University of Washington - School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences


Interested in the latest environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest? Would you like to make a contribution to the current salmon restoration effort? We are a research unit in the nationally top-ranked School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences of the University of Washington, working on the technological edge of quantifying the effects of regional development on salmon populations and salmonid recovery in the Pacific Northwest. The applicant should be willing to pioneer research into a highly topical field in an effort to accurately assess population dynamics of the Columbia and Snake River salmon. The position offers excellent opportunities for professional growth in a stimulating research environment.

Description: Provide statistical consulting to agencies conducting Snake-Columbia River salmonid research. Provide peer-review of study plans and technical reports associated with fish tagging studies and other aquatic investigations. Provide recommendations on study design and develop statistical methods tailored to the needs of wildlife investigators. Assist investigators with sample size calculations and data analysis plans. Position will require travel to research sites throughout the Pacific Northwest and meeting with diverse groups of management and research personnel. Provide input into regional plans for monitoring and evaluation of endangered species and their recovery plans. Develop new statistical software to analyze fish and wildlife tagging studies. Analyze historical tagging data. Write technical reports and peer-reviewed papers. Provide project administration, inlcuding proposal writing and interaction with sponsors. Provide public presentation of research findings.

Requirements: PhD in statistics or biometry with experience in the design and analysis of environmental studies. Experience in analyzing fish and wildlife capture-recapture tagging data essential. Candidate needs to be familiar with maximum likelihood estimation, experimental design, and sampling theory. Ability to work independently to develop statistical methods and work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary research team as a statistical consultant is essential. Must have the ability to communicate statistical principles in written and verbal forms to diverse audiences.

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Send RESUME, COVER LETTER SUMMARIZING research experience, and two CURRENT letters of reference to:

Mr. Gary Pedersen
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
University of Washington
Box 355020
Seattle, Washington 98195-5020

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.