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Opportunity at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Estimating the Effects of Environmental Contaminants on Avian Populations


Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Mid-Continent Ecology Div

RO# Location
22.02.06.B8377 Duluth, MN 55804


Name E-mail Phone
Etterson, Matthew A 218.529.5158


The Mid-Continent Ecology Division of the US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development has an opening for a postdoctoral research associate. The applicant must have completed a PhD in ecology, ecotoxicology, mathematics, or closely-related field prior to the start date, and have familiarity with mechanistic population models for ecological risk assessment. Familiarity with common programming languages, including R and Matlab is advantageous, as is familiarity with the ecology of the proposed model organism/group.

The successful applicant will join a team of ecologists and ecotoxicologists to develop mechanistic models of chemical effects on avian populations. Our research team specializes in the development of quantitative mechanistic models linking chemical exposure to adverse effects on animal vital rates (survival, reproduction, and growth). We are looking for enthusiastic researchers to work with MCnest and MCestimate on applications to pesticides and other environmental contaminants. Models for threatened and endangered species are of particular interest. Tasks may include work on avian risk assessment under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and estimation of the impacts on birds of pesticides used to control the spread of Zika virus. Modeling efforts will also include work on a database of life history parameters for avian risk assessment. The position will be located in Duluth, MN, but the candidate will likely collaborate with scientists at one or more of our sister labs (Narragansett, RI, Corvallis, OR, and Gulf Breeze, FL) and USEPA Office of Pesticide Programs (Washington, DC).


Pesticides; Birds; Ecological modeling; Avian demography; Environmental contaminants;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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