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Oregon State University through the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Post-doc position in native bee ecology

We have a postdoctoral scholar position to study native bee ecology in grasslands and riparian areas available at Oregon State University through the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. The full-time position is located in eastern Oregon at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center. The project focuses on the effects of non-native annual grasses, ungulate grazing (including cattle, deer, and elk), and fire on native bee communities in the Zumwalt Prairie and in riparian areas in the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon, primarily within the USFS Starkey Experimental Forest & Range. Two years of funding are currently available, but the postdoctoral researcher will be hired on an annual basis and extended pending appropriate progress and continued funding.

The position requires a combination of expertise in project management, fieldwork, data management and analysis, and publication preparation. The successful candidate will be conducting fieldwork, supervising graduate and undergraduate students in the field and laboratory, interacting and coordinating projects with collaborators, and working with large, long-term datasets.

Required qualifications: PhD in biology, ecology, entomology or related field (attained within the last three years) and research experience with native bees and flowering plants. The candidate must have experience conducting and supervising fieldwork, sampling native bees, and designing, implementing, and analyzing field experiments. A demonstrated record of research productivity is expected.

Desired qualifications: Experience in native bee identification, plant identification, molecular ecology techniques, quantitative methods, geographic information systems, and/or soils is desirable. Interested candidates should send an e-mail to with 1) a cover letter describing their experiences, how they meet the required and desired qualifications, and potential research interests/career goals, 2) a current CV, 3) reprints of any relevant publications, and 4) names/contact information of three references. Please indicate your availability in the cover letter. The project begins in April 2018; applications will be reviewed as they are received.

A full description of the position can be found at:  https://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/postdocs/open-positions