Colorado State University – Fort Collins, Colorado
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – Postdoc in Statistical Ecology
POSITION: Post-doctoral Fellow
LOCATION: Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Colorado State
University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
APPOINTMENT: 12-month, with the possibility to extend contingent on available
funding and performance.
Required: Must have a PhD in statistics, ecology/biology, or closely related field by the
start of employment. Must also have demonstrated experience publishing scientific
papers in the areas of statistics or quantitative ecology. Must have the ability to develop
and implement Bayesian hierarchical statistical models.
Highly Desirable: Working knowledge of unix/linux computer operating systems,
proficiency with the R software, experience with population demographic models,
experience developing custom software to fit Bayesian models, and an ability to
communicate and collaborate with stakeholders on research.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The postdoctoral fellow will work with Prof. Mevin
Hooten at CSU and collaborators at the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and Oregon
State University to develop statistical models that integrate several data sources and
improve our understanding of Lesser Prairie-Chicken populations. Expected outcomes
include the publication of scientific manuscripts describing the methodology and findings
related to the study.
SALARY AND FRINGE BENEFITS: Annual salary is $60,000. Sick leave, group
health, life, dental, disability, and retirement benefits are per University policy
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Application materials include: 1.) Curriculum vitae, 2.)
cover letter describing relevant background and qualifications relevant to the position,
and 3.) contact information for 3 professional references. All application materials
should be submitted electronically in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format to:
For questions, contact: Prof. Mevin Hooten, Search Committee Chair.
DEADLINE: For full consideration by the search committee, all materials must be
received by the application review deadline of Feb. 15, 2020.
ACADEMIC AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES: Colorado State University is a land grant
institution with an enrollment of approximately 31,000 students. It is located in Fort
Collins, Colorado (http://www.fcgov.com/visitor/), an attractive and dynamic community
of 164,000 residents at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Fort Collins has been
named one of the most desirable places to live by a variety of organizations. The region
is home to a diverse range of ecosystems and land uses with numerous outdoor
Members of the Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit are also
associated with the Departments of Fish, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology (FWCB) and
Statistics at Colorado State University. The FWCB department is one of the top-ranked
programs nationally, has a vibrant, interactive professional culture and a large number
of postdoctoral fellows. The Statistics department is widely recognized as a leader in
environmental, spatial, and Bayesian statistics with many faculty, students, and
postdocs working on ecological applications.
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harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability,
veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and
will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they
have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.
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committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws,
regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal
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faculty, staff, volunteers, and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and
regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by
position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender
registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be
conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable
and prudent to do so.