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POSTDOC Opening: Disease Ecology & Tropical Amphibian Conservation

A postdoctoral position is available in lab of Dr. Karen Lips, Department of Biology,
University of Maryland, College Park. Creative and enthusiastic candidates are invited to
apply for a Postdoctoral Scientist position working at the intersection of disease ecology
and amphibian conservation in the neotropics. Dr. Lips is working on a variety of projects
related to the abundance and diversity of amphibians and the impact of Batrachochytrium
dendrobatidis (Bd) on individuals, populations, and species at multiple
sites in Central and South America. The position will focus on host-pathogen interactions
at multiple spatial scales, including large-scale field surveys, indoor/outdoor
experiments, and spatial analyses at multiple scales.

To qualify, applicants should have a background in disease ecology, mark-recapture
techniques, population biology, physiology, or related field, demonstration of strong
analytical and writing skills, a record of consistent and high-quality publications, and the
ability to work independently. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience
in Latin America, working with host-pathogen systems, physiology and/or in population

Primary responsibilities of this position include: (1) conducting mark-recapture studies of
target species of amphibians at multiple sites in Panama and Costa Rica, (2) quantifying
disease prevalence of infection among species, habitats and sites, (3) studying amphibian
thermal physiology, (4) analyzing data and writing manuscripts, (5) contributing to
preparation of grant proposals for future work, and (6) coordinating projects of
undergraduate students involved in similar research in the lab.

Starting salary is $36,000 plus University of Maryland benefits. Funds are available for one
year, and renewable for a second pending satisfactory progress. This position will be
based at the University of Maryland, College Park, but will include fieldwork in Central and
South America. Starting date is negotiable.

Review of applications will begin 1 September 2009 and continue until a suitable
candidate is found. Target start date is Fall 2009. Interested applicants should send a pdf
of their CV, contact information for four references, and a brief statement of research
interests to

Dr. Karen R. Lips
Department of Biology
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland 20742

The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
11 August 2009

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