Employment Opportunities

2 positions | updated March 10, 2020

Research Technician (MA or PhD level) | Dunn Lab

In collaboration with Noah Fierer at the University of Colorado, Boulder we are looking to hire a research technician (Masters or PhD level) to work on a global forensic project. In this project we seek to understand whether insect DNA in dust can be used to identify the geographic origin of the dust (such as that found at crime scenes). We are working with dust from sixty countries and over the next year will be working to figure out both what is possible and what best practices might look like. The hope is both to use the insect e-DNA in and of itself (using approaches like this; https://arxiv.org/abs/1905.11765) but also to combine the DNA with existing knowledge of insect biogeography to make inferences beyond what is possible from the e-DNA. The project, contingent the applicant’s interests, could zoom in on a particular insect group (e.g., ants or flies).

The position starts ASAP. The person would be based in Raleigh with some potential trips to museums in Europe and a handful of trips for collaborator meetings. The position is one year.

As a research associate, this position will carry out the following essential job duties (but not limited to):

  • Attending DOD relative project meetings with collaborators at Battelle and the University of Colorado. Representing the project at such meetings and prepare brief summaries of those meetings.
  • Working with entomologists to identify resources that allow insights from field collections of insect DNA to be combined with existing knowledge based on museum collection.
  • Visiting key museums and other collections to facilitate data sharing and understand data limitations with regard to museum collections.
  • Writing scientific papers about the use of insect DNA in forensics (in light of existing, but not yet sequenced samples from 40 countries).
  • Preparing reports about progress on work and coordinate with collaborating labs at the University of Colorado and Battelle.For More Information and to Apply: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/129760

Interdisciplinary Research Ecologist/Wildlife Biologist (Assistant Unit Leader)

Assistant Unit Leader – Wildlife or Ecology
NC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Assistant/Associate Professor, NC State University

The North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit seeks an Assistant Unit Leader – Wildlife or Ecology (Assistant/Associate Professor).  Cooperative Research Units exist in partnership with the host university, state wildlife agency, U.S. Geological Survey, and Wildlife Management Institute, and have a three-fold mission of (1) graduate education, (2) research, and (3) technical assistance.  In fulfillment of the mission, the Assistant Unit Leader will be required to develop a robust, well-funded research program, teach and advise graduate students, participate fully as a faculty member at NC State University, and collaborate with cooperating state and federal management agencies.

The successful applicant will have a strong record of conducting research that advances quantitative science to enhance conservation of wildlife.  A Ph.D. in wildlife science or a closely related field is required.  Experience teaching and advising graduate students is strongly desired.  The selectee will obtain a full faculty appointment at NC State University in the Department of Applied Ecology.

Expertise: In addition to the basic qualifications, the selected candidate will have demonstrated abilities and experience (1) developing and applying advanced quantitative procedures to estimate and model population demographic parameters and rate functions; (2) conducting related research at multiple scales, including spatial modeling from local to landscape perspectives and multiple temporal boundaries; (3) designing research and applying results to enhance conservation of bird, mammal, herp, or other terrestrial wildlife populations and assemblages; and (4) communicating complex quantitative science to agency biologists, graduate students, and the public.

This is a federal position (USGS) that includes a full faculty appointment (NC State University).

Salary: GS 12–13, $79,725 to $123,247 per year, including a quality benefits package.

Application period closes 2 April 2020. Please see the appropriate announcement and instructions at the links below.

Open to the Public:
DEN-2020-154: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/561521100

For Current or Past Federal Employees:
DEN-2020-155: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/561524700

More Information
U.S. Geological Survey, Cooperative Research Units, https://www.coopunits.org/
NC Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, https://appliedecology.cals.ncsu.edu/nccoopunit
NCSU Department of Applied Ecology, https://cals.ncsu.edu/applied-ecology/