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Postdoctoral Fellow

(Post-Doctoral Research Associate)

Fish and Wildlife


Open for Recruitment:  January 9, 2013 - February 6, 2013
Announcement #:  12508079518
Salary Range:  $32,177 - $43,867
Full or Part Time:  Full Time
Location: Moscow

This position is contingent upon the continuation of work and/or funding.

Materials Required:
    Online Application
    Job References
    Resume
    Letter of Qualification


Summary of Position: 

 

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, FISH ECOLOGY RESEARCH LAB

 

As a part of the Adult Salmon Passage Program, the postdoctoral research assistant will assist in monitoring the upriver migrations of adult salmon and steelhead through the Columbia and Snake rivers. Major duties will include collecting data and perform analysis on anadromous fish ecology and genetics.  Specific duties include statistical analysis of factors associated with pre-spawn mortality in Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead, use of genomics to evaluate population genetic structure and between migration behavior and gene expression in anadromous fishes, analysis of life history characteristics using scales, otoliths and existing databases, bioenergetic modeling of migration in relation to river temperatures, climate change and prespawn mortality and statistical analysis of relationships between migration behavior and environmental factors.  Related duties include preparing reports and research results for publication and oral presentations, supervising field research crews and other duties as assigned.

 

 

The University of Idaho does not discriminate against an individual with a disability in regard to job application procedures, the hiring or discharge of employees, employee compensation, advancement, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.  Based on this commitment, various job duties on the job description have been analyzed to be essential to this position.  Employers can continue to require all applicants and employees, including those with disabilities, to be able to perform the essential, non-marginal functions of the position.  Reasonable accommodations may be provided to employees with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential elements of this position.  Marginal job functions are ones that an employer may transfer to other individuals or not require to be performed by an individual with a disability.

Responsibilities:

 

   Research: 

Percentage of Time:  60%  Essential responsibility        

Description of Responsibilities: 

         Collect data and perform analysis on anadromous fish ecology and genetics.  Specific duties include statistical analysis of factors associated with pre-spawn mortality in Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead, use of genomics to evaluate population genetic structure and between migration behavior and gene expression in anadromous fishes, analysis of life history characteristics using scales, otoliths and existing databases, bioenergetic modeling of migration in relation to river temperatures, climate change and prespawn mortality and statistical analysis of relationships between migration behavior and environmental factors.  Position may require periodic travel to field sites and ability to work in an interagency collaborative setting.

 

   Presentation of Research Results: 

Percentage of Time:  20%  Essential responsibility    

 

Description of Responsibilities: 

         Prepare reports and research papers for publication in a variety of outlets, including peer-refereed journals and government papers

         Prepare research for presentation at a variety of events including professional conferences and presentations to government agencies

 

 

   Supervision:

Percentage of Time: 10% 

Essential responsibility       Marginal responsibility

 

Description of Responsibilities: 

         Supervise technicians, graduate and undergraduate students during field research in Columbia, Snake, and Willamette Rivers, manage workflows and data collection efforts.

 

   Other Support:

Percentage of Time:  10%  Marginal responsibility

 

Description of Responsibilities: 

         Other duties as assigned.

 

 

Minimum Qualifications:

         Education:  Ph.D. degree in Ecology, Fisheries, Conservation Sciences or closely related field

 

         Research Experience:

 

         Demonstrated oral and written communication skills

 

         Demonstrated ability to: work independently and with a group

 

         Physical ability to:  perform assigned duties; may be required to work with toxic, volatile and corrosive chemicals and/or carcinogenic substances; may be required to work in adverse environmental conditions and/or carry or lift heavy materials up to 50 pounds.

 

Additional Desirable Qualifications: 

 

         Strong quantitative and statistical skills including experience with SAS, R, SQL, or similar software packages

 

         Strong database analysis and management skills

 

         Research experience in population genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics.

 

         Demonstrated ability to publish results in peer-reviewed journals

 

         Good communication skills to interact with a variety of personnel.

 

         Basic understanding of anadromous fish ecology and behavior, familiarity with the Columbia River system, and some knowledge of dams

 

         Ability to work independently and as part of a team with good communication skills


 

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