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Two-year Postdoc Fellowship at Oregon State University for 2022-2024:
Community forestry and biodiversity conservation in Southeast Asia

The Betts Landscape Ecology Lab in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society (FES) at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon is hiring a Postdoc Scholar from September 2022-2024 (exact start timing is somewhat flexible).

The postdoc will work on a recently funded NSF Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (DISES) research on community forestry in Southeast Asia, The Scholar will work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers located in Corvallis and Bangkok to test whether community forests enhance biodiversity conservation and livelihoods in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. The study has a nested design with two major components: (1) Using remote sensing and species distribution modeling to quantify long-term biodiversity changes across 1860 community forests and matched control areas in the region. (2) Implement a field campaign (e.g., bird surveys, camera traps) at a subset of Cambodian community forests and matched control areas.

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply, particularly recent PhD students who are underrepresented in the field of conservation biology and landscape ecology, and applicants from Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, or the broader region (or with experience in this region).

Required qualifications
- Strong quantitative skills
- Data organization and statistical modeling in R software
- Substantial experience in establishing and running field projects (particularly in the tropics)
- Experience implementing species distribution models
- Strong spatial analysis skills (e.g., GIS, Google Earth Engine)
- Excellent writing and oral communication skills
- Ability to work effectively in teams in the office and in the field
- Desire to integrate ecology with research on community forest governance
- PhD in related field
- No more than 2 years since graduation from PhD program

Preferred qualifications
- Ability to identify Southeast Asian birds by sight and sound
- Experience with camera traps, and processing camera trap data
- Strong interest in meaningfully engaging with community-based stakeholders throughout the research period
- Experience working in rural locations in Cambodia and/or neighbouring countries
- Experience working collaboratively on projects
- Experience working on interdisciplinary or multi-disciplinary projects

The postdoc will be directly supervised by Prof. Matt Betts, with close integration with Prof. Reem Hajjar's and Prof. Robert Kennedy's labs.

To apply: For full consideration, send (1) a letter of interest, (2) CV, (3) transcripts (unofficial transcripts are sufficient), (4) up to 3 pdfs of recent publications or other writing representative of your work, and (5) contact information (email and phone number) for three references to: Prof. Matt Betts (

We will begin reviewing applications on May 1, 2022.

A Message to Prospective Graduate Students

The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society does not have a large undergraduate program and therefore Teaching Assistantships are limited. As a result, my capacity to take on new grad students is usually contingent on new grant funding. New positions that are specific to these grants will be posted below. If you currently have your own graduate funding (e.g., NSERC, NSF) and would like to work in my lab, please contact me directly.