Postdoctoral Research Associate

Montana State University

Bozeman, MT, USA 🇺🇸

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Position Information

Announcement NumberSTAFF – VA – 24115
For questions regarding this position, please contact:Kristin Legg at (406) 994-7734
Classification TitlePostdoctoral Researcher
Working TitlePostdoctoral Research Associate
Brief Position OverviewThe Institute on Ecosystems at Montana State University (Bozeman, MT) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to develop an assessment of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The postdoc will work directly for the Greater Yellowstone Network – National Park Service and in collaboration with agency partners through the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee. The assessment will consist of utilizing existing natural resource data from public lands across the ecosystem while using agency management plans, reports, other climate assessments, and on-going work to inform this effort. The individual will determine the feasibility of using existing data, focus analyses of status where data are available but not yet summarized across the ecosystem, and identify gaps for resources that do not have information available to assess. The individual will coordinate the selection of a select few resources to conduct a climate vulnerability analysis, which will entail evaluating a resource’s sensitivity to climate and using that information to make forecasts of future resource condition using climate projections. This may also include developing climate pivot points or other quantitative assessments of likely future conditions (i.e., are conditions of the resources approaching a point of management concern) to help inform management. This work will be done in the context of the Climate Smart and Resist – Accept – Direct (RAD) frameworks to help guide management goals and conservation strategies. The individual will help to lead conversations related to this assessment at the GYE Biennial Science Conference, prepare products that can be used by managers and the scientific community, and identify the next steps to ensure future momentum. The assessment will be used by the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee to inform their strategic priorities.
Position Number4C0398
DepartmentInstitute on Ecosystems
DivisionOffice of Research and Economic Development
Appointment TypeProfessional
Contract TermFiscal Year
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Union AffiliationExempt from Collective Bargaining
Benefits EligibleEligible
Salary$57,000 annually.
Contract TypeLOA
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Recruitment TypeOpen

Position Details

General StatementThe Institute on Ecosystems is a community of scholars and partners with a shared vision to advance integrated environmental sciences and related fields. We draw on the extraordinary landscapes of Montana and beyond to understand complex ecosystems including the interconnectedness of people and nature.
Duties and ResponsibilitiesWork with partners to learn about existing broad regional assessments, targeted resources of concern/interest, and available data that could be used to complete an assessment for the GYE. Document already available downscale species and habitat models, vulnerability analyses, climate gradient analyses, and other efforts that can inform conservation investments.Work with a core team of professional scientists and land managers, and external partners to define data and analysis needs that will be useful for developing a forward-thinking assessment for the Greater Yellowstone; assist with the interpretation of findings that can be used to guide conservation prioritization and application.Assess available data for resources to determine feasibility of using the resource data in the assessment and possibly in a vulnerability assessment for that resource of interest.Assess climate adaptation models and data being developed through agency/university partnerships to inform on their utility for long-term conservation planning.Create linkages among broad-scale modeling exercises and fine-scaled application of data in resource prioritization, and address uncertainty at finer scales of resolution.Ability to produce and/or work with geographic/science communication specialists to create accurate, informative, and visually pleasing maps/graphics/other for projects and outreach or educational materials.Coordinate work, participate on regularly scheduled meetings to provide updates, and take input from core-team members and partners.Interact with managers and scientists to interpret and make data that will be useful in a forward-thinking assessment.Develop product(s) in collaboration with science communication specialists that are usable by land management agencies in decision making. Products may include but are not limited to reports, visualization tools, publications, story maps, and web articles.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & SkillsAn advanced degree such as a PhD in Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Geospatial Analysis, Water Resources, or Natural Resources and experience in conservation planning, preferably with a strong background in natural resources or related physical science.Proficient with Microsoft Office Access, SQL, or similar database software.Advanced experience with ArcPro.Strong background in using large datasets for analysis to determine status of a species or topic of interest.Experience with managing data, statistical analysis, and developing data visualizations.Proficiency with R, Python, or other programming languages used in data analysis.Ability to work independently and collaboratively.Organized and strong verbal and written communication skills. Communicating with a wide range of audiences (managers, public, scientific).Montana State University conducts background checks on all final candidates, and NPS will conduct a federal background check. A tentative position offer is contingent upon passing both background check processes.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & SkillsRecord of scholarship and demonstration of expertise with statistical analyses and modeling of monitoring data collected from natural habitats and wild populations (e.g., GAMs, occupancy modeling).Demonstrated skill in being part of a team to generate an adaptive process for completing a project.Experience communicating science using non-traditional methods (e.g., Story Maps, Tableau, etc.).
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Position Special Requirements/Additional InformationEmployment is contingent upon continual funding. Position may be extended depending upon funding availability.

This position will start October 15, 2023 (or until a suitable candidate is found) and is funded for 14 months. Applicants are asked to submit a CV, a statement (2 pages max) on research experience and interests, future goals, and the names and contact information of at least three references.This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Physical DemandsTo perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
This position has supervisory duties?No

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Applications will be:Screening of applications will begin on October 6, 2023; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.
Special Instructions
Diversity StatementMontana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website:

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Research Statement (max 2 pages)

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