We are seeking an individual to join our group as a postdoctoral fellow to investigate a role of West Nile Virus (WNV) in changes to bird populations. The primary project will be to analyze survival rates and other population indices of the avifauna of the Eastern US as well as WNV incidence. The goal is to better understand any effect WNV may have on bird populations. The candidate will work collaboratively with Pennsylvania Game Commission biologists as well as other state agencies to gather regional datasets, conduct analyses, and prepare a manuscript. In addition, the postdoc will be able to contribute to other ongoing projects within the Wildlife Futures Program, a new wildlife health initiative between PennVet and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Publication of collaborative research findings in peer-reviewed journals, representing the Wildlife Futures Program at professional meetings and trainings, and assisting with educational and outreach activities will all be expected. The work will be conducted under the guidance of Roderick (Erick) Gagne, a wildlife disease ecologist.
The position is located at PennVet New Bolton Center in Chester County, PA. New Bolton Center is in the beautiful Brandywine Valley where there are many nearby opportunities for outdoor recreation and cultural attractions, including Longwood Gardens, Brandywine River Museum of Art, vineyards, breweries, and a vibrant restaurant scene including downtown Kennett Square. In addition, the postdoc will be a part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Biomedical Postdoctoral Program Home | Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs | Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (upenn.edu) The program emphasizes career and personal development and strives to provide the highest quality training in and outside of the labs. There will be opportunities for the postdoc to travel to Philadelphia (~35 miles) as well as remotely participate in programing provided by the program.
A Ph.D. in a related field (e.g., Ecology, Wildlife Management) and strong quantitative skills (e.g., GLMM) are required. Expertise working with R and database software is preferred. Experience working with “large data” to examine the relative importance of multiple factors to changes in population size is an important aspect of this position. The ability to collaborate and clearly communicate written and verbal scientific objectives to a broad is required. Above all else the position requires someone committed to a safe, respectful, and diverse working environment.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Erick Gagne, email@example.com. Review of applications will begin February 11th but the position will remain open until filled. The position is for one year and pay will be based upon the NIH postdoc scale (starts at $53,760). Please feel free to reach out with any questions about the position.