Postdoctoral Associate in Quantitative Ecology at NC State

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Postdoctoral Associate in Quantitative Ecology at NC State

Postby Krishna » Mon May 03, 2021 1:51 pm

Title: Data Integration to Estimate Atlantic Red Snapper Abundance

The Postdoctoral Associate will work with a team of researchers at NC State University (Drs. Krishna Pacifici, and Jeff Buckel), USGS NC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (Dr. Nathan Hostetter), NOAA (Drs. Nate Bacheler and Kyle Shertzer), University of Florida (Dr. Will Patterson), and Texas A&M – Corpus Christi (David Portnoy) to estimate red snapper abundance in US Atlantic waters between North Carolina and south Florida. Specifically, the Postdoctoral Associate will 1) develop an integrated population model to analyze paired trap/video, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), and habitat datasets collected from NC to FL to estimate Red Snapper abundance and the local and regional factors affecting abundance, 2) develop multi-phase and adaptive study designs to inform future sampling, and 3) work with collaborators to compare trapping-ROV abundance estimates to a complementary Close-Kin Mark-Recapture (CKMR) analysis conducted by collaborators. The outcome of the study will be a set of quantitative tools and abundance estimates that can be used to inform management and future monitoring programs. The postdoc will participate in all aspects of research activities and have opportunities to participate in field research and develop their own research ideas in conjunction with the project.

Start date: September - December, 2021 (start date is flexible during the fall of 2021)

Duration: 2 years
Salary: $62,500/year plus benefits (health insurance)

Minimum requirements/Qualifications:
1. Ph.D. in statistics, quantitative ecology, wildlife/fisheries, or related fields.
2. Knowledge of GIS/geospatial analysis in R, statistics and modeling with special emphasis on Bayesian hierarchical modeling.
3. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary research group.
4. Commitment to maintaining an inclusive work environment.

Highly Desirable:
1. Record of peer-reviewed publications
2. Proficiency with Bayesian hierarchical modeling either through existing software (JAGS/Nimble/Stan) or customizable samplers
3. Integrated population modeling and data-integration techniques
4. Spatial modeling experience (e.g., Spatial statistics)
5. Experience working with and managing large heterogeneous data sets

Contact person:
Email a cover letter outlining interests and qualifications, CV, and names and contact information for three potential references as a single pdf document to Drs. Krishna Pacifici ( and Nathan Hostetter ( with the subject line “Red Snapper Postdoc”. Review of applications will begin on June 1 and continue until a qualified candidate is identified. Please address any questions to Drs. Krishna Pacifici ( and Nathan Hostetter (
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