<p>Summary of Position:<br />The Isbell, Packer, and Mech Labs at the University of Minnesota seek applications for a Postdoctoral Associate position investigating the cascading effects of wolf recolonization on herbivores, plants, and soils at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (Cedar Creek). The specific questions to be investigated will depend on the interests of the successful applicant, but will consider trophic cascades at this field site. The postdoc will contribute to all of the following project activities: (1) use GPS collars to track wolf movements inside and outside Cedar Creek, (2) use trail camera network to determine wolf impacts on wildlife, (3) resample plants and soils inside and outside exclosures to determine cascading impacts of wolves on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, and (4) engage students and members of the public in the project via a Snapshot Cedar Creek citizen science website. The successful applicant will develop and maintain the Snapshot Cedar Creek website; coordinate, supervise, and conduct field research at Cedar Creek; analyze data and models; and write peer-reviewed scientific publications. The position will initially be for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year pending progress review. Annual salary will be $47,500 plus benefits.</p><p><br />Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. The position will start as early as January 29, 2018.<br /><br />Essential and Other Functions:<br />10% Develop and maintain Snapshot Cedar Creek citizen science website<br />Build and maintain a citizen science web project on the Zooniverse or similar platform<br /><br />25% Coordinate, supervise, and conduct field work at Cedar Creek<br />Execute field work from planning to completion including establishing, maintaining, and<br />sampling a network of trail cameras; sampling plants and soils; and assisting with collaring<br />wolves<br /><br />30% Analyze data and models<br />Obtain results by analyzing data from field studies, including using GPS collar data, trail<br />camera data, and plant and soil data<br /><br />35% Write, submit, and publish peer-reviewed scientific papers<br />Write and submit at least one publishable paper per year; contribute as a coauthor on<br />additional publications</p>
<p><br />Essential Qualifications:<br />Ph.D. in ecology or related fields at time of appointment is required. Experience analyzing data or models is essential, as well as a demonstrated ability to independently design, conduct, and publish research in a timely fashion.<br /><br />Preferred Qualifications:<br />Experience developing Zooniverse projects, publishing research on trophic cascades, research experience with trail camera networks, and working with ArcGIS software is desired.</p>
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