Cornell University, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

Position ID:Cornell-Department of Natural Resources and the Environment-BERDPD [#19367, WDR-00027660]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Environmental / Environment
Appl Deadline:2021/11/11 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/08/30, finished 2022/05/14)
Position Description:   URMs  

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POSITION:               Post-Doctoral Associate


STARTING DATE: 1 January 2022, or as soon as possible


LOCATION:             Blossey lab group, Department of Natural Resources and the               Environment, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853

Effective immediately, all new Cornell hires, regardless of work location, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption by December 8, 2021, or before their start date if after December 8.


Large ungulate populations threaten forest regeneration and many rare or declining species of plants, birds, and small mammals.  For over a decade, the Blossey lab at Cornell University has developed novel ways to assess direct and indirect deer impacts using a multiple stressor framework that incorporates sentinel plant species and long-term demographic approaches. We are now expanding our work to assess whether presence of apex predators (wolves, cougars, or bears) can reverse negative deer impacts. We aim to explore direct impacts on primary producers as well as potential indirect effects on species at different trophic levels. Managing invasive species, predators, and ungulates for conservation will require buy-in and acceptance of people affected by management activities. A significant portion of the work we envision will therefore involve development of quantitative social science experiments to probe attitudes, beliefs, perceptions, and policy preferences as it pertains to conservation. We are looking for a post-doctoral associate to join our team to develop new experimental approaches, assist in analyses of existing long-term datasets, and explore the social dimensions of predator restoration and deer management.  The position is funded for 3 years and is based in Ithaca, New York. Field work will be conducted in New York State and approximately 10-20% in northern Wisconsin.



We are looking for a broadly trained individual with strong quantitative skills who is interested in conservation and interactions that involve different trophic levels, multiple stressors, and people.  The successful candidate will lead or participate in a mix of field work, analyses of existing long-term datasets, and development of social science projects. The position requires active engagement with graduate students, local municipalities, and management agencies. We expect excellent writing skills addressing both scientific and professional audiences, and interest in applying research results to conservation, management practices, teaching, and extension.


·         Ph.D., including training in and experience of methods the position requires

·  Demonstrated capacity for independent, critical thinking, intellectual leadership and ability to publish

·         Evidence of ability to work collaboratively and independently



All components of the application must be submitted through Academic Jobs Online: (ajo link). Interested applicants should submit: a cover letter (2-3 pages) outlining qualifications, experience for the position (considering the background and desirable qualifications), a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references. Inquiries about position specifics can be directed to Dr. Bernd Blossey ( Review of applications will begin 30 September 2021.statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion is also required, please submit your application via Academic Jobs Online at the following link: The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.


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Further Info:
111 Fernow Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853