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Research Scientist - Post-Doc for Carnivore Research Program

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Research Scientist - Post-Doc for Carnivore Research Program




Borderlands Research Institute

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Completed (or nearly completed) Ph.D. in Conservation Biology, Range and Wildlife Management or closely related field, with a preferred expertise in carnivore ecology, camera trapping, and spatial and statistical analysis. Must have experience with field studies using 01S and spatial analysis; excellent verbal communication and writing skills; enthusiastic team player who is willing to work in a multidisciplinary program; experience with project and data management; demonstrated skills in leadership.


Earned PhD in related field and postdoctoral experience with the following: GIS and analysis of GPS collar data for home range, movements, and habitat modeling; camera trapping studies including field work and analysis of data using cU1Tent techniques; trapping, capture, and handling of carnivores such as black bears or mountain lions; experience with human-wildlife conflict issues and community outreach; and a proven record of writing and publishing in ecological journals.

Primary Responsibilities:

Candidate will provide technical support for regional carnivore research initiatives including but not limited to: data collection and analysis, computer programming, field work, GIS and habitat modeling, camera surveys, project coordination, supervising graduate and undergraduate students, grant writing, teaching, disseminating research related information to the public, and public education projects. Primary responsibilities will include data analysis and publishing of mountain lion data collected over the past 10 years in west Texas.

Additional duties will include coordination and support of carnivore projects in the region including mountain lion, black bear, and other mesocarnivores. Candidate will assist with fundraising and coordinating a region-wide black bear project in west Texas. Field work in rugged and remote locations will be required including (but not limited to) filed reconnaissance, trapping, capture and handling of carnivores, and setting and maintaining trail cameras.

Candidate will be expected to analyze GPS collar and camera trap data using current techniques and publish findings in scientific journals. Additional duties will include assistance with teaching courses, coordinating project meetings, organization and compilation of progress reports, synthesizing scientific studies and dat

Other Information:

Texas Law requires a 60 day waiting period before eligible new state employees are eligible to enroll in health insurance. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER It is the policy of Sul Ross State University to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons in accordance with their individual, job related qualifications and without consideration of race, creed, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status and ancestry. Equal employment opportunities shall be afforded in all personnel actions or decisions including, but not necessarily limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, upgrading, promotion, demotion, termination and salary. Retaliation is prohibited against a person who opposes a discriminatory practice, files a charge, testifies, assists or participates in an investigative proceeding or hearing.

About SRSU:

Formed in 2007, the goal of the Borderlands Research Institute is to provide land managers with the most current scientific information on the management of the natural resources of the area. To meet this goal, the Institute plans and conducts research investigations on various aspects of our natural world. Ultimately, the Institute provides science-based management alternatives to land owners and managers to enhance their ability to serve as land stewards.

Sul Ross State University, located in Alpine, Texas (, is in the Scenic Davis Mountains of West Texas, is a member of the Texas State University System, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students on campus in Alpine, Texas. At an elevation of 4,480 feet, and on the periphery of the Chihuahuan Desert, Alpine enjoys mild winters and cool summers. Davis Mountains State Park, Fort Davis National Historic Site, Big Bend National Park, and Guadalupe Mountains National Park, are all within one to three hours driving distance from Alpine. More information is available regarding Sul Ross State University and position openings through our website ( See


Working at Sul Ross State University

Called "Possibly the most underrated little university west of the Mississippi" by CBS's Dan Rather, Sul Ross State University in West Texas boasts a combination of small class sizes, an appreciation of both fine arts and the sciences and popular professional programs in a relaxed, friendly environment.

Who Is Sul Ross? Where is Sul Ross?
The university's name honors Lawrence Sullivan "Sul" Ross, the son of a pioneer Waco, Texas, family and a popular soldier, governor, educator and humanitarian. Founded in 1917 as a teacher college, Sul Ross continues to offer teacher education as one of its most popular programs. Others in high demand are business, criminal justice and agricultural and natural resource sciences. Sul Ross achieved university status in 1969.

The university, comprising 647 acres in Alpine, Texas, boasts a beautiful 93-acre main campus of exquisitely-detailed buildings and enjoys perhaps the most temperate climate in the state. Its situation in the Davis Mountains overlooks the center of the city below, yet it remains within easy reach of many local stores and restaurants. The university also has a 468-acre working ranch that serves its animal science programs.

Located in Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde, the Middle Rio Grande Campuses offer upper level and graduate courses.  Our professors provide hands on learning in ways that relate to our students and their passion for higher education.  Courses are accessible via interactive television, online learning communities, and face to face classes

Sul Ross State University is part of The Texas State University System, the largest college system in the state after the University of Texas and Texas A&M systems.

A Small Size, But Plenty to Do
With an enrollment of about 2,000 students on the main campus in Alpine, class sizes are small, guaranteeing a much higher level of personal attention from instructors and the university's support staff. But there's plenty for students to do in their free time: lots of student clubs and organizations, a thriving arts community and a strong athletic tradition.

The SRSU men's basketball team won the conference championship five times in the past 20 years, including the 1999 American Southwest Conference championship. The women's basketball team has also won five conference championships and played in eight national playoffs, even making it to the Final Four.

Similarly, the Lobos football and baseball teams have won five conference titles each in the past 20 years, including American Southwest Conference championships in the late 1990s. The Lady Lobos volleyball team has won nine conference championships in all.

Rodeo is significant part of the Sul Ross program, and the university is the birthplace of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Many team members have gone on to become world champions, and 1951 graduate Harley May is a charter member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Hall of Fame.

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