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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS)

University of Montana
Polson, Montana, US
Closing date
Sep 9, 2021

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The Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The postdoc will analyze population genomic data from invasive and native trout using multiple novel computational approaches. They will conduct parentage analysis to quantify effects of admixture on individual fitness and dispersal in rainbow trout x cutthroat trout hybrids and lead on the publication of the results in a quality journal. For publication, they will also develop and apply predictive models (e.g. occupancy models or Bayesian models) that combine genetic and environmental data on invasive trout fitness and spread to help forecast future stream-hotspots of likely invasion and hybridization. The person assigned to this position will lead on 2-3 publications per year with help from multiple co-authors. The postdoc will help submit grants for funding related to trout population genomics. They will also help publish related papers lead by FLBS collaborators. They will help teach students pop gen statistical analyses (e.g. at an annual ConGen course). The postdoc will help draft and revise quarterly progress reports for the NASA grant. The postdoc will also interact closely with other employees and collaborators at USGS, FWP, and NASA.

Located on the eastern shore of one of North America's largest lakes, FLBS is a modern ecological research and education facility adjacent to Glacier National Park in the heart of the Crown of Continent ecoregion. Established in 1899, the mission of the station is to conduct basic and applied ecological research with emphasis on fresh water; provide field ecology courses for advanced undergraduate and graduate students; and provide scientific data, interpretation, and outreach to help resolve environmental problems and inform public policy locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. The FLBS strives especially to advance understanding of complex linkages among atmospheric, terrestrial, aquatic, and human components of watershed ecosystems. This requires a "genes to ecosystems" approach and, therefore, the faculty at FLBS is strongly interdisciplinary. Research foci at FLBS include limnology of Flathead and other large river-lake systems; water quality and supply in changing landscapes; ecological stoichiometry; systems ecology and modeling of large river ecosystems; microbial ecology; nutrient limitation and biogeochemistry; biodiversity conservation; evolutionary biology of animal, plant, and microbial taxa; ecology of invasive species; remote sensing of climate-mediated landscape change; and integration of social and ecological processes in a systems framework.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of "mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Position Details

  • This position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment and a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package (MUS health insurance benefits, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program).
  • Salary for this position is $45,000 to $49,000 commensurate with experience.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Ecology, biodiversity, or ideally in population genetics and with experience modeling
  • Ability to conduct parentage analysis (exclusion) using haplotypes from RAD-capture data
  • Ability to model the presence (occurrence) or movement of individuals or genes (gene flow) using occupancy or individual-based simulation models, or hierarchical Bayesian models
  • Programming ability in Python, R, or similar language
  • Documented ability to write and publish papers, use and manage large databases, and communicate with others from diverse groups (e.g. agencies, managers, researchers)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience conducting statistical (GLM or Bayesian) modeling to predict environmental drivers (correlates) of movement or connectivity
  • Experience applying satellite remote sensing and other geospatial data for landscape habitat analysis & modeling directed toward aquatic ecosystems
  • Understanding eDNA qPCR or metagenomics analyses
  • Many publications, and experience conducting Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments
  • Experience in fisheries biology and management
  • Experience working in spatial analysis including spatial statistics and a GIS environment (ArcGIS)

About The Flathead Lake Biological Station and UM

The Flathead Lake Biological Station is a field research and teaching facility designated as a Center of Excellence of the University of Montana. The mission of the Bio Station is to conduct basic and applied research in ecology; provide field ecology courses for college students, K-12 teachers and natural resource professionals; train graduate students for professional or teaching careers; and, provide scientific data, interpretation and outreach to help resolve environmental problems and inform public policy locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

The University of Montana is a flagship, research institution with over 9,000 students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 72,000.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.
  • University of Montana
    • Video: Mission First, People Always
    • UM on YouTube
  • City of Missoula
    • Video: There's This Place
    • Destination Missoula
    • Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce
  • The State of Montana
    • Visit Montana

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment
In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.
ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans' or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.
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Employment Eligibility. All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

How to Apply

Priority Application Date: Monday, August 2, 2021

Applications received by August 2nd will be guaranteed consideration. Application review will begin on August 2nd and continue until the position is filled.

Upload the following materials:

  • Letter of Interest - addressing the stated required skills for the position
  • Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
  • Three (3) professional references - Names and contact information

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