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Recovery Ecology Post Doctoral Associate

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
Escondido, United States Posted: April 04, 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 Burrowing Owl Recovery Team at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance has an opening for a full-time, 3-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in ecological population modeling using bioacoustic data and machine learning-backed detection and classification to develop approaches for monitoring burrowing owls and other affiliated species in southern California.
  • Working closely with the Recovery Ecology and Population Sustainability Conservation Technology Teams, the Fellow will work to pioneer the application of bioacoustic monitoring of grassland ecosystems and work collaboratively to develop protocols land managers and agencies can use to support regional monitoring of burrowing owls and associated species, with opportunities for retrospective analyses of more than 10 years of ecological and population data on burrowing owls in southern California.
  • Qualifications include a PhD in Ecology, Computer Science, Wildlife Conservation and Management, or similar field of study, strong quantitative skills, experience in collecting, processing, and analyzing passive acoustic data, and experience developing detection and classification models for such data using machine learning approaches and/or other methods of signal processing.
  • Ideal candidates will demonstrate a strong record of collaborative research and productivity, have experience analyzing passive acoustic data for taxa specific detections and patterns in biodiversity, and incorporating these data into population models.
  • The Fellow will have opportunities to work with a multidisciplinary team within the department of Conservation Science and Wildlife Health, including population and reproductive scientists, conservation geneticists, behavioral ecologists, veterinary scientists, pathologists, and clinicians, as well as a diverse collaborative network of academic, agency, and non-profit partners dedicated to burrowing owl conservation within a complex management and policy landscape.
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. (i.e. 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
  • Salary Range: $71,200 to $78,760

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