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Post-doc Position in Chronic Wasting Disease and Deer Management Modeling

Background: We are recruiting a post-doctoral associate to lead an exciting project leveraging information maintained by state agencies to evaluate impacts of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management activities on white-tailed deer population and disease dynamics. This will involve investigating the impacts of deer harvest regulations on the realized harvest within and between states in the Midwest, integrating the analytical results into models of CWD dynamics to determine the harvest regulations most likely to have the desired outcome for managing CWD. The postdoc will plan an adaptive management workshop for participating state agencies to effectively use the results of the modeling effort regarding harvest strategies.

The position will be funded for 3 years with an annual salary of $55,000, and is a collaborative project between the University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S. Geological Survey, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The postdoc will be advised by Dr. Wendy Turner (USGS/UW-Madison). The position will be hosted in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Qualifications: We seek motivated candidates with a PhD in ecology, epidemiology, statistics, or related discipline, excellent statistical skills (e.g., Bayesian hierarchical modeling), and experience or interest in modeling infectious disease and adaptive management. Previous experience with large biological databases is highly beneficial. Strong computing and data management skills, especially R, are desirable. The candidate should have demonstrable ability to produce quality manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and experience working in collaborative research environments, including working with outside partner organizations.

Start Date: September 2020 (negotiable)

To apply, please send a single .PDF document including a cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, unofficial list of relevant coursework, and contact information for three references to Dr. Christine Ribic (caribic at wisc.edu). Review of applications will begin July 27th.

After reviewing all applicants, we will ask for reference letters from top candidates.

The position is open to both U.S. citizens and international candidates. UW-Madison will assist with visa applications as necessary once an offer is made.

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