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Postdoctoral Associate

Research / Scientific, Veterinary Medicine


Postdoctoral Associate

  • 521186
  • Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
  • Population Health Sciences Dept
  • Research / Scientific
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Research Faculty
  • Closing at: Feb 1 2023 at 23:55 EST
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

The postdoctoral associate will have primary responsibility for developing conceptual and mechanistic models relating land use decisions on U.S. military bases to diverse ecological and health outcomes of interest. This role will support an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional project aiming to promote land-use activities on U.S. military bases that maximize ecosystem services to nearby populations.

It is expected that the postdoctoral associate will develop and collaborate on related lines of research under the broad theme of environmental risks and policy support. The successful candidate will take the initiative to propose new collaborations and lines of inquiry at Virginia Tech and externally.

The postdoctoral associate will be based in the Department of Population Health Sciences at Virginia Tech in the newly established Models for Environmental Health and Policy group led by Professor Ryan Calder. The postdoctoral associate should work effectively with collaborators from diverse disciplinary and other backgrounds and be available for travel to conferences, workshops and project meetings as may be required.

This position provides numerous other opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration offered by Virginia Tech, such as the Global Change Center, and to develop new working relationships with other universities.

The postdoctoral associate will be expected to take responsibility for preparing and publishing scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals as first author and contribute to other publications relevant to the scholar’s interests. The postdoctoral associate may also contribute to policy reports and other publications.

The position is likely to present opportunities for mentorship of graduate or undergraduate students and opportunities for seminars, guest lectures and other avenues to contribute to intellectual life in the department.

An initial term of one year is offered with potential for renewal for a subsequent year contingent on performance.

Ecosystem services on U.S. military bases

U.S. military installations are located in diverse ecological milieus and facilitate training and other mission-related objectives, and also generate benefits for the public. These benefits include conservation of vulnerable or threatened flora and fauna, flood protection, and hunting and fishing opportunities. However, there are significant uncertainties related to tradeoffs between and among ecosystem services and suitability for military operations. Tools to help decision-makers plan land-use activities are needed. These tools will reconceptualize land management activities on military bases as causal networks where interventions are informed by likely impacts on outcomes of interest. These tools will identify critical research needs to ensure sustainable and optimal management of public lands in the U.S.

                • 75% model development and preparation of scientific products as first author.

                • 25% contribution to other projects, initiation of new pursuits, other collaboration as agreed.

Required Qualifications

• PhD or equivalent in land-use ecology, biology, or a related natural science discipline. PhD must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Availability for travel to project meetings and research conferences (when it is safe to do so)
• Proven ability to work effectively with collaborators from very different disciplinary and other backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with environmental modeling.

Appointment Type


Review Date

January 15, 2023

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

Please submit an academic CV and a cover letter. The cover letter should include 1) a brief description of the candidate’s future research interests; 2) a brief description of how those interests overlap with the scope of the project; and 3) a  preferred start date. For any questions, please contact Ryan Calder at rsdc@vt.edu.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Tammy Stevers at tames@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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