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Model spatial transmission of CWD in deer and develop control strategies for managers

Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow (Southern Illinois University – Cooperative Wildlife Research Lab)
Location: Remote or in Carbondale,IL
Salary: $55,000
Start date: negotiable (ideally before Jan 17st, 2023)
Description: Full-time, one-year initial term with strong possibility for extension depending on performance and project funding. The position is funded entirely from federal sources under a USDA Cooperative Agreement, where funding cycles are annual.

The successful candidate will work in collaboration with scientists from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL (Dr. Guillaume Bastille-Rousseau) and USDA-APHIS National Wildlife Research Centre (NWRC) in Fort Collins, CO (Dr. Kim Pepin and Dr. Kurt VerCauteren). The direction of this research position will be crafted to take advantage of the applicant’s expertise, the capabilities of the SIU and NWRC science team, and unique datasets acquired in this project. The position is an excellent opportunity to gain communication skills and expand research networks across state and federal agencies, while being engaged in cutting-edge disease modeling. The project is focused on modeling CWD in deer but the candidate will also have the opportunity to collaborate on similar work on SARS-CoV-2 in deer.

As part of a long-term collaboration with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, we have collected multi-year fine-scale movement data on white-tailed deer along a forest-agriculture gradient in Southern Illinois and will be building on these data with other GPS data and deer behavior observations. The data will be incorporated into models of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) spread to serve management planning. Potential directions will include:

  1. Developing methods for integrating behavior into deer contact structure and CWD transmission
  2. Developing mechanistic models of CWD spread to identify harvest strategies that minimize CWD prevalence
  3. Developing an application for managers that identifies strategies that minimize CWD prevalence in particular contexts


  1. Ph.D. degree in a pertinent biological, physical, or computer science field by start date of position.
  2. Strong publication record.
  3. Demonstrated competency in statistical or mathematical modeling.


  1. Experience in disease modeling; particularly simulating spatial disease transmission and fitting models to data to estimate contact structure or related epidemiological quantities.
  2. Experience in animal movement modeling or spatial processes.
  3. Experience in analyzing large datasets.
  4. Demonstrated experience working in collaborative research settings and communicating results to a variety of stakeholders.

Applicants should create a single document (Word or pdf) that includes a letter of interest that highlights the desired attributes specified in the job description, CV/resume, unofficial transcripts, and a list of three references and their contact information.
Review of applications will begin immediately. Please send your application to Dr. Guillaume Bastille-Rousseau ( via e-mail with “CWD Postdoc” in the subject line.

SIU Carbondale, member of the SIU System, is an anti-racist community that opposes racism, discrimination and inequity in any form, and embraces diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice for all people.

SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed
and encouraged and will receive consideration.

Southern Illinois University
Closing date
December 1st, 2022
Posted on
October 14th, 2022 18:37
Last updated
October 14th, 2022 18:54