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Post-Doctoral Position in Salamander Conservation and Reproductive Physiology

The Memphis Zoo is seeking a post-doctoral fellow who will be responsible for conducting research on salamander reproductive physiology, under the general direction of the Director of Research and Conservation at the Memphis Zoo. The candidate will work on several different threatened and common species of salamanders during the two (2) year post-doctoral fellowship and will be located at Mississippi State University (MSU) as part of a multi-institutional effort. The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will be hosting the candidate and the applicant will be co-supervised by the department chair. Research work may include the development of novel hormone protocols for sperm production and ovulation, in-vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, cryopreservation of gametes and in general improving reproductive output within captive assurance colonies. 

This two year position is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the conservation of native salamander species including, but not limited to, Hellbenders, Alabama Warrior Waterdog, Blue-spotted Salamander, and Flatwoods Salamander. Common model species that the candidate will be working with include Mudpuppies and Tiger Salamanders. The candidate will also assist with a multi-institutional program for the conservation of Chinese Giant Salamanders. The Memphis Zoo and MSU have a dynamic multi-disciplinary amphibian conservation team (numerous post-docs and graduate students) that will work collaboratively with the candidate on these various programs. The applicant will also oversee volunteers and students that assist with care of the research amphibian colony and be responsible for their husbandry.

The successful applicant will 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 relevant investigations; assist with the daily operations of the reproductive physiology laboratory; compile and maintain complete and accurate research and conservation records through database entry, design and management of data; produce periodic progress reports for granting agencies related to projects the applicant is working on, publish scientific articles on the research projects; interface with other staff members; present research findings both nationally and internationally; represent the Zoo and University 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 initial term of this position is two (2) years, and it is supported by an external grant.

Requirements: a Ph.D. degree in Animal Science, Biology, Zoology, or a related field with an emphasis in reproductive physiology and/or herpetology; candidate should have experience working with some of the techniques described above; have a high degree of motivation; a multi-tasking orientation and high degree of organization; the ability to work well in a group environment and 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 in China. We will consider any combination of education and experience which provides the necessary skills, knowledge and abilities. The term of this exempt grant-funded position is two (2) years and includes benefits eligibility after 90 days.


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the following items: (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) transcripts from graduate school; and (4) contact information for three professional references including affiliation, address, phone number, and email address, and indicate how they know you. The cover letter should specifically address how previous experience addresses the skills and tasks required for this position. You may include the completed application as a pdf attachment to the email or may fax it to Human Resources at            901-333-6501      . Applications with incomplete materials will not be considered. Phone calls and walk-ins 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 noncitizen national of the U.S., a lawful permanent resident, or an alien authorized to work until a certain expiration date. EOE

The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
24 October 2011

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