Senior Research Specialist

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK, USA 🇺🇸

Req ID:req13251
Position Title:Senior Research Specialist
Position Type:Staff Full-Time
Position Number:BS9635
OSU Campus:Stillwater
Department:Natural Resource Ecology & Mgmt
Location Address:011 Ag Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078
Hiring Supervisor:Jim Long
Hiring Range:
(Contingent upon available funding):
Commensurate with education and experience
Work Schedule:Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm with one hour for lunch
Faculty Appt Period:
Job Summary:State and federal agencies will soon begin negotiating water-supply agreements that will govern water supply and storage in the Colorado River basin through 2046. To date, large-scale water-supply management decisions in the Colorado River basin have not considered the implications for river ecosystems or the recovery of federally listed fish species. In part, failure to consider these ecological implications is because scientists have not synthesized their assessment of the implications of significant changes in flow regime, river temperature, and other ecosystem drivers caused by changes in how much water is stored and released from the large reservoirs of the Colorado River basin.

While the selected candidate will be stationed at Oklahoma State University, they will work on an interdisciplinary team with researchers at the US Geological Survey at Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, Utah State University, and Colorado State University. The candidate will also interact with various experts working in the Colorado River basin for state, federal, academic and tribal organizations.

The Bruckerhoff Freshwater Community Ecology Lab and OKCFWRU is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to fostering an environment where diversity of background and thought is accepted and encouraged. We encourage all interested people to apply despite preconceived notions of their own experience as it relates to this project’s objectives. For more information about the lab and OKCFWRU, see and

Salary for this research specialist position is $38,04, to $60,000/yr plus health insurance; grant funding is also available for travel to meet with collaborators and present at scientific conferences.

Although it is preferable to have the senior research specialist complete this work at OSU, Dr. Bruckerhoff is willing to consider and discuss possible arrangements for remote work. Periodic travel to OSU and Flagstaff, AZ would be expected.

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Special Instructions to ApplicantsApplicants should submit: 1) a 1 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. Please note that applications may be reviewed as they are received and a candidate may be selected before the closing date. The position will be filled as soon as possible.
Position Qualifications:Required: Master’s in Ecology, Fisheries, Natural Resources or closely related field  Demonstrated experience conducting research that results in peer-reviewed publications; strong quantitative analysis skills; strong written and oral communications skills; and a strong record of successfully leading and participating in collaborative team research. Desired qualifications include experience in population modelling, structure decision making, or related fields and experience working on water issues or in the Colorado River basin.  Valid Driver’s License  

Oklahoma State University (OSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, OSU conducts pre-employment background checks on final candidates. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. 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.

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