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Ph.D. Southern Bottomland Hardwood Stand Dynamics Texas 7/2/2019 +
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Organization:Stephen F. Austin State University

Location:Nacogdoches, Texas

Job Description:

Position

A 12-month funded T.L.L. Temple graduate assistantship (doctoral) is available beginning spring 2020 (applicants with a start date of fall 2020 will be strongly considered) under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Kidd within the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture (http://atcofa.sfasu.edu/) at Stephen F. Austin State University. SFA (more than 13,000 students) is located in the historic city of Nacogdoches, Texas (population approximately 33,000) within the East Texas Pineywoods Ecoregion.

 

This assistantship is for three years and carries an annual stipend of $25,000 plus health insurance assistance (if needed). Funding is available to support travel to conduct field research and to present research findings at national and regional-level conferences. Although the State of Texas does not allow for direct tuition waivers, out-of-state students awarded assistantships only pay the Texas resident tuition rate. To further help defray tuition costs, an annual $2,000 scholarship is also available through this program for qualified students. In addition to research, there also will be opportunities for the candidate to gain teaching experience.

 

Research Focus

The successful applicant will conduct research quantifying bottomland hardwood stand dynamics along a flooding and gap-creation disturbance gradient in East Texas. The doctoral student will investigate effects of abiotic (flooding and drought: frequency, intensity, duration; light) and biotic factors on density and composition of overstory, midstory, understory, and ground strata adjacent to the Neches, Angelina, Sabine, and Attoyac Rivers. Further emphasis will be placed on quantifying temporal and spatial patterns (e.g., microtopographical position and location relative to canopy gaps) of establishment and recruitment of natural regeneration.

 

Desired Qualifications

Applicants with a strong interest in hardwood regeneration ecology, disturbance ecology, and stand dynamics are highly desired. Candidates must have earned an M.S. in Forestry or a related-subject area by the start date. Applicants must have an overall minimum GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for master’s degree coursework. If English is not the applicant’s native language, he/she must demonstrate English proficiency.  The minimum score required to demonstrate English proficiency on the TOEFL is at least 550 on the paper-based version or 79 IBT (internet-based). Ability to conduct field work in harsh conditions (e.g., heat, insects, standing water, snakes) and maintain a positive attitude is required.

 

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin August 15 and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit in a single .pdf:  1) a cover letter detailing research interests and experience, 2) CV, 3) GRE scores (if available), 4) unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, 5) contact information for three potential academic/professional references, and 6) an example of your writing to Dr. Rebecca Kidd via email (kiddkr@sfasu.edu).


Apply By:8/15/2019

Email:kiddkr@sfasu.edu


Posted By: Dr. Rebecca Kidd

M.S. Applied Forest Ecology Texas 7/2/2019 +
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Organization:Stephen F. Austin State University

Location:Nacogdoches, Texas

Job Description:

A 9-month funded teaching assistantship (M.S.) is available beginning January 2020 under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Kidd within the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture (http://atcofa.sfasu.edu/)  at Stephen F. Austin State University. SFA (more than 13,000 students) is located in the historic city of Nacogdoches, Texas (population approximately 33,000) within the East Texas Pineywoods Ecoregion. This assistantship is for two years (9 months/year; Fall and Spring academic semesters) and carries a monthly stipend of $1,500/month plus health insurance assistance (as needed). Renewal for the second year is contingent upon a satisfactory performance during the first year. Excellent opportunity exists for summer hourly employment. Funding is available to support travel to conduct field research and to present research findings at national and regional-level conferences. Although the State of Texas does not allow for direct tuition waivers, out-of-state students awarded assistantships only pay the Texas resident tuition rate. Applicants pursuing a B.S. in Forestry or a related-subject area are highly desired to ensure capacity to assist in teaching sophomore-level Forest Ecology laboratories to undergraduates enrolled in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry & Agriculture.

Applicants with research interests in disturbance ecology, dendroecology, regeneration ecology, stand dynamics, or other areas of applied forest ecology are encouraged to apply. Candidates must have earned a B.S. in Forestry or a related-subject area by the start date. Applicants must have an overall minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale). If English is not the applicant's native language, he/she must demonstrate English proficiency. The minimum score required to demonstrate English proficiency on the TOEFL is at least 550 on the paper-based version or 79 IBT (internet-based). Strong communication skills are required in order to be successful in teaching laboratories. Ability to conduct field research in harsh conditions (e.g., heat, insects, standing water, snakes) and maintain a positive attitude is required.

Review of applications will begin August 15 and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit a single .pdf document including: 1) a cover letter detailing your research interests and experience, 2) CV/resume, 3) GRE scores (if available), 4) unofficial undergraduate transcript/s, and 5) contact information for three academic/professional references to Dr. Rebecca Kidd via email (kiddkr@sfasu.edu)


Apply By:8/15/2019

Email:kiddkr@sfasu.edu


Posted By: Dr. Rebecca Kidd

Assistant/Associate Professor Mississippi 6/4/2019 +
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Organization:Mississippi State University

Location:Starkville, Mississippi

Job Description:

POSITION: Assistant/Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University (MSU), is seeking applications for a full time, 9-month tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant/Associate Professor rank. This person will be involved in research, teaching, and service.

LOCATION: This position is on the MSU campus, located in Starkville, Mississippi. A description of the College of Forest Resources (CFR), the Forest and Wildlife Research Center (FWRC), Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES) and the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture can be found at http://www.cfr.msstate.edu/wildlife.

STARTING: Fall 2019 or as negotiated

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture (WFA) seeks a dynamic scholar specializing in wildlife-habitat relationships that yield management applications for public and private stakeholders. Some potential fields of interest include, but are not limited to, species-habitat associations, habitat management and restoration, fire ecology, disturbance ecology, forest ecology, and management of working landscapes. In addition to these areas of interest, we encourage applicants to identify opportunities to build on existing departmental expertise and/or expand the department in new directions. The applicant should be a broadly trained wildlife ecologist that can contribute to a diverse faculty group and demonstrate how their research and teaching program will complement and enrich the department.

The primary responsibilities of this position will be the development of a productive, externally-funded, and nationally/internationally recognized research program, effective mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, and teaching within the WFA program. Teaching responsibilities may include 2-3 undergraduate/graduate courses per year consistent with the candidate expertise and departmental need. The position will be a 50% teaching and 50% research appointment.

Mississippi State University is ranked as one of the top research institutions in the United States. The Carnegie Institute has designated MSU as a "higher research activity" doctoral granting institution. We are also ranked among the nation's top 100 research institutions based on the most recent National Science Foundation survey. The 35-member faculty within the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture leads one of the most productive research programs in the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University. The department is well-known for its highly collegial and interdisciplinary faculty, post-doctoral fellows, research and extension associates that help make the department one of the premier institutions for applied wildlife and fisheries science in the nation https://www.cfr.msstate.edu/wildlife/. As one of the fastest growing undergraduate programs in the region, our 300 undergraduate students concentrate in wildlife agriculture science, human-wildlife interactions, conservation biology, wildlife veterinary medicine, conservation law enforcement, and wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture science. The department also houses 60 graduate students across a variety of programs, with nearly 100% job placement rate following receipt of a graduate degree. Located in Starkville, MS, Mississippi State is the centerpiece of a growing college town with a vibrant and diverse community and economy, a low cost-of-living, main street family atmosphere and connections to over a hundred thousand acres of national forests, national wildlife refuges, and state recreational lands. For more information on the Starkville community visit: https://www.starkville.org/

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. with expertise in wildlife ecology and/or related discipline. Excellence in communication and organizational skills, peer-reviewed publications, and a commitment to service are expected. The candidate should show the ability to collaborate with diverse scientific disciplines, various stakeholder groups, and federal and state natural resource agencies to support long-term partnerships.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Preferred characteristics include postdoctoral or agency research experience, procurement of extramural funds to accomplish research, mentoring of graduate students, strong quantitative skills and teaching experience. Preference will be given to candidates whose research focuses on wildlife habitat management and naturally crosses disciplinary lines.

APPLY: Applications must be submitted online at http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/cw/en-us/listing/; position (Job No. 498650) and should include: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of research philosophy, 4) statement of teaching philosophy, 5) official transcripts, and 6) programmatic vision statement how your research program will build on existing departmental expertise or expand the department in new directions. Letters of recommendation will be requested internally. Please send contact information for three references to:
Angela Hill
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Mississippi State University
angela.c.hill@msstate.edu

For additional information on the position announcement, contact search chair Dr. Kristine Evans (662-325-3167) or email at kristine.evans@msstate.edu


Apply By:9/4/2019


Posted By: KBrasher

Post-doctoral Associate Mississippi 4/22/2019 +
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Organization:Mississippi State University

Location:Starkville, Mississippi

Job Description:

POSITION: Post-doctoral Research Fellow; Chinese Giant Salamander Ecology The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University (MSU), is seeking applications for a post-doctoral fellow position to work on Chinese giant salamander reintroduction ecology

LOCATION: This 2-3 year position is on the MSU campus, located in Starkville, Mississippi. A description of the department can be found at http://www.cfr.msstate.edu/wildlife. The position will also include extended stays in China (several months at a time) to work on the project.

STARTING: June-July 2019 or as negotiated.

REVIEW: Will continue until filled.

SALARY: Annual Salary is $47,500 + full benefits

RESPONSIBILITIES: The department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture (WFA) seeks a dynamic scholar, communicator and educator interested in working on the reintroduction ecology of Chinese giant salamanders (Andrias davidianus). In particular, we seek someone with expertise in one or more of the following areas: spatial ecology, movement ecology, trophic dynamics, species distribution/demographics, niche modeling, environmental DNA, or molecular genetics.

The candidate will be responsible for conducting molecular genetics to: 1) understand the population structure where the releases will occur, so that the proper source population can be selected; 2) sample river areas in several China nature reserves using eDNA to understand native population persistence. Furthermore, the candidate will select and monitor, with the assistance of field technicians, released animals using radio transmitters and monitor survival, habitat selection, spatial and temporal movement. Additional studies on the giant salamanders are available that the applicant may be interested in conducting (e.g. reproductive physiology, behavioral ecology, and predator-prey dynamics). The position will be a mix of field work and laboratory work.

In addition, the applicant will be responsible for maintaining appropriate records and databases; effective mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students; guest lecturing in the department; publication of research in peer-reviewed manuscripts; gain experience writing and submitting grants; design and data management including statistical analysis; producing periodic progress reports and financial statements on the research program; interface with other team members around the country; present research findings both nationally or internationally; perform other related duties as assigned to support the amphibian conservation lab’s mission in order to achieve the goals and objectives of the program.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. with expertise in wildlife/fisheries ecology, biology, zoology and/or related discipline. Excellence in communication and organizational skills; peer-reviewed publication history; and a commitment to service are expected. The candidate should show the ability to collaborate with diverse scientific disciplines, various stakeholder groups, academic institutions and federal and state natural resource agencies to support long-term partnerships. Preferred qualifications: Preferred characteristics include experience with GIS, radio transmitters, spatial ecology programs and software, molecular genetics, procurement of extramural funds to accomplish research, mentoring of graduate students, strong quantitative/statistical skills and some teaching experience. Inclination will be given to candidates whose research naturally crosses disciplinary lines and focus on wildlife habitat interactions. All but dissertations (ABD) will be considered but must be completed before hired.

APPLY: Applications must be submitted online at http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/cw/en-us/listing/; position (PARF #498476) and should include a 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of research philosophy, 4) unofficial transcripts, and 5) contact information for 3 references.

For additional information on the position announcement, contact the post-doctoral supervisor Dr. Andy Kouba, Professor and Department Head at a.kouba@msstate.edu. Please send him an email, once your application is submitted on-line, to expect the application.


Apply By:7/22/2019


Posted By: KBrasher