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Postdoctoral Researcher - Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 14, 2024

Postdoctoral Fellow – White-tailed Deer Population Estimation in northeastern National Parks

The Rota Quantitative Ecology Lab at West Virginia University ( ) and the Gigliotti Lab at the West Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit ( ) invite applications for a postdoctoral researcher. This 2-year position will lead a project developing white-tailed deer monitoring protocols to be applied across National Parks in the northeastern US and developing analytical tools for Parks to used when estimating deer abundance.

Primary responsibilities will include:
  • Developing a regional white-tailed deer monitoring protocol, with an emphasis on population estimation using game cameras and spotlight surveys
  • Creating analytical tools for estimating deer abundance from game camera and spotlight surveys
  • Bundling analyses into a user-friendly web app and R package
  • Writing technical reports and peer-reviewed manuscripts
Qualifications :
  • PhD in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Natural Resources, Conservation Biology, or a related field by the start date.
  • Demonstrated experience with modern statistical ecology (experience with Bayesian methods preferred), data visualization methods, and a strong track record of publication.
  • Demonstrated record of working closely with partners at resource management agencies.
Salary is $56,400 - $61,500 / year, depending on experience (see NIH salary guidelines for details), and a full benefits package is offered. We anticipate a spring / summer 2024 start and the position is funded for 2 years.

The successful applicant will be jointly supervised by Dr. Christopher Rota ( and Dr. Laura Gigliotti ( To apply, please send Dr. Rota and Dr. Gigliotti a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 professional references.

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