The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a post-doctoral research associate to analyze, model, and interpret data from a continuing study of the population and community ecology of lowland forest birds in Central Panama. This study constitutes one of the longest-term databases for birds in the Neotropics (over 40 years including roughly 11,000 individuals and 140 species). Expected analyses include assessment of associations in demographic parameters (e.g., apparent survival, population growth rates) with environmental data such as rainfall, assessment of demographic processes such as density dependence, and interspecific variation in temporal trends over the sampling period. The associate will work closely with Drs. Jeff Brawn and T.J. Benson.
Timing, Salary, and Application Process: Starting salary for this full-time 12 month position is $48K and includes full benefits. The position can start as early as January, 2019 and is expected to continue through August, 2020 with the possibility of extension. To apply, please sent a cover letter summarizing qualifications, a current CV, and contact information for at least three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify "Postdoctoral position" in the subject heading.
Qualifications: Applicants must have an earned doctorate in ecology, wildlife or a related field. Demonstrated quantitative skills and experience in the analysis of capture-mark-recapture data (experience with Bayesian hierarchical models and state-space modeling is highly desirable) and proficiency in the use and creation of databases are essential. Expertise in the use of Programs MARK and RMark and related statistical software packages is also essential. The position offers abundant opportunities for publications; thus, demonstrated ability to write clearly and efficiently is expected.