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  • Postdoctoral Fellow (Oklahoma State University) - Effects of Wind Energy and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) on Birds of the U.S.

    Guest Scott Loss
    • Employer: Oklahoma State University
      Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma (remote work arrangements are possible)
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 09/19/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Oklahoma State University) - Effects of Wind Energy and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) on Birds of the U.S.

    Funding is available for a two-year postdoctoral research position to work with Drs. Scott Loss and Courtney Duchardt in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University. This position is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (USDA-ERS) and will focus on evaluating effects of wind energy, the conservation reserve program (CRP), and wind-CRP interactions, on occupancy, abundance, and/or species diversity of birds across the U.S. The postdoctoral fellow will address this objective using existing data and approaches such as meta-analyses of published literature and analyses of publicly available sources of “big data” like eBird and the North American Breeding Bird Survey.

    Well-qualified individuals with a strong quantitative modeling background, experience working with large data sets (especially BBS and/or eBird), and research interests in global change ecology, ecological effects of energy development, and/or effects of land cover change and conservation programs on wildlife including birds, are encouraged to apply.

    The postdoctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to contribute to a broader collaborative project that includes modelers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), ecologists at the U.S. Geological Survey, and economists at USDA-ERS. The overarching purpose of this interdisciplinary project is to use results of the above bird analyses to forecast wind turbine locations and examine trade-offs in the ecological and socioeconomic effects and benefits of CRP and wind development. Ultimately, the study aims to provide information to decision-makers so they can maximize both the wildlife and rural development benefits of CRP, and the local and national benefits of wind energy development.

    Salary for this postdoctoral fellow position is $55,000/yr plus health insurance; funding is also available for travel to meet with collaborators and present at scientific conferences.

    Although it is preferable to have the postdoc complete this work at OSU, Drs. Loss and Duchardt are willing to consider and discuss possible arrangements for remote work for at least a portion of the employment period.

    Required qualifications:  Applicants must have a Ph.D. in ecology, conservation biology, natural resource management, or a related field; demonstrated experience conducting research that results in peer-reviewed publications; strong quantitative analysis skills including past experience managing and analyzing large data sets; strong written and oral communications skills; and a strong record of successfully leading and participating in collaborative team research.

    To apply:  Applications must be submitted online at:

    https://jobs.okstate.edu (search by keyword req12194)

    Applicants should submit:  1) a 1-2 page cover letter summarizing their experience and research expertise related to the above project goals and required qualifications, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin Aug 29 and will continue until a suitable applicant is identified. The position will be filled as soon as possible.


    Dr. Scott Loss
    Oklahoma State University
    Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
    008C Agricultural Hall
    Stillwater, OK 74078
    (405) 744-4607
    Email: scott.loss@okstate.edu

    As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, Oklahoma State University recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. Oklahoma State University employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U. S. Citizens. Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. For assistance with the application process or to request an accommodation to enable application, contact OSU Human Resources, 106 Whitehurst, Stillwater, OK 74078 or call 405-744-7401. OSU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans for its openings. OSU 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. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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