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Post-doctoral fellow: Aquatic nuisance species in Midwest National Parks

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Title: Postdoctoral Fellow, aquatic nuisance species in Midwest National Parks

Expiration date: 12/31/2023

Position: The Pease Lab at the University of Missouri is seeking a post-doctoral fellow to work collaboratively with the National Park Service (NPS) on Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) management in NPS park units across the Midwest Region. The selected individual will act as a liaison between National Park Service staff and University of Missouri to develop a regional early detection and rapid response plan. In addition, the selected candidate will have opportunities to develop peer-reviewed manuscripts from several long-term ANS datasets, represent NPS on regional ANS panels, integrate emerging technologies for ANS detection and prevention into park management plans, and mentor students/interns. Salary and research support for this position are guaranteed for four years. The position will be stationed in Columbia, MO with some consideration given to a remote duty station at an NPS park unit in the Midwest Region. For more specific information about the projects, please contact Allison Pease ( or Brandon Gerig ( .

Compensation: $74,000 per year for four years, plus benefits

Starting Date: January 1, 2024, or as negotiated.

Qualifications: Minimum Qualification: PhD (by the time of appointment) in ecology, fisheries, wildlife biology, conservation biology, applied mathematics, statistics, natural resources, or a closely related discipline. Candidates will be evaluated on:

  • Valid U.S. driver’s license (without restrictions)
  • Demonstrated interest in aquatic nuisance species and applied natural resources management.
  • Being independently motivated with a strong work ethic.
  • Excellent oral communication and technical writing skills.
  • Strong quantitative skills including demonstrated experience with GIS and advanced statistical modeling approaches.
  • Experience using eDNA for monitoring in aquatic systems.

Application Instructions: To apply for this position, please visit the MU web site at Job ID 48393. Please submit a CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin September 30, 2023, and continue until position is filled.