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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ecology and Evolution

Date Posted: 3 Apr 2017 (Show details)

Institution: Murray State University
Location: Murray, Kentucky
Closing date: not provided

The Watershed Studies Institute and Department of Biological Sciences, Murray State University is seeking a postdoctoral associate. The successful applicant will conduct research on life history evolution and population/community ecology, help mentor graduate and undergraduate research students, and teach one biology course per semester. Research will focus on the impacts of size structure and climate on polyphenism and resulting trophic cascades, using mesocosm experiments and analysis of long-term data sets.

This is a two-year position starting August 1, 2017. The salary is $47,500/year with benefits.

Murray is a highly-rated, vibrant public university with significant infrastructure and personnel dedicated to ecological research, including the Hancock Biological Station.

Qualifications:

Ph.D. required and experience with experimental design is preferred.  

To Apply:

Email a letter of interest detailing research goals and experience, a curriculum vitae, several representative reprints, and email addresses of three references to Dr. Howard Whiteman (hwhiteman [at] murraystate [dot] edu).

The review of applications begins immediately, but new applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Murray State University is an equal education and employment opportunity, M/F/D, AA employer.

Graduate Assistantship for Amphibian and Reptile Atlas Project

Date Posted: 16 Feb 2017 (Show details)

Institution: University of Maine
Location: Orono, Maine
Closing date: Applications will be reviewed beginning March 20 and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine has an opening in its Masters of Wildlife Conservation program for a student to participate in a project to update the Maine Amphibian and Reptile Atlas. This is a non-thesis degree program requiring 30 credits of course work, including an independent project; we expect that it will take four semesters and perhaps a summer to complete the program. The project will include field surveys and some database work in collaboration with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; academic supervisors will be Aram Calhoun and Malcolm Hunter.

Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree with a strong academic record, an interest in fieldwork, and intent to expand their coursework in ecology and conservation. Priority will be given to applicants with field survey experience and teaching experience.

Most of our MWC programs have limited financial support but in this case support includes four semesters of a Teaching Assistantship stipend, tuition waivers, and half the cost of health insurance. Applications for a program beginning September 2017 will be reviewed beginning March 20 and continue until the position is filled.

Please send a letter of interest, transcripts, GRE scores, and resume to Wildeco [at] maine [dot] edu with a subject heading: HerpMWC.

Wildlife Field Biologist

Date Posted: 7 Oct 2016 (Show details)

Institution: H. T. Harvey & Associates
Location: Los Gatos, California
Closing date: not provided

H. T. Harvey & Associates has an opening in our Los Gatos office for a Wildlife Field Biologist to begin work in January 2017. The selected candidate will be responsible for conducting surveys for nesting birds and performing construction monitoring for special-status species, including the California red-legged frog and California tiger salamander, on a variety of projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. This position will sometimes require a person to navigate varying and rugged terrain safely and sometimes to work alone in a variety of weather conditions. It may require occasional overnight travel and weekend work.

Required Qualifications:

  • Solid field experience
  • Strong bird identification skills and experience conducting nesting bird surveys
  • A demonstrable background in ecology or wildlife management and broad knowledge of the biology of California’s fauna
  • Experience with California tiger salamander and California red-legged frog required, experience with the burrowing owl a plus.

Candidates with a strong academic background (and at least a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree) in biological studies, natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology, or an equivalent subject are preferred.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should respond by submitting a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and references through home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=19055072 using one .doc or .pdf file (system allows for only one attachment, so resume, cover letter, transcripts, and references must be incorporated into one file); via mail to H. T. Harvey & Associates, Attn: Personnel, 983 University Ave., Bldg. D, Los Gatos, CA 95032; or by fax to 408.458.3210.

H. T. Harvey & Associates, an established ecological consulting firm based in Los Gatos, California, employs more than 95 ecologists, landscape architects, and other professionals in six offices in California and Hawaii. Our core areas of expertise include restoration ecology and landscape architecture, plant ecology, wildlife ecology, and aquatic ecology. We cultivate excellence in our staff and our work in pursuit of our mission to create ecologically sound solutions to our clients’ complex natural resource challenges. 

We offer an excellent salary and benefits package and a positive, progressive work environment. Our employment package includes medical, dental, and life insurance, as well as a 401K plan with a generous matching program.

Herpetologist

Date Posted: 2 Sep 2016 (Show details)

Institution: H. T. Harvey & Associates
Location: Sacramento or Los Gatos, California
Closing date: not provided

H. T. Harvey & Associates has an immediate opening in either our Sacramento or our Los Gatos office for a herpetologist. This person will conduct species surveys and monitoring for the California tiger salamander and California red-legged frog and possibly other reptile and amphibian species. This position will sometimes require a person to navigate varying and rugged terrain safely and potentially alone in a variety of weather conditions.

Required Qualifications

  • Academic background in biological studies, wildlife management, wildlife biology, or an equivalent subject
  • Solid field experience
  • A demonstrable background in ecology or wildlife management and broad knowledge of the biology of California’s fauna
  • Current federal (i.e., 10[a][1][A]) or state authorization to handle these species or experience qualifying the herpetologist to be added to a corporate permit for these species
  • Candidates with an M.S. are preferred, but those with a B.S. and direct relevant experience will be considered.

Additional qualifications

  • Valid, state-issued driver license and clean driving record
  • Willingness to work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late nights, weekends)
  • Familiarity with best practices for field safety and low-impact principles

How to Apply

Interested candidates should respond by submitting a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and references through this link: home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=19165842 using one .doc or .pdf file (system allows for only one attachment, so resume, cover letter, transcripts, and references must be incorporated into a singe file); via mail to H. T. Harvey & Associates, Attn: Personnel, 983 University Ave., Bldg. D, Los Gatos, CA 95032; or by fax to 408.458.3210. 

H. T. Harvey & Associates, an established ecological consulting firm based in Los Gatos, California, employs more than 95 ecologists, landscape architects, and other professionals in six offices in California and Hawaii. Our core areas of expertise include restoration ecology and landscape architecture, plant ecology, wildlife ecology, and aquatic ecology. We cultivate excellence in our staff and our work in pursuit of our mission to create ecologically sound solutions to our clients’ complex natural resource challenges. 

We offer an excellent salary and benefits package and a positive, progressive work environment. Our employment package includes medical, dental, and life insurance, as well as a 401K plan with a generous matching program.

Ph.D Position in Population Genetics in Australian Streams

Date Posted: 9 Jul 2015 (Show details)

Institution: University of Canberra
Location: Canberra, Australia
Closing date: not provided

A Ph.D. project is available at the University of Canberra studying the drivers of fine scale genetic spatial structuring in aquatic organisms in eastern Australia with a focus on the Murray-Darling Basin, Lake Eyre Basin and Clarence River system.

Our central aim is to determine the spatial scale at which species are genetically structured in riverine ecosystems. The spatial scale of population sub-structuring provides indirect estimates of the degree of mixing between populations and the speed at which recolonization occurs in stream reaches following extirpation events, and so is a crucial component of the management of aquatic ecosystems and of restoration efforts. Despite its importance, genetic research across varying spatial scales is lacking for most aquatic species and river basins. Specifically, this project will address three questions:

  • How does genetic structure within aquatic species vary across the riverine landscape at the spatial scales of river reaches, tributaries, major rivers and drainage basins?
  • Do more complex dendritic riverine networks show greater intra-specific genetic structure than linear systems at the same scale, and if so, why?
  • How has variation in fluvial geomorphic characteristics and current and long-term climatic variation influenced connectivity and the spatial scale in structuring riverine fauna over the last ~100,000 years?

We are collecting SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) data for thousands of loci via next-generation sequencing for multiple species including fishes, turtles and shrimps from several focal catchments that have a range of dendritic structures across an aridity gradient with a variety of fluvial geomorphic characteristics and histories.

The options for the specific Ph.D. research questions are somewhat open, but projects would be expected to focus on developing and extending connectivity models that compare different network structures and incorporating and analysis our SNP datasets with these models. A strong background in modeling (knowledge in computer programming, statistical and spatial analysis using R) is important, while knowledge of genetic data, while helpful is not crucial. The Ph.D. project is part of a recently successfully granted ARC Linkage project; the detailed project description is available on request. Students would be supervised by some combination of Bernd Gruber, Peter Unmack, Duanne White or Arthur Georges and others, depending on the final project details.

Important Points

  • This project and the PhD candidature will be administered through the University of Canberra.
  • You will need to have completed a B.Sc. and some subsequent form of research-focussed degree (an M.Sc., or in the Australian/New Zealand system, an Honors year) to be considered.
  • If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident, you would be eligible to be considered for an APA Stipend Scholarship, and would be eligible for exemption from tuition fee payments under the Australian Government’s Research Training Scheme (RTS). An APA stipend scholarship is currently valued at $28,549pa. A small number of top-up Scholarships valued at $5,000 pa are also available;
  • If you are not an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident, unless you are the recipient of a competitive merit based scholarship, you will be liable for upfront fees, at a rate of approximately $AUS 20k p.a.

To Apply:

If you are interested in applying, please send an email to Peter Unmack (peter [dot] unmack [at] canberra [dot] edu [dot] au) and provide the following information:

  • An expression of interest, and some general background of your past experience, qualifications, and expertise relevant to this project;
  • A copy of your CV;
  • Preferably, copies of all your academic transcripts (B.Sc. and subsequent degrees) to demonstrate which specific subjects you have undertaken.
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