Opportunities in the Lab
Shortlisting candidates on April 7th – email Raina (firstname.lastname@example.org) quickly if you want to get your application in!
Research Associate - Disease Ecology & Bat Ecology
The research associate will be responsible for acquiring, organizing, and processing data for two major projects: 1) data on pathogens emerging from wildlife into humans to parameterize models of spillover (including bat viruses and avian influenza); and 2) data on western bats and their habitats to assess susceptibility to white-nose syndrome (WNS).
The successful candidate will support a team of postdocs, senior research personnel, and faculty members working on mechanistic models of pathogen spillover and ecological niche models for western bat species under current and future climate conditions.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Data sourcing, wrangling, and organization
- Communicating with scientists, agencies, and institutions to access databases containing information on bat ecology and pathogen spillover for the respective projects
- Developing data sharing agreements as needed, and working through data-sharing limitations due to permitting and data controls
- Searching the literature for information and data
- Maintaining a database and overseeing quality control
- Supervising undergraduate volunteers in aforementioned tasks
- Meeting organization, project management
- Organizing collaborator meetings and logistics
- Performing various task relating to science management and science leadership
- Master’s degree in ecology, biology, zoology, statistics, epidemiology, math, or a related field or would be willing to consider person with a B.S. and multiple years of relevant research experience.
- Previous experience collecting and managing large datasets from multiple sources
- Experience with databases and R programming
- Basic data analysis and visualization skills
- Demonstrated proficiency in GIS
- Demonstrated attention to detail
- Experience working with volunteers or overseeing technicians
Preferred Qualifications - The Successful Candidate Will:
- Have demonstrated interpersonal, team, problem-solving, communication (oral and written), and organizational skills and an ability to work within a collaborative environment.
- Be very detail-oriented.
- Have the ability to represent the department in a professional and courteous manner.
- Identify and utilize resources to problem solve and self-teach.
- Be principled in maintaining confidentiality of records and information.
- Be motivated to help others.
- Have the desire to learn new skills and expand job-related knowledge
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information:
This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
This position requires that a person must have the ability to maintain prolonged sitting or standing positions.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required
To apply, please email your current resume’ or CV and a document outlining how you meet each individual required and preferred qualification to Raina Plowright (email@example.com).