Post Doc Position – Invasive Insects Modeling at Oregon State University

The Integrated Plant Protection Center (IPPC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Research Associate (Post Doc) position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director.

Integrated Plant Protection Center (IPPC) helps farmers adapt to an increasingly uncertain world through high impact science and education partnerships. IPPC works regionally, nationally, and internationally in education regarding pesticide safety, pesticide risk management, weather based decision tools, and pollinator protection.

This position will research and construct spatial phenology, population, and climate suitability models of invasive and established pest insects to inform survey and management programs supported by USDA APHIS PPQ (Plant Protection and Quarantine). Main focus areas include building software modeling infrastructure (using the R programming language), literature review and analysis to parameterize life history, and climatic responses of several (3-8) invasive and pest insects. The position will be responsible for working within a team, building and implementing models, improving and supporting the modeling infrastructure, performing analysis of insect life histories, working with spatial climate data, comparing model results with validation data, and writing and editing reports and peer-reviewed publications. The work may include travel to regional or national meetings, but field work is not required. The position includes the possibility of direct stakeholder engagement and support at workshops and other events.

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