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USGS Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Applied Ecology
U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) in Washington, DC
Date Posted 09/06/2022
Postdoctoral-Researcher Other
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

USGS Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Applied Ecology

Full Job Description

U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)
Reference Code
How to Apply

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A complete application package consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcript(s) – For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted. Selected candidate must provide proof of completion of the degree before the appointment can start.
  • A current resume/CV
  • Two educational or professional recommendations. At least one recommendation must be submitted in order for the mentor to view your application.

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

Application Deadline
11/7/2022 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

USGS Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is currently available with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) at the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) located in Reston, Virginia.

The USGS mission is to monitor, analyze, and predict current and evolving dynamics of complex human and natural Earth-system interactions and to deliver actionable intelligence at scales and timeframes relevant to decision makers. As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, USGS collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides science about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems.

The USGS National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) is a partnership-driven program that teams scientists with natural and cultural resource managers and local communities to help fish, wildlife, water, land, and people adapt to a changing climate.

Research Project: The selected participant will conduct research in Applied Ecology within the National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC). The objective of this appointment is to provide opportunities to the participant to increase professional confidence, enhance communication, build quantitative reasoning and teamwork skills, and engage in critical thinking. The participant will help advance the understanding of anthropogenic drivers of change to aquatic biodiversity, ecosystems, and ecosystem services. This research will inform actionable science for adaptive management and sustainable use in support of NCASC projects and research priorities.

Learning Objectives: The objective of this research is to conduct collaborative research related to global change in freshwater ecosystems; engage with stakeholders and resource users to identify research needs; and disseminate research findings to scientific and non-scientific audiences. The selected participant will utilize multiple research methodologies (e.g., remote sensing, citizen science, biological sampling) to understand human influences on species and ecological processes, evaluate adaptation strategies for sustainable use and management, and contribute to freshwater biodiversity metrics and conservation indicators. The selected participant will develop a meaningful research portfolio enhanced by ongoing collaborations with research partners and NCASC staff, engage in career development opportunities, and pursue professional engagement activities.

Mentor: The mentor for this opportunity is Abigail Lynch ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: September 12, 2022. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be extended upon recommendation of USGS and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.

Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.

ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and USGS. Participants do not become employees of USGS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

Questions: If you have questions about the application process please email and include the reference code for this opportunity.


The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields listed in the eligibility requirements section. Degree must have been received within the past year.

Preferred Skills:

  • Excellent writing and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and projects at the same time
  • Self-starter and willingness to take initiative with minimal guidance;
  • Comfort using global environmental datasets, particularly aquatic;
  • Willingness to learn new technologies and tools;
  • Familiarity with boosted regression tree modeling; and,
  • Experience with geospatial software such as ArcGIS or QGIS is recommended.
Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Earth and Geosciences
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences
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