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Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The Information Science and Technology Program at the Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking to hire an ecological statistician at the level of Research Associate to lead the analysis of data from a large biodiversity data set from the eBird citizen science project in order to estimate species distributions and relative abundances of the Western Hemisphere's shorebird species across their full annual life cycles. This work entails both basic and applied research in order to advance methods for the construction of species distribution models (SDM) that use eBird data. The successful candidate will work within the existing SDM research team and be responsible for directing the development, deployment, and refinement of SDMs focused on shorebirds.
Additional activities include participating in weekly analysis meetings; working extensively with avian biologists in the Information Science and Technology, Bird Population Studies and Conservation Science programs to understand patterns of occurrence and distribution, as well as strategic and tactical pathways, for migrating birds; participate in a collaborative advisory role to lead research into the construction of SDMs for birds; promote interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration; participate in writing peer-reviewed publications, disseminating results at conferences, and the preparation of funding proposals. The position requires collaboration with external partners in academia, government, and industry.
- PhD in ecology, statistics, wildlife biology, or related field; and must be highly proficient understanding of the analysis of avian field research, migration biology, processing and analysis of large datasets, and publication of scientific results.
- Knowledge of managing large datasets and statistical processes to estimate species distributions is essential.
- Must be able to communicate effectively and work as part of a diverse team, including researchers and technicians within various programs at the Lab of Ornithology, as well as collaborators in outside organizations.
- Must have a record of original independent research and peer-reviewed publications.
- Experience securing funding for research and development grants and/or contracts required.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Must have a record of successfully reporting and meeting schedules and milestones research projects that involve multiple stages, complex budgets, and several participants.
This is a full-time, 3-year appointment pending renewable funding.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please send a single pdf file containing a letter of application outlining qualifications and experience for the position, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details for three references. Email to email@example.com or in hard copy to Sue Taggart, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, 291A Johnson Center for Birds & Biodiversity, Ithaca, NY 14850. Inquiries about position specifics can be directed to Steve Kelling at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applicants will continue until the position is filled.
University Job Title:Research Associate
Level:No Grade - Annual
Pay Rate Type:Salary
Contact Name:Sue Taggart
Number of Openings:1
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