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Postdoctoral Assistant

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The Invasive Species Working Group (ISWG) at Virginia Tech, a subsidiary of the Global Change Center, seeks a qualified, highly motivated individual for a unique research position working at the interface of the biological and social sciences. The ISWG engages in a broad range of invasion-related projects, including with various officials, academics, and other stakeholders across Virginia and beyond.

The postdoc will assist and lead several ongoing and forthcoming projects including, but not limited to: expansion and coordination of stakeholder network, data analysis and database development, proposal preparation, and engagement with ongoing ISWG activities. The postdoctoral associate will work closely with faculty from across campus with wide-ranging experience and interests, spanning the social and biophysical sciences. This position will have the opportunity to engage in a number of ISWG activities, and will be expected to lead several of the products that emerge from those efforts, including multiple publications, proposals, and the chance to interact and network with a range of scientists and stakeholders involved in questions of invasive species biology, policy, and management.  

The position will be advised by Drs. Todd Schenk, (School of Public and International Affairs) and Jacob Barney, (School of Plant & Environmental Sciences).

Required Qualifications

-PhD in a related discipline. PhD awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining.
-Demonstrated ability to analyze data and publish peer-reviewed publications in the fields of invasive species, biology, policy, or management
-Strong oral and written communication skills
-Ability to independently assume tasks identified through collective efforts and complete this through a strong work ethic and self motivation
-Strong interest in building and working in collaborative teams to achieve broad goals

Preferred Qualifications

-Background in invasive species related research
-Demonstrated experience working in collaborative teams at the science-policy interface

**Please incude in your attachments a summary of your graduate courses.  

Review Date March 4, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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Advertised: February 4, 2021
Applications close: Open until filled