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Postdoc in Adaptive Management Modeling of Invasive Grasses with University of Wyoming in This position is based at the main University of Wyoming campus in Laramie, Wyoming. Flexibility to work remotely on some days may be available.

Type of position Postdoctoral Research Associate
Employer University of Wyoming
Location This position is based at the main University of Wyoming campus in Laramie, Wyoming. Flexibility to work remotely on some days may be available.
Salary $58,000 – $65,000 depending on experience
Closing date of competition Application reviews will begin July 31, 2023, and will be open until the position is filled.
Date position available The desired start date is fall 2023.
Description of duties
We are seeking applications for a jointly appointed postdoctoral research position to model the impact of invasive grass management actions to aid decision-making. This position requires a strong interest in translational ecology, with the successful applicant engaging with multiple non-university stakeholders to ensure that research products are immediately useful and practical. The postdoctoral researcher will work jointly with the Department of Plant Sciences (Dr. Kelsey Brock) and the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database (WYNDD; Dr. Paige Copenhaver-Parry) at the University of Wyoming. One year of funding is currently available, and we anticipate success in obtaining an additional 2 years of funding (3 years total). The desired start date is fall 2023.
The postdoctoral researcher will have an outstanding opportunity to compile and analyze existing monitoring data describing before/after invasive grass control treatment responses (e.g., herbicide application) across a large portion of Wyoming and the Northern Great Plains. The researcher will collaborate with WYNND to develop plans for long-term curation of these data, which come from multiple non-standardized sources. These data will be applied to evaluate, compare, update, and potentially assimilate existing adaptive management modeling frameworks developed for invasive grasses to generate more precise, data-informed management recommendations. The researcher should embrace the goals outlined by the Institute for Managing Annual Grasses Invading Natural Ecosystems (IMAGINE; http://www.invasivegrasses.com” target=”_blank” title=”www.invasivegrasses.com” data-auth=”NotApplicable” data-loopstyle=”linkonly” data-ogsc=”” data-linkindex=”0″>www.invasivegrasses.com) and will be expected to communicate frequently with research partners, extension educators, and land managers throughout west-central USA. Opportunities for student mentorship and other professional development activities are available to prepare the successful applicant for career advancement.


Qualifications sought

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Completion by the start date of all requirements for a Ph.D. in ecology, environmental science, weed science, rangeland management or a closely related field 
  • A desire to participate in translational ecology and develop partnerships with managers and practitioners 
  • Must have strong skills in statistical modeling and be comfortable implementing a diversity of modeling frameworks, potentially including hierarchical Bayesian models and state-space models. 
  • Experience using R programming language to process large data sets and perform statistical analyses 


Desired Qualifications: 

  • Experience with Bayesian modeling 
  • Knowledge of invasive species ecology and applied weed management 
  • Familiarity with spatial data 
  • Experience working with complex vegetation data 
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate scientific findings through publications and presentations 
Contact for additional information Please contact Kelsey Brock for more information ([email protected])
Application procedure  
Submit what Complete the online application and upload the following for a complete application:
– cover letter detailing interest in the position and previous experience, addressing the required and preferred qualifications
– resume or C.V. (including links to 1-2 recent publications if possible)
– contact information for three professional references
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