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  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Community Ecology of Bird Migration

    • Employer: University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Appalachian Laboratory
      Location: Frostburg, MD
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Start: Review of applications will begin March 15, 2022 and continue until a qualified candidate is found. Start date is spring 2022 or as soon as possible.

    Research Group and Location: The successful candidate will be part of the Animal Migration Research Group at University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), Appalachian Laboratory (http://research.al.umces.edu/emily-cohen/). We pursue questions about en route biology, recognizing that migration occurs within the context of the full annual cycle and is inclusive of both flight and stopover. Our work focuses on answering fundamental questions about migration biology including how and why migration is changing and migratory species are declining. We also develop tools for the inclusion of stopover and airspace habitats into conservation and management efforts for migratory species.

    The UMCES Appalachian Laboratory (https://www.umces.edu/al) is located in Frostburg, MD and strives to prepare researchers to meet future challenges in the protection of natural resources, biodiversity conservation and land management. The Appalachian Laboratory is a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment unique to smaller, research-intensive institutions. Frostburg is a small college town with a low cost of living and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. Nearby amenities include numerous state forests and wildlife areas, scenic Appalachian Mountains and Frostburg State University.

    Project description: This position is funded by a research project recently awarded by National Science Foundation, titled “CAREER: Community Ecology of Bird Migration – Co-Occurring Migrations and Interspecific Interactions” (https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2146052&HistoricalAwards=false). Despite advances in our understanding of animal migration broadly, co-migrations remain largely unexplored. This work will test the notion that understanding animal migrations requires moving beyond single specie studies and towards integrative approaches that consider migrating animals as communities engaged in networks of ecological interactions. The Fellow will lead research tasks pairing data collected by weather surveillance radar with migration monitoring at banding stations to test theoretical predictions about the drivers of community assembly for nocturnally migrating birds. The Fellow will have a leadership role in planning, management, execution, and publication of this aspect of the research project including developing spatiotemporal models that integrate the multiple existing datasets (i.e., weather surveillance radar, long-term migration banding, and meteorological conditions) which will form the foundation of much of the proposed research.

    Principal supervisor: Emily B. Cohen, PhD (she/her), Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Appalachian Laboratory, Phone: 301-689-7161, Email: Emily.Cohen@UMCES.edu

    Required Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a proven publication record with a doctoral degree in Ecology, Biology, or a related field. We seek a candidate who is highly motivated, able to work independently, and good at communicating with a team. Proficiency using R is required. Experience with spatial, movement, or network modeling is preferred. Some field experience and/or natural history knowledge of animal migration is beneficial.

    Salary: Starting salary will be $50,000 per year with excellent state employee benefits including medical, dental, and life insurance. This is a two-year position that will be appointed on an annual basis, dependent upon candidate’s performance.

    Application Materials: Prospective candidates should submit the following documents via the UMCES employment portal: https://umces.peopleadmin.com/postings/1504 1) a cover letter describing relevant research experience, interests and goals, 2) a current CV, 3) a writing sample (preferably published) and 4) contact information for three references. Inquiries received before March 1st will receive priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled.

    The University requires all employees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or have an approved medical or religious exemption on file at time of hire.

    UMCES is an affirmative action, EOE.  Individuals with disabilities, veterans, women and minorities

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