We are currently trying to find good candidates for a postdoc position focused on the landscape ecology/epidemiology of amphibian deformities. This position is jointly sponsored by the University of Colorado and the USFWS and will primarily involve analyses of a large-scale, long-term database on amphibian abnormalities. This would be a great opportunity for a motivated individual with the right set of skills in landscape ecology and epidemiology. I wanted to pass this your way in case you knew of any good candidates who might be interested. It would need to be someone who can work at the interface between disciplines so I can be a bit flexible on background requirements.
Creative and motivated candidates are invited to apply for a Postdoctoral Scientist position working at the intersection of spatial ecology and amphibian conservation at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The position will be co-sponsored by the University of Colorado and the US Fish and Wildlife Service Amphibian Abnormality Project. The selected individual will have a unique opportunity to spearhead analyses of one of the largest and longest-running databases on abnormal amphibians, which now includes 10 years, 675 sites, and more than 70,000 examined amphibians (http://www.fws.gov/contaminants/Issues/Amphibians.cfm). Analyses will evaluate how malformation risk varies among species and across space, including local, regional, and continental spatial scales, and what environmental factors best account for observed patterns in amphibian abnormalities. The selected candidate will also be encouraged to develop and pursue his or her own research questions using this database, which includes information on amphibian communities, the types and frequencies of morphological abnormalities, the identity and intensity of more than 30 endo- and ectoparasites, and additional data (e.g., water chemistry, local land use, etc.) for selected wildlife refuges.
Interested applicants must have a background in landscape ecology and spatial analyses along with familiarity working with large databases. Experience with ArcGIS and Microsoft Access is a prerequisite and individuals with previous experience in landscape ecology and spatial epidemiology are preferred. Prior experience with amphibians is not essential but may be beneficial. Target start date is January 2012. Interested applicants should send (as a single pdf) the following: a complete CV, contact information for 3 references, and a brief statement of research interests related to this position (www.colorado.edu/eeb/facultysites/pieter). APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL THE POSITION IS FILLED OR NOVEMBER 15TH.
Pieter Johnson, PhD
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Ramaley N122, CB334
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309