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MSU Post-doctoral Research Associate sought for bird monitoring

Date: 11/16/16

Post-doctoral Research Associate - Mississippi State University (MSU) is seeking a Post-doctoral Research Associate to be located at the Coastal Research and Extension Center ( in Biloxi, MS along the beautiful coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Outstanding candidates with an excellent academic record and research interest/expertise in Structured Decision Making and Adaptive Resource Management, Avian Ecology, Wildlife Ecology, and/or Conservation Biology are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will actively work with researchers and managers within U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Gulf of Mexico Avian Monitoring Network ( to apply decision analyses in identification of optimal monitoring strategies for bird populations and associated habitats in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The Post-doctoral Research Associate will identify and structure stakeholder objectives and associated monitoring value models, develop decision support tools for resource allocation and optimal monitoring investments, and build upon a monitoring information gap analysis for the Gulf of Mexico region ( In addition, the Post-doctoral Research Associate will work closely with U.S. Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Center scientists to evaluate trade-offs (i.e., assess cost:benefit ratios) among monitoring efforts and perform sensitivity analyses of objective weights and other aspects of monitoring frameworks. 

Applicants are required to hold a Ph.D. degree in Wildlife Ecology, Conservation Biology, Quantitative Ecology or a closely related field and have a demonstrated familiarity with monitoring study design and survey sampling. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated success working closely with management agencies on applied questions in wildlife conservation and a background in structured decision making and adaptive resource management. In addition, preference will be given to candidates with strong quantitative skills demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, fit well into a multidisciplinary team environment, exhibit excellent oral and written communication skills, and have demonstrated an ability to publish in peer-reviewed literature.  This position is a full time, 12-month appointment renewable for up to two years, with an annual salary of $48,000 (plus benefits).  Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

Interested applicants should apply online at (search by PARF #493991) by submitting a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research, and copies of all academic transcripts. Three letters of recommendation are also required and must be sent separately by your  references to: Dr. Mark S. Woodrey, Mississippi State University – Coastal Research and Extension Center, 1815 Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi, MS 30532 or to  Mississippi State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

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