Postdoctoral Fellow

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Deadline: 05 Dec 2021

Posting Details
Working Title Postdoctoral Fellow
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202101336AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Postdoctoral Fellows
Number of Vacancies 1
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $58,500 - $62,500
Employee Benefits
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Desired Start Date 01/17/2022
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 12/05/2021
Description of Work Unit
The Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit enhances graduate education in fisheries and wildlife sciences, and facilitates research among cooperators and partners including Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the U. S. Geological Survey, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Wildlife Management Institute. Research conducted by the Unit involves graduate and post-doctoral education and technical assistance to our Cooperators to understand and manage fish and wildlife resources in Colorado and elsewhere. General areas of emphasis include aquatic ecology and fish biology, population and community monitoring and modeling, the analysis of animal movement and spatio-temporal ecological processes, and disease ecology and epidemiology. 
Position Summary
We seek an outstanding early career scientist to conduct research on bat distribution and population dynamics, in response to disease progression, in support of the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat). The postdoc will combine data on coronaviruses and other pathogens from disease surveillance programs with data on bat occurrence and local activity/abundance data from the NABat to develop models of disease occurrence, local scale population dynamics of wintering bats in response to disease progression, summer bat distributions as a function of winter population disease dynamics, and the relative importance of winter roosts to long-term population persistence. The outcome of this work will be to increase understanding of (1) where bats occur on the landscape, (2) how populations change over time in response to disease, and (3) which local populations should be prioritized for conservation and management actions. 
The primary objectives for this post-doctoral position are: 1) develop an extensible modeling framework that can be applied to understand the progression of bat related diseases for which biosurveillance efforts require multiple PCR swabbing of local populations; 2) evaluate linkages between changes in winter bat populations and the distribution of bats on the summer landscape.; 3) identify winter bat populations to target for conservation action (e.g., vaccination, cave gating, and habitat manipulation) by leveraging metapopulation theory and measured variation among annual estimates of local abundance from winter hibernacula; 4) coordinate with other project partners to optimize sampling efforts across regions, ensure consistency across data collection efforts, and support timely delivery of results; and work closely with NABat staff to manage bat and disease related data, ensuring data are entered and archived in the NABat online database. 
The postdoc will work closely with the Project Leads at Colorado State University and the NABat team at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center.  There will also be opportunities to work with the Project Leads on a variety of related projects of interest. 
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.
Required Job Qualifications
  • Completed a Ph.D. in conservation science, ecology, natural resources, statistics, or a related discipline by the anticipated start date of the position
  • Expertise in the principles and methods of wildlife monitoring and statistical methods used for modeling the distribution and population dynamics of populations
  • Demonstrated proficiency with statistical software including R. 
  • Applicants must demonstrate evidence of excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency to publish in the peer-reviewed literature.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Background in demographic estimation, population modeling, and occupancy modeling that account for multiple sources of uncertainty
  • Knowledge of disease ecology
  • Knowledge of bat population biology
  • Experience with WinBUGs, JAGS, or STAN software
  • Experience working collaboratively in groups.
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 Research
Duty/Responsibility
Develop an extensible modeling framework that can be applied to understand the progression of bat related diseases for which biosurveillance efforts require multiple PCR swabbing of local populations; evaluate linkages between changes in winter bat populations and the distribution of bats on the summer landscape.;  identify winter bat populations to target for conservation; coordinate with other project partners to optimize sampling efforts across regions, ensure consistency across data collection efforts, and support timely delivery of results; and work closely with NABat staff to manage bat and disease related data, ensuring data are entered and archived in the NABat online database. 
Percentage Of Time 80
Job Duty Category Project management
Duty/Responsibility
Ensure project objectives are met by meeting regularly with project team, setting interim goals, and submitting reports. The postdoc will help the PIs communicate with the funding agency and explore opportunities for continuing the project through future grant proposals. 
Percentage Of Time 20

Special Instructions to Applicants
Application materials consist of the following:
  • CV
  • Cover Letter (2-page maximum)
  • Three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

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.
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License
Search Contact Bill Kendall (William.Kendall@colostate.edu) or Brian Reichert (breichert@usgs.gov)
EEO Statement
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The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu .
The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu .
The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu .
Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education .
Background Check Policy Statement
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