We’re looking for an outstanding candidate to apply for the Grand Challenges Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellows Program at Chapman University in California under the supervision of Dr. Walter Piper. The position offers an attractive and rewarding blend of undergraduate teaching (30%) and cutting-edge Common Loon research and analysis (70%). Fellows are responsible for teaching foundational coursework on critical thinking in the sciences, as well as for mentoring student teams applying critical thinking to solving problems of global importance. Research duties include publishing papers looking at range-wide patterns in Common Loon population dynamics, as well as mining a rich 30-year dataset from a uniquely-color-marked population of hundreds of loon pairs to answer timely behavioral, ecological, and evolutionary questions of interest. The research builds especially on recent findings that Common Loon productivity and survivorship are declining in parts of Ontario and Wisconsin. Research will be conducted in close collaboration with Dr. Kristin Bianchini and Dr. Doug Tozer at Birds Canada in Ontario and Dr. Mark Mallory at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, and will involve interaction with dozens of other loon researchers throughout North America, providing a rich opportunity for an early-career scientist to build their CV.
The position requires a PhD in a related field along with strong interest in undergraduate teaching and advanced skills and experience in seeking out, assembling, and statistically analyzing large, messy, widely-scattered datasets. The position is based at Chapman University in Orange, California, and is expected to start in late summer 2022. Compensation is USD $62,400 per year with potential for extension for 2–3 years, plus benefits, research support, and personalized professional development in teaching and research.
To apply, please email no later than Sun 20 February the following: 1) a brief covering letter summarizing your suitability for the position, 2) your updated CV, and 3) contact details for 3 references to Dr. Walter Piper: firstname.lastname@example.org. We very much thank all those who contact us, but only applicants we feel are a good fit for the position will be contacted to proceed further. We highly encourage women and visible minorities to apply for this position.
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