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  • Postdoctoral fellowship, blending population and individual processes using ecological data

    Guest Mitch Weegman
    • Employer: University of Saskatchewan and University of Missouri
      Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Columbia, Missouri
      Country: Canada
      Last Date to Apply: 03/03/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    The Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan and Department of Statistics at the University of Missouri are seeking a 2-year postdoctoral fellow to lead a multi-part project focused on population and movement ecology of migratory birds.

    This project will involve building hierarchical statistical models for populations and movements that integrate GPS and acceleration data collected from hundreds of individuals during the period 2017-2023. These models will provide the basis for inference about the extent to which environmental conditions (e.g., climate and land use change) at varying space and time scales explain movements, behaviour, and population dynamics, as well as optimal sampling design.  We also anticipate that results will provide utility for other researchers to customize these frameworks according to their research questions and device types.

    There will be opportunities to explore related research questions and collaborate on several projects in movement and population ecology in the Weegman lab and spatio-temporal statistical modeling and machine learning in the Wikle lab.


    Minimum qualifications:

    Ph.D. in statistics, wildlife ecology or closely related field

    Skills in Program R

    Demonstrated excellence in verbal and written communication

    Ability to work independently and as part of a research team


    Preferred qualifications: 

    Skills in JAGS, NIMBLE, Stan

    Experience forming and running demographic and/or animal movement models

    Knowledge and experience in avian ecology


    Salary and benefits:  Approximately $65,000 Canadian per year plus benefits

    Start date: 1 May 2023

    Last date to apply: 3 Mar 2023


    To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement and contact information for three references to Drs. Mitch Weegman (mitch.weegman@usask.ca) and Chris Wikle (wiklec@missouri.edu).

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