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:

This position is through the Mississippi State University Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture. The successful candidate will be advised by Dr. Steve Miranda (Mississippi State University). The position will work closely with long-term regional collaborators from governmental agencies. The main focus of the position will include conducting research on big-picture management of invasive carps in the Tennessee and Cumberland River basins. Research activities include literature reviews, data analysis, and development of management strategies.

Salary Grade:  UC

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Department Profile:

Mississippi State University is considered among professionals as a top-tiered wildlife ecology and management degree granting institution. It is ranked as one of the top research institutions in the United States; MSU is among only 2.7% of universities in the U.S. that hold the Carnegie Foundation R1-Very High Research Activity designation. The National Science Foundation has MSU ranked No. 12 nationally (top 5%) in Agriculture and Natural Resources Conservation expenditures with more than $109 million spent annually. 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 has a highly collegial and productive group of faculty, post-doctoral fellows, research associates, and extension associates that help make the department one of the premier institutions for applied wildlife, fisheries, and aquaculture science in the nation. This position is on the MSU campus, located in Starkville, Mississippi. Please see a description of the College of Forest Resources (CFR), the Forest and Wildlife Research Center (FWRC), and the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture:

Area of Specialization:

Invasive species ecology.

Anticipated Appointment Date:

July 1, 2024. 

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Conduct and direct original and innovative research in invasive species ecology. Participate and engage in cross-disciplinary collaborations across invasive carp research community. Participation in dissemination of knowledge in scientific conferences, literature, and stakeholder meetings.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in quantitative ecology, biology, statistics, or other related fields. Demonstrated experience in quantitative ecology and invasive species ecology. Demonstrated written communication skills.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

Strong background on invasive species ecology. Demonstrated history of publication and multidisciplinary collaborations. Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Good written and verbal communication. Advanced level of knowledge of programming languages – R, at minimum – (Python, and C++ desired).

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Apply immediately, the position will remain open until filled. Interested applicants should apply online at by submitting 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) contact information for three references, and 4) academic transcripts. Applicant should redact their social security number if it appears on their academic transcript prior to submitting it online. For questions, e-mail:

Screening Date:

May 8, 2024, until filled. 

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

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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