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2 Postdoctoral Scientist Positions – Minnesota

2 Postdoctoral Scientist Positions – Minnesota

Deer-Moose Parasite Transmission Project
The Minnesota Zoo seeks a dedicated postdoctoral scientist, referred to as a Project Specialist, to conduct lead work for a collaborative project to investigate and model parasite transmission dynamics between white-tailed deer, moose, and other vectors in northeastern Minnesota. The incumbent will work with collaborators to design and conduct the scientific study. Project activities will include placing tracking collars on white-tailed deer in areas where moose are also being tracked, mapping and monitoring deer movements remotely, collecting field data from areas used by deer and/or moose, and possibly field/laboratory identification of parasites. The postdoctoral scientist will then analyze project data, create a parasite transmission model that incorporates project data, and submit a minimum of two project-related scientific manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals within the time frame for this position.
The primary goal of the deer-moose parasite transmission project is to help wildlife managers in Minnesota better understand and respond to the recent sharp decline in the State’s moose population. The postdoctoral scientist is also expected to meet with and present the project’s findings to appropriate wildlife managers in the State. He/she will also prepare and/or deliver articles, website material, and presentations to/for both scientific and general audiences.

Wolf-Moose Predation Project
The Minnesota Zoo seeks a dedicated postdoctoral scientist, referred to as a Project Specialist, to conduct lead work for a collaborative project to investigate wolf-moose interactions, including habitat use overlap and the impacts of wolf predation on moose in northeastern Minnesota. The incumbent will work with collaborators to design and conduct the scientific investigation. Project activities will include placing tracking collars on wolves in areas where moose are also being tracked, mapping and monitoring wolf pack movements remotely, locating predation sites, and collecting field data from these sites. The postdoctoral scientist will then analyze project data and submit a minimum of two project-related scientific manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals within the duration of this position.
The primary goal of the wolf-moose predation project is to help wildlife managers in Minnesota better understand and respond to the recent sharp decline in the State’s moose population. The postdoctoral scientist is expected to meet with and present the project’s findings to appropriate wildlife managers in the State. He/she will also prepare and/or deliver articles, website material, and presentations to/for both scientific and general audiences.
General conditions for both positions
Additional duties may include assisting with a second project investigating wolf-moose interactions and predation in northeastern Minnesota. He/she will assist with field work and data collection, and may also assist with data analysis and/or manuscript preparation.
These projects are conducted in partnership with Dr. Ron Moen, Research Associate at the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI). The positions will be located primarily at NRRI in Duluth, Minnesota.
Employees in these positions will work up to a (maximum) of three years.
Positions ares contingent upon funding and successful candidates will be hired once the funding is secured.
Days and hours of work will vary depending on the needs of the position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
-Ph.D. (in-hand at time of appointment) in Conservation Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Epidemiology, or other related field.
-Ability to conduct field work independently and year-round in remote areas of northeastern Minnesota. Previous field experience is required.
-Experience in empirical research design and methodology, with appropriate academic skills to publish results in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
-High level of proficiency in Geographic Information Systems (ArcGIS), Microsoft Office software, and statistical analysis software, and R programming language.
-Experience with spatially-explicit modeling techniques (preferably epidemiological modeling).
-Knowledge of host-parasite transmission dynamics in wildlife communities.
-Experience analyzing and manipulating large data sets.
-Excellent communication skills, including the ability to create and deliver high-quality presentations to both scientific and general audiences.
-Excellent time management skills, as demonstrated by time to completion of Ph.D. or number of peer-reviewed articles published since completion of Ph.D., for example.
Job is contingent on a valid D drivers license and background check.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
-Ph.D. conferred within the past five years.
-One or more previous first-author publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, with number of publications commensurate with time since Ph.D. was conferred.
-Previous field experience in conditions similar to those present in northeastern Minnesota.
-Previous experience studying predator-prey dynamics.
-Ability to identify prey species based on remains found at predation sites.
Previous experience with and/or knowledge of wolves and/or moose will be viewed favorably but weighted less than other qualifications.

START DATE: approximately July 15, 2013

POSITION LOCATION: primarily Duluth, MN, with field work in northeastern MN
SALARY: $18.46/hour, $38,544 annually
EMPLOYMENT CONDITION: Temporary unclassified
TRAVEL: required

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 17, 2013

HOW TO APPLY:
Please review the following requirements to ensure your application is complete. Failure to provide the requested documents will result in your application not being considered.

To apply, submit your resume online by April 15, 2013. Go towww.careers.state.mn.us to create a profile and apply to the job (posting number 13mzg000057).

In addition to your resume, you must email or mail the following with a subject headline of Project Specialist Materials:
-Cover letter
-Unofficial graduate school transcript (official transcript to be supplied upon request)
-2-page (maximum) statement of qualifications (please list and describe how you meet each and every minimum qualification; also list and describe how you meet all relevant preferred qualifications)

Please send additional materials to the Minnesota Zoo Human Resources by emailHuman.Resources.mnzoo@state.mn.us  or by mail with a subject headline of Project Specialist Materials:

Minnesota Zoo
Attn: Human Resources
Project Specialist Materials
13000 Zoo Blvd.
Apple Valley, MN 55124
All additional materials must be received by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 17, 2013
MORE INFORMATION ON THE MINNESOTA ZOO:www.mnzoo.org

PhD or Postdoctoral Fellow Opportunity Grizzly Bears AB, Canada

Project Opportunity:

Railway mitigation for grizzly bears in the mountain parks

I seek an exceptional Ph.D. student or Postdoctoral Fellow to study habitat selection, movement behaviour, and transportation mitigation in the context of grizzly bear rail strikes in the mountain parks.  The core study area is the CPR line through Banff and Yoho National Parks, with collaborative involvement by adjacent jurisdictions.  This opportunity stems from the Grizzly Bear Conservation Initiative, a joint effort by Canadian Pacific Railway and Parks Canada Agency, and provides salary and research expenses for three years with a base in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta working with Colleen Cassady St. Clair.  Modest additional grant writing may be necessary.  Within a team of other researchers and in a wider collaborative environment with other researchers, the incumbent will have primary responsibility for

  • supervising summer assistants between April and October, annually,
  • refining and conducting protocols to measure environmental variables via ground and remote sensing methods,
  • analyzing and interpreting GPS collar data,
  • placing and maintaining automated recorders to collect visual and acoustic data,
  • assisting with project administration, particularly as it concerns field work,
  • providing timely accounting and performance reports with assistance from other team members, and
  • maintaining regular, proactive, and comprehensive communication about all aspects of the research project.

Beyond working towards existing research objectives associated with these tasks, there is scope for the candidate to develop modest additional research questions and methods, again within a collaborative team-based environment.

The ideal candidate will have an excellent academic background, superb written and oral communication skills, demonstrated leadership ability, organizational prowess, extensive field experience, a background in wildlife ecology, a commitment to finishing tasks, a passion for wildlife conservation, and an affable nature.  Additional relevant, but not essential, attributes include experience with GIS, remote sensing, and GPS technology, advanced statistical aptitude, knowledge of bear biology and mountain ecology, and experience with transportation mitigation.

Interested applicants should send an email with the subject heading “Applicant for bear project” to Colleen St. Clair (cstclair@ualberta.ca) that includes a brief summary of relevant expertise, a CV, and contact information for three references.   Review of applications will begin on February 1 and continue until the position is filled.  Ideally, the candidate will begin in April 2013 or sooner.  With apologies, we may contact in the short term only those from whom we request more information.

Post-viva drinks! Tonight at the Riverside 8.30-9pm

Hi everyone!  To commemorate the end of me being a PhD student and now a Doctorate, I’ll be having some post-viva drinks tonight at the Riverside from around 8.30-9pm, everyone is invited to attend. There will likely be a mix of roller girls and work people, so it should be fun :)

The Riverside Cafe is located at: 1 Mowbray Street, S3 8EN

Thanks!

Lindsay

Practice Viva talk! 15th January 10am in Finlay Room C floor

Hi everyone!

In preparation for my viva back in Vancouver at SFU on 24th January, I’ll be doing a practice talk on Tuesday 15th January in the Finlay Room C-floor at 10am entitled “Molecular Genetics of Alternative Reproductive Morphs in Ruffs”.

This is open to TAB lab and anyone else that would like to come listen and provide feedback on the talk and slide content :)  Talk is aiming to be between 30-40mins and the room is booked for an hour.

Thanks!

Lindsay

FDR test protocol?

Does anyone have a protocol for an FDR test they can email me? I thought it was on the webpage but I can’t find it…

lfarrell@sfu.ca

Thanks!

CIRQUE DU SLAY – SSRG’S FINAL HOME BOUT FOR 2011

Come out and support the debut bout for SSRG’s B-Team, The Crucibelles!

October 9th at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.

Doors open at 1:00pm.

SSRG Crucibelles v Liverpool Roller Birds: 2.00pm
SSRG All Stars v Central City Rollergirls: 3.30pm

Advance ticket £6.00, Student ticket £5.00, and kids under 12 go FREE! Buy tickets here: http://www.sheffieldsteelrollergirls.com/index.php/rollershop

Structure

Hi all, I’m attempting to do a really quick and dirty analysis in Structure to plot a k value but am having a bit of trouble. Can anyone can help?

Thanks,

Lindsay
lfarrell@sfu.ca
B54

Roller Derby Bout July 2nd!

Hi everyone, for those interested in seeing some live Roller Derby and supporting your local team The Sheffield Steel Rollergirls take on the Royal Windsor Rollergirls, come to the bout on July 2nd at Ponds Forge! Tickets are £6.00 Adult, £5.00 Student, and Under 11′s are free.  Tickets available online at www.sheffieldsteelrollergirls.co.uk, and I’ll also be selling tickets starting this Wednesday 2 Adult for £10. Lindsay

Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology Post Doc

Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Ploen, Germany
Group of Diethard Tautz

We will soon open a new facility that allows setting up seminatural
enclosure experiments with house mouse populations at a large
scale. Experiments will include the analysis of the genetic basis of
mate choice, the role of imprinting in environmental adaptations, as
well as studies on the fitness effects of adaptive trait alleles. We
seek a postdoc who is interested to join such experiments.

Generally we are using natural populations of the house mouse to study
the genetic basis of adaptations. We are employing high level genomic
approaches with in-house facilities for microarrays, high throughput
genotyping, and next generation sequencing to detect and functionally
characterize genes involved in recent adaptations. We have an unique
collection of house mouse populations and pursue a large variety of
projects.

Owing to its history as a limnological institute, we are located
in a small town in the middle of a beautiful lake district. Our
directly neighboring larger towns are Kiel and L?beck, and Hamburg is
approx. 70km away. We are allied with the University of Kiel and have
a joint international graduate school in evolutionary biology.

Further information on the institute can be found at:

http://www.evolbio.mpg.de/english/index.html

The position is suitable for persons who have finshed a PhD in behavioural
ecology or a general topic in evolutionary biology. Payment will be on
the basis of a taxfree stipend, initially for two years and extendable
for a third year.

Applications should be sent to tautz@evolbio.mpg.de and include a complete
CV, publication list, letter of motivation and contact information for
three references.

Prof. Dr. Diethard Tautz
Max-Planck-Institut fuer Evolutionsbiologie
Abteilung Evolutionsgenetik
August-Thienemannstrasse 2
24306 Ploen (Germany)
Tel.: 04522 763 390
Fax: 04522 763 281

tautz@evolbio.mpg.de

POSTED BY LINDSAY

Job Posting: Wildlife Biologist (Mountain Plover Research)

Position: Wildlife Biologist (Mountain Plover Research and Outreach)Agency: Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

Location: Ft. Collins, CO or Scottsbluff, NE

Job Description:The biologist will be tasked with coordinating and implementing a Mountain Plover conservation program in western Nebraska. The project includes conducting research on Mountain Plover chick survival through banding and radio telemetry. In addition, the biologist will be tasked with conducting outreach to private landowners and engaging them in Mountain Plover conservation programs. The job will include organizing and implementing all of the logistical needs for the research project including hiring and supervising field technicians, collecting and analyzing data and report writing. The outreach efforts will include holding several Kimball County Conservation Cooperative meetings, visiting with individual landowners to increase awareness of Mt. Plover ecology and overseeing the Mt. Plover Nest marking program. The biologist will supervise and have support from a full time technician.

This job will require travel including coordinating the research and outreach efforts centered out of Kimball, Nebraska. It is expected that the biologist will be in the field on a regular basis from April through July. This is a unique opportunity to conduct both wildlife research efforts and cooperative conservation through education, outreach and collaboration. This position is currently funded for at least 19 months but may have longer term funding available through procurement of grants and partnerships.

Qualifications:

· MS in Wildlife biology preferred or BS with relevant experience.

· Shorebird banding and radio telemetry experience highly desired.

· Private lands experience: Ability to effectively communicate and cooperate with local agricultural producers is critical.

· Experience supervising and managing a field study.

· Knowledge of Mountain Plover ecology and of flora and fauna of western NE.

· Independent, motivated, self-starter.

· Knowledge of agricultural practices.

· Solid communication skills through writing and public speaking.

· Computer skills, including: Excel, Word, ArcGis, Outlook, Program R, Program MARK

· Understanding of mark-recapture/survival concepts, methods and analyses.

Salary: Commensurate with experience, range ($30,000- $38,000). Benefits provided including, health insurance, sick time, vacation, holidays and retirement plan.

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume and at least 3 references in ONE WORD DOCUMENT titled “lastname-MOUP-Bio application” to seth.gallagher@rmbo.org

Last Date to Apply: January 16th (Open until filled)

Location is negotiable; Fort Collins, Colorado or Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Field work is non-negotiable; must be willing to work out of temporary housing in Kimball, Nebraska.

Posted by Lindsay