Postdoctoral Associate

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Dec 16, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description

A fully funded postdoctoral position in invasive species population modeling and genomics is available in the lab of Dr. Meryl Mims in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. This project is funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Science Applications Program. The responsibilities of the position include working closely with a team of collaborators from Virginia Tech and state and federal agencies to develop a data-driven, landscape scale model that simulates spatial processes (environmental variability, metapopulation dynamics) and species interactions to optimize control of aquatic invasive species and promote the persistence of at-risk species. The project will focus on an established population of non-native bullfrogs in the San Rafael Valley of Arizona and will consider spatiotemporal population dynamics of non-native bullfrogs and native Arizona treefrogs, a species of conservation concern. The project leverages existing data, including historical genetic samples, with ongoing field efforts and provides opportunities for immediate first-author publications (Year 1) as well as leadership of long-term efforts and collaborations (products expected in Years 2 and 3 pending contract renewal).

This position provides an immediate opportunity to connect with and contribute to dynamic research communities at Virginia Tech and beyond. The successful applicant will work closely with managers and a team of collaborators from multiple institutions and agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The successful applicant will also join a growing community of ecologists and evolutionary biologists and their teams at Virginia Tech. The position includes funding for professional development, scientific communication, and networking opportunities, including conference presentations and travel.

Required Qualifications

We are seeking a Ph.D. with expertise in population biology, population genomics, invasive species, and/or landscape ecology, and with a strong track record of collaboration, project leadership, communication with scientific and conservation experts and non-experts, fieldwork and crew leadership, quantitative skills, and peer-reviewed publications. The successful applicant will collaborate closely with graduate students, managers, and faculty from multiple institutions and backgrounds. An interest in and commitment to mentoring graduate and undergraduate students is important as well. Applicants must be willing to travel to Arizona for fieldwork for multiple months at a time during the spring and summer and occasionally for off-season trips. Note that the Ph.D. degree must be completed prior to starting the position at VT.

Preferred Qualifications

Strong preference will be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following: population genetics/genomics, strong quantitative skills (including coding), modeling and simulating population dynamics, and fieldwork experience. Additional favorable qualifications include experience with anuran sampling, collection and analysis of temperature and acoustic data, remote sensing, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

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Review Date

February 1, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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Advertised: December 16, 2020
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