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  • Postdoctoral scholar position in bioacoustics, quantitative ecology, data science

    Tessa Rhinehart
    • Employer: University of Pittsburgh
      Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    The Kitzes Lab at the University of Pittsburgh (http://kitzeslab.org) is seeking applications for up to two postdoctoral associates with expertise in bioacoustics, quantitative ecology, ornithology, machine learning, and/or data science. The ideal candidate will contribute to our long-term goal of developing and applying acoustic survey methods to study the ecology and conservation of birds, frogs, and other sound-producing taxa. Depending on candidate interests and skills, the position may be financially supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Potential research areas include using acoustic survey methods to:

    - Identify the direct and indirect drivers of population and community change for birds, frogs, insects, bats, and mammals
    - Spatially localize individual birds and mammals in heterogeneous landscapes using arrays of time-synchronized acoustic recorders
    - Survey populations of rare and endangered frog species at field sites across Pennsylvania, California, Panama, and Brazil
    - Understand the factors driving population change in Golden-Winged Warbler, Wood Thrush, Cerulean Warbler, and other avian species of interest in restored forests across Pennsylvania

    The associate will also:

    - Lead the writing of scientific manuscripts
    - Support the writing of research grants
    - Mentor graduate and undergraduate students

    The start date for the position is flexible, and applicants may join the lab any time between January and June of 2022. The initial appointment will be for one year, with funding available for a second year pending a positive first year review. Postdoctoral Associates at Pitt receive benefits including health insurance, access to libraries and recreational facilities on campus, free access to public transit, and paid vacation days.

    Interested applicants should send an email (justin.kitzes@pitt.edu) that includes (1) a cover letter describing your interest in this position, prior research, and plans for future research, (2) your CV, (3) the names of three references, and (4) a writing sample. Review of applications will begin in early September and will continue until the positions are filled.

    Please see our lab website (http://kitzeslab.org) and the website of the Department of Biological Sciences (http://www.biology.pitt.edu/) for more information about the department, other faculty and students, the university, and the city of Pittsburgh.

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