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Job positions

Postdoctoral positions

I will be hiring two postdocs to work in my lab start in early 2015.  These positions are both associated with the Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program (SHARP). SHARP was founded by a group of academic, governmental, and non-profit collaborators to provide critical information for the conservation of tidal-marsh birds (see http://www.tidalmarshbirds.org/). Our group has grown to include lead investigators at five universities and 14 graduate students. Successful candidates will join this large team and be expected to work closely with other team members to address pressing management-related questions.

Position 1: Saltmarsh bird demography. This project will take advantage of demographic data collected by several graduate students over multiple years at ~20 study sites between New Jersey and Maine. The successful applicant will (1) work with those students to examine the effects of extreme storm events on reproduction and survival and (2) develop regionally-structured demographic models for several tidal marsh dependent species. Prior experience with demographic modeling, data management in Microsoft Access, Bayesian statistics, and other relevant quantitative methods is strongly preferred.

Position 2: Coastal conservation planning. This project will use our existing data on species distributions, abundance and demographic success (see above) in combination with remote sensing and other data sets that we are compiling. The successful candidate will conduct a region-wide conservation planning exercise to determine trade-offs between alternative conservation planning objectives and other societal values and return-on-investment of alternative management strategies. Two PhD students within our group have already conducted pilot work relative to these questions and the postdoc would be expected to build off those initial efforts. This postdoc will also be responsible for compiling SHARP data products, creating a centralized depository to facilitate their availability to our resource agency partners, acting as a primary point of contact between our group and partners wishing to use SHARP data, and taking a central role in project reporting. Prior experience with quantitative conservation planning, GIS, and management of large data sets is strongly preferred.

A third postdoc position associated with this project will be based in Greg Shriver’s lab at the University of Delaware and will take advantage of extensive survey data collected at >1500 locations between Virginia and Maine to investigate saltmarsh community integrity.

All three positions are associated with specific grant products, but each successful candidate is also strongly encouraged to develop novel ideas that take advantage of our growing data sets.

Qualifications: Applicants for all positions must have (a) completed a Ph.D. in Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Statistics, or related discipline by the start date, and (b) strong quantitative skills related to the specific position for which they apply (see above), including an excellent working knowledge of the R statistical environment. Preferred qualifications include publications in areas relevant to the position applied for.  A background in ornithology is ideal, but not essential.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. All positions are currently funded for 18 months, with anticipated start dates early in 2015 (no later than April). Interested applicants for the two UConn positions should send me an email containing a letter of interest, a statement (1-2 pages) summarizing previous scientific work and experience, a curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of three individuals able to evaluate the applicant’s qualifications for the position.

Review of applications will begin on 15 October, 2014, and continue until the positions are filled.

Technicians

All of our summer technician positions have been filled for 2014.  We will be hiring again for summer 2015, and will post ads here …. probably sometime mid-winter.  We also advertize all positions on the following job boards, where you can set up automated alerts:

OSNA (Ornithological Societies of North America) Job Board

SCB (Society for Conservation Biology) Job Board

Texas A & M Wildlife Job Board