Post-doc position at Avian Science Center - Wildlife Biology Program University of Montana

The Avian Science Center, part of the Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana (UM), invites applicants for a post-doctoral research associate (RA). 

They seek to hire a systems ecologist broadly trained in spatial statistics and demographic modeling and estimation. 

Successful applicant will examine spatio-temporal patterns in wetland dynamics as they relate to sage-grouse populations and their mesic summer habitat requirements. Study system is the 165- million acre sage-steppe ecosystem across 11 western states. Requisite datasets have been prepared for analysis including 30 years of spatial wetland data and long-term sage-grouse count data and population trends. As such, demonstrated experience in remote sensing and GIS expertise is preferred but not required. 

RA is expected to publish findings, present at professional conferences and agency meetings, and transcribe findings into management alternatives to improve conservation delivery.

Position will be based in Missoula on the UM campus for 18 months (with possibility for extension). RA will collaborate with Drs. Victoria Dreitz and David Naugle at UM, and with Patrick Donnelly, spatial ecologist with the Intermountain West Joint Venture in Missoula. 

This RA is part of a larger partnership between UM and the USDA-led Sage Grouse Initiative, a highly targeted and science-based approach for implementing wildlife conservation through sustainable ranching www.sagegrouseinitiative.com

For more information on this project’s progress to date read our Science to Solutions series.
Screening of applications begins immediately and continues until position is filled. Please send the following to Victoria.Dreitz@cfc.umt.edu
  • Letter of Interest – addressing the stated required skills for the position
  • Detailed resume listing education, experience and research productivity
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references
  • Optional – publication demonstrating the desire skills for this position. 

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