Postdoctoral Research Associate in Quantitative Ecology

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Дедлайн: 01.12.2019



The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the world's leading resource for conservation, research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. The Lab is a vibrant unit within Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), where full-time faculty and other renowned professionals direct twelve world-class, mission-driven programs. Staff at the Lab teach undergraduate courses, advise graduate students, collect and disseminate world-famous digital resources on biodiversity, and engage with partner organizations and citizens around the world to conduct scientific research and conservation actions. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work, and our Board leadership includes faculty from Cornell and other universities, successful entrepreneurs and managers from the business and non-profit sectors, and conservation-minded citizens from the United States and beyond.

The Cornell Lab is currently home to a vibrant community of several dozen postdoctoral associates working across all twelve programs, and we strive to provide a supportive and collaborative environment for this community that fosters personal growth and career advancement.

Focus of the position:

The Postdoctoral Associate will lead the development of hierarchical models that reconcile multiple data sets to estimate vital rates needed to evaluate the current population status of both the migratory Asian and African populations of Houbara Bustard. Available information for integration includes several decades of GPS tracking data, count data, and mark-recapture data for both captive-bred and wild individuals. The candidate will collaborate with Cornell Lab staff to lead the development of the integrated population model, including validation via simulations. The model will be applied to evaluate the contribution of specific management and conservation actions, and project the contribution of future potential actions, on ensuring the long-term viability of both Houbara populations.

The job duties include:

  • Develop integrated population models, population viability models, and simulate data to meet project goals.

  • Present results at professional meetings, conferences, and popular seminars. Prepare peer reviewed papers and other research products, including reports and relevant information to partners. (80%)

  • Engage in ongoing academic and intellectual life within the Conservation Science and Information Science Programs at the Lab of Ornithology and at Cornell University. (10%)

  • Participate in general project management and working directly with internal and external project collaborators. (5%)

  • Perform related projects and special duties as assigned. (5%)

This is a full-time appointment for two years, appointed annually with the second year conditional on satisfactory performance. This position is located in Ithaca, New York.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in quantitative ecology, applied statistics, or a related field with strong background in statistics and model development.

  • Experience with R and other statistical languages.

  • Ability to apply quantitative methods to answer ecological questions or hypotheses.

  • Strong record of success conducting research and scholarly activities, including publication in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Experience related to integrated population models in ecology, including estimation of demographic parameters.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in ornithology is a bonus, but not required.

To apply:

Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line ( ) .

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter outlining qualifications and interest in the position, curriculum vitae, one example of publication and appendix code, the names and contact details for two references, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion via the website.

Applications will be reviewed as received, continuing until a suitable applicant is identified. For more information, please contact Dr. Viviana Ruiz-Gutierrez ( ) or Dr. Orin Robinson ( ).