The Bozeman Disease Ecology Lab (http://bzndiseaselab.org/) is currently seeking a research associate to support multiple projects on the dynamics of infectious diseases and the ecology of bats. The research associate will be responsible for acquiring, organizing, and processing data for two major projects: 1) data on pathogens emerging from wildlife into humans to parameterize models of spillover (including bat viruses and avian influenza); and 2) data on western bats and their habitats to assess susceptibility to white-nose syndrome (WNS). The successful candidate will support a team of postdocs, senior research personnel, and faculty members working on mechanistic models of pathogen spillover and ecological niche models for western bat species under current and future climate conditions. Primary duties will include: data wrangling and organization; communicating with scientists, agencies, and institutions to access databases containing information on bat ecology and pathogen spillover; developing data sharing agreements as needed; maintaining a database and overseeing quality control.
Required qualifications: Master's degree in ecology, biology, zoology, statistics, epidemiology, or a related field, or we will consider someone with a B.S. and multiple years of relevant research experience; previous experience collecting and managing large datasets from multiple sources; experience with databases and R programming;and demonstrated proficiency in GIS.
The full job description is posted on the Montana State website (https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/8017).
Eligible for benefits through Montana State University.