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Research Associate Post Doc

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Position Summary The Integrated Plant Protection Center (IPPC) invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Research Associate (Post Doc) position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Integrated Plant Protection Center (IPPC) helps farmers adapt to an increasingly uncertain world through high impact science and education partnerships. IPPC works regionally, nationally, and internationally in education regarding pesticide safety, pesticide risk management, weather-based decision tools, and pollinator protection. This position will research and construct spatial phenology, population, and climate suitability models of invasive and established pest insects to inform survey and management programs supported by USDA APHIS PPQ (Plant Protection and Quarantine). Main focus areas include building software modeling infrastructure (using the R programming language), literature review and analysis to parameterize life history, and climatic responses of several (3-8) invasive and pest insects. The position will be responsible for working within a team, building and implementing models, improving and supporting the modeling infrastructure, performing analysis of insect life histories, working with spatial climate data, comparing model results with validation data, and writing and editing reports and peer-reviewed publications. The work may include travel to regional or national meetings, but field work is not required. The position includes the possibility of direct stakeholder engagement and support at workshops and other events. Position Duties 65%Perform literature reviews, programming modeling infrastructure, perform life history analysis and modeling the phenology and climate suitability of pests. 25%Write and communicate verbally, in written reports, publications, and other scholarly outputs. 10­vance personal knowledge and skills in insect population modeling and invasive species risk management. Minimum/Required Qualifications u2022Doctoral degree in Ecology, Entomology, Plant Pathology, or related field. u2022Work experience and demonstrated ability in carrying out independent research that includes data and statistical analysis, modeling, and programming in R, Perl, Python, C, or a related language. u2022Demonstrated ability to gather, analyze, interpret, and present data and research ideas clearly in R, Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and other forms. u2022Excellent written and oral communication skills. u2022Must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Strong drive to learn and think creatively. u2022Demonstrated ability in writing and publishing papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. u2022A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity. Preferred (Special) Qualifications u2022Experience in modeling life history of insect populations or related organisms or related ecological processes. u2022Experience in computer programming and statistical analysis using R or similar language. u2022Spatial or GIS based analysis using climate data. Experience with species distribution models including CLIMEX, Bioclim, and MaxEnt also desirable. Working Conditions / Work Schedule Typical office environment. This position requires a clear and unambiguous commitment to compliance of all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations for Division I (FBS) universities. No

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