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Dr. Jesse Lewis at Arizona State University
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Job Type:
Full Time
Job Description:

Invasive wild pigs (Sus scrofa) are a growing threat to ecological communities and agricultural resources throughout the United States. From 2015 - 2019, we maintained two local study areas in California and Florida to evaluate wild pig populations using grids of motion-activated cameras and GPS collared animals. The objectives of the project are to evaluate (1) the effect of wild pig population dynamics on ecosystem and pasture damage and vegetation recovery and (2) wild pig population dynamics in relation to management activities and climate across seasons and years, using statistical analysis of alreadycollected data. Additional research questions may also be developed with the postdoctoral researcher. Methods may include mixed effects models, mark-resight models, spatially explicit mark-resight models, and other spatial ecology and statistical techniques. The postdoctoral researcher will interact with a diverse group of collaborators within the USDA, Buck Island Ranch in Florida, Arizona State University, and other organizations. The post doc will be based out of the NWRC office in Fort Collins, CO. This position is an excellent opportunity to join a team of diverse agencies and stakeholders, produce research results that will be applied to on-the-ground management, and publish novel research findings.

Analyze data using spatial and statistical methods

• Write peer-reviewed manuscripts and internal reports to disseminate results

• Present findings at conferences and in public forums

• Work in a team environment, as well as independently


Doctoral degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment (i.e., wildlife biology, ecology, natural resources, etc). 

• Strong quantitative ecology skills

• Familiarity with using program R or similar to conduct statistical analyses

• Experience with mixed effects models, occupancy, population estimation, and Bayesian methods

• Experience using GIS to work with spatial data

• Working with large datasets and databases

• Strong writing skills

• Strong academic record and grades

• Track record of publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals

• Experience presenting research through papers or posters at scientific conferences

How to Apply:

Application deadline: priority consideration will be given to candidates applying by 3:00 PM Arizona Time on Friday September 8, 2023. We will continue accepting applications until the position is filled. To apply to this position please send your application materials to Dr. Jesse Lewis at

For your application, please include:

1. A cover letter explaining in detail: (a) how you meet the required and desired qualifications of this position, (b) your research interests, (c) career goals, and (d) what makes you a good fit to work on this project

2. Your resume/CV

3. Information for 3 professional references, including name, title, phone number, and email address

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