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Post-doctoral Research Associate (2 positions available)

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Affiliation: Oklahoma State University 
Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management 
Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit 

Location: Stillwater, OK 

Appointments: 18 months with possible extension contingent on performance and  availability of funding.  

Salary: DOE, includes raise after first 6 months 

Start Date: Negotiable 

Last Day to Apply: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is  filled 

The Freshwater Community Ecology Lab at Oklahoma State University is seeking 2 Post-doctoral  Research Associates to investigate fish population dynamics. One project is focused on predicting native  and non-native fish responses to future climate conditions and management actions in the Colorado River basin. This project will work closely with Dr. Charles Yackulic (USGS) and an interdisciplinary team of  researchers and state/federal managers. The second project will work closely with U.S. Forest Service and  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to identify drivers of native darter occupancy and abundance in the  Ouachita Highlands and develop a long-term research plan. Both projects will integrate multiple data  types and modeling approaches to link long-term fish responses to environmental variability. Some travel may be required to work with collaborators or visit field sites in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and 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. 

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:  

  • PhD. 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:  

  • Strong quantitative skills 
  • Experience in population modelling, structured decision making or related fields
  • Experience working in aquatic systems

To Apply: Interested applicants should send a CV and cover letter to with “Fish population modeling post-doc” as the subject line. Please note that applications will be  reviewed as they are received. We would like to fill one of the positions as soon as possible, so we  encourage applications from people available to start within a short timeframe. PhD students with anticipated Fall 2022 graduation are also encouraged to apply.  

Oklahoma State University (OSU) is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, which is within an hour of both  Tulsa and Oklahoma City. OSU is a land-grant institution with an enrollment of ~25,000 students, and it  is located on the ancestral lands of the Kickapoo, Osage, Kiowa, and Quapaw peoples. Indigenous people  from other Native nations also reside here, many of whom were forcibly removed from their ancestral  lands. They all contribute to the history and current vitality of our region. The Department of Natural  Resource Ecology and Management is part of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural  Resources and conducts interdisciplinary research, instruction, and extension education to address the  sustainable management and conservation of the wildlife, forest, rangeland, and fishery resources of  Oklahoma and beyond. The Department is a source of cutting-edge research, quality instruction, and  effective outreach to students, landowners, managers, and public agencies.  

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