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Post Doctoral Reseacher

Hiring Organization:
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Date Posted:
2018-11-29

Position Description:
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is seeking a post-doctoral researcher to explore hypothesis-driven questions about mountain gorilla social behavior, reproductive strategies, life history decisions, and conservation. The successful candidate will use the Fossey Fund?s unique long-term databases to publish multiple high-priority papers relevant to gorilla/primate sociobiology, life history, demography and conservation. Existing datasets include demography, ranging, hormones, behavior, and genetics; the successful candidate will be expected to quickly start analysis and manuscript preparation. Please see Fossey Fund website (https://gorillafund.org/what-we-do/scientific-research/) for topics of recent research interest to the Fossey Fund.

This position will not involve direct field work/data collection on gorillas. Beyond producing scientific papers, it is estimated that approximately 15% of time will be allocated to assisting with data management and archiving and to working with Fossey Fund staff to build scientific capacity. There will also be the opportunity to participate in the supervision and scientific capacity building of Rwandan undergraduate biology students. Position will be based at the Fossey Fund's Karisoke Research Center in Musanze, Rwanda for significant portions of time.

Position is for a year with potential for addition year(s) based on performance. Potential candidates should send a CV and letter of interest that includes specific reference to areas of potential research using the long-term database to Helen Law, hlaw@gorillafund.org.

Qualifications/Experience:
Candidate must have a PhD in a relevant field (biology, zoology, anthropology, etc), previous post doctoral experience a benefit.

Interested candidates should be highly motivated, productive, independent, and have extensive experience working with large data sets, sophisticated statistical skills (e.g. using generalized linear mixed models, population or agent-based modeling; spatial and temporal analysis; social network analysis; demographic analysis), statistical programming through R or other software, and be able to efficiently write and revise manuscripts.

The candidate must be able to work effectively in a team with members from a variety of backgrounds, and have outstanding written and verbal communication skills. The applicant must be interested in multi-disciplinary science and field research and have a solid publication record that illustrates the ability to conduct novel, independent research. The ideal candidate would have conducted previous multi-disciplinary behavioral and/or ecological research on primates or other social mammals in a field setting and have mentored students.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Staff housing is available in Rwanda.

Term of Appointment:
First quarter 2019

Application Deadline:
Open until filled but suggest applying ASAP as interviews will be scheduled as applications are received

Contact Information:
Helen Law
800 Cherokee Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30315
USA

Website:
http://www.gorillafund.org

E-mail Address:
hlaw@gorillafund.org

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