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:

We are seeking a post-doctoral scientist to investigate the influence of harvest frameworks on eastern wild turkey population dynamics in Mississippi. The successful candidate will collaborate with Drs. Dana Morin and Mark McConnell to incorporate multiple data sources from radio-telemetry studies, long-term population indices, and the existing literature to construct a population model to simulate the effects of changes in turkey harvest frameworks in Mississippi.

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:

Eastern wild turkey harvest dynamics

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Specifically, the candidate will address the following objectives:
1. Identify population parameters with the greatest potential to influence turkey population growth rates in Mississippi and those with the greatest uncertainty in estimation using existing indices.
2. Simulate a stochastic two-sex population model to allow for assessment of potential changes in turkey harvest frameworks in Mississippi (i.e., adjusting season length, timing, bag limits, etc.).
3. Compile available data and literature to compare harvest frameworks and measured outcomes across eastern states.
4. Use the results of the meta-analysis and the stochastic two-sex population model within a decision-making framework to evaluate likely population outcomes associated with different possible harvest framework scenarios that may alter population growth rates and affect hunter satisfaction.
The candidate will work collaboratively with state agency biologists, NGOs, and MSU faculty members. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate on multiple projects and gain experience mentoring graduate students in the diverse and growing research labs of Drs. Morin and McConnell.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Wildlife Science, Ecology, Wildlife Damage Management, Natural Resource Management, Conservation Biology, or a similar discipline. Applicants must have completed all the requirements for their doctoral program, with demonstrated research accomplishments, and publications in the primary research literature. Applicants should have experience with estimation of animal population parameters and an interest in the development of novel approaches to estimate and model population dynamics.

Preferred Qualifications:

Advanced quantitative analytical skills and written and verbal communication skills are desired.

Instructions for Applying:

Please apply via website and submit a combined PDF including 1) cover letter discussing your qualifications and career goals, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) representative scientific publications and 4) complete contact information for three professional references to
Contact Person: Mark McConnell
Contact Phone: 662-418-2568
Contact Email:

Restricted Clause:

Position 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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