The Center for North American Herpetology
21 August 2009
Position Opening at Memphis Zoo
POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN AMPHIBIAN REPRODUCTIVE PHYSIOLOGY
The Memphis Zoo is seeking a post-doctoral fellow who will be responsible for coordinating and conducting reproductive research for endangered amphibians, under the general direction of the Director of Research and Conservation. Responsibilities will include: develop and coordinate a reproductive research program for conservation of amphibians, centered on the creation of a genetic resource bank for endangered anurans,
novel hormone protocols for sperm production and ovulation, in-vitro fertilization and improving captive husbandry and reproduction; organize relevant amphibian field projects to complement the ex-situ reproductive research program; design and implement amphibian reproductive studies of interest to the candidate; husbandry and care of research amphibian collection; mentor and coordinate volunteers, graduate and undergraduate students involved with reproductive studies; provide assistance to all senior
scientists, research associates, graduate students, and/or post-doctoral fellows in conducting investigations related to the collection; assist with the daily operations of the physiology and nutrition laboratory; compile and maintain complete and accurate research and conservation records through database entry, design and management of data including statistical analysis; produce periodic progress reports, scientific publications and financial statements on the amphibian research program; interface with other staff members; present research findings both nationally and internationally; represent the Zoo
at professional meetings and assist collaborators at other institutions; perform other related duties as assigned to support the mission of the research and conservation department and in order to achieve the goals, mission, and objectives of the Zoo. The term of this position is two (2) years, and it is supported by an external grant.
Requirements: a Ph.D. degree in Biology, Zoology, Animal Science or a related field with an emphasis on reproductive physiology; candidate should have a minimum of two (2) years experience working with amphibians and have one (1) year of experience with reproductive biotechnologies; high degree of motivation; multi-task orientation; high degree of organization; ability to work well in a group environment; ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; ability to prepare written material and analyze data for reports; familiarity with use of Windows-based PCs and computer programs, to include a variety of word processing and database management computer programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, statistical programs, e-mail, and Internet research; familiarity with use of basic office equipment, which may include telephones, typewriters, fax machines, copiers, and other standard office equipment; ability to work indoors or outdoors in all types of weather conditions. The work schedule may include days, weekends, evenings, or holidays as needed and may require travel to other institutions,
collaborating zoological parks, and/or universities in North America and internationally. We will consider any combination of education and experience, that provides the necessary skills, knowledge and abilities. The term of this exempt grant-funded position is two (2) years and includes benefits.
Apply by 1 October 2009. Applications may be downloaded from the Zoo’s website at
and submitted at the Zoo or mailed to the attention of
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, Tennessee 38112
Send a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, transcripts from graduate school, and the
names and contact information of three (3) professional references. The cover letter
should specifically address how previous experience addresses the skills and tasks
required for this position.
Walk-in interviews, phone calls, and email are not accepted. Applicants must be work-
authorized individuals in the U.S., as specified by Form I-9, which includes a citizen of the
U.S., a non-citizen national of the U.S., a lawful permanent resident, or an alien authorized
to work until a certain expiration date.
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