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:

Position Function:

The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating data acquisition and analysis to support basin scale monitoring of Asian carp in the Tennessee and Cumberland River basin of aquatic species. Candidate will interact and coordinate with multiple state and federal agencies to coordinate monitoring data acquisition and curating. Successful candidate will develop a data management system with many opportunities for publication.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

Mississippi State University is a top-ranked research institution and the Department of Wildlife,
Fisheries and Aquaculture (WFA) has a strong applied focus in wildlife conservation and management. 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. For additional information see and

Area of Specialization:

aquatic ecology, natural resource management, species conservation, wildlife management, invasive species ecology, fish ecology, aquatic species ecology, data management

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will primarily be responsible development of a Asian carp monitoring data management system. The candidate is expected to interact with academic and federal scientists of diverse academic backgrounds in Tennessee and Cumberland River basin.

The salary will be commensurate with the individual's qualifications, background and experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in an emphasis in aquatic species biology, fisheries aquatic ecology, invasion ecology, conservation biology, wildlife ecology, natural resource/wildlife management, operations research, environmental science, environmental engineering, computer science, or related field will be considered. Candidate should be motivated with the ability to work independently. The successful candidate should have skills in the following: GIS, monitoring animal abundance, statistical analyses, occupancy analysis, and scientific writing. Valid state driver's license required.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

The candidate should have an operational knowledge of natural resource management, invasion ecology, population monitoring, species distributions, natural resource analyses.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of and experience with monitoring programs, monitoring animal abundance, statistical analyses, and scientific writing.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Ability to perform routine office, interact with stakeholders, participate in face-to-face meetings and web meeting. Some travel to locations within the region well be required to meet with stakeholders.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Applications must include: 1) cover letter, 2) resume or Curriculum Vitae, 3) contact information for three references, and 5) academic transcripts. Any Social Security numbers on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online. Applications must be completed on line at For additional information please e-mail to

Restricted Clause:

Contingent upon funding availability. 

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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