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Post Doctoral Associate

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
Escondido, United States Posted: February 10, 2024


The Post-Doctoral Associate oversees research projects and performs a variety of assigned research and diagnostic activities, while completing post-doctoral training in a specialized area of scientific research. This position reports to Scientist level or higher in the Conservation Science & Wildlife Health department.

WHAT YOU WILL DO
  • Oversee assigned research projects.
  • Collect, process, and enters research data.
  • Perform experiments and measurements.
  • Interpret and analyze research results and revises procedures as necessary.
  • Establish and maintain databases.
  • Document research methodology and results.
  • Prepare progress reports.
  • Conduct and oversee investigations of study subjects.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
  • The Disease Investigations group within San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance has an opening for a postdoctoral fellowship.
  • The available position is a full-time, three-year research fellowship for a post-doctoral level researchers with experience in epidemiology and disease modeling.
  • The position is ideal for those interested in applying their epidemiological skill set to solve problems in wildlife conservation associated with infectious disease.
  • The postdoctoral fellowship will focus on applied epidemiology research related to understanding the dynamics and risk of a viral infection in African elephants, elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV).
  • Qualifications include a PhD in epidemiology or PhD in a field of biological science with a strong epidemiology and/or disease modeling component.
  • Experience in interpretation of molecular, medical, and behavior data is highly desired.
  • Competitive candidates will have strong skills in epidemiology study design, database design, quantitative data analysis, and modeling; experience using statistical software is needed. Other desired qualifications include previous work with elephant disease and/or herpesviruses.
  • Postdoctoral fellows will have the opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary team that includes veterinary epidemiologists, veterinary pathologists, veterinary scientists, clinical veterinarians, an endocrinologist, behavior specialists, and national and international research partners.
JOB EXPERIENCE
  • Position responsible for ensuring compliance with established guidelines.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
  • Post Doctorate or Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine or equivalent specialized training required.
SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
  • Specialization area preferred. (e.g., population biologist, demography, or genetics)
  • Able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Able to operate moderately complex computer software programs
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others in a diverse environment.
  • Knowledge of science communication or interpretation of scientific concepts.
SOME OF THE PERKS YOU WILL ENJOY AS A TEAM MEMBER
  • Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Family Passes
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Local and In-House Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program
Salary Range:
  • $71,200 to $78,760

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