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Postdoctoral Researcher – Seabird Spatial Ecology, Oregon State University

Cheryl Horton, December 2, 2017

Postdoctoral Researcher – Seabird Spatial Ecology, Oregon State University

Job Description

The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society in the College of Forestry is soliciting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work as part of a collaborative effort between the laboratories of Dr. Jim Rivers and Dr. Matt Betts in association with Kim Nelson and Dan Roby in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. This position will assist with research projects that are investigating space use, habitat selection, and breeding ecology of the endangered Marbled Murrelet in western Oregon. The anticipated start date for this osition is no later than March 15, 2018; support is available for a minimum of 2 years subject to adequate performance review after 12 months. Salary is $44,000‐$52,000/year, depending on experience.

Position Duties

The postdoc will be responsible for several project components that include but are not limited to:

  1. Evaluating marine and terrestrial habitat use by murrelets during the breeding season

  2. Quantifying breeding behaviors obtained from remote cameras (e.g., incubation, offspring provisioning)

  3. Helping to lead field efforts at‐sea capture, tagging of murrelets, and execution of field data collection

  4. Leveraging existing data to further project objectives

Minimum Qualifications

‐ Ph.D. in wildlife ecology or a closely related field

‐ Computing skills including statistical software (e.g., R), spatial software (e.g., ArcGIS, Spatial Analyst, Google Earth), and database programs

‐ Professional competence in planning, designing, executing, and coordinating research

‐ Demonstrated proficiency for independently writing scientific publications for peer‐reviewed journals

‐ Strong communication skills, including excellent command of the English language, that allows for working effectively as a member of a large research team

‐ Professional competence in handling and handing/tagging birds, as well as obtaining biological samples

‐ Ability to traverse steep, rugged, and/or uneven terrain while carrying up to 25 pounds in all weather conditions.

Preferred Qualifications

‐ Previous research with spatial and breeding ecology of seabirds (especially alcids)

‐ Knowledge and experience with forest management practices of the Pacific Northwest

‐ Lead‐author on publications assessing habitat use and selection and/or breeding ecology

‐ A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity

Application Instructions

For additional details about the position, including how to apply, visit the application web site and search for posting number P01761UF. Applications will be accepted starting 11/29/2017 and the position will close on 01/05/2018 or until the position has been filled. All applications will be acknowledged electronically; only those selected for consideration on a shortlist will be contacted and asked to provide letters of recommendation.

Questions should be directed to Jim Rivers (

Oregon State University commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.