Alabama Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit Post-Doc

Please see details about a post-doc fellowship at Auburn University below:


The Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama  is seeking a post-doctoral researcher to develop system models and decision support tools to evaluate habitat management actions to benefit grassland bird populations within the range of the East Gulf Coastal Plain.  This is a 12-18 month, limited term non-tenure track position and is funded from external sources.  Continued employment is contingent on availability of funding and satisfactory performance.  Success of this project will result in the development of a framework for decision making about grassland habitat management using spatially linked habitat and population models for species of conservation concern.  This position will focus on developing methods to reduce ecological uncertainty through data analyses, parameter estimation, and developing models relating habitat management actions to bird population response.   The project may involve Bayesian estimation of demographic rates, simulation modeling, dynamic programming to find optimal policy recommendations, among other research topics.  The position will work closely with the East Gulf Coastal Plain Grassland Bird working group to ensure that research products meet the needs of Fish and Wildlife Partners.

The minimum qualification is a PhD from an accredited institution in wildlife biology, conservation biology, ecology, biometrics or a related field.  Applicants will be evaluated on their knowledge, experience and abilities in the 3 primary areas of quantitative expertise used in decision analysis: modeling, estimation, and optimization.  The successful applicant will also demonstrate commitment to timely completion of deliverables, commitment to publication of results in peer-reviewed outlets, and strong potential to work collaboratively with multiple agencies on a highly visible research topic.  The candidate selected for the position must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of the appointment; excellent communication skills required.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply

To Apply:

Interested applicants should provide a formal letter of application, a complete biographical resume, transcripts, and the names of four references (name, address, phone number, and email addresses) who may be contacted for letters of recommendation. This information should be sent to Pam Beasley, Executive Coordinator, Auburn University, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, 602 Duncan Drive Auburn, AL  36849-5418 or by e-mail .   For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Conor McGowan, Assistant Unit Leader,

Only complete application materials will be considered.  Review of application materials will begin November 30, 2011, and will continue until a suitable applicant is identified.

Salary is very competitive and is commensurate with skills and qualifications.

Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer