Working Title Bird Migration Forecasting for Conservation Applications
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202101137AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Postdoctoral Fellows
Number of Vacancies 1
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $60,000 - $62,000
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Desired Start Date 11/22/2021
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT)
Description of Work Unit
The Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Department expands the frontiers
of knowledge through our broad-based expertise in applied ecology,
quantitative methods, and human dimensions in the conservation and management
of fish and wildlife.
We teach students to think critically about environmental issues and become
ecologically literate citizens with the training to be successful in graduate
school and in careers with natural resources agencies, firms, and non-
Our outreach efforts contribute significantly to life-long learning by
assisting individuals and agencies to solve complex environmental problems and
to be good stewards of our nation's natural resources.
The Postdoctoral Researcher will be responsible for processing, analyzing, and
synthesizing radar and remote sensing data through peer reviewed publication.
The scope of this work is largely computer-based and heavily analytical,
requiring familiarity with spatial ecology and machine learning. The post-doc
will work closely with PI Horton (CSU) and PI Kelly (University of
Required Job Qualifications
Ph.D. degree in a pertinent biological, remote sensing, statistics, or computer science field by the start date of the position.
Demonstrated experience publishing scientific papers in the areas of ecology, quantitative ecology, remote sensing, statistical ecology, or movement ecology.
Demonstrated competency in statistical modeling, proficiency in R or Python coding, extensive experience in handling remote sensing data, and ability to handle and organize large datasets.
Preferred Job Qualifications
Experience working with weather surveillance radar data and processing
Experience using and deploying machine learning models (Boosted Regression Trees Random Forest, Neural Networks)
Experience in movement ecology with an emphasis in bird ecology.
Demonstrated experience working in collaborative research settings.
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to
have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and
Job Duty Category Research
Lead the primary organization, processing, and integration of weather
surveillance radar, remote sensing covariates, and application of machine
learning approaches (e.g., neural networks, boosted regression, etc.).
Facilitate the linkage of these data layers with remote sensing products in an
effort to characterize patterns of migratory birds – particularly in regard to
artificial light pollution and collision threats. The post-doc will work at
the scale of the continental United States.
Percentage Of Time 60
Job Duty Category Publication
Write up research papers on research findings – potentially spanning fields of
ecology, conservation biology, remote sensing, computer science, and
ecological forecasting. Develop effective figures and images to convey main
messages in paper. Submit manuscripts to peer-reviewed journal, and engage
with review process to get manuscripts published.
Percentage Of Time 30
Job Duty Category Outreach
Meet regularly with broader research group to engage on discussions of
convergence research, remote sensing, and light out messaging. Facilitate
interactions between CSU, OU, and partners regarding modeling, data
processing, data integration, and movement ecology. Disseminate findings
through scientific conferences and manuscript press releases.
Percentage Of Time 10
Special Instructions to Applicants
Application materials consist of the following:
Three professional references.
1-page commitment to diversity statement (including broadening diversity, enhancing equity, and inclusive instruction and research techniques)
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required
for new hires)
Search Contact Kyle.Horton@colostate.edu
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Maximum Requested 3
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().
Will you have a Ph.D. in a pertinent biological, remote sensing, statistics, or computer science field by start date of position?
Can you show demonstrated experience publishing scientific papers in the areas of ecology, quantitative ecology, remote sensing, statistical ecology, or movement ecology?
Can you show demonstrated competency in statistical modeling, proficiency in R or Python coding, extensive experience in handling remote sensing data, and ability to handle and organize large datasets?
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