POSTDOCTORAL POSITION ON THE ECOLOGICAL DRIVERS OF DISPERSAL

A postdoctoral position is now available to work on the ecological drivers of dispersal in amphibians (e.g., behavior, metabolism, body size), especially in relation to restored habitats. The position will be jointly supervised by Dr. John Crawford (<http://crawfordlab.weebly.com/>crawfordlab.weebly.com) and Dr. Anthony Dell (<http://www.dellecologylab.org>www.dellecologylab.org) and will be based at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC; <http://www.ngrrec.org>www.ngrrec.org). NGRREC is a state-of-the-art research and education facility located in Illinois on the banks of the Mississippi River approximately 30 minutes from downtown St. Louis. It is anticipated that this research position will involve several components of: 1) mechanistic theory; 2) laboratory experiments; 3) field mesocosm experiments; and 4) field monitoring. In addition, the project will make use of emerging automated tracking methods (see Dell et al. 2014, TREE 29:417-428).

An ideal candidate for this position will have strong quantitative skills, experience with laboratory and/or field experiments (and associated statistical analyses) and a background in dispersal and/or behavioral ecology. Experience with automated tracking software and/or amphibian ecology is advantageous, but not required. Competitive candidates will also have an excellent publication record (commensurate with experience), strong interests in developing their own research questions (within the broad interests of the Crawford and Dell labs), the ability to work independently and in collaborative groups, and excellent verbal and written communication skills. A Ph.D. in ecology or related discipline is required by the start date.

This is an annual position for up to two years, with the second year dependent on satisfactory performance in the first year. Additional funding may become available after two years, with the candidate helping to secure such funds. Salary will be $40,000-$43,000 per year (commensurate with experience), in addition to full-time benefits. To apply, send an email with the subject line “NGRREC Dispersal Postdoc” to both <mailto:joacrawford@lc.edu>joacrawford@lc.edu and <mailto:adell@lc.edu>adell@lc.edu with a single pdf that includes: 1) a cover letter including an introduction and statement of relevant research experience and interests; 2) a CV; and 3) the names and contact information for three professional references. Applicants should also attach up to 3 relevant publications. The position is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. Start date is flexible, but would ideally be on or near September 1, 2015. Review of applications will begin April 3, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Address any questions to both <mailto:joacrawford@lc.edu>joacrawford@lc.edu and <mailto:adell@lc.edu>adell@lc.edu.

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