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University of Idaho
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Posted: 07/3/2018
Research Associate

University of Idaho

Research Associate

Location: Moscow

Division/College: College of Natural Resources

Employee Category: Exempt

Pay Range: $77,800 annually or higher commensurate with experience

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:

Successful applicant will conduct research as a PI and as part of collaborative teams within the Idaho Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit. Applicant will provide quantitative consultation and support on >20 active research projects and assist graduate students and other staff within a large research group setting. The applicant will play a leadership and mentorship role in a research group that includes PhD students, MS students, Research Specialists, and Research Technicians. The applicant must have strong quantitative skills, strong written and oral communication skills, ability to mentor other employees, team members, etc. on use of quantitative methods, ability to work independently and as a team member and leader within a large lab group, and ability to work and communicate effectively with agency partners on a wide variety of wildlife and fisheries research projects.

Minimum Qualifications:

- Education: MS in Statistics and PhD in Wildlife, Fisheries, Natural Resources, Ecology, Conservation Biology, or related field.

- Quantitative Skills: Knowledge of theory and application of frequentist and Bayesian statistics. Demonstrated proficiency in the application of: hierarchical statistical models, occupancy and other species distribution models, population estimation, integrated population models,

state-space models, generalized fixed and mixed-effects regression models, maximum-likelihood and Bayesian estimation, information-theoretic and Bayesian model selection, computer-intensive statistical methods (e.g., bootstrapping and Markov chain Monte Carlo), spatial analyses in GIS , population models, stochastic simulation and risk assessment methods, decision analyses, management strategy evaluation and structured decision making techniques.

- Computer and Database Skills: Proficiency with computational programming in R and JAGS , Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, ESRI software, and database management.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Developing quantitative models to describe fish and wildlife population dynamics, and using these models to provide guidance for management and conservation.

- Developing wildlife habitat models over broad spatial scales using land use/land cover data within the U.S.

- Excellent oral and written communication skills.

- Demonstrated record of publishing first-author papers in peer-reviewed journals related to fisheries, wildlife, ecology, and statistics.

-Demonstrated ability to work independently as a PI and as part of a collaborative group.

- Working and communicating with a wide variety of wildlife and fisheries groups to address management problems, including other researchers, agency biologists, and public stakeholders.

- Working as a team leader and mentoring students on the use of quantitative modeling methods in applied ecology and fisheries and wildlife.

- Self-motivated with skills in time and data organization/management needed to work on multiple research projects simultaneously.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:

Posting Number: SP001850P

Posting Date: 06/20/2018

Closing Date: 7/20/2018

Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions:

Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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EEO Statement

University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.