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  • Hawaiian Forest Bird Disease Dynamics Project Manager

    Eben Paxton
    • Employer: University of Hawaii Hilo Hawaii Cooperative Studies Unit
      Location: Hawaii Ilsand, Hawaii
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 09/30/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    Hawaiian Forest Bird Disease Dynamics Project Manager. Regular, full-time position with the Hawai‘i Cooperative Studies Unit (HCSU), located at the Kilauea Field Station of the U.S. Geological Survey-Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center (USGS-PIERC) in Volcano, Hawai‘i. Provides project management support for all aspects of research focusing on the ecology and impacts of avian malaria/disease transmission to Hawaiian forest birds. Assists with day-today operation of complex research project that includes mark-recapture banding study, monitoring the condition, physiology, and microbiome community in a wild bird population, and conducting molecular genetic analysis on field collected samples, including DNA extraction, real-time PCR, library prep for genome sequencing, and sequencing of microbiome communities. Assists coordination of project personnel including training of field and lab methods. Ensures high quality data collection in field and lab. Will assist with data analysis, interpretation of results, and dissemination of research findings through presentations, reports, and publications. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelors in Science degree and some graduate level classes in ecology and /or genetics from an accredited college or university in Biology, Zoology, Wildlife Science, or related biological field, and professional experience including: at least one (1) year of using mist nets to capture birds, banding, and taking biological samples; at least one (1) year of work experience in conducting molecular genetic lab work; and at least one (1) year applied statistics and data management. Preference for those with an graduate degree in molecular genetics or disease dynamics; a working knowledge of Hawai‘i’s diverse ecosystems and geography, conservation challenges, native and non-native flora and fauna, principles of Hawai‘i’s terrestrial ecology and conservation biology, and social landscapes; high level proficiency with Program R; and the ability to design research studies and model ecological systems. Salary range is $50,000-$60,000 depending on qualifications. To apply: Go to www.rcuh.com and click on “Job Postings.” Position ID# is 223584. You must submit: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) References, and 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by September 30, 2023. For inquiries, please contact Lori Bufil at 808-932-7977 or Eben Paxton at epaxton@usgs.gov.

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