Spatial Ecologist Postdoc - Fort Collins, CO

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
Closing date
Aug 14, 2022

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Science, Life Sciences, Ecology
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Working Title Spatial Ecologist Postdoc - Fort Collins, CO

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position No

Posting Number 202200885AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title Postdoctoral Fellows

Number of Vacancies 1

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range $54,500-$56,500

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University ( CSU ) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSUs Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: &

Desired Start Date 08/22/2022

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 07/15/2022

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-government organizations.

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 nations natural resources

Position Summary

The Spatial Ecologist Postdoctoral Researcher will be responsible for processing, analyzing, and synthesizing radar, community science, and remote sensing data through peer reviewed publication on the impacts of artificial light on migration bird land use and flight patterns. The post-doc will work closely with PI Horton ( CSU ) and Co-I Henebry (Michigan State University).

Required Job Qualifications
  • Ph.D. degree in a pertinent biological, remote sensing, or computer science field by start date of position.
  • Must also have demonstrated experience publishing scientific papers in the areas of ecology, quantitative ecology, remote sensing, or movement ecology.
  • Demonstrated competency in statistical modeling, proficiency in R coding, extensive experience in remote sensing, and ability to handle and organize large datasets.

    Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Experience working with weather surveillance radar data and processing.
  • Experience working with remote sensing layers including MODIS , VIIRS , LANDSAT , and NLCD imagery.
  • Experience in movement ecology with an emphasis in bird ecology.
  • Demonstrated experience working in collaborative research settings.

    Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Departments commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research


Lead the primary organization, processing, and integration of weather surveillance radar and community science data. Facilitate the linkage of these data layers with remote sensing products in an effort to characterize land-use (and airspace use) patterns of migratory birds particularly in regard to artificial light pollution. The post-doc will focus on urban across the 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, 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 ALAN , remote sensing, and movement ecology. Facilitate interactions between CSU and MSU partners regarding modeling, data processing, data integration, and movement ecology. Disseminate findings through scientific conferences and manuscript press releases.

Percentage Of Time 10%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than 7/15/2022 for full consideration at Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

Upload each of the items below individually as a Word Document (.doc), PDF (.pdf), or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please note that incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please remove social security numbers and birth dates from application materials. A complete application consists of:
  • Statement of Qualifications (one-page letter addressing each qualification described in the announcement) uploaded in the Cover Letter slot.
  • Resume/CV
  • Diversity Statement which demonstrates your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM .
  • References please include within your application contact information for 3 professional references.

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,

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity ( is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the Universitys Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education ( .

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

    Optional Documents

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