[MARMAM] Post-Doctoral Fellow Position, Sarasota Dolphin Research Program

Jason Allen allenjb at mote.org
Wed Aug 13 06:04:23 PDT 2014


*Post-Doctoral Fellow*

*Sarasota Dolphin Research Program *


The Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP) is a collaborative 
partnership dedicated to dolphin research, conservation, and education. 
The SDRP was started in 1970 through Mote Marine Laboratory when Blair 
Irvine and high school student Randy Wells began a tagging study to find 
out if dolphins in the Sarasota Bay area were residents or moved more 
broadly -- it was the first systematic study of bottlenose dolphin 
ranging patterns.  Findings of multi-decadal, multi-generational 
residency set the stage for the program to continue and develop into new 
areas of research.  Since 1989, the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) has 
led the SDRP partnership, providing an administrative home for the 
long-term program and support for ongoing program operations, including 
the CZS employees who form the core program staff. Mote Marine 
Laboratory, where our initial research was conducted during 1970-1971, 
has provided a base of operations on Sarasota Bay and access to 
laboratory facilities and infrastructure since 1992.  The Program 
Director since the late 1970's, Dr. Randall Wells, guided the SDRP from 
a seasonal operation involving teams of volunteers to its current 
year-round operations with a complement of full and part time staff, who 
work with graduate students, interns, and volunteers.  The Sarasota 
Dolphin Research Program, conducting "the world's longest-running study 
of a wild dolphin population", now is a pre-eminent international center 
for research into the biology, behavior, ecology, health, and impacts of 
human activities on dolphins in Sarasota Bay and elsewhere around the 
world. * http://sarasotadolphin.org

With a research focus on Behavioral Ecology and Population Biology, as 
the Post-Doctoral Fellow, you will develop and implement dolphin 
research projects, including:  research design, proposal preparation for 
extramural funding, data collection and analysis, managing project 
logistics and budget, and reporting to funding agencies.  You will train 
and oversee interns, graduate students, and staff as necessary for data 
collection and processing; prepare reports for peer-reviewed scientific 
publication and presentation; and be responsible for other related 
duties as assigned, including assisting Senior Conservation Scientist 
(Program Director), with program management. 

This position is a full-time, two-year, temporary position.  Incumbent 
should have broad research and conservation interests. 

The requirements for this position include the following: 

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      ·         Ph.D. degree in biology or related field required. 

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      ·         One year of experience leading dolphin photographic
      identification surveys required. 

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      ·         Minimum of two years of experience piloting small boats
      required. 

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      ·         Outstanding verbal and written communication skills,
      including proven ability in writing of reports and scientific
      papers, grant proposal preparation, and oral presentations. 

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      ·         Computer competency required, including skills in
      Microsoft Office, database management, and statistical packages. 

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      ·         Must have a demonstrated ability to work independently
      and prioritize tasks as necessary.  Must have ability to work
      collaboratively. 

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      ·         Must represent the Society in a professional manner at
      all times. 

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      ·         Experience and/or ability to work and interact
      effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience. 

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      ·         Valid driver's license required.  Florida residents must
      possess a valid Florida license within 30 days of hire.  Valid
      out-of-state license required for out-of-state residents. 

The desirable/preferred qualifications include the following:

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      ·         Broad research and conservation interests preferred. 

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      ·         Experience with programs such as FinBase, SOCPROG, MARK,
      R, Bayesian analyses and GIS skills desirable. 

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      ·         Experience leading focal animal behavioral follows
      desirable.  Strong quantitative analytical skills desirable. 

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      ·         Radio-tracking experience desirable. 

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      ·         Multilingual ability, Spanish fluency a plus.

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity 
Employer/Affirmative Action Employer -- Minorities / Women / Veterans / 
Disabled.

CZS would like to fill this position no later than 31 December 2014; 
complete applications should be submitted by 30 September 2014.  If 
interested in being considered for this opportunity, please visit the 
CZS Career Center to obtain more details about the position and to apply 
by submitting your profile, along with your CV.  Please visit our 
website at www.czs.org/czs/careers <http://www.czs.org/czs/careers>.  
Please look for requisition number 574BR.

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