Post-Doc - Freshwater Mussel Conservation

August 9, 2016
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Postdoctoral Position: Freshwater Mussel Conservation
Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Position Description: The postdoctoral researcher will work directly with multiple states along the east coast to assess the population status of state-listed Brook Floater (Alasmidonta varicosa) and develop cooperative conservation efforts. Specifically, the postdoc will work with states and project leaders to develop and implement standard methods for rapid assessment and long-term monitoring surveys. New and historical data will be used to identify habitat correlates of population occupancy and demographic parameters that will influence viability of Brook Floater and help to determine feasibility of reintroduction and augmentation strategies. The postdoc will coordinate interactions among the state agencies and help to facilitate conservation efforts. We are also just beginning to develop culture methods for mussel propagation at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Richard Cronin Aquatic Resource Center in Sunderland, Massachusetts. The postdoc will have opportunities to work with graduate and undergraduate students to use experimental methods to test approaches for culturing multiple mussel species, and to explore mussel habitat use and quality in the field.

Qualifications: Competitive candidates will have a background in freshwater ecology, experience working on collaborative research projects, and strong quantitative skills in modeling, estimation, and optimization. Excellent communication (both oral and written) and organization skills are required. Experience in mussel ecology, group facilitation methods, and decision analysis tools are desired, but not required. Applicants are expected to have earned a PhD in a relevant discipline prior to the start date.

Salary/Benefits: The position will begin on or around January 1, 2017 (with some flexibility for a later start) and is for up to 2.5 years, depending on productivity and success in the first year. Salary is $56,000 in the first year, with increases and benefits according to the University of Massachusetts Postdoctoral Contract. Funding is also available for travel to support site visits and attend professional conferences.

Application: To apply, send 1) a cover letter describing your background and experiences as they relate to the position you are applying for, 2) a CV with names and contact information for 3 references, and 3) unofficial transcripts to Allison Roy (aroy@eco.umass.edu). The deadline for applications has been extended to 25 August 2016.

Project Leaders:

Dr. Peter Hazelton (peter.hazelton@state.ma.us), Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Dr. Dave Perkins (david_perkins@usfws.gov), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Dr. Allison Roy (aroy@eco.umass.edu), U.S. Geological Survey, Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and

Wildlife Research Unit, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. Michelle Staudinger (mstaudinger@usgs.gov), U.S. Geological Survey, Northeast Climate Science

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