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R&D Assistant Staff Member, Wildlife Ecology

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Date: Nov 10, 2020

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4250 



The Bioresource Science & Engineering (BSE) Group in the Environmental Sciences Division (ESD) at ORNL seeks a research staff member to study wildlife communities and develop strategies for natural resource conservation in complex, human-influenced ecosystems.  You will contribute to ESD goals to advance the understanding of ecosystem responses to environmental stressors and evaluate human-natural systems interactions to support development of decision support strategies in response to environmental change.  This work will contribute to the BSE Group’s mission to sustainably advance the US bioeconomy. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with an interdisciplinary group of researchers and will have access to state-of-the-art equipment, unique facilities, and research sites to tackle some of the nation’s most compelling environmental challenges.


Major Duties/Responsibilities

You will contribute to ESD research aimed at understanding biodiversity with projects related, but not limited to:

  • Monitoring and evaluating wildlife populations
  • Protecting threatened and endangered species
  • Identifying, protecting, and enhancing biodiversity through integrated landscape approaches


You will have the opportunity to interact closely with scientists conducting research in related disciplines including aquatic ecology, landscape ecology, T&E species conservation, bioindicators, terrestrial-aquatic interfaces, bioaccumulation research, natural resource economics, and biomass engineering. You are expected to perform experimental research and present their findings in peer reviewed journals and at national conferences.


Qualifications Required

Basic Qualifications

A Ph.D. in Conservation Biology, Wildlife Ecology or a closely related discipline

• Experience studying and monitoring wildlife populations including conducting field work, habitat monitoring, and/or population modeling

• Thorough knowledge of current wildlife management strategies, research, and survey techniques

• Experience capturing, immobilizing, and performing physical examinations of wildlife species

• A record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences

• Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively to a scientific audience


Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with programming and statistical modelling in R, Python, and/or C++


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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