About the Agency
This is an excepted service term appointment not to exceed 2 years. (Appointment may be extended up to 4 years without re-announcing.) For more details click: Term Appointments
The candidate serves as a Research Fellow within the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The incumbent will be responsible for using statistical and mathematical modeling of populations and/or diseases to collaborate with wildlife service operations as well as veterinary services to address gaps in prevention and response to wildlife-livestock or wildlife-human conflicts. The overall goal of the fellowship is to develop quantitative decision-support tools for mitigating damage and disease risks from feral swine in the USA.
APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response
The duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Specific goals of the project include the development of: 1) A habitat-based population dynamic model for feral swine that can be used for assessing efficacy of alternative feral swine control methods and determining more effective, feasible strategies, 2) Disease-dynamic models for evaluating disease surveillance data (seroprevalence) and determining disease risk to livestock and/or humans, and 3) A statistical framework for estimating population density and/or absence of feral swine in a given area.
- This is a unique opportunity to develop ecological and disease models for application in wildlife management and wildlife disease management.
- The incumbent will be expected to collaborate with wildlife state directors and Veterinary Services personnel to: 1) understand the specific challenges for which quantitative approaches could be of service to the APHIS mission, 2) provide evaluation of feral swine management outcomes, and 3) suggest practical guidelines for feral swine management that parallel the needs and feasibility of use for wildlife service operations.
- The incumbent will also work closely with the feral swine project leaders to communicate progress and results. Results will be formally reported in the form of manuscripts to be submitted in peer-reviewed journals and other scientific venues such as conferences and workshops.
- 25% or Greater
- Travel may be required.