Postdoc in Decision Analysis for Natural Resource Management

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Postdoc in Decision Analysis for Natural Resource Management

Postby adam.duarte » Wed Aug 02, 2023 2:35 pm

Research Scholar / Research Associate Position at Oregon State University Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences

Applications are invited for a full-time research scholar appointment to be held at the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences at Oregon State University. Primary research focus is developing quantitative decision-support tools to evaluate and prioritize management actions and investments focused on the conservation and recovery of at-risk fish species and their habitats in the Central Valley, CA. The position will involve data analysis and decision modeling. The successful applicant will also assist in instructing agency personnel in the application of decision theoretic techniques for natural resource management. Resulting research will directly inform real world management decision making and assist in building decision analysis capacity in the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and their collaborators. Additional information on ongoing efforts can be found at

Research Scholar applicants must have completed all the requirements for their doctoral program (PhD or equivalent), with demonstrated research accomplishments and publications in the primary research literature. Applicants should have the necessary skills and experience with decision analysis and modeling animal populations and their habitats, with interest and capabilities in applying the results to decision making. Excellent command of the English language, quantitative analytical skills, and written and verbal communication skills are absolutely required. Special consideration will be given to candidates possessing one or more of the following knowledge and skills: dynamic optimization and integrated Bayesian modeling techniques. We will also consider applicants with MS degree (or equivalent) with a strong, demonstrated background in natural resource management decision modeling for a research associate position. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. James Peterson in close collaboration with Dr. Adam Duarte at the US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station.

The candidate will be stationed in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences in the OSU campus in Corvallis OR, but this can be modified to accommodate strong candidates. Periodic travel will be required to meet with collaborators, interact with stakeholder teams, and instruct agency personnel.

Appointments will be intended for a term of one (1) year, with the possibility for renewal of an additional year based upon a satisfactory performance review. Salary ($53,000-57,000) and full benefits will be commensurate with qualifications of the successful applicants. Start date is negotiable but no later than March 2024 and preferably by January 2024.

How to Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter describing your background and interests in the position, a complete personal resume with details of academic qualifications, electronic copies of two (2) representative scientific publications, and the names and contact information of four (4) individuals who have agreed to provide a personal and professional recommendation if requested. Complete applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to James Peterson ( Applications will be accepted starting 8/1/2023 and will close on 11/30/2023 or until the position has been filled.

All applications will be acknowledged electronically; only those selected for consideration on a short list will be contacted and asked to provide letters of recommendation.
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