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Post-doctoral Research Associate

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Position: Post-doctoral Research Associate 
Affiliation: Oklahoma State University 
Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management 
Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit 

Location: Columbus, OH or Stillwater, OK 
Appointments: 17 months with possible extension contingent on performance and  availability of funding.  
Salary: $52,000, includes raise after first 6 months 
Start Date: May 2023 (Negotiable) 
Last Day to Apply: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is  filled 

The Freshwater Community Ecology Lab is seeking a post-doctoral research associate to investigate drivers of fish distributions and population dynamics. The successful candidate will work closely with the  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to identify drivers of rare and endemic native darter occupancy  and abundance in the Ouachita Highlands using one of the USFWS longest running (25 years) aquatic  monitoring datasets. The project will integrate multiple data types and modeling approaches to link long term fish responses to environmental variability. Primary job tasks include writing, working with  collaborators, data management and manipulation, and quantitative modeling. Some travel may be  required to work with collaborators and visit field sites in southeast Oklahoma.  

We encourage all interested people to apply despite preconceived notions of their own experience as it  relates to the project objectives. For example, we encourage those with diverse backgrounds in ecology,  biology, mathematics, statistics, fisheries, wildlife biology, or other closely related disciplines to apply. We will consider applications from applicants with masters degrees with strong quantitative skills and a  strong publication record.  

The Freshwater Community Ecology Lab and Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is  committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to fostering an environment where  diversity of background and thought is accepted and encouraged. 

For more specific information about the projects, please contact  

Minimum Qualifications:  

  • MS in ecology, fisheries, wildlife biology, conservation biology, applied mathematics, statistics,  natural resources, or a closely related discipline  
  • Highly motivated with a strong work ethic  
  • Excellent oral communication and technical writing skills. 
  • A valid US driver’s license (without restrictions)  

Desired Qualifications:  

  • PhD in ecology, fisheries, wildlife biology, conservation biology, applied mathematics, statistics,  natural resources, or a closely related discipline 
  • Strong quantitative skills 
  • Experience in occupancy modeling, demographic modeling, or related fields. 
  • Experience working in aquatic systems 

To Apply: Interested applicants should send a CV, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references to with “darter post-doc” as the subject line. Please note that  applications will be reviewed as they are received. 

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information  required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.  Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and  state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Oklahoma State University is committed  to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age,  sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or  veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities