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Postdoctoral Position - Predator and Deer Population Modeling

Purdue University
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Experienced Professional
Job Description:

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply for a postdoctoral position at Purdue University. We anticipate 1.5 years of postdoctoral support ($47,500/year plus benefits) from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and seek applicants interested in leveraging this support with 1.5 additional years of support from an annual competition for Purdue Postdoctoral Scholars in Natural Resources sponsored by our home department. Details of the departmental program and application process (application deadline: 24 October) can be found at We seek to complement and extend our ongoing research efforts with respect to deer population ecology by addressing the potential impact of predators (coyotes, bobcats, dogs) on fawn recruitment using samples of predator hair and scat collected noninvasively from 3 regions of Indiana. We will use DNA-based approaches to determine donor species, sex, unique DNA profile and the proportion of predator scat samples that contain deer DNA. These data will inform spatial capture-recapture models to estimate predator density, and possibly occurrence. Opportunities also exist to estimate coyote abundance via statistical population reconstruction using images from >380 camera traps and coyote age-at-harvest data. Ultimately, data on predators will be incorporated into integrated population models of deer in the state. 


The successful candidate will contribute to both genetic surveillance and population modeling aspects of the project.

Applicants should possess a Ph.D. before the May 2020 start date, exhibit evidence of appropriate genetic and statistical modeling expertise, and a record of productive scholarship.

How to Apply:

Interested parties should send a CV and statement of interest to Rob Swihart at and Andrew DeWoody at for initial screening. Questions about the project also may be directed to either Rob or Andrew.
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