaborating researchers and managers from MSU, ( Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks (MDWFP;, Clemson University’s James C. Kennedy Waterfowl & Wetlands Conservation Center (, and the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center. We are looking for the candidate to complete synthesis of a long-term (ca. 15 years) aerial survey dataset of wintering ducks and combine that information with a recently developed water model for portions of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. The objectives include two overarching products, 1) publication(s) on the aerial survey data and 2) publication(s) on the water model. Aerial survey data investigate mallard and other duck abundance and distribution relative to biotic and abiotic factors including landscape metrics, such as types and distribution of agricultural lands, natural wetlands, winter water, state and federal refuges, sanctuaries, conservation program lands, and weather variables, to expand on earlier research conducted through MSU (e.g., Pearse et al. 2012, Wetlands; Schummer et al. 2010, The Journal of Wildlife Management). This work also pairs with recently completed field research in the same landscape using radio-marked female mallards. In addition to the above-mentioned duties, there may be other analytical and manuscript development possibilities associated with waterfowl and other waterbirds.

Minimum Qualifications:

Successful applicant will have a Ph.D. degree in wildlife ecology, statistics, or other relevant disciplines, and have a demonstrated familiarity with contemporary modeling (e.g., Bayesian), survey sampling, and GIS (e.g., landscape water modeling).The ideal candidate will have strong quantitative skills and interests, and be motivated to analyze interesting datasets and develop peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated quantitative and peer-reviewed publication experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Strong quantitative skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, collegiality and ability to work well and cohesively as part of a cooperative team.

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Work tasks are performed in office/climate controlled environment.

Instructions for Applying:

Interested applicants should apply online at (PARF# 499501) by submitting a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research, and copies of all academic transcripts. All social security numbers on transcripts must be redacted prior to submitting online. Three letters of recommendation are also required and must be emailed separately by your references to:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable 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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