Postdoc in Quantitative Ecology

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Deadline: 19 Sep 2022

Posting Details
Posting Detail Information


Working Title Postdoc in Quantitative Ecology
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Is this position eligible for hybrid or remote work?
Research Professional Position No
Posting Number 202201338AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Postdoctoral Fellows
Number of Vacancies 1
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $50,000 - $55,000
Employee Benefits
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Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 09/19/2022
Description of Work Unit
The Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) tracks and ranks Colorado’s rare and imperiled species and habitats, and provides information and expertise on these topics to promote the conservation of Colorado’s valuable biological resources. Data maintained in the CNHP database are an integral part of ongoing research at CSU and reflect the observations of many scientists, institutions and our current state of knowledge. These data are acquired from various sources, with varying levels of accuracy, and are continually being updated and revised. CNHP also offers a wide range of related services including biological monitoring, research, mapping, and conservation planning services.
Position Summary
The postdoc will be co-supervised by Davidson at CSU and Shoemaker at UNR. The postdoc will obtain NDVI data layers necessary to calculate livestock forage production over time and will compile additional already-collected data on soil health, biodiversity, livestock production, prairie dog colonies, climate, and management approaches from Thunder Basin National Grassland, Central Plains Experimental Range and other study locations within the black-tailed prairie dog range. Will work closely with PIs Hartway, Shoemaker, and Davidson on statistical and simulation model development. Prepare peer-reviewed manuscripts with PIs, and present results at scientific conferences.
Beginning Monday, August 16, 2021, Colorado State University has mandated vaccinations against COVID-19. Faculty and staff are required to submit their vaccine status or declare an exemption. More information about the vaccination mandate can be found on the CSU COVID-19 Information & Resources site here, https://covid.colostate.edu/pandemic-preparedness-team-broad-guidance-for-all-summer-and-fall-2021-activities/.
Required Job Qualifications
  • The individual must have a PhD in ecology/biology, statistics, or closely related field by the start of employment.
  • Demonstrated experience publishing scientific papers in quantitative ecology.
  • Must have proficiency with programming, spatial analysis and statistics in GIS and R, and be able to develop and implement hierarchical statistical models using Bayesian and/or frequentist methods.
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Experience with population demographic models
  • Strong background in spatially explicit analysis
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills
  • Experience / ability to communicate and collaborate well with partners on research.
Diversity Statement
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties


Job Duty Category Analysis
Duty/Responsibility
* Calculate livestock forage production over time from NDVI 
* Compile, manage and synthesize already-collected data on soil health, biodiversity, livestock production, prairie dog colonies, climate, and management approaches 
* Develop statistical and simulation models 
* Develop a web-based, interactive decision support tool 
* Prepare peer-reviewed manuscripts with PIs 
* Present project results at scientific conferences
Percentage Of Time 60
Job Duty Category Project Management
Duty/Responsibility
* Manage database 
* Organize PI meetings 
* Facilitate project progress and meeting timelines 
* Coordinate with PIs and other team members 
* Manage travel to UNR
Percentage Of Time 10
Job Duty Category Research
Duty/Responsibility
* Obtain NDVI data layers necessary to calculate livestock forage production over time 
* Compile and synthesize already-collected data on soil health, biodiversity, livestock production, prairie dog colonies, climate, and management approaches 
* Prepare new research proposals
Percentage Of Time 30

Application Details


Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than September 19, 2022, for full consideration. Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted.
Upload each of the items below individually as a Word Document (.doc), PDF (.pdf), or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please note that incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please remove social security numbers and birthdates from application materials. A complete application consists of:
  • Statement of Qualifications (one-page letter addressing each qualification described in the announcement) uploaded in the ‘Cover Letter’ slot
  • Resume
  • References – please include within your application contact information for 3 professional references including at least one supervisor.
    References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
  • Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
    Search Contact Ana Davidson (Ana.Davidson@colostate.edu)
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