Postdoctoral research fellow in spatial and movement ecology – Virginia and Kenya

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Front Royal, VA and Laikipia, Kenya
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The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to advance research into wildlife movements and land cover / land use change in Kenya. This is a 2-year position based at SCBI in Virginia and Mpala Research Centre (MRC) in Kenya.

The successful candidate will pursue innovative research in land cover and land use change dynamics, movement ecology, and spatial ecology, and develop applied tools and solutions for regional issues. Potential research topics include regional trends in land cover and land use change; carrying capacity of grasslands under drought stress; impacts of fencing on wildlife movements; and competition between wildlife and livestock for vegetation and water resources. The fellow’s responsibilities will include compiling remote sensing, wildlife occurrence, livestock density, human impact, and other geospatial data across Kenya; collaborating with national agencies and local groups to facilitate data compilation and integration; leading workshops to build capacity in data management and spatial analysis; participating in scientific meetings; and developing scientific publications.

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Preferred qualifications include a PhD in Ecology, Geography, Remote Sensing, or a related field; expertise and experience in remote sensing and GIS, especially multi-temporal analysis of land use and land cover change; analysis skills in R, Python, Java, or other platforms and languages; experience managing international field work; and experience and enthusiasm for teaching in non-traditional environments. The preferred start date is September 2017. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and 3 references to by June 30, 2017. Cover letters should summarize relevant experience and examples of previous international collaborations (or descriptions of how the applicant would develop such relationships).
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Katherine Mertes
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