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Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Carnivore Ecology, BRI/SRSU

Borderlands Research Institute at Sul Ross State University
Alpine, Texas
$50,000 plus benefits
Closing date
Oct 17, 2021

Job Description:

Candidate will provide technical support for regional carnivore research initiatives including but not limited to: data collection and analysis, computer programming, fieldwork, GIS and habitat modeling, camera surveys, project coordination, grant writing, teaching, disseminating research-related information to the public, and public education projects. Primary responsibilities will include data analysis and publishing of mountain lion data collected over the past 10 years in west Texas. Additional duties will include coordination and support of carnivore projects in the region including mountain lion, black bear, and other mesocarnivores. Candidate will be responsible for fundraising and coordinating a region-wide black bear project in west Texas. Field work in rugged and remote locations will be required including (but not limited to) capture and handling of carnivores, setting and maintaining trail cameras. Candidate will be expected to analyze GPS collar and camera trap data using current techniques and publish findings in scientific journals. Additional duties will include assistance with teaching courses, coordinating project meetings, organization and compilation of progress reports, synthesizing scientific studies and data, compilation of final project reports for dissemination, inventory and ordering of project supplies, and other duties as needed. Continuation of this position is dependent on extramural funding.

Visit the BRI website at for more information on the institute and the carnivore research program.

The position will start as early as September 1. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and this opportunity will remain open until a qualified candidate is identified. Application instructions can be found at


Required: Completed or nearly completed Ph.D. in Conservation Biology, Range and Wildlife Management, or closely related field, with preferred expertise in carnivore ecology, camera trapping, and spatial and statistical analysis. Must have experience with field studies using GIS and spatial analysis; excellent verbal communication and writing skills; an enthusiastic team player who is willing to work in a multidisciplinary program; experience with project and data management; demonstrated skills in leadership.

Preferred: Earned PhD in related field and postdoctoral experience with the following: GIS and analysis of GPS collar data for home range, movements, and habitat modeling; camera trapping studies including fieldwork and analysis of data using current techniques; capture and handling of carnivores such as black bears or mountain lions; experience with human-wildlife conflict issues and community outreach, and a proven record of writing and publishing in ecological journals.

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