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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Added October 10th 2012

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) at Michigan State University has an opening for an ecologist to investigate the consequences of cellulosic bioenergy production systems for biodiversity and ecosystem services. The successful candidate will design and direct studies examining the impacts of cellulosic biomass crops on insect biodiversity and ecosystem services at the landscape scale. In addition, the position will hold responsibility for helping to coordinate a team of researchers examining similar impacts on plant and
microbial diversity. We are particularly interested in applicants with excellent organizational and communication skills and some combination of experience in landscape ecology, spatial analysis, GIS, and evaluation of insect-mediated ecosystem services including biological pest control or pollination. A PhD degree in Entomology, Ecology or a related discipline preferred. A valid driver’s license is required. The position will be located in E. Lansing, Michigan with frequent travel throughout the lower peninsula of Michigan. This is a one year position with potential for renewal. Salary and benefits are highly competitive.
Applications should be submitted as a single pdf file and include a CV, summary of relevant research experience, and names and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2012 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Candidates able to start before April 1 are preferred. Application materials should be sent electronically to Douglas Landis (landisd@msu.edu). More information about the GLBRC can be found at www.greatlakesbioenergy.org/. MSU is an affirmative-action, equalopportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

 

Science Advisor - Ecological Modeller, (Temporary) Transformation and Threats, Science & Technical Group, Christchurch, Band F, National Office

Added October 27 2012

The Department is seeking to employ an experienced ecological modeller for a three-year term to produce models, programming code, new research questions and the refinement of models. The general area for this research is control of invasive mammals to achieve conservation of native wildlife and ecosystems. The successful candidate is likely to have published work that includes Bayesian methods.
The position will be domiciled in Christchurch but the person would be expected to travel and work with both Department of Conservation and Landcare Research scientific staff.
This vacancy is offered as a 3 year fixed term contract or secondment opportunity. Secondments from other organisations will be considered.
Applications must include a completed DOC application for employment form, a CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description.
The DM number for the role description is DOCDM-769739 and the DOC application for employment form is DOCDM-249309.
For more information please contact Sue Wallace, swallace@doc.govt.nz, or the Science and Technical Group, telephone (04) 4713 210 quoting vacancy 50/4610/01T.
Applications close with Sue Wallace, swallace@doc.govt.nz in the Science and Technical Group, at noon on Monday 2 November 2012.

PhD Scholarship: Linking plant carbon input with changes in soil carbon storage in response to land-use change
Added 10th October 2012
We seek a PhD candidate to join a 3-year research programme at the University of Canterbury in collaboration with Landcare Research, New Zealand. The research will investigate soil carbon dynamics in relation to soil management and land use change. The programme will be supervised by Professor Matthew Turnbull at the University of Canterbury and Dr David Whitehead and Professor Peter Millard at Landcare Research, Lincoln.
The person:
We seek a PhD candidate with a demonstrated high level of academic achievement at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. He/she will be required to have a BSc (Hons) or equivalent to enrol as a PhD candidate at the University of Canterbury. The candidate will require a background in plant physiology, soil science or plant-soil interactions. Some background in measuring carbon exchange at whole-plant and/or ecosystems scales and/or soil respiration would be preferable. Some background working with stable isotopes would be an advantage. The PhD candidate will be required to undertake both fieldwork and lab-based investigations in the course of his/her research.
The PhD stipend will be for three years at NZ$25,000 p.a. (tax free) plus payment of tuition fees (approximately NZ$8,000). Research costs will also be covered.
The project:
Land-use change, involving conversion from low-intensity to high-intensity management systems, is one of the major global change drivers with major impacts on agricultural sustainability. In New Zealand, there has been a large-scale change in land-use in the Canterbury region in the last decade with the conversion from low intensity (dry-land) to high intensity (dairy) grazing systems. This is an important component of economic development of the region. Importantly, conversion to dairy farming involves irrigation and the addition of fertiliser to the previously rain-fed systems. The sustainability of agricultural systems is dependent upon the maintenance of soil quality, a strong component of which is soil carbon content. In a braoder sense, the sustainability of land management practices should also include an assessment of their impacts in terms of net greenhouse gas emissions. Increased soil carbon storage provides an opportunity to offset such emissions.
Our current understanding is unclear in terms of the impacts intensive farm management on long-term soil carbon storage. The PhD project will develop and apply innovative methods to quantify the links between pasture grass carbon inputs, losses and thus net storage in a newly-converted dairy farm. The research will improve our understanding of how land management and other environmental factors regulate carbon gain/loss. It is expected that results from the work will lead to improved understanding of soil carbon stocks at regional and national scales and recommend best management practices to avoid carbon losses in intensively-grazed grasslands.
The proposed start date for the research is February 2013, although this could be flexible depending on the availability of appropriate candidates.
Applications + Contact
For more information please contact:
Prof. Matthew Turnbull, School of Biological Sciences
University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel +64 3 364 2987 (Ext 7040)
Fax +64 3 364 2590
Email: matthew.turnbull@canterbury.ac.nz
Applications in writing, including CV, should be sent to the email address above, by Friday 2nd November.
 


Postdoctoral Researcher in Tropical Forest Ecology - Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
Added 10th October 2012

Fixed term for 36 months

Annual salary: £29,249 - £35,938 with a discretionary range to £39,257

We are recruiting a postdoctoral researcher for a NERC-project entitled ‘Natural enemies, climate, and the maintenance of tropical tree diversity.’ This is a fixed-term post for 36 months. The project will involve a combination of manipulative field and screenhouse experiments in Panama, and the collection and analysis of datasets on the dynamics of rainforest tree seedlings. This position will be associated with the University of Oxford (UK) but with extensive periods of fieldwork in Panama.

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to undertake and publish high-quality original scientific research in collaboration with the project team. He or she must be prepared to spend significant periods of time based at the project’s field site in Panama. In the field, full-time research assistants will contribute to fieldwork and greenhouse experiments under the day-to-day supervision of the postdoctoral researcher. The project also has an ecological modeling component, which will largely be carried out by a second postdoctoral researcher based at the University of Sheffield.

Applicants must have a PhD/DPhil in an ecological topic, experience of fieldwork in tropical forests and a thorough knowledge and experience of experimental design and analysis.
Applications must be received before midday on Monday 15 October 2012 and you will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement to your online application.

Further particulars are available at www.recruit.ox.ac.uk (Vacancy ID 104596).
For informal enquiries please contact Dr Owen Lewis (owen.lewis@zoo.ox.ac.uk).

 

Lecturer in Marine Science : Dunedin, New Zealand

Added October 5th 2012

DEPARTMENT OF MARINE SCIENCE, SCIENCES DIVISION

Two positions (one Confirmation Path and one Fixed Term - three years)

The Department of Marine Science at the University of Otago, New Zealand (www.otago.ac.nz/marinescience), seeks applicants for two Lecturers [equivalent to Assistant Professor in the North American system] in Marine Science (one confirmation-path [equivalent to tenure track in the North American system] position and one three year Fixed Term position). The successful candidates are expected to take up duties by 1 July 2013.

Applicants are expected to hold a PhD degree and be active researchers, as evidenced by high quality publications, in an area of Marine Science that will allow them to contribute to teaching and student research supervision in one or more of the following research and teaching strands: physical oceanography, marine geology, marine ecology, marine biology, aquaculture and fisheries. We are particularly interested in applications from individuals whose research integrates two or more of these areas.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate potential to develop an internationally recognized research programme, which can take advantage of New Zealand opportunities. Facilities available for the successful applicant include the Portobello Marine Laboratory on the Otago Peninsula, field stations in Fiordland and Stewart Island and research vessels for both local and offshore work.

Specific enquiries may be directed to Professor Gary Wilson, Head of Department, Department of Marine Science, Tel 03 4794104, Fax 03 4798336, Email gary.wilson@otago.ac.nz. Information about the Department can be obtained from the website www.otago.ac.nz/marinescience

Applications quoting reference number 1201106 will close on Saturday 20 October 2012.

 

PHD POSITION IN APPLIED ECOLOGY – NEST SURVIVAL IN GROUSE (3years), NORWAY

Added September 17 2012

HEDMARK UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
The Faculty of Forestry and Wildlife Management

THE PHD POSITION IN APPLIED ECOLOGY
A 100% position as a PhD student in applied ecology is available at Hedmark University College, Faculty of Applied Ecology and Agricultural Sciences at Evenstad from 01.01.2013 till 31.12.2015. The candidate will be supervised by Torstein Storaas and Tomas Willebrand at Hedmark University College. In cooperation with Nord-Trøndelag University College we have for 3 years collected data on capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus), black grouse (Tetrao tetrix) and willow ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) nests by digital camera technics. The PhD student will follow up this cooperation, and may extend the camera project in collaboration with new research groups in Norway and abroad. The project will evaluate methods and document temporal and spatial variation in nest losses in grouse related to habitat, forestry and predator species and densities. The PhD-student will become a member of the small game research group at the University College and may relate the nest survival work to work on red fox (Vulpes vulpes), grouse densities and voles. The overall aim is to get a better understanding of the small game community in the boreal zone.

Qualifications: A master degree in ecology or equivalent education is required for this position. We are looking for applicants with solid ecological knowledge. The candidate must be qualified for admission to the PhD study in Applied Ecology at Hedmark University College. Candidates with relevant field experience, including use of pointing dogs, may be prioritized. We are searching for reliable candidates who can work independently, but who will also function well in our team. An extended contact with Norwegian speaking forest workers and pointing dog owners is needed. Experience with media, popular publications and public meetings will be valued. We emphasize personal qualifications when appointing personnel to the faculty.

Salary: Salary follows the State salary scale for scholarship holders, position code 1017, salary framework 20, alternative 8, starting in salary step 50 which currently constitutes NOK 416 600 gross per year. For
particularly well qualified applicants, code 1378 can be used. Life assurance and occupational injuries insurance are included. Pension contributions to Statens pensjonskasse will be deducted. Questions about the position or work environment can be directed to Harry P. Andreassen, tlf +47 62430852/ 92831202, e-mail: harry.andreassen@hihm.no or to the dean.

Other conditions: The national workforce should, to the greatest possible extent, reflect the diversity of the population. There is therefore a personnel policy goal to achieve a balanced age and sex composition and recruit from ethnic minority groups.

Application: Applications should be made to Hedmark University College. The application and CV should be marked 2012/1097 and submitted electronically on the college website: www.hihm.no/job-opportunities.
Do not send certificates and references with the application, we may ask for them later.

Application deadline: September 23, 2012

 

PHD POSITION IN APPLIED ECOLOGY – SPATIAL ANALYSES OF THE SCNADINAVIAN WOLF POPULATION (3 years), NORWAY

Added September 17 2012

HEDMARK UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
The Faculty of Forestry and Wildlife Management

THE PHD POSITION IN APPLIED ECOLOGY
A 100% position as a PhD student in applied ecology is available at Hedmark University College, Faculty of Applied Ecology and Agricultural Sciences at Evenstad from 01.01.2013 till 31.12.2015. The candidate will be supervised by Harry P. Andreassen and Petter Wabakken at Hedmark University College and Håkan Sand at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Grimsö). In this project we will also collaborate with other national and international scientific groups. The Scandinavian wolf population has been described in detail with regard to behaviour, demography and genetics by the Scandinavian wolf research cooperation called SKANDULV. We now aim at improving how spatial habitat variations determine wolf behaviour and demography, and population distribution. The Scandinavian wolf population is an ideal study object as it is so well known and because it is limited in space. It is also important to study wolf populations due to the conflicts imposed by wolves challenging international, national, regional and local management authorities. In this project we will 1) describe wolf behaviour from GPS collared individuals through descriptors of movement decisions related to the attraction and repulsion of habitat characteristics; 2) describe the spatial distribution of the wolf population in Scandinavia from longitudinal monitoring, and test how this is related to changes in the spatial distribution of habitat characteristics, genetic descriptors of inbreeding, demographic parameters and local management. And finally: 3) combine the attained knowledge to create spatial population viability models.

Qualifications: A master degree in ecology or equivalent education is required for this position. We are looking for applicants with solid ecological knowledge. The candidate must be qualified for admission to the PhD study in Applied Ecology at Hedmark University College. Candidates with good knowledge in GIS and/or spatial analyzing methods may be prioritized. We are searching for reliable candidates who can work independently, but who will also function well in our team. We emphasize personal qualifications when appointing personnel to the faculty.

Salary: Salary follows the State salary scale for scholarship holders, position code 1017, salary framework 20, alternative 8, starting in salary step 50 which currently constitutes NOK 416 600 gross per year. For particularly well qualified applicants, code 1378 can be used. Life assurance and occupational injuries insurance are included. Pension contributions to Statens pensjonskasse will be deducted. Questions about the position or work environment can be directed to Harry P. Andreassen, tlf +47 62430852/ 92831202, e-mail: harry.andreassen@hihm.no or to the dean.

Other conditions: The national workforce should, to the greatest possible extent, reflect the diversity of the population. There is therefore a personnel policy goal to achieve a balanced age and sex composition and recruit from ethnic minority groups.

Application: Applications should be made to Hedmark University College. The application and CV should be marked 2012/1096 and submitted electronically on the college website: www.hihm.no/job-opportunities.
Do not send certificates and references with the application, we may ask for them later.

Application deadline: September 23, 2012

 

PHD POSITION IN APPLIED ECOLOGY – ASSESSING MANAGEMENT UNITS IN THE POLYMORPHIC ARCTIC CHARR (SALVELINUS ALPINUS) (3years), NORWAY

Added September 17 2012

HEDMARK UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
The Faculty of Forestry and Wildlife Management

THE PHD POSITION IN APPLIED ECOLOGY A 100% position as a PhD student in applied ecology is available at Hedmark University College, Faculty of Applied Ecology and Agricultural Sciences at Evenstad from 01.01.2013 till 31.12.2015. The candidate will be supervised by Kjartan Østbye and Kjell Langdal at Hedmark University College. In this project we will also collaborate with other research teams in Norway, and a research team abroad, for comparative and synergetic purposes. The project focus on the extensive morphological diversity and life history variation seen in the highly coldwater adapted arctic charr. This diversity can be seen both within and between lakes, and suggest that ecological speciation may be an important factor for adaptive differentiation. Moreover, the apparent parallel evolution of similar morphs in different lakes makes the arctic charr an intruiging model system for evolutionary and ecological research, as well as for identifying units for management and conservation purposes. The methods applied comprise morphology and population genetics as assessed using microsatellites and mtDNA sequences. It is possible to perform relevant laboratory crossing experiments at Evenstad campus.

Qualifications: A master degree in ecology or equivalent education is required for this position. We are looking for applicants with solid ecological knowledge. The candidate must be qualified for admission to the PhD study in Applied Ecology at Hedmark University College. Candidates with relevant field experience and/or knowledge of population genetic methods may be prioritized.
We are searching for reliable candidates who can work independently, but who will also function well in our team. We emphasize personal qualifications when appointing personnel to the faculty.

Salary: Salary follows the State salary scale for scholarship holders, position code 1017, salary framework 20, alternative 8, starting in salary step 50 which currently constitutes NOK 416 600 gross per year. For particularly well qualified applicants, code 1378 can be used. Life assurance and occupational injuries
insurance are included. Pension contributions to Statens pensjonskasse will be deducted. Questions about the position or work environment can be directed to Harry P. Andreassen, tlf +47 62430852/ 92831202, e-mail: harry.andreassen@hihm.no or to the dean.

Other conditions: The national workforce should, to the greatest possible extent, reflect the diversity of the population. There is therefore a personnel policy goal to achieve a balanced age and sex composition and recruit from ethnic minority groups.

Application: Applications should be made to Hedmark University College. The application and CV should be marked 2012/1097 and submitted electronically on the college website: www.hihm.no/job-opportunities.
Do not send certificates and references with the application, we may ask for them later.

Application deadline: September 23, 2012

 

Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust: Conservation Covenants Officer (part-time)

Added 8th September 2012

The Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust (BPCT) is seeking a part-time Conservation Covenants Officer to manage its covenanting process on Banks Peninsula.

This dynamic role includes meeting landowners on site, arranging potential covenants, legal documents, land and ecological surveys, fencing contracts, management plans and working with the wider community, iwi, BPCT, and government.

We seek a person with excellent communication, project management, computer skills, and experience working with landowners and communities.

For a job description go to www.bpct.org.nz or email rachel.barker@bpct.org.nz or phone (03) 329-6341 Mondays to Thursdays, 8 am- 2pm.

Email applications with CV and brief covering letter to rachel.barker@bpct.org.nz or post to

Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust
P O Box 146
Tai Tapu
Christchurch 7645

Applications close 5pm Friday 21 September 2012

 

Project Manager - Ark inthe Park, Auckland

Added 8th September 2012

Join New Zealand's largest community ecological restoration project and bring nature back!

Forest and Bird is looking for an awesome person to join our Auckland conservation team, managing the Ark in the Park Open Sanctuary, in the northern Waitakere Ranges.

This is a great job for somebody who really wants to make a difference and restore Auckland's natural environment. We are looking for a person with some experience in managing a conservation field team, good analytical and report writing skills and out-going. The job is based mainly in our central Auckland office and from the Cascades Kauri field office in the Waitakere Ranges (near Swanson).

In 10 years we have grown the project from 250ha to 3,000ha and restored kokako, robin and whiteheads to the Waitakeres. This has happened with a growing team of volunteers and support from Auckland communities and businesses.

http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/what-we-do/projects/ark-in-the-park

So, what will you get out of this great job?

- Inspiration
- New friends
- A good level of income
- Training and development opportunities
- Spending work time in the beautiful Waitakere Ranges
- You get to work with New Zealand's leading conservation organisation!

Skills you need!

- Great communication skills
- A passion for the natural environment
- Ability to manage passionate volunteers and staff
- Tenacity

Specific queries about this role should be directed to Forest and Bird's North Island Conservation Manager, Mark Bellingham, on 09 302 3903.

A role description and application form are available from www.forestandbird.org.nz or by contacting Lorraine Corrigan at l.corrigan@forestandbird.org.nz or 04 801 2762.

To apply please complete the Forest and Bird application form and submit with your CV and covering letter.

Closing date: 5pm on 13 September 2012.

 

A full-time, six month fixed term opportunity to work on the data quality of the New Zealand Land Use and Carbon Analysis System (LUCAS) programme

Added 24th August

LUCAS is a cross-government programme led by the Ministry for the Environment (MfE). Your role will be to ensure that the plot data collected from New Zealand's forests meet the highest standards of quality against a specified Quality Control/Quality Assurance framework.

Within this project you will check the forest biomass datasets with reference to the data collection, quality control and quality assurance protocols, and ensure these datasets are accurately stored within the LUCAS database. A large part of the work involves quality checking of data collected on 20 X 20 m permanent vegetation survey plots in indigenous forest.

You will need:

• an understanding of biological monitoring programmes
• practical experience working with large quantities of data and Microsoft Excel
• attention to detail
• a biological science background preferably in New Zealand botany or forest ecology
• a science degree, preferably post graduate qualification or working towards one
• experience measuring permanent vegetation survey plots in indigenous vegetation is an advantage

Join us and you'll find a strong team culture. You will also have the opportunity to make a positive difference to New Zealand's environment.

For further information visit this website: https://jobs.govt.nz

Closing Date: 5pm, Sunday 16 September 2012

 

Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington

Added August 8th

Applications are invited for the position of Lecturer (a permanent academic position, equivalent to Assistant Professor in the American system) within the Ecology and Biodiversity Group in the School of Biological Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington.

Applicants must have a strong record of research in biology and an ability to teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. There are many opportunities to collaborate with researchers in the School, and in our two applied research centres: the Centre for Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology, and the Centre for Biodiscovery. Applications are especially welcomed from those with interests in plant biology, restoration ecology , freshwater biology, and/or ecological modelling.

For further information, visit the website: http://vacancies.vuw.ac.nz/positiondetail.asp?p=6194

 

Ranger Vacancy -LUCAS Monitoring programme - R&D Ecosystem Management

Added August 12th

Do you enjoy a challenge and want to work within some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery? This summer, from October to April 2013, the Department is recruiting for field staff to join monitoring teams completing re-measurement of permanent forest plots throughout the North and South Islands. The plots are part of the LUCAS (Land Use and Carbon Storage) monitoring programme developed to monitor biodiversity and measure changes in carbon storage in indigenous vegetation. The plots are established in woody indigenous vegetation on an 8km grid across New Zealand. The Ministry for the Environment is the lead agency for reporting on carbon storage in New Zealand forests. The Department of Conservation is the lead agency for monitoring biodiversity and in a complementary project is building on the LUCAS vegetation programme to measure other aspects of biodiversity (birds and pest mammals) and non-woody environments on Public Conservation Land.

The successful applicant will have:

Experience in vegetation monitoring, particularly the 20x20 permanent plot method and the Recce method Excellent botanical skills.

Experience of working and staying in remote, steep, forested terrain.

A high level of fitness.

Reliable and work well as part of a team.

Excellent data recording ability and attention to detail.

Able to manage time effectively and prioritise to ensure necessary work is completed on schedule.

Able to spend significant periods (up to 20 days) away from home and work long days.

A genuine interest in the Department’s management of natural and historic resources, conservation and environment.

Qualifications needed:

A current drivers licence is essential.

Field work experience is essential.

A First Aid certificate is desirable.

A 4WD qualification is desirable.

Training or experience in 20x20m forest plot measurement is desirable.

All positions will be required to work and stay overnight in the backcountry, in remote and rugged terrain, and to work outside normal working hours with fieldtrip anywhere up to 20 days in length. The work will be physically demanding and requires a high level of fitness and back country experience to ensure the person can carry out the position. Excellent team and fieldwork skills are essential to the position, as well as, sound computer and communication ability, and enjoy contributing to a busy and diverse working team. Teams will be based in Christchurch and Palmerston North; however there will be movement between these locations as required. Because of the nature of this position, the employee may be required to complete a pre-employment health questionnaire and undertake a medical examination. It may also be a requirement, with the employee’s consent, that his/her health be monitored in relation to the hazard or hazards encountered on the job. For more information please contact Mike Perry, mperry@doc.govt.nz

Positions will be filled from 10th August onwards as suitable applicants are found. However applications may be considered until mid-September if positions are not filled by then. Please email your application to mperry@doc.govt.nz


PhD Scholarship - Ecological effects of dingoes, University of New South Wales

Added August 12th

A fully funded PhD project, with an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) stipend of $23,728pa (indexed annually, tax exempt for full time study) is available to investigate the lethal and non-lethal effects that the removal of dingoes has on wildlife and plants and in turn the nutrient dynamics of ecosystems. This ARC-funded project will use remote cameras, trapping surveys, foraging trays and exclosures to study dingoes’ effects on ecosystems.

The research will improve understanding of the ecological functions of top predators and the role that they can play in sustaining healthy ecosystems. Applications open until filled. More information: http://ecolsoc.org.au/CurrentEmploymentOpportunities.htm

 

POSTDOCS WANTED - NEW JERSEY

I have recently started looking for a postdoc to join my newly established lab. I am seeking someone to work on questions related to collective decision-making and collective information processing in gregarious and social animals. This is a 2 year position starting January 1st, 2013. I have attached a pdf file containing the complete ad for the position and I would greatly appreciate if you could pass it on to people who could be interested. Alternatively, the ad is posted on the lab website at this address: http://www.theswarmlab.com/postdoctoral-position-available-collective-decision-making-and-collective-information-processing-in-gregarious-and-social-animals/

Dr. Simon Garnier
Department of Biological Sciences
New Jersey Institute of Technology
e-mail: simon.garnier@gmail.com
website: http://www.theswarmlab.com
photoblog: http://www.simongarnier.org

 

VOLUNTEER FIELD INTERN NEEDED

September 1 – November 31 2012

An intern is needed for seabird surveys on Hauraki Gulf offshore islands. Field work will involve habitat plots, colony mapping, burrow scoping, and lots of hiking! Applicants must be in good physical condition and have a positive attitude, as long hours of hiking on difficult terrain are necessary. Interns will become proficient in GPS navigation, northern New Zealand plant ID, remote field-work protocol, and burrow-nesting seabird surveying. Furthermore, we will be visiting 6 sub-tropical offshore islands in Northern New Zealand, which is a rare opportunity to see incredible native wildlife.

No previous experience is necessary; however, proficiency in boating, plant identification, seabird identification, or remote field work is a bonus. A valid New Zealand driver’s license is required. Food, accommodation and transport from Auckland are provided.

To apply: please send a letter of interest to Rachel Buxton r.buxton@mun.ca, including previous experience with field research.
 

 

Are you a ‘people person’ with a passion for landcare?
 

Added August 12th

NZ Landcare Trust is seeking a highly motivated person to fill the position of Project Coordinator for our new 'Volcano to Sea' catchment management project, based in Auckland. The successful applicant will need strong facilitation, networking and communication skills. The position requires a technical understanding of land use and biodiversity management issues. Experience with catchment management initiatives would be particularly advantageous.
Project Coordinators play an important role within the Trust, directly delivering our mission, ‘sustainable land management through community involvement.’ We are looking for a candidate who can successfully work with agencies and the community to integrate best methods for sustainable land use and land management into the project.
This is a full time position for 3 years, offering flexibility and variety. A current driving license is essential. We offer a great working environment with the support of an innovative team. More information about this post along with a copy of the ‘Person Description’ is available at:
www.landcare.org.nz/aucklandpost
If you are a ‘people person’ and believe this is the role for you, please forward your CV and covering letter to Abby Davidson, NZ Landcare Trust, PO Box 4305, Hamilton or email:
abby.davidson@landcare.org.nz
Deadline for applications - Friday 24 August 2012.
Ecologist (botanist), Sydney
Added August 12th
NGHenvironmental is seeking an Ecologist (Botanist) for their Sydney office. The successful applicant would have botanical field experience, with particular knowledge of the flora of New South Wales. You would be required to undertake field surveys, write reports and proposals and provide advice to other members of the Ecology team. It is desirable that the applicant also has some knowledge of NSW fauna and fauna survey skills and skills in GIS mapping. Applications close August 27. More information: http://ecolsoc.org.au/CurrentEmploymentOpportunities.htm

 

PhD Scholarship position: Developing a specific attractive baiting station for the Asian Honeybee

Added July 30th 2012

The Asian honeybee (Apis cerana) is an invasive fast spreading and readily swarming species of honeybee that was accidentally introduced to Australia in 2007. The first known swarm entered Cairns harbour by being concealed in the mast of a boat, and the species has since become established in a 50km radius around Cairns and Townsville. Efforts by various government authorities to destroy the outbreak using conventional trapping means
have unfortunately failed. Australia’s agricultural, environmental and public sectors are now faced with an additional biosecurity hazard.
The aim of this project is to develop a lethal attractive baiting station that is specific to Apis cerana. We will exploit semiochemicals signaling and evaluate ways of improving baiting station attractiveness specifically toward Apis cerana. Behavioural experiments in the field will be conducted to evaluate the attractiveness and specificity of our stations.
We are seeking a PhD candidate to carry out field and laboratory experiments for this position. The candidate will be based at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, will conduct field experiments in and around Cairns, Queensland, and would be expected to commence no later than November 2012. The successful applicant will receive a tax free stipend of $23,728 per annum for three years with the possibility of a $4000 top up per year, and as Overseas Student Health Care policy (OSHC) if an international student. The successful candidate must be able to provide evidence that they are able to:
- carry out precise and accurate experiments in the field and laboratory environment
- work effectively and show initiative
- be capable of problem solving
- work independently (unsupervised) and as part of a multidisciplinary group.
- travel to and stay in remote locations for 2-3 week periods at a time.
- communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders in English, including academic and community groups, landholders and the general public. International applicants should refer to the web regarding English language requirements: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000104.html.sound academic background in Biology, Animal Behaviour and/or Chemistry would be advantageous, as would any previous experience in working with bees or invertebrates. Applicants must also hold a valid car licence and be eligible to obtain an Australian student visa. More information about Australian student visas can be obtained at http://www.immi.gov.au/students/
If you would like to apply for this position, please send a cover letter, your CV and a brief 2-3 page letter addressing the above criteria to Dr David Guez at the School of Psychology, University of Newcastle, Australia.
Email: David.Guez@mac.com or david.guez@newcastle.edu.au
Phone: +61 (0)2 4921 6782
If you would like more detail do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail. The position will remain open until filled or until August 25, 2012

 

Research Assistant - Cognition in the New Caledonian Crow


Volunteer position
Duration: 2-3 months
Location: New Caledonia
Time: June - September, 2012
The Language, Culture and Cognition Centre is looking for a hard-working individual, no experience neccesary. You must pay your own expenses (housing will be covered by the lab).
For more information, or to apply, email Professor Gray at rd.gray@auckland.ac.nz

 

 

Position vacant - Lecturer in Ecology/Ornithology, Charles Sturt University, Australia


The School of Environmental Sciences at Charles Sturt University is seeking a lecturer in Ecology/Ornithology. As Lecturer in Ecology/Ornithology you will be part of CSU’s specialised and unique Ornithology program and teach conservation biology and ornithology to both on campus and distance education students. This role presents an exceptional opportunity to initiate and participate in relevant research activities, to travel and access remote fieldwork locations, and to supervise students at postgraduate level. Applications close August 19. More information: http://ecolsoc.org.au/CurrentEmploymentOpportunities.htm.


PhD Scholarship: Re-building plant-pollinator interaction networks in fragmented landscapes

Region: WA
Advertiser: The University of Western Australia
Location: UWA and King’s Park Botanic Gardens, Perth

The University of Western Australia and King’s Park Botanic Gardens are seeking applications from highly qualified and highly motivated candidates for a PhD scholarship to investigate the impact of landscape fragmentation on plant-pollinator interactions in the threatened wildflower communities of the Swan Coastal Plain surrounding Perth, WA. The research will involve mapping the threatened flowering plant communities of remnant Banksia woodlands, sampling nectar and pollen availability for insects, and building plant-pollinator interaction webs to determine the cascading effects of landscape change on insect pollinators and pollination failure in fragmented landscapes. The successful candidate will work alongside a postdoctoral research fellow and an established team of researchers supported by an ARC Linkage grant, providing substantial operating funds for field and lab studies, including the use of state-of-the-art radio-frequency tracking and radio-isotope labeling of dispersing pollinators.

The successful candidate will have experience in plant and/or insect ecology, conservation biology, environmental science, or similar. Specialist skills in plant and insect identification will be a distinct advantage. First class Honours or equivalent academic and professional qualifications are a prerequisite for appointment.

Application process: potential applicants with a first class honours degree or masters degree are encouraged to contact Prof. Raphael Didham (raphael.didham@uwa.edu.au; ph 08 9333 6762) and provide a detailed CV, transcript of academic grades and contact details for two referees. Selected applicants will be encouraged to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship to cover living expenses (2012 rate - $23,728 p.a.), which will be topped up by a further $3,500 per year from the UWA Safety Net top-up and $7000 from the ARC linkage grant for each of three years (Total - $34,228 p.a. tax free).

(Note: applicants for postgraduate scholarships should be citizens of Australia or New Zealand (or Australian permanent residents), and applications close 13 July 2012 – see: http://www.scholarships.uwa.edu.au/future-students/key-dates#postgrad).

 

PhD in Invasive Species Ecology, Lincoln University and Landcare Research

Biological Invasions in Braided River Ecosystems in New Zealand Landcare Research and The Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University, New Zealand, with Environment Canterbury.

An exciting opportunity exists to undertake a PhD aimed at understanding the causes and consequences of alien plant invasions in a highly dynamic ecosystem, the extensive braided rivers that are a major feature of New Zealand’s eastern South Island. Braided rivers are naturally dynamic systems as a consequence of highly variable river flows and associated floods, and support a unique native biota that includes endemic species of plants, lizards, invertebrates and river birds. Human-induced changes to natural flood regimes, as a consequence of river damming and water extraction, appear to trigger a cascade of effects in these ecosystems initiated through invasion by alien plants.

We are seeking a motivated candidate to undertake a PhD that will focus on understanding the drivers of alien plant invasion in braided river ecosystems, and the cascading effects of invasion on the structure and function of these ecosystems. We anticipate the work will combine historical data on water flow regimes with extensive surveys of alien plants to quantify the relationship between environmental change (e.g. frequency, intensity and scale of flood disturbance) and plant invasions, and the consequences of this for other biota. This will provide opportunities to test and apply general ecological ideas (e.g., the intermediate disturbance hypothesis, the role of disturbance in facilitating invasion, invasion meltdown) to a natural ecosystem that is ideally suited to these investigations, with clear applications to management. The candidate will need to undertake fieldwork in sometimes remote locations in the braided rivers of New Zealand’s South Island. In addition to peer-reviewed science publications arising from the PhD, the results of the study are expected to help in managing invasive weeds and pest animals in braided river systems where natural flow regimes have been altered. This PhD is part of a project involving staff from the Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University, Landcare Research, and Environment Canterbury, and the successful candidate will join an active and dynamic group of invasion ecologists based at Lincoln University. You can find out more about our work here: http://bioprotection.org.nz/project/world-leading-biosecurity/weed-dynamics-and-invasion-processes.

To apply for the scholarship ($26,000/year plus $5,000 fees for 3 years) please send a cover letter outlining your suitability for the position, a CV with the names and details of two academic referees and a document addressing the following selection criteria to Prof. Richard Duncan Richard.Duncan@lincoln.ac.nz, Prof. Philip Hulme Philip.Hulme@lincoln.ac.nz, or Dr Andrea Byrom ByromA@landcareresearch.co.nz. Enquiries about the position should be addressed to Prof. Duncan either by email or by phone on +64 3 321 8969, or to Dr Byrom either by email or by phone on +64 3 321 9629. Applications close on 15 June 2012 and the applicant must be available to start the position by January 2013 at the latest.

Selection Criteria:
 Completion of 1st-class or good second-class honours degree or a Master of Science (MSc) - essential.
 Interest and experience in invasive species ecology
 Interest and experience in quantitative research design, methodology and analysis
 Interest and experience in undertaking field-based research
 Experience with plant identification, vegetation surveys or phytosociology
 Ability to work in remote locations that frequently experience extreme weather.
 Willingness to engage with external stakeholders, such as private companies, regional councils, and government departments
 Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills
 Willingness to work as part of an interdisciplinary team
 A current driver’s license

 

Research Technician - Te Papa Natural Environment Team

Fixed Term Position for two years

We are seeking a suitably quaified person for a two year period to assist Te Papa Natural Environment Team achieve outcomes and milestones for the DoC funded research on fisheries impacts on shearwaters, and related projects on the phylogeny and ecology of vertebrates species from the New Zealand region. The work will be primarly focussed on the Terrestrial Vertebrate taxa of New Zealand, and in particular seabirds.
You will have a university degree in a marine zoological subject and/or relevant experience in an organisation with a similar type of research activity. Preferably you will also have a good working knowledge of seabird biology, field techniques, and evolutionary ecology.

You will also need to be:
- methodical with orderly work habits and a record of on time delivery
- able to keep accurate records, using appropriate technology
- able and willing to work both independantly and as part of a team
- physically fit and hold a valid drivers licence
- experienced in safe use of hazardous substances
- able to learn to apply collection registration and preservation techniques
- able to participate and lead field and laboratory work

This position may be suitable as a fellowship for a PhD student. If you are interested in this option please indicate on your application.

For more information please view the job description

Applicants must have the legal right to work in New Zealand.

Apply online OR send your application to recruitment@tepapa.govt.nz , quoting reference number TP1292.

 

Two postdoctoral positions: New directions in plant functional trait research

We are seeking two talented and highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellows to join the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia). The positions are in Dr Ian Wright’s plant ecology group (http://wrightlab.wordpress.com) , with one of two positions a joint appointment to Prof. Colin Prentice's Biosphere and Climate Dynamics group. Both positions are up to 2 years duration with an attractive salary package, and will present opportunities to collaborate widely, both nationally and internationally.

The “Research Fellow in Plant Functional Ecology” will investigate the interplay of functional traits and biomass allometry in determining growth outcomes, across seedlings, saplings and adult plants. The project includes a substantial field component and is funded under the ARC Discovery Project “Scaling functional traits to whole-plant growth” (CIs: Wright/Cernusak/Lehmann/Peacock).

The “Research Fellow in in Data Analysis and Modelling” will focus on data compilation and statistical and graphical analysis of global plant trait datasets, as part of the ARC Discovery Project “Next-generation vegetation model based on functional traits” (CIs: Prentice and Wright).The successful candidate will work closely with both Wright and Prentice as part of a large international team undertaking data analysis and hypothesis testing on traits, model construction using these findings, and model evaluation using large-scale observational benchmarks.

Further information can be found at: http://bio.mq.edu.au/~iwright/postdocinfo.htm.

Enquiries: Please contact Dr Ian Wright via email at ian.wright@mq.edu.au

Closing date for applications is June 10th 2012.

 

3 volunteers needed Evolution and Socio-Ecology of small Mammals in the Succulent Karoo of South Africa

July / August to November / December 2012 - Three volunteers needed as field assistants for the project.

Opportunity: This is a great opportunity for anybody who wants to get more experience in field work relating to evolution, ecology and behavior before starting an MsC or PhD project.

Project: We study the evolutionary and ecological reasons as well as physiological mechanisms of group living, paternal care, communal nesting and social flexibility in the striped mouse. One focus this year is on personality traits of striped mice. As this species is diurnal and the habitat is open, direct behavioral observations in the field are possible.

What kind of people are needed? Biology/zoology/veterinary students are preferred as candidates. Applicants must have an interest in working in the field and with animals. Hard working conditions will await applicants, as the study species gets up with sunrise (between 5 and 6 o` clock), and stops its activity with dusk (19 o` clock). Work during nights might also be necessary. Work in the field will be done for 5 days a week. Applicants must be able to manage extreme temperatures (below 0 at night in winter, sometimes over 40°C during summer days). Applicants must both be prepared to live for long periods in the loneliness of the field and to be part of a small social group.

Work of field assistants: Trapping, marking and radio-tracking of striped mice; direct behavioral observations in the field. Volunteers will participate in a project on personality traits of striped mice, doing behavioral tests at the research station and in the field. Volunteers are also expected to help with maintenance of the research station (water pump, solar power, etc.).

Confirmation letter: Students get a letter of confirmation about their work and can prepare a report of their own small project to get credit points from their university for their bachelor or masters studies.

Costs: Students have to arrange their transport to the field site themselves. Per month, an amount of Rand 1250 (around 180 US$, 120 Euro) must be paid for accommodation at the research station. Students must buy their own food etc in Springbok (costs of about R 2500, approx. 360 US$ or 250 Euro/month). Including extras (going out for dinner; shopping), you should expect costs of about 600 US$, 450 Euros per month. Students get an invitation letter which they can use to apply for funding in their home country (eg. DAAD in Germany, SSJARP in Switzerland).

Place: The field site is in the Goegap Nature Reserve near Springbok in the North-West of South Africa. The vegetation consists of Succulent Karoo, which has been recognized as one of 25 hotspots of biodiversity. It is a desert to semi-desert with rain mainly in winter (June to September).

When and how long: At the moment we are looking for 2-3 volunteers starting in July / August 2012. Volunteers are expected to stay at least three months, but longer periods of up to 6months are preferred.

How to apply? Send a short motivation letter stating why and for which period you are interested and your CV via email to carsten.schradin@ieu.uzh.ch

More information under http://stripedmouse.com/site1_3_5.htm

http://www.ieu.uzh.ch/research/behaviour/endocrinology.html

Contact via e-mail: carsten.schradin@ieu.uzh.ch

 

WWF-US Post-doctoral Marine Scientist, Monitoring and Impact Evaluation
Job # 12117

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, in partnership with WWF-Indonesia, seeks a post-doctoral marine scientist to work with an interdisciplinary team to monitor and evaluate the ecological impacts of marine conservation interventions, initially focusing on marine protected areas (MPAs). Our goal is to demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach to MPA monitoring and impact evaluation that builds upon established MPA monitoring protocols and ecological questions around population connectivity, ecosystem services, and fisheries and other human uses of marine environments. The initial geographic focus will be Southeast Asia (particularly Indonesia), but may be expanded to include related projects in other locations (such as East Africa, particularly Mozambique). This position is based in the WWF Conservation Science Program in Washington, DC.

Major Duties & Responsibilities: In collaboration with the science team, the post-doc will:

1. Develop and implement rigorous-yet-practical methods for documenting and explaining variation in the social and biological impacts of conservation interventions, initially focusing on MPAs. This will entail support to existing work in the Bird’s Head Seascape in West Papua, Indonesia, an emerging study in the Sunda Banda Seascape of Eastern Indonesia and planned work in Mozambique.

2. Analyze data and synthesize results from the above, including using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as warranted, in order to document conservation impacts and to explore relationships among MPA governance (i.e., conservation interventions), social and ecological context, and conservation impacts (ecological and social).

3. Assist with design and implementation of a Rapid Assessment and of an effective regional monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system to measure biophysical and socio-economic changes in the Sunda Banda Seascape to inform relevant policy decisions in support of adaptive management.

4. Based on the above, develop research design and protocols for a large N program to monitor and evaluate the impacts of MPAs.

5. Write up of results from the above and other related work for both peer-reviewed publication and internal audiences.

6. Support developing partnerships among local Indonesian institutions, building the capacity of Indonesian conservation staff and graduate students and researchers to design, implement, and disseminate findings from long-term monitoring programs and other policy-relevant science.

Minimum Requirements

1. Ph.D. (or equivalent) in ecological, interdisciplinary, or marine science plus at least 2 years experience in conservation or related field.

2. Excellent quantitative and statistical skills.

3. Ability to work both independently and in a team.

4. Must be willing to travel 25% time, including to Indonesia and other locations with challenging field conditions.

AA/EOE Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. To apply for the job please visit http://www.worldwildlife.org/careers, Job # 12117, and submit cover letter and resume by May 31, 2012. Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone.

 

Departmental Science Adviser


Branch: Policy
Reports to: Director Strategy, Systems and Science
Location: Wellington
Approved by: Deputy Director General Policy
Date: May 2012

Purpose of the position:
The MPI Departmental Science Adviser (DSA) position is intended to influence and provide science leadership (and oversight). The position will help to ensure the integrity of MPI’s science and science advice and that MPI has appropriate research standards and quality assurance systems in place for science. The DSA will also ensure that MPI is well integrated into the national and international science community.

Principal responsibilities/key result areas:
Ensure a robust science evidence base is used for policies and operations by:
• providing peer review and quality assurance of science programs or science aspects of broader processes/programs as required.
• engaging in the development of MPI science strategies or external science strategies as appropriate.
• reviewing the effectiveness of internal science quality assurance systems and advising on system improvements to ensure best practice.
• providing advice on MPI’s scientific risk assessment and forecasting systems and processes

Act as a science champion within MPI, and with MPI’s sectoral interests, and contributing a MPI perspective to the leadership of the wider science system. This role would also provide a visible point of contact for the science community, and a key contact point for the Prime Minster’s Chief Science Adviser and other departmental science advisors (or equivalent); Support effective resolution of controversial science issues by providing occasional independent views of MPI’s scientific assessments to senior management, and assisting or leading in the management of such issues at an internal, interdepartmental, national and/or international issues as required.

For more information see: MPI.pdf

 

General Manager Science and Policy


Location is negotiable between Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch or Dunedin
Opportunities of this calibre rarely become available – the chance to lead some of New Zealand’s finest and most influential scientific talent and play an integral role in benefitting the environment. For a seasoned science leader, the level of influence on offer here will make this the defining move of your career.

This is a high level position with a key role in our senior leadership team and in New Zealand’s science community. As Landcare Research’s senior representative, you will operate at the science-policy interface working with decision-makers in central and local government and in other organisations. Critical to success in this role is your ability to interact closely and at high level with those who design, implement and review policies that have implications for our environment.

You will work in close collaboration with our GM Science and Industry, taking joint responsibility for much of our science output and impact. You will have responsibility for five of our ten Science Portfolios; these Portfolios are led by senior scientists with international reputations. You will also enjoy time to maintain your own scientific research and networks in the New Zealand and global science communities. You will be expected to develop well integrated portfolios of science that combine excellence and relevance, and attract science revenue to supplement the organisation’s core funding.

To fully realise the potential of this role, it’s vital you have considerable leadership expertise gained by driving large-scale science programmes and heading up a sizeable scientific team. Naturally you’ll be PhD qualified, highly regarded in the scientific community and recognised as a leading figure in your related area. Ideally you will have a strong background in terrestrial ecosystems and /or biodiversity research, and have an interest in integrative science.

For the right person, there is also the opportunity to take a joint appointment as a Professor at the University of Auckland’s School of Biological Sciences. This is an outstanding opportunity to leverage our collaboration with the University to promote the development of science capability among post graduates. In return, you can expect a competitive salary and benefits package, including personal development opportunities. Location is also negotiable, so you can be based at any of our major sites.

For further information please visit our website www.landcareresearch.co.nz/jobs where you will find a position description and an online application form. All applications must be received through the Landcare Research website. For specific enquiries please contact General Manager People & Culture, Katrina Direen by email direenk@landcareresearch.co.nz

Applications close Friday, 16 March 2012.


Volunteer: Max Planck Institute Leipzig, Germany

The Department of Primatology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany is seeking highly motivated students to collect, enter and process scientific data as part of the Pan African program ‘The Cultured Chimpanzee’ (for more details on this project please see the report in Nature 476, 18 August 2011, pp. 266-269). The projects aims to compile a large data set to answer questions about the evolution of tool use, hunting, life history and social organization in wild chimpanzees with a continent wide approach.


The successful candidate will work at temporary or long-term research sites where they will collect detailed data on chimpanzee demographic and social structure, tool use, behavior and ecology, as well as organic samples for genetic, pathogen and isotope analysis. This will include the set up of arrays of remote video cameras and autonomous recording units at the site; the candidate will be responsible for the maintenance and the proper functioning of these devices. Regular visits to each device need to be done to ensure proper performance, recharging and/or replacing batteries, doing repairs if necessary, as well as downloading data and exchanging the memory cards. Furthermore, the candidate will collect data on food availability, prey species, other sympatric wildlife, human impact and information on additional chimpanzee food sources, including ants, termites, nuts and honey. In addition, the candidate will collect and store fecal, urine and hair samples, as well as environmental samples and bones for isotope analysis. The candidate will be further responsible for data entry, sample storage, preliminary analysis and monthly reporting of results. Finally, the candidate will also be responsible for coordination of the project activities in the area, the supervision of team members, and managing the field site. The field sites are located in Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon and Democratic Republic of Congo. Positions will be available for a period of 15 months, of which at least 12 months will be spent at the respective site to ensure continuous data collection over an entire year.

Qualifications:
The successful candidate should hold an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in biology or a related field. As field work will be extremely demanding, the successful candidate must be physically and mentally fit, able to spend long periods of time away from developed areas and be comfortable with minimal living conditions (no plumbing, electricity, or housing) in extremely remote locations. The candidate must be self-sufficient and able to work independently, capable of learning fast and making decisions on his/her own. He/she also needs to be able to work in a team and communicate well with other team members and the project managers at the institute. Field experience (GPS usage, navigation and camping skills, etc.) is mandatory. He/she needs to be proficient with computers, graphics and spreadsheets, and proficiency in written and oral English or French (in Gabon, DRC, Côte d’Ivoire) is necessary.

Salary/funding: We will pay a monthly salary of $300. $200 will be paid each month, and the remaining amount of $1500 will be paid following the successful completion of the field data collection. Food, tents (for sleeping) and all field equipment will be provided. We will also provide the international flight ticket to and from the field, with half of the amount paid on the candidate’s arrival and the rest paid when the student leaves the field site after one year. Positions will be available from April 2012 onwards. Applications will be considered until the suitable candidates have been chosen.

To apply:
Please send a Curriculum Vita, cover letter and two reference letters to Mizuki Murai (mizuki_murai@eva.mpg.de).

Please reference “Field Positions-The Cultured Chimpanzee” in the subject line.

 

Western Australian Museum - Department of Culture and the Arts
Molecular Systematics Unit Research Scientist (13104)


Specified Calling, Level 3 - $91,022 - $100,793 pa, PSGOGA 2011

http://search.jobs.wa.gov.au/page.php?pageID=160&windowUID=0&AdvertID=12...

An exciting opportunity exists to join the Western Australian Museum's vibrant research program in the Department of Terrestrial Zoology.

Conditions:
This is a full-time, fixed-term vacancy for 3 years with a possibility of further extension. Whilst this selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy, applicants for this position may be considered for "similar" vacancies within the Culture and Arts Portfolio and/or the wider public sector which arise within a reasonable period of time. In addition to this, should the successful applicant decline or vacate the advertised position, then the next most suitable applicant may also be selected from this process. Future vacancies may be fixed term or permanent, full-time or part-time.

Location:
This position is located at the Museum's Collection and Research Centre located in Welshpool.

Job Description:
This position is located within the Department of Terrestrial Zoology, and will work closely with research staff within the departments of Terrestrial Zoology and Aquatic Zoology to deliver the required outcomes.

The key responsibilities or prime functions of the position are to:
Manage the molecular systematics laboratory, including maintenance of staff, managing equipment and ordering of supplies.
Undertake systematic and phylogenetic research into selected animal taxa using molecular methods and to publish the results in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.
Collaborate with other museum curators to obtain funding to undertake additional research projects
Collaborate with other museum curators to publish the results of collaborative research projects in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.
Maintain and enhance the collections of tissues stored in the Western Australian Museum suitable for molecular analysis, in collaboration with other curators.
Assist other curators in the analysis of molecular data sets.
Work as part of a team to provide advice to Western Australian government departments and to industry interpreting results of molecular analyses.
Co-supervise post-graduate students at local universities.
Work Related Requirements

Ready to apply?
To be considered for this role you must provide: a current CV; a maximum of two (A4) pages of text outlining your suitability for the role in relation to it's Essential Work Related Requirements; and a completed Application for Advertised Vacancy Form. The Essential Work Related Requirements (Selection Criteria) can be found in the attached Job Description Form. Please note that all of the Essential Work Related Requirements will be assessed at some stage during the selection process.
For Further Job Related Information

Please contact Dr Mark Harvey on (08) 9212 3737 (not to be contacted for Job Application Packages).

Application Instructions:
Prospective applicants must obtain an Information Pack which includes an Application Package, Job Description Form (JDF) and an Application for Advertised Vacancy Form for the advertised vacancy. To obtain a pack, you can either: download by clicking on the following attachments or telephone the 24 hour jobs line on (08) 6552 7499 and an information pack will be mailed to you.

NO FAXED, LATE OR PROFORMA APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. To avoid last minute congestion of the system which may result in your application being received after the closing time and therefore not be eligible, please endeavour to submit your application well before the closing time.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LODGEMENT INSTRUCTIONS ARE IN THE APPLICATION PACKAGE.

 

 

 

 

PhD Scholarships in Australia: Reintroduction of Ecosystem Engineers as a Woodland Restoration Tool

Two attractive scholarships $27651 per annum, tax-free for 3 years, plus operating funds.

Since European settlement, Australia has seen one of the highest rates of mammal extinction in the world. Many of the small mammals that became extinct had important ecological functions, and our understanding of these effects on ecosystem structure and dynamics is poor. A project to reintroduce the Eastern bettong (Bettongia gaimardi), that went extinct on the mainland but survived in Tasmania, provides a unique opportunity to study the role such ‘ecosystem engineers’ can play is restoring temparate woodland ecosystems. This is a major collaborative project between the ACT Government, Australian National University, CSIRO and the James Hutton Institute (Scotland). We are seeking applications from highly qualified and motivated candidates to undertake the following PhD projects:

Scholarship 1 – Ecosystem engineering: how do bettongs affect the soil water and nutrient cycle and plant diversity in box-gum grassy woodlands? The aim of this project will be to examine how bettongs change soil condition and plant diversity.

Scholarship 2 – Restablishing ecosystem engineers: how do ecosystem conditions affect re-introduced bettongs? The aim of this project will be to examine the optimum approaches for re-establishing bettongs in the wild.

The successful candidates will have backgrounds and interests in environmental science and management, ecology or similar. Specialist skills relevant to the subject of each PhD project, including experience in field ecology, will be a distinct advantage. First class Honours (or equivalent academic and professional qualifications) is a prerequisite for appointment. Interested individuals are invited to submit a CV and a brief statement of their interests and ideas in this area of research and to discuss these with the contact below. An expert supervisory panel that matches the skills of the successful applicant will be provided.

Applicants should be citizens of New Zealand or Australia (or Australian permanent residents); international applicants may apply however they must be able to demonstrate a source of support for tuition fees
Enquiries to: Dr Adrian Manning
ARC Future Fellow, The Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Frank fenner Building, The Australian National University , Canberra ACT 0200 Ph: (02) 6125 5415
adrian.manning@anu.edu.au
Closing date: 18 January 2012 

 

Ranger Vacancy -LUCAS Monitoring programme
R&D Ecosystem Management, New Zealand


Do you enjoy a challenge and want to work within some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery? This summer, from January to April 2012, the Department is recruiting for field staff to join monitoring teams completing re-measurement of permanent forest plots throughout the North and South Islands. The plots are part of the LUCAS (Land Use and Carbon Storage) monitoring programme developed to monitor biodiversity and measure changes in carbon storage in indigenous vegetation. The plots are established in woody indigenous vegetation on an 8km grid across New Zealand. The Ministry for the Environment is the lead agency for reporting on carbon storage in New Zealand forests. The Department of Conservation is the lead agency for monitoring biodiversity and in a complementary project is building on the LUCAS vegetation programme to measure other aspects of biodiversity (birds and pest mammals) and non-woody environments on Public Conservation Land.

The successful applicant will have:
• Experience in vegetation monitoring, particularly the 20x20 permanent plot method and the Recce method
• Excellent botanical skills.
• Experience of working and staying in remote, steep, forested terrain.
• A high level of fitness.
• Reliable and work well as part of a team.
• Excellent data recording ability and attention to detail.
• Able to manage time effectively and prioritise to ensure necessary work is completed on schedule.
• Able to spend significant periods (up to 20 days) away from home and work long days
• A genuine interest in the Department’s management of natural and historic resources, conservation and environment.

Qualifications needed;
• A current drivers licence is essential
• Field work experience is essential
• A First Aid certificate is desirable
• A 4WD qualification is desirable
• Training or experience in 20x20m forest plot measurement is desirable.
 

All positions will be required to work and stay overnight in the backcountry, in remote and rugged terrain, and to work outside normal working hours with fieldtrip anywhere up to 20 days in length. The work will be physically demanding and requires a high level of fitness and back country experience to ensure the person can carry out the position. Excellent team and fieldwork skills are essential to the position, as well as, sound computer and communication ability, and enjoy contributing to a busy and diverse working team. Teams will be based in Christchurch and Palmerston North; however there will be movement between these locations as required.

Because of the nature of this position, the employee may be required to complete a pre-employment health questionnaire and undertake a medical examination. It may also be a requirement, with the employee’s consent, that his/her health be monitored in relation to the hazard or hazards encountered on the job.

For more information please contact Mike Perry, perrym@landcareresearch.co.nz. As we are looking for a January start, positions will be filled as soon as suitable applicants are found. So please email your application to perrym@landcareresearch.co.nz.

 

Senior Ecologist, Boffa Miskell, Christchurch, New Zealand


Boffa Miskell is a market leader in environmental planning, design and ecology focusing on a diverse range of projects requiring innovative and creative solutions. We currently have a career opportunity in our Christchurch office for a team member who is passionate about ecological assessment and environmental impact assessment, and who is highly motivated to pursue a long-term career as a leading consultant in these areas.

In particular we seek a person who meets most of the following criteria: 
Expertise in one or more fields of ecology (freshwater and/or terrestrial) with relevant post graduate university qualifications and professional institute or association membership.
 Minimum 5 years work experience at the level of a senior ecologist, including experience preparing Ecological Impact Assessments, and preparing and presenting expert evidence as part of RMA consenting processes.
 Solid fieldwork experience, a good knowledge of NZ flora and fauna, and a comprehensive understanding of ecological methodologies, data analysis and interpretation.
 The technical ability to understand and integrate complex project information and assessments.
 In-depth understanding of New Zealand environmental legislation and regulatory processes.

In addition, it is expected that the person appointed will have the following qualities:
 A commitment to creating quality environmental outcomes for New Zealand.
 Enthusiasm for working within multi-disciplinary teams.
 Creativity, innovation and flexibility in seeking solutions.
 The ability to think conceptually and focus on wide-ranging or long-term implications.
 Enthusiasm for building and managing relationships with clients, regulatory authorities and stakeholder groups.
 Clear and well-articulated written and oral communication skills.

For more information about us, visit our website: www.boffamiskell.co.nz

Send us your CV with a covering letter to Jude Fussell, Boffa Miskell Ltd, PO Box 110, Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND 8140
Or email: jude.fussell@boffamiskell.co.nz

A copy of the position description can be obtained from Jude Fussell on jude.fussell@boffamiskell.co.nz

Closing date: Wednesday 11 January 2012

 

Two post-doctoral positions: movement ecology and remote sensing, Konstanz, Germany


The Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology and the University of Konstanz, Chair of Ornithology is seeking to build up an Interdisciplinary Research Group in Global Computational Ecology, 2 post-doctoral positions in full-time in the areas of movement ecology and remote sensing.

We look for excellent colleagues working in computational ecology / movement ecology on a global scale with emphasis on cross-taxa comparisons of patterns of movement and migratory behavior. The successful candidate may take advantage of the large movement data across various taxa collected at different times with different methods currently stored in the global data base movebank.org. Remote sensing skills would be highly useful. The suggested project centers around the development of algorithms and statistical procedures to tackle efficiently the comparative aspect of movement and also is concerned with the processes in acquisition of heterogeneous animal movement data. Together with the remote sensing experts (particularly the second postdoctoral position) the project should also investigate the interaction of different species and their movement patterns in different environmental contexts. The positions will strengthen the nascent computational ecology group at the University of Konstanz and the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and the project will be part its ongoing efforts to develop tools and methods to understand
animal movement from an ultimate and proximate perspective. A fluent programming in MatLab, SAS, R, C++, Java or any equivalent language is required.

The successful candidates will be excellent, highly motivated and productive postdoctoral scientists. Successful applicants will have demonstrated the ability to perform top international research, ideally using integrative approaches to study broad-scale ecological questions.

The positions are available for 2 years and will be hosted by group leader Dr. Kamran Safi. The researcher can expect an outstanding scientific environment and excellent support at this newly re-established department of the Max Planck Institute of Ornithology in Radolfzell, Baden-Württemberg, at Lake Constance. Our department has close ties with the nearby University of Constance, a ‚cluster of excellence’ university. The language at the institute is English.

In an effort to employ more people with disabilities, the Max-Planck-Society specifically encourages people with disabilities to apply for the position. To increase the employment of women in areas where they are under-represented, the Max-Planck-Society also encourages women to apply for this position. Payment and benefits are according to the German TVöD, with the precise salary level (up to maximum level 14), depending on personal qualifications. There will be further social benefits according to the provision of the public sector.

The position will ideally begin in spring/summer 2012. Screening of applications will begin on January 20, 2012. For further details, please contact Dr. Kamran Safi (ksafi@orn.mpg.de).

Applications should be submitted to include your CV, a 2-page visionary research statement, and a list of three references to:
Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
Personalabteilung
Eberhard-Gwinnerstr.
D-82319 Seewiesen
or per email: personal@orn.mpg.de

 

Professor Position in Integrative Ecology, Bordeaux, France


COTE (Continental to Coastal Ecosystems: Evolution, Adaptability and Governance) is a Laboratory of Excellence (LabEx) recently created at the University of Bordeaux within the national
programme of “Initiatives d’excellence” as a joint project with CNRS, INRA, CEMAGREF and IFREMER (see details on the dedicated website). Within the context of COTE, the University of Bordeaux hires a full time professor in the field of Integrative Ecology for a period of 4 years. We seek applicants who pursue research that aims for significant conceptual and empirical integration across traditional disciplinary boundaries in environmental sciences. The successful candidate will have limited teaching responsibilities in fields related to COTE activities.

She/he will chair the “Systems Ecology” team within COTE and build on existing contributions from different members of COTE. This team will explore, in the context of global change, the relationship between different levels of complexity: within and between interacting ecosystems, ranging from largely natural (forest and coastal ecosystems) to intensively human-dominated ecosystems (agrosystems) that extend throughout the Aquitaine region. It will integrate knowledge across traditional disciplinary boundaries in the natural and social sciences. The ultimate aim will be to assemble this knowledge into a theoretical framework, based on system analysis, network analysis or information theory, to address ecosystem evolution and to establish theories and methodologies for ecosystem management.

The “Systems Ecology” team will be composed of two post doctorates that will be hired by the successful candidate. In addition, it will have access to modeling facilities and personnel including
dedicated engineers (data management and programming). The successful candidate is expected to develop strong collaborations and interactions between the different members of COTE and
contribute significantly to the development of Integrative ecology within the Laboratory of Excellence.

Applicants should write a vision statement, no longer than one page, that outlines the conceptual and experimental dimensions of their project. Applications, including the vision statement, curriculum
vitae, six reprints and contact information for three references should be addressed to recrutementidex@univ-bordeaux.fr. For additional information on the research project please contact antoine.kremer@pierroton.inra.fr. For administrative information, contact Mission-ia@univ-bordeaux.fr. Screening of applications will begin in Februray 2012, candidates may apply until the 31 of January 2012. Teaching responsibilities and salary to be negotiated based on the experience and background of the candidate.

More information: www.idex-univ-bordeaux.fr/News/IdEx/A-campus-of-excellence-in-Bordeaux/E...


Evolution of organismal diversity, University of California, Davis, USA 


The College of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position in the Department of Evolution and Ecology at the ASSISTANT Professor level, with the possibility of ASSOCIATE appointment with tenure. Candidates must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in the biological sciences or related fields. They should have a strong record of integrative approaches to the evolution of organismal diversity. We seek candidates with expertise in the organismal biology/natural history of a multicellular group, and whose research uses genomic data in an explicitly phylogenetic context to address questions in macroevolution, ecology, behavior and/or development. The successful candidate will be expected to teach in the department's undergraduate program and in the Population Biology Graduate Group and should be committed to departmental service. Applicants should submit materials online at:

https://recruitments.ucdavis.edu/PositionDetails.aspx?PositionID=85&Titl...

which contains additional information about the position. These should include: curriculum vitae, description of current and projected research, summary of teaching interests and experience, and up to five publications. Applicants should also provide the information requested for three referees. Once entered, referees will be prompted by email with upload instructions for their letters. Closing Date: Open until filled, but all application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by February 6, 2012, to assure full consideration.

Administrative contact: Carla Munoz (camunoz@ucdavis.edu). Faculty contacts: Peter Wainwright, Michael Turelli, and Rick Grosberg.


Two PhD Opportunities, University of New England, Australia
The Metapopulation Dynamics of Olearia flocktoniae (Asteraceae)

The Conservation Ecology and Conservation Genetics of Covert and Overt Populations in Response to Changing Climates

The School of Environmental and Rural Science at the University of New England is seeking two suitably qualified PhD candidates to undertake research that addresses; The Metapopulation Dynamics of Olearia flocktoniae (Asteraceae). Olearia flocktoniae (The Dorrigo Daisy) is an endangered pioneer species found on the forest margins of the Dorrigo to Dundurrabin district, eastern NSW. Populations have a boom and bust cycle and a limiting factor in recruitment is the survivorship of seeds post-dispersal.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong background in ecology and hold a Class 1 honours (or equivalent) degree in a discipline such as botany, ecology or environmental science. There are two project opportunities. Project 1 is very suitable for a student interested in the population ecology of plants and the role of disturbance in regulating population processes – this would have a focus on the seed bank and the effect of different climatic regimes on germination responses. Project 2 involves examining the genetics of the metapopulation using a spatial and temporal approach involving contemporary population studies and by using samples collected 15 years ago. A background in plant sciences is essential for both positions and a background in plant genetics is desirable for project 2 but not essential providing the candidate is prepared to up skill in this area. The successful candidates must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of Australia, hold an Australian driver’s licence and be willing to undertake field work. The scholarship offers a full annual tax-free stipend ($23 728/yr) for 3 years and is available for a 2012 start providing the applicant meets the UNE PhD admission and Scholarship requirements.

Applicants should email a letter outlining their suitability for the position and which project they are interested in, accompanied by a brief CV (including contact details of two academic referees) and a copy of their academic transcripts to Prof Caroline Gross (cgross@une.edu.au). All applicants will need to apply through the UNE system for a PhD scholarship which will be awarded on a competitive basis. See http://www.une.edu.au/research-services/pgstudy/prospectivestudents/howt.... The position will remain open until we have appointed suitable candidates, the first closing date is 15 January 2012 for expression of interest to Caroline Gross. 

Supervisor: Professor Caroline Gross, Ecosystem Management,
Ecosystem Management
School of Environment and Rural Sciences, UNE, Australia
cgross@une.edu.au 
(http://www.une.edu.au/staff/cgross.php)
 

 

WANTED - highly-motivated Ph.D. students, Cagan Sekercioglu's lab,Department of Biology, University of Utah .


Application deadline is January 6, 2012. Prospective applicants should visit: http://bioweb.biology.utah.edu/sekercioglu/

The University of Utah Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology program provides 5 years of Ph.D. funding and has strengths in various fields. I can offer additional support in the form of research assistantships. Our Global Change & Ecosystem Center provides opportunities for broad interdisciplinary research, education and outreach.

http://www.biology.utah.edu/graduate/eeob/

http://environment.utah.edu/

In addition to the possibility of conservation ecology field research in a range of ecosystems in Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Turkey, and Utah, Ph.D. students can undertake conservation, ecology, biogeography, life history, and evolutionary meta-analyses of our global bird database, covering all the world's bird species and updated continuously. Besides conducting long-term bird banding and telemetry projects, theyalso study the conservation ecology and population biology of carnivores (brown bears, lynx, and wolves) in eastern Turkey. Highly-motivated students with interest in other taxa and prepared to take initiative should note that past collaborations included taxa ranging from plants to bird lice to amphibians.

 

Nippon Foundation Nereus PhD Fellowship, Cambridge University:
“Improving species range map methodologies for marine biodiversity”


The University of Cambridge and UNEP-WCMC have secured funding to provide full support to a PhD student for 3 years (subject to satisfactory progress) from 1 October
2012 under the Nereus Programme, a co-operation between The Nippon Foundation and The University of British Columbia, Canada. Nereus is a new programme designed to
develop scientific capability for predicting future seafood production. The programme builds on international networking of scientists to communicate and bring about change
to how we exploit the oceans in order for our children and grandchildren to enjoy seafood and experience a healthy ocean.

The goal to develop future ocean simulations is fundamentally dependent on the availability of reliable, spatially explicit databases of relevant data, which are global in
extent and of appropriate spatial and temporal resolution to the policies and management decisions that they inform.

SECTION A
The Nippon Foundation Nereus Fellowship provides funding to enable PhD level research into a) exploring the transferability of methodological developments from the
terrestrial to the marine environment and b) investigating how best to bring modelling and expert-based approaches together to improve species distributions. As such, this
research proposes to:
1. Develop range maps using a number of algorithms, including adapting one or more from recent terrestrial science; and including expert-derived maps, and exploring
the feasibility of using a Bayesian approach to the development of distribution maps using expert input as priors. This work will be highly collaborative with relevant
partners.
2. Carry out blind reviews by experts of all of these distribution maps to explore the relative performance and limitations of the different algorithms, and use these reviews
to rank algorithms and develop an improved approach;
3. Explore the relative reliability of expert judgment and modelling approaches to data poor problems, at a range of scales.
SECTION B
Consideration will normally be restricted to those who have obtained, or who have a strong prospect of obtaining, a first-class Honours degree (or its equivalent) and evidence of subsequent intellectual development – such as a Masters degree in a relevant field - will be taken into account. The prospective student should have extremely good computational and quantitative skills, preferably with experience in ecological niche modelling at large scales. An understanding of patterns and processes in marine ecology will be seen as advantageous. This will be a highly collaborative project and evidence of collaborative and interpersonal skills will be looked for in the successful applicant. Candidates must have graduated at a University before October 2012 and be eligible to pay University fees at the ‘Home’ (UK/EU) rate. Applicants from overseas must, therefore, be able to demonstrate that they have the necessary funds to meet the shortfall between ‘Home’ and ‘Overseas’ funding. Prospective applicants from overseas should consult the Cambridge Trusts’
search facility: http://www.cambridgetrusts.org/index.html In seeking additional funding it is important to keep to the deadlines for applications; they vary between the different schemes (in particular, applicants to the Gates Cambridge Trust from the USA should note that the closing date was 15 October 2011). Please note that these dates are for completed applications (i.e. ALL parts of an application (including references, certificates etc.) must arrive by the deadline).
http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/gradstud/prospec/apply/deadlines.html...


Suitably qualified candidates wishing to be considered for the Nereus Fellowship must apply to the Board of Graduate Studies, 4 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RZ, for admission to the University as a Graduate Student using the usual GRADSAF form. This is obtainable online, or in hard copy from the Board: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/gradstud/prospec/apply/applynow/. The GRADSAF form asks for a 2,000 word research proposal. For this part of the application,
please copy and append Section A from this information sheet. In addition to the application to the Board of Graduate Studies, candidates must submit to the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge: i) a covering letter stating why they are suitable for the project; ii) a CV; iii) a brief statement of research in relation to the Nereus
project; and iv) the names of two academic referees who can be contacted by email. Incomplete applications will not be considered and it is important that referees supply a
reference by the closing date. Departmental application documents should be sent to Ms. Gae Matthews, Graduate Administrator, Department of Geography, Downing Place, Cambridge CB2 3EN or via email to: gae.matthews@geog.cam.ac.uk, no later than 1200 noon UK time on Tuesday, 31st January 2012. Late applications will not be accepted.
It is expected that interviews will take place in Cambridge in February/March 2012. The successful candidate will commence their PhD studies on 1 October 2012
 

 

University Lectureship in Plant Sciences with Research Funding

Applications are invited for the post of University Lecturer in Plant Sciences. Responsibilities include: research and supervision of graduate students; teaching of undergraduates; and other duties associated with academic life. Candidates must have a PhD (or equivalent), an outstanding record of excellence in Plant Science research, and an aptitude for teaching. It is hoped that the Lecturer will start no later than October 2012.
The Department seeks, through appointment to this new permanent lectureship, to reinforce and complement its range of expertise. We welcome excellent candidates in any area of plant science but we have particular interest in the following areas:
• Microbiology of viruses, bacteria, fungi or algae, with links either to industrial biotechnology or plant pathology.
• Mathematical and computational biology including epidemiology, bioinformatics and complex systems modelling at any level from the cell to the ecosystem.
• Ecology and evolution including molecular ecology.
• Synthetic biology.
• Genome biology of plants, including crops.
• Plant Taxonomy.
A £250,000 grant from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation is available to support the candidate's research programme.
The appointee will play a central role in the Department's undergraduate teaching. However, the first priority will be to establish a productive research programme and initially the appointee will have only minimal teaching responsibility.
Download the further particulars. Applicants should send a covering letter, their CV and a completed form CHRIS/6 by email to jobs@plantsci.cam.ac.uk, by 4 pm on Wednesday 14 December 2011. Please quote reference PD09392. Any enquiries concerning the position or application process can also be made to jobs@plantsci.cam.ac.uk. Interviews will be held in February 2012.

 

Positions Vacant – Nature Conservation Council of NSW
 

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW is very pleased to invite applications for the following new and existing positions:
• Environmental Liaison Officer
• Media and Communications Officer (Climate Change)
• Sustainability Program Officer (two positions)
• Policy Officer (Planning System Review).
For more information, including full position descriptions for each role, please visit: www.nccnsw.org.au/employment .
These positions are exciting opportunities for suitably qualified candidates with a passion for environmental protection, sustainability and nature conservation.
Please note that the closing date for applications for these positions is Friday, 9 December.
 


Three Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunities in Biological Invasions
Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln, New Zealand


The Bio-Protection Research Centre (www.bioprotection.org.nz) is one of New Zealand’s Centres of Research Excellence. Our world-leading research focuses on finding new, non-pesticide and sustainable solutions that protect New Zealand's plant-based, productive ecosystems from the threat of pests, diseases and weeds. Hosted at Lincoln University (www.lincoln.ac.nz), the Centre employs New Zealand’s leading plant protection scientists. The aim of the Centre is to pursue multidisciplinary research and development to meet the biosecurity and pest management needs of New Zealand’s plant based primary industries and natural ecosystems.

Three Post Doctoral fellowships are now available in the Centre working with Profs. Phil Hulme and Richard Duncan. The Post Doctoral fellows will join an active research group focussed on the ecology of plant invasions, which has strong international linkages and a focus on high quality scientific publications. The Post Doctoral fellow will undertake independent research as well as contributing to wider research through interactions with staff and postgraduate students in the plant invasions group. Funding commences 1 February 2012.

The three fellowships available are:

1. Post Doctoral Fellowship (2 years extendable to 3) working on the project entitled ‘Cereal Killers: Integrating global data to predict the future risks of arable weeds’ under the supervision of Prof. Phil Hulme (Philip.Hulme@lincoln.ac.nz) at Lincoln University, Canterbury, NZ (Vacancy Number 11-73)

2. Post Doctoral Fellowship (2 years extendable to 3) working on the project entitled ‘Rates of pathogen accumulation in introduced host plants’ under the supervision of Prof. Richard Duncan (Richard.Duncan@lincoln.ac.nz) at Lincoln University, Canterbury, NZ (Vacancy Number 11-74)

3. Post Doctoral Fellowship (1 year only) working on the project entitled ‘Climate change and species responses at multiple scales’ under the supervision of Profs. Phil Hulme (Philip.Hulme@lincoln.ac.nz) and Richard Duncan (Richard.Duncan@lincoln.ac.nz) at Lincoln University, Canterbury, NZ (Vacancy Number 11-75)

For information about the three Post Doctoral fellowships, which are to be hosted at Lincoln University, please visit the Lincoln University website (http://www.lincoln.ac.nz/About-Lincoln-University/Job-vacancies/Academic...) or contact the Human Resources Section quoting the vacancy number on phone +64 3 325 3687, fax +64 3 325 3870, email: jobs@lincoln.ac.nz.

Post Doctoral Fellowship applications must be received by 11.00pm (NZ time) on Sunday, 20 November 2011.

 

Junior Technician for the Centre for Wildlife Management and Conservation
The Centre for Wildlife Management and Conservation, at Lincoln University, is researching new, effective and humane tools and techniques for reducing populations of invasive mammalian pest species and for monitoring biodiversity increase. Through collaboration with communities, Māori, pest control practitioners and research partners, we aim to provide international leadership in the development of innovative pest management tools and strategies to enhance conservation efforts both within New Zealand and internationally. We seek a junior research technician with practical skills and experience in vertebrate pest control to join our multidisciplinary team of experts in animal ecology, wildlife management, toxicology and design engineering.

The role will be supervised by the senior technician (CWMC) and involve:
• Animal husbandry at our captive animal research facility
• Assisting with logistics of field trials
• Participation in a number projects with researchers
• Maintaining equipment for field and laboratory use

The skills required:
• Knowledge of animal husbandry and animal handling techniques is desired
• An appreciation of animal ethics and humaneness
• Some experience with traps, poisons, radio-collars, field work, biodiversity monitoring
• Practical ability to help extend and maintain our captive animal research facility
• High level of physical fitness, and acumen for field work

The applicant should have:
• Degree in wildlife management, ecology or equivalent work experience in wildlife management
• A full NZ drivers license
• Experience driving off-road vehicles and quad bikes would be an advantage

The position will be full time and based at Lincoln University. Some travel around NZ is necessary.

Applications Marked 'Confidential' or enquiries to:

Email CharlesEason@lincoln.ac.nz
Phone 021 224 0028

Closing date for applications is 30th November 2011
 

 

Senior Technician for the Centre for Wildlife Management and Conservation
The Centre for Wildlife Management and Conservation, at Lincoln University, is researching new, effective and humane tools and techniques for reducing populations of invasive mammalian pest species and for monitoring biodiversity increase. Through collaboration with communities, Māori, pest control practitioners and research partners, we aim to provide international leadership in the development of innovative pest management tools and strategies to enhance conservation efforts both within New Zealand and internationally. We seek a senior research technician with practical skills and experience in vertebrate pest control to join our multidisciplinary team of experts in animal ecology, wildlife management, toxicology and design engineering.

The role will involve:
• Managing our captive animal research facility
• Managing the planning and logistics of field trials
• Co-coordinating a number of projects and resources with researchers
• Providing input and guidance on the development of new pest control and animal monitoring tools
• Liaising industry collaborators, landowners and our key stakeholders
• Managing contractors who live-traps animals for the laboratory and assist with field trials
• Maintaining equipment for field and laboratory use


The skills required:
• Knowledge of pest control in New Zealand, animal husbandry, animal handling techniques and biodiversity monitoring
• An understanding of animal ethics and humaneness
• The ability to use traps, poisons, radio-collars and to plan and conduct animal monitoring and control studies
• Practical skills to undertake construction to extend and maintain our captive animal research facility
• The ability to undertake field work with a relatively high level of physical fitness
• Practical field experience in vertebrate pest control and animal monitoring
• The ability to assist researchers with work plan development

The applicant should have:
• Graduate or technical qualifications in ecology, zoology or practical experience in wildlife management or the vertebrate pest control industry
• A full NZ drivers license
• Experience driving off-road vehicles and quad bikes would be an advantage
• Good practical skills and initiative

The position will be full time and based at Lincoln University. Some travel around NZ is necessary.

Applications Marked 'Confidential' or enquiries to:

Email Charles.Eason@lincoln.ac.nz
o Phone 021 224 0028

Closing date for applications is 30th Nov 2011.

 

Program Officer – Western Pacific Coastal and Marine Conservation
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is seeking an exceptional individual to lead its Western Pacific subprogram. The Program Officer will manage a grant budget of $4 million and lead the design and implementation of the subprogram’s grantmaking strategy. This position will work closely with grantees to achieve strategic policy and programmatic outcomes in the Western Pacific region. In 2012, this position will also play a crucial role in developing a new, five-year strategy for the subprogram. The Program Officer will report to Dr. Walter Reid, Program Director, Conservation and Science Program, and will work closely with a Program Associate and a consultant based in or near the Western Pacific. This is an excellent opportunity for a professional with regional expertise and a desire to work at the interface of conservation, community development, and policy.

Please see attached Job_Description_pdf for more information


 

 

PhD Project Opportunity Available - University of Otago
Are old males still good males and can females tell the difference?


To work with Dr. Sheri Johnson and Professor Neil Gemmell
Centre for Reproduction and Genomics, Department of Anatomy, University of Otago

We are currently seeking a PhD student with interests in genetics, molecular ecology and behavioural ecology to conduct research into age-related decline in male fertility and age-biased female mate preference in zebrafish.

Project Description
Females of many species choose to mate with old males rather than young males, presumably because they have proven survival ability that benefits offspring and female fitness. Paradoxically, sperm quality declines with male age; thus females choosing old mates may suffer reduced pregnancy rates, and increased birth defects in offspring, lowering fitness. This paradox has generated much interest, but empirical studies have invariably been observational, and have failed to control for male mating history and female age. Using a series of innovative, well-controlled, experiments in zebrafish we will determine how aging and mating history affect sperm function, the molecular processes associated with sperm function, male reproductive success and female mate preference, thus whether old males are still good males and if females can tell the difference. Improved knowledge of how fertility alters with age and other life-history factors, and the mechanisms responsible may have important consequences for conservation efforts, breeding programs for agriculture and aquaculture, and treatment of infertility in humans.

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will possess experience in molecular genetics and behavioural ecology. They will be motivated and organized, with a demonstrated capacity to master the broad skill set necessary for the successful completion of this research programme. They will be comfortable conducting live animal work that requires patience and delicate manipulations, with prior experience with fish useful, but not essential. They will be a competent laboratory work, with experience in routine molecular genetic techniques, particularly microsatellite genotyping and sequencing, and should be computer literate with familiarity with database management and statistical analyses. Minimum qualifications: B.Sc. (Hons) and/or M.Sc. in Genetics, Molecular Biology, Molecular Ecology, Behavioural Ecology or equivalent with and A- average or better.

Scholarship Funding
Financial support should be available for a high achieving student with an A- average or better via a University of Otago or Departmental scholarship see http://www.otago.ac.nz/study/scholarships/).

Eligibility
The University of Otago and Departmental scholarships are open to all nationalities. However, overseas candidates for whom English is not a first language must satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University to be eligible for study (see http://www.otago.ac.nz/international/postgraduate/index.html#englishlang...). Other eligibility criteria are detailed here http://www.otago.ac.nz/international/postgraduate/otago002221.html.

How to Apply
Interested applicants are encouraged to make informal enquiries to Dr. Sheri Johnson. Please send your Curriculum Vitae, a copy of your academic transcript, a sample of your written scientific work and the names of three referees with a covering letter to:

Dr. Sheri Johnson
Centre for Reproduction and Genomics (http://www.otago.ac.nz/crg)
e-mail: sheri.johnson@otago.ac.nz

Applications for this position close on 1 December 2011.

 

APA/IPRS Topup Scholarship Available - Seadragon populaiton connectivity
School of the Environment, UTS and School of Biological Sciences, University of Wollongong

Topup scholarship, $5000 pa for 3 years

PhD student are required, commencing early 2012, to investigate the importance of marine parks and coastal reefs in supporting populations of seadragons and to determine patterns of connectivity between southern Australian seadragon populations. (Supervisor Prof David Booth UTS and Cosupervisor by Prof Ayre UoW). These are individual components of a larger ARC funded linkage project headed by Prof. Graham Edgar of University of Tasmania entitled “Biotic connectivity within the temperate Australian marine protected area network at three levels of biodiversity — communities, populations and genes. “ and including staff in a range of Australian and NZ universities. These topup scholarships would ideally link with an APA or IPRS award to the student through UTS or U of W, applications for which have October 2011 deadlines (seehttp://www.research.uts.edu.au/future-students/apply.html and http://www.uow.edu.au/about/scholarships/index.html).

Students should have first class honours or equivalent in marine ecology or genetics or related disciplines. International applicants are welcome to apply with an IPRS.

Applicants should apply and/or direct any enquiries to Prof. David Booth on telephone (61 2) 95144053 or email david.booth@uts.edu.au and/or Prof David Ayre dja@uow.edu.au

Applications close 1 December 2011

 

Lecturer, Department of Botany, University of Otago

Join our team of plant researchers and contribute to teaching in the Botany Degree Programme at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We have research strengths from the cell to the ecosystem, laboratory- and field-based, and work in environments from the mountains to the sea. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with experts in biotechnology, ecology, evolution, genetics, physiology, mycology, phycology and virology.

Applications are welcome from those with a botanical research background (especially with quantitative skills) who could teach into some of our existing courses, but particularly from amongst BIOL 113 Biology of Plants, ECOL 111 Ecology and Conservation of Diversity, BTNY 322 Mycology and Plant Pathology, BTNY 326 Plant Diversity and Evolution, and BTNY 467 New Zealand Plant Ecology and Evolution.

The position will be offered as a fixed-term (9-month) position at the level of Lecturer. The successful candidate is expected to take up duties in mid-February 2012. The minimum qualification is a PhD degree.

The Department is committed to diversity in staffing, and would consider job sharing arrangements or applications from those seeking a research and teaching sabbatical.

Further information may be obtained from http://www.otago.ac.nz/botany

Specific enquiries may be directed to Professor Kath Dickinson, Head of Department.
 

Applications will close on Monday, 3 October 2011.
Additional Information - Contact Prof. Kath Dickinson Tel: 03 479 9059

https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=1100479

Primary Location NZL-SI-Dunedin
Employment Status Fixed Term Full-time
Salary Level and Range Lecturer/ Research Fellow ($72,621 to $87,590)

 

Post‐Doctoral Researcher in Evolutionary Biology & Behavioral Ecology

With Dr. Michal Polak, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH USA


Position Description: An NSF‐funded postdoctoral position (up to three years) is available in the laboratory of Dr. Michal Polak to collaborate on the study of the evolution of the remarkable male sex comb in Drosophila. The postdoctoral scientist will work closely with members of the principal investigator’s lab, and interact with other faculty and members of the Sensory Biology, Behavior and Evolution (SBBE) group in the department (http://www.artsci.uc.edu/biology/). The overall goal of the research is to test key predictions of the hypothesis that costly male secondary sexual traits evolve via post‐copulatory sexual selection. The postdoctoral scientist will lead and conduct research focused on developing experimental lines via artificial selection for divergent comb phenotypes, and on a comprehensive examination of correlated responses to this experimental evolution. The research will involve laser microsurgical manipulation of the male sex comb to discriminate competing models of sexual selection.


Qualifications: Ideal qualifications include experience conducting behavioral, physiological and breeding experiments with insects, training in evolutionary ecology, quantitative genetics, and statistical analysis. However, applicants with some combination of the above qualifications will be given full consideration. The start‐date for this position will be fall 2011 (exact date flexible), and salary will be competitive.
Candidates should have a PhD in evolutionary biology or related fields, and publications
in peer‐reviewed journals.

How to Apply: Go to https://www.jobsatuc.com and click on “Search Postings”; the Position Number is 211UC1310. Informal inquiries about the position can be made to Michal Polak at polakm@uc.edu.

 

Two MSc Projects at University of Auckland and Landcare Research - Exploring unseen links in weed biocontrol: mites and fungi on broom
 

Landcare Research is offering support for two MSc students as part of the Joint Graduate School in Biodiversity and Biosecurity (University of Auckland and Landcare Research). The projects will investigate unseen links between gall-forming mites and pathogenic fungi in the biocontrol of broom. Most of the lab work will be based on Tamaki campus, but there will be some field work in Lincoln. You will have the opportunity to work with a team of systematists, ecologists, plant pathologists and molecular biologists and publish papers in peer-reviewed international journals. One project will likely focus on fungus-mite interaction, and the other on predator-prey interaction. There will be an award of $10K for each student for stipend and fees.

Minute organisms unseen to the naked eye can play important roles in macro-species interactions. Mites and fungi represent two such important groups that are often closely associated and are present in almost all major habitats. We propose to examine previously unknown mite-fungus interactions affecting the biocontrol of an invasive weed (broom). This project demonstrates the importance of interactions amongst cryptic elements of biodiversity, on an alien weed, in order to understand and reduce the threats of invasive weeds on indigenous biodiversity.

The gall mite (Aceria genistae) was introduced in 2008 to control broom and is establishing readily at many sites. Our recent study revealed a community of fungi and mites in the gall on broom. The dominant fungus is a species of Fusarium, whose members are known to cause plant diseases including induction of floral and vegetative deformations. Fungal spores, identified as Fusarium sp., were recently found on most gall mites. Of great biosecurity importance is the question of the origin of the fungi: were they introduced along with the galls and mites from Europe or are they a local species recently moved onto the introduced hosts. Also of great significance is how the newly discovered mite-fungus association will affect the results of biocontrol. This study will test our hypothesis that the gall mites and fungi provide a synergistic effect on the weed, with the mechanism that (1) the gall mites vector the fungal spores, and (2) fungus infections in turn make the plants more susceptible to mites. This project looks into a new area of biological weed control that was previously overlooked and will offer insights for future introduction of biocontrol agents.

This project will also offer a unique opportunity to examine the effect of introduced biocontrol agents on local fauna and the consequence of new associations on biocontrol. This study will test the hypothesis that local predatory mites (Typhlodromus caudiglans, not known from France where the gall mites were introduced) can reduce the effectiveness of weed biocontrol when moving onto the gall mite-broom system. Most weed biocontrol agent risk-assessment focuses on the direct non-target impacts of weed biocontrol: little is known about how introductions of classical biological control agents affect local food webs.

This study will also examine the role of an interesting linkage between the above two aspects of the interactions (fungi-herbivore v.s. predator-prey) and fungivorous mites (Tydeidae) yet to be fully identified. These mites typically feed on fungi, can feed facultatively on small mites such as gall mites (in the case of Tydeidae) and also can serve as alternative prey for predatory mites.

This proposal is unique because it teams up acarologists, plant pathologists and ecologists to investigate previously unknown interactions between a host-plant, a plant pathogen, an eriophyid mite, a fungivorous mite and a predatory mite.

Applications should be sent to Prof. Bill Lee, Joint Graduate School of Biodiversity and Biosecurity (Leew@landcareresearch.co.nz). Please include a copy of your academic transcript, an indication of when you are available to start and a 60 word explanation of why you are interested in this topic.

 

Conservation Island Manager - Motuora Restoration Society Inc.

Motuora Restoration Society Inc. (MRS) is seeking an enthusiastic conservation minded person to live on Motuora Island in the Hauraki Gulf and to manage the revegetation programme. Motuora is part of the Dept. of Conservation estate but managed by MRS, which is restoring the island to allow for the introduction of rare and endangered species.

Skills or experience in the following:

Propagation of native plants
Weed control
Boat handling
Machine maintenance
Communication with volunteers & public
Campground management.


This is a sole charge position (possible job share) requiring good organization abilities and a good level of fitness. Accommodation is provided. Salary and terms negotiable. Start 7th Sept 2011.

Information pack available by email - pipit@xtra.co.nz.

Send CV to: MRS Chairman, PO Box 100 132, North Shore, Auckland City 0745 or Email: pipit@xtra.co.nz

Applications close: Friday, 29th July 2011.
 

 

Researcher / Soil Invertebrate Ecologist, Landcare Research


We seek an early-career soil ecologist with expertise in soil invertebrates (e.g., mites, nematodes) to work within the Ecosystem Processes research team of Landcare Research, New Zealand.

Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research is a Crown Research Institute dedicated to high quality research in terrestrial ecology and the sustainable management of natural resources, and is ranked as the top environmental science and ecology institute in New Zealand and third in Australasia (Times Higher Education, 26 May 2011: http://tiny.cc/dh4fh). Major areas of research include conservation biology and ecology, environmental monitoring, climate change, the management of weeds and pests, and soil and water resources.

We employ about 400 employees across nine sites. The Ecosystem Processes Research Team includes 35 researchers and support staff with a focus on improving our understanding of terrestrial ecosystems with a particular emphasis on aboveground-belowground linkages.

The Soil Invertebrate Ecologist position will primarily involve collaborative research in ongoing projects determining processes driving the structure, composition and functioning of forests and shrublands. Specific projects in the near-term (2-3 yrs) include (1) development of rapid molecular methods for identification of soil invertebrates, and (2) using soil invertebrate ecology to inform management of dynamic landscapes subject to biological invasions. The successful applicant is also expected to initiate new research projects in collaboration with other Landcare Research scientists, and to contribute to developing collaborative funding applications.

Applicants must have a PhD in soil or ecosystem ecology, have expertise in soil invertebrates, and preferably post-doctoral experience. Experience in research on soil ecology in natural systems is desirable, as is experience with molecular approaches. Applicants with a proven record of interdisciplinary research and an interest in collaborative research are particularly welcome. A demonstrated ability to publish research results in the international literature is necessary. Knowledge and experience in dealing with the users of research and a willingness to communicate science to non-specialists would be helpful. A start date of early November 2011 would be ideal.

The position is full-time, permanent, and based at our Lincoln site near Christchurch. International applicants are welcome.

To apply, please visit http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz or go directly to http://www.bfound.net/detail.aspx?jobId=97499&CoId=370&rq=2 and click on the Apply Now tab.

Closing date: 31 July 2011

 

Postdoctoral position - Ecosystem Ecology, Sweden


SLU invites applications for the following one year post-doctoral position in Ecosystem Ecology, on the topic of NMR Characterization of Soil Phosphorus and Carbon Forms during Long Term Succession (Ref. Nr. 1982/2011) at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, at Umeå, Sweden. The position is fully financed, including salary and benefits. The intended start date is October 1 2011, although there is some flexibility around this.

The project will primarily involve NMR analyses of soils that have been collected across a 5000-year fire chronosequence on lake islands in boreal forest in the Swedish subarctic, and interpretation and analysis of the data that results from these analyses. This work is part of a much larger research effort aimed at understanding community and ecosystem processes on these islands, and will complement other work in the system by helping us to better understand how humus quality and thus nutrient availability and carbon sequestration changes in the long term absence of fire. The position will be based at SLU in Umeå, but with the NMR work performed through the Department of Chemistry at Umeå University. The project will be supervised by Professor David Wardle at SLU and Associate Professor Reiner Giesler at Umeå University.

Qualifications for this position is a PhD in Biology, Ecology or Soil Science, preferably completed in the previous three years. Prior experience with the use of NMR in soils is highly desirable.

Applications for this position should include a curriculum vitae including a full list of publications, a brief description of research interests, and a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's qualifications and experience.

Further information is available from Professor David Wardle SLU Umeå, Department of Forest Ecology and Management, e-mail: David.Wardle@svek.slu.se tel. +46 90 786 8471.

Applications, marked with Ref No 1982/2011, must arrive at the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070, S- 750 07 Uppsala or registrator@slu.se

Closing date: 10 August 2011

 

 

 

Biodiversity Restoration Officer - Waikato Regional Council
 

(Vacancy #000045)

Talk is not enough! Waikato Regional Council seeks someone with a background in ecological restoration to work directly with landowners to develop biodiversity restoration plans for significant natural areas in the Waikato Region.

This position will provide expertise in the development of biodiversity enhancement projects through dedicated landowner, community and stakeholder engagement using sound ecological restoration methods.

The position offers the opportunity to lead biodiversity restoration in a high profile project with one of New Zealand’s leading regional councils.

The Biodiversity Restoration Officer is responsible for:
- Providing biodiversity leadership and technical guidance to landowners and other partners
- Evaluating data to inform biodiversity conservation priorities, restoration treatments, and environmental risk and benefits
- Collaboration with other regional council pest management and catchment management staff to undertake restoration projects
- Communicating technical information to diverse stakeholder groups to achieve conservation outcomes
- Managing biodiversity-related pest control projects such as Hamilton Halo, including budgeting, monitoring, and coordination involvement by other agencies

To be successful in this role, you will need knowledge of New Zealand species, natural communities, ecosystems, ecosystem processes and their conservation needs. A demonstrated ability to engage with rural landowners will be important. A relevant tertiary degree in science/ecology or land management (post-graduate qualification preferred) and a minimum of 3-5 years experience in a related role is required. (This position will be based in our Hamilton Office).

For further information or to apply visit our website: http://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/About-us/Situations-vacant/Current-vaca...

Closing Date: Monday 18 July 2011

 

 

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)


Convention on Migratory Species, Pacific Officer (CMSPO)

Applications are invited for the above position with SPREP at Apia. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to work with SPREP, one of the world’s leading regional environmental organisations. The Secretariat is seeking a suitably qualified and motivated person for the role of Convention on Migratory Species, Pacific Officer (CMSPO). The CMSPO will contribute to a) the implementation of CMS and relevant instruments in the region, including the MoUs for the conservation of Pacific Islands Cetaceans, Dugongs, Sharks and their related Action Plans and b) to the implementation of the SPREP and CMS Joint Work Plan; and any other work programme activities relating to issues of common interest in the countries of the Pacific Islands region.

Full details of the CMSPO’s responsibilities, requirements, remuneration package and lodging an application can be obtained from the Employment section of our website: www.sprep.org or by contacting the Personnel Officer on telephone: +685 21929 Ext. 230, Fax: +685 20231, or direct Email: luanac@sprep.org.

Closing date: Friday, 24th June 2011

 

Avian Field Research Assistant: Cuckoo - host coevolution


Research School of Biology, Australian National University
Salary: AU$49,501 - $65,086
Duration: 18 months, full or part-time (please indicate your preference), with possible extension.

This position is available from 1 September 2011 to join Dr Naomi Langmore (ANU), Prof. Robert Heinsohn (ANU) and Dr Rebecca Kilner (UCambridge) in a long-term study of the impact of climate change on interspecific interactions and biodiversity, using cuckoo - host interactions as a model system.

Primary responsibilities include mist-netting, banding, nest searching, insect surveys and supervision of assistants and research students at our study site in Canberra.

For further information and how to apply, please see: http://jobs.anu.edu.au/PositionDetail.aspx?p=2103

Informal enquiries to: naomi.langmore@anu.edu.au

Closing Date: 30 June 2011

 

Volunteer lab assistants needed for invertebrate sorting
 

Volunteers are required now through till April/May to assist with invertebrate sorting on a project in the Waikato looking at the effects of intensive farming on the restoration of native forest remnants. I am in the process now of trying to secure some funding, so there is a possibility of payment for the right person. If interested there could be some fieldwork involved as well. No previous experience necessary, just a keen interest in invertebrates in general. Volunteers would be based at Landcare Hamilton. If able to help for any amount of time please contact Lisa on lhdenmead@gmail.com


 

Senior Ecologist – Ecological Restoration Consultancy, Te Ngahere Ltd


Te Ngahere is an organisation that specialises in native forest management and ecological restoration techniques. We are at the forefront of the industry in this niche market and are committed to our goal of initiating and accelerating the recovery of New Zealand's ecosystems. We work throughout the Auckland region (and beyond) in some of the most beautiful parks and reserves in New Zealand.

We are currently looking for a senior ecologist to manage the small but growing consultancy within the Ecological Restoration division. This is an extremely important role within the Te Ngahere structure and will require a truly exceptional candidate. The role encompasses ecological excellence with managerial skills and a strategic focus to develop the consultancy; it would suit an experienced ecologist seeking a new challenge with a real opportunity to build and develop on the existing portfolio. The perfect person will have the following skills:

• Proven commitment to environmental best practice and ethical solutions
• Expertise in ecology with relevant post graduate university qualifications
• Minimum of 3 years experience at a senior level with experience in Tender Submissions, Ecological Assessments, Ecological Restoration Plans and RMA experience (presenting/preparing expert evidence)
• Experience in managing and directing a small staff of ecologists
• Solid fieldwork experience and an excellent knowledge of NZ flora and fauna
• A comprehensive understanding of ecological restoration methodologies, survey techniques, data analysis techniques and interpretation
• Experience of managing project/contracts from initiation to completion
• A clear understanding of NZ environmental legislation
• Experience in community based projects (from concept, proposal, funding to operational)
• Good business acumen and management style to apply strategic direction to consultancy
• Excellent communication skills for client relationship/development and managing direct reports
• Ability to think creatively to overcome issues positively and effectively
• NZ Citizenship or NZ Permanent Residency and Full NZ Driving Licence are a prerequisite

This is an integral role within the Ecological Restoration division, If you feel that you have the experience, enthusiasm, sense of humour and drive to take on a new challenge, please contact Julia in the first instance at Julia@te-ngahere.co.nz or by calling: (09) 828 4035 extn 0 for a position description and application form. To apply we require a covering letter, CV and completed application form

Closing Date: Fri 18th February 2011.
 

 

Volunteer field assistants wanted for rock wren research


Keen, fit and experienced outdoors people are required from now through until April 2011 to assist with rock wren field work throughout the South Island from Kahurangi to Fiordland. Food and accomodation will be provided. No previous bird experience required, though mist netting experience would be good. Must be able to move confidently through boulderfields and sub-alpine terrain in (sometimes rapid) pursuit of rock wren. If able to help, please email: kerry-anne.weston@otago.ac.nz

Phone: 03 479 5750 ; Cell: 021 023 71351

 

PhD Studentship: Bacterial breakdown of organic matter in a High-CO2 Ocean
Marsden funded PhD Studentship based at NIWA, Greta Point, Wellington, New Zealand

Supervisors: Dr Cliff Law & Dr Els Maas, NIWA, Dr Paul Teesdale-Spittle, School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington

Research Topic: Organic matter in the ocean is one of the largest global carbon reservoirs, exceeding total carbon stocks in both the atmosphere and in terrestrial soils. The organic carbon pool in the ocean is maintained by the balance between production via phytoplankton photosynthesis and removal by bacterial remineralisation. This sustains nutrient supply and therefore primary productivity and oceanic food webs, and so influences the ocean carbon sink. Consequently any significant change in bacterial cycling could alter both ocean productivity and CO2 uptake and alter the oceans capacity to buffer climate change. The research will involve laboratory & field measurement & experimentation including campaigns at sea. The student will be trained in, develop and apply enzymatic and bacterial techniques and maintain seawater samples and bacterial cultures in incubations under different pH and temperatures.

The Ph.D student should have a background in biochemistry and/or biogeochemistry, and some microbiology. A NZ$25,000 stipend plus fees per annum is offered for three year starting as soon as possible in 2011.

Please email a CV plus a letter of application to Dr Els Maas (e.maas@niwa.co.nz) applications close by 14th February 2011.

 

Two Research Technician positions at Deakin University, Australia


To commence on March 1st (if possible) for work on an ARC ressearch project on experimental evolution with mesocosms containing guppy populations.

1. Fish Research Technician HEW 4 full-time, $47,380 plus benefits.
This is for a fish enthusiast who would like to take care of the fish as well as do somewhat more advanced things. Feeds and cares for guppies, keeps records of the fish, cleans tanks, maintains fish-keeping equipment and supplies. Keeps records of movements of fishes between experimental tanks and other experimenta records. Photograph guppies for colour pattern analysis. Collect data from guppy photographs.

2. Advanced Research Technician HEW 5 full-time, $55,505 plus benefits.
This is essentially a low-level postdoc job for someone who does not necessarily want to do independent research, but wishes to be actively involved in research. Analyze color patterns of male guppies. Record mating preferences of female guppies. Possibly do microspectrophometry to identify the visual pigments of guppies. Analysis of some of this data as part of some long-term laboratory evolution experiments. Record keeping of the long-term experiments. Share in other behavioural observations.

Both will work with John at the Geelong campus (1 hour from Melbourne if you are a big-city type, easy and very inexpensive train connections or 1 hour by car). For further details, anyone who might be interested should contact Prof Endler immediately at John.Endler@deakin.edu.au
 

 

PhD Position, Oldenburg, Germany - Plant functional traits - responses to environmental factors and effects on ecosystem functions in coastal ecosystems


The Landscape Ecology Group at the Carl-von-Ossietzky University of Oldenburg in Germany invites applications for 3 PhD positions (0.5 E13 TVL) to study responses of plants to environmental conditions as well as effects of plants on ecosystem properties based on their functional traits.

The project “Plant functional traits - Responses to environmental factors and effects on ecosystem functions in coastal ecosystems” is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the collaborative research unit “Sustainable COastal Land Management: Trade-offs in EcoSystem Services”.

The research objective is to understand the response of ecophysiological and regenerative traits of plant species and communities to changes in fresh water availability, salt water intrusion and land use as well as effects of plant traits on ecosystem functions such as nutrient and water cycling, wave attenuation, land-atmosphere gas exchange or plant – animal interactions. Traits will be classified into response and effect traits depending on whether they respond to the environment and/or affect ecosystem properties. The three PhD-positions will cover different aspects of this programme. The field work will take place at three different sites in The Netherlands, Northwest Germany and Denmark, together with our partners at the Centre for Estuarine and Marine Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology and at the University of Aarhus. Data analysis and paper writing will be done at the University of Oldenburg.

The project is expected to start in April 2011 and will be funded for 3 years.

Successful candidates are required to have a master or diploma degree in the field of vegetation science / landscape ecology / plant biology, to be able to work independently, and to be fluent in English language.

Oldenburg University is an equal opportunity employer. Women or disabled persons are given priority over legally unprivileged applicants with an equal suitability, qualification and specialised knowledge.

Oldenburg is a city with about 150000 inhabitants in Northwest Germany, close to the North Sea. The university with more than 10000 students covers nearly all fields of science and arts. The PhD-students are expected to take part in the PhD program ‘Environmental Sciences’ of the Oldenburg Graduate School ‘Science and Technology’.

Closing date: 15 February 2011.

Please send your application to: Prof. Dr. Michael Kleyer, Landscape Ecology Group, Institute of Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Oldenburg, P.O. Box 2503, D-26111 Oldenburg, Germany.

E-mail: michael.kleyer@uni-oldenburg.de , URL: www.uni-oldenburg.de/landeco

 

Postdoctoral Position - University of Texas Marine Science Institute


This position provides an opportunity to conduct independent research dealing with marine fish behavior, physiology and/or ecology using laboratory and/or field-based methods. The successful candidate will also coordinate activities of existing research projects under the supervision of Professor Lee A. Fuiman. The position requires a Ph.D. degree or equivalent at the start of the appointment, and a strong record of research accomplishments (as demonstrated by publications and/or grants). Preference will be given to candidates competent in experimental methods and quantitative analysis (including statistical design and analysis) of animal behavior, physiology, and/or ecology in both the field and laboratory.
 

Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2011.

Additional information, go to: http://www.utmsi.utexas.edu/hr or contact Lee A. Fuiman: lee.fuiman@mail.utexas.edu.

 

Three postdoctoral positions in Sweden


We invite applications for 3 two-year post-doctoral positions for research on biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services in multifunctional agricultural landscapes. The positions are part of the project "SAPES - Multifunctional Agriculture: Harnessing Biodiversity for Sustaining Agricultural Production and Ecosystem Services." http://www.lu.se/o.o.i.s/23810. The project is a collaboration between three Swedish universities: Lund University, Stockholm University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. We invite applicants for the following positions:

* Postdoctoral position: Biodiversity and biological control (see pdf below)

* Postdoctoral position: Linking biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes (see pdf below and http://www.su.se/english/about/vacancies/post-doctoral-positions/postdoc...)

* Post doctoral position: Linking soil ecosystem services and agricultural land use (see pdf below and http://www.naturvetenskap.lu.se/o.o.i.s/26278)

SAPES aims at determining the consequences of agricultural land-use at multiple scales on biodiversity, and the ability of interacting below- and above-ground communities of organisms to produce ecosystem services.

We explore opportunities for integrating biodiversity conservation with agricultural production to benefit ecosystem services. The post docs will collaborate to produce scale dependent production functions linking land use to ecosystem service delivery, in order to understand trade-offs and synergies among multiple services and with biodiversity conservation. The ecological models will furthermore be combined with economic and governance models to value ecosystem services and predict how alternative governance regimes will affect land use, biodiversity and services under future scenarios. The positions form part of a strong interdisciplinary research environment that generates cutting-edge research to promote sustainable agriculture.

Closing date for applications: 15 February, 2011
Date of appointment: As soon as possible
Form of employment: The appointment is limited to two years, fulltime (100%)

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Two PhD positions in ecology - Non-consumptive effects among spiders and insects, Germany


Most studies on trophic interactions focus on prey consumption. Non-consumptive effects of predators on prey behavior can be equally important, but have been largely neglected in terrestrial systems. Spiders can elicit strong antipredator behavior in both insects and other spiders, but the commonness of such effects is poorly known.
We will investigate the occurrence and strength of antipredator behavior across multiple spider and insect species. Furthermore, we will study the mechanisms by which the prey detects the presence of spider predators. This will include behavioural assays and chemical analyses. The PhD positions are part of a collaborative project between PD Dr. Martin Entling at University of Koblenz-Landau and Dr. Florian Menzel at University of Mainz. Initially, both positions will be located in Landau/Pfalz.

Requirements: We look for enthusiastic people with experience in several of the following areas: entomology, ecological field work, behavioral ecology, chemical ecology and data analysis. A Diploma or Masters degree in Biology, Ecology or a related discipline is required.

Start date: 15 March 2011 or on appointment

Duration: Initial employment is for one year. A funding decision for two additional years is expected in the coming weeks.

Applications should include a letter of motivation, CV, names of at least two reference persons and (if existent) a list of publications. Please send your application as a single file to Martin Entling (entling@uni-landau.de) no later than February 10th, 2011, quoting the job reference number “Ld. 02/2011”.
 


Antarctic Research Scholarships


The Antarctic science community of the Postgraduate Research Scholarship Programme which is generously supported by New Zealand Post, Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World, Helicopters New Zealand and Antarctica New Zealand has a round of scholarships for the 2011/2012 season which includes:

1. New Zealand Post Antarctic Scholarship
Logistics support for one season of research in Antarctica
Award of $10,000

2. Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Scholarship
Logistics support for one season of research in Antarctica
Award of $10,000

3. Sir Robin Irvine (Antarctica New Zealand) Doctoral Scholarship
Logistics support for two seasons of Doctoral research in Antarctica
Award of $20,000 per annum (total of $40,000)

This year Antarctica New Zealand will be targeting projects with specific themes. Quality of students and proposed projects will still be the primary focus for the scholarship process but we will give preference to scholarship applications that target these themes. The themes include - a specific project to work on the climate data that is available on the Ross Sea Region. This includes data collected as part of the LGP project. There are a range of interesting climate-related projects that could be developed including:

- Comparing climate data in the Ross Sea Region with data from the Peninsula.
- Analysis of climate data and synthesis of existing knowledge of regional geography to support mapping of potentially hospitable areas for the establishment of non-native species, and or the identification of biogeographic boundaries.
- A project to advance some of the work Antarctica New Zealand is completing with Biosecurity New Zealand on non-native species risks. There are a range of possible projects that could be developed to support this work including:
- Mapping of Hut Point or Ross Island biodiversity and human activity to improve our understanding of sensitivities and risks.
- Detailed risk analyses for individual non-native species hazard groups or pathways.
- Analysis of non-native species risks associated with waste management practices at Scott Base and in the field.

All applications are due March 1, 2011.

For further information, please look at the Antarctica New Zealand website: www.antarcticanz.govt.nz. If you have questions about potential projects associated with the non-native species risks contact (j.newman@antarcticanz.govt.nz). All other questions and enquiries should be directed to Dr Ed Butler, Antarctica New Zealand (e.butler@antarcticanz.govt.nz).

 

PhD Position in Quantitative Conservation Biology, University of Otago, New Zealand


Opportunity exists for one PhD project on the population dynamics and conservation biology of the critically endangered New Zealand takahe. The takahe, Porphyrio hochstetteri, is the world's most critically endangered flightless rail (~300 individuals) and is supported by one of New Zealand's most intensive and costliest recovery programs. The PhD project will involve the development, parameterization, and analysis of a population model to help focus conservation and restoration efforts. Analysis of the model when subjected to the economic constraints of various management scenarios may help inform the optimization of recovery efforts.

The student will be co-supervised by Dr. Martin Krkosek (www.zoology.otago.ac.nz/pubs/krkosek/MK_Lab.html) and Assoc. Prof. Ian Jamieson (www.otago.ac.nz/threatenedbirdgroup/Home.html) in the Department of Zoology at the University of Otago. The successful candidate will apply for and receive an Otago Doctoral Scholarship(www.otago.ac.nz/study/scholarships/postgraduate_scholarships.html) or have other independent funding.

Prospective candidates please send letter of interest and cv to martin.krkosek@otago.ac.nz

 

Head of Department Natural Sciences, UNITEC
Biodiversity and conservation, Animal welfare and animal management


3 Year Fixed-Term Role (renewable)
 

Unitec Institute of Technology is now seeking a senior academic, who meets the criteria for appointment at the level of Associate Professor or Professor, to provide leadership in teaching, research and the delivery of high quality student learning experiences in animal health, animal welfare and behaviour and/or biodiversity management and conservation biology for the Department of Natural Sciences. Reporting to the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and Health Sciences, the Head of Department will foster a teaching and research culture and build external networks that enhances the reputation and academic standing of the disciplines nationally and internationally and will also contribute to the academic leadership of Unitec as a whole.

The Head of Department is a role for a three year term (renewable), at the conclusion of which the staff member may revert to a substantive academic position within the Department. The incumbent is able to reapply for the role at the conclusion of their three year term. The ideal applicants will have a relevant tertiary qualification to a postgraduate level (doctoral level strongly preferred) and be able to demonstrate experience of all or most of the following:

• Effective academic leadership
• Staff development and management experience
• Scholarly research within the field of animal health or animal welfare and behaviour and/or biodiversity management/conservation biology
• Academic credibility
• A demonstrable understanding of how the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi are intrinsic to the ongoing development of academic institutions in New Zealand
• Teaching excellence
• The design, implementation, review and enhancement of academic curricula
• Management of change
• Leadership in the establishment and maintenance of industry and professional partnerships
• Successful development of a strong research culture and of teaching excellence in relevant disciplines
• Sound financial management including financial literacy and strong budgeting capability
• Engagement with and understanding of tertiary funding systems
This is a unique opportunity to lead a vibrant and high profile Department, which has provided national and international leadership in animal health, animal welfare and behaviour and biodiversity management/conservation biology.

For further information, please phone Clare Litten on 09 367 1530 or Julia Stones on 09 367 1562 (DDI). To apply, email your CV and covering letter to cvakl@sheffield.co.nz quoting reference number 46062. Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

Closing date: 5 February 2011.

 

Senior Curator Natural Environment - Te Papa - Wellington


This is a rare opportunity to join the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa at a senior level. Reporting to the Collections and Research Group Director, you will have responsibility for leading a team of science-based Curators and Researchers. You will work jointly with the Head of Collections Management in the leadership and management of the Natural Environment unit.

The purpose of the role is to support the Director by contributing to the Group's strategic planning and to ensure the effective day-to-day management of the curatorial team. The role will involve working with Curators and Researchers to maintain and develop collections, to conduct well-planned programmes of research and scholarship, and to deliver research outputs and collection information through a broad range of outreach activities. You must be an experienced manager, confident working at a senior level, and preferably with a background in science management.

You will:
* Be a line manager with experience of strategic planning within a science-based environment
* Be able to manage staff engaged in the delivery of research projects, both across the museum, and in partnership with external researchers and science agencies
* Contribute, as needed, to the development and delivery of cross-disciplinary exhibitions, online projects and outreach programmes aimed at diverse and cross-generational museum audiences
* Identify and help secure external funding for the museum's research, collections and outreach programmes
* Have an understanding of curatorial and collection management roles, preferably including experience in a museum or related scientific institution.

For further information on the position or to apply online please visit our website (www.tepapa.govt.nz/jobs). If you have any further questions please contact recruitment@tepapa.govt.nz quoting reference TP1142.

Applications close: 5.00pm Wednesday, 26 January 2011


AMCS (Australian Marine Conservation Society) Marine Campaigner


The post will focus on two main areas:

· Campaigning for the establishment of marine sanctuaries in the South West, North West, North and East bioregions of Commonwealth waters through strategic collaboration with other stakeholders and government.

· Delivering AMCS’s Sustainable Seafood Program - working with government, the industry, seafood suppliers and consumers to encourage improved fisheries and aquaculture management across Australia.

The post is full time and initially for one year. There is flexibility in terms of where the post can be based (it does not necessarily need to be based at AMCS HQ in Brisbane).

Applications close on 20th January.


Vacancy: Ranger - pest specialist, Auckland Council

Do you want to work for an organisation that really makes a difference?

We are looking for an innovative, people oriented person to join the Northern Regional Parks ranger team. The key requirements for this role are excellent communication skills with proven experience in pest management, recreation, conservation and land management. A core focus of this role is maintaining the pest free status of Tawharanui and Shakespear Open Sanctuaries. The role will also deliver customer service, maintenance of infrastructure, community partnerships and managing natural and historic resources.

Working as part of the Northern Regional Parks team of park rangers, you will be required to demonstrate the Auckland Council's organisational values and deliver our vision to the people of Auckland. You will be able to effectively and safely perform effective pest management, a wide range of practical land management tasks and use your strong interpersonal skills to maintain and develop relationships with stakeholders. Additionally you will have a high commitment to customer service, be flexible and possess a "can do" attitude to make things happen. An appropriate pest management, land or parks qualification is preferable.

As a park ranger, you will be based at the Northern regional Parks office at Wenderholm Regional Park. You will be required to work across all the Northern Regional Parks and work weekends and public holidays on a roster system.

if you would like to be part of our team, please contact Ruth Beggs on 09 426 1200 or send your CV and covering letter to Ruth at Auckland Council Northern Regional Parks, PO Box 332, Orewa, 0948.

For more information on Auckland Council, check out our website: https://careers.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/jobdetails?ajid=7r188

 

Snr/Principal Scientists, Aquatic Environment/Stock Assessment - Ministry of Fisheries - Wellington


The Ministry of Fisheries (MFish) is seeking experienced fisheries or environmental scientists to join the science team within its Fisheries Management business group. The Ministry's goal is to have "New Zealanders maximising benefits from the use of fisheries within environmental limits". Science is an important part of this goal and the science team supports fisheries management by providing scientific advice on the sustainability of fisheries and on assessing and mitigating environmental effects of fishing.

The available positions could be at either Senior Scientist or Principal Scientist level and focus on fisheries stock assessment or aquatic environment aspects, or some combination of the two.

The key role for a Senior or Principal Scientist in stock assessment would be to co-ordinate the fishery assessment working group processes for selected species. A person in this role must have specialist knowledge and experience in fisheries biology or fish stock assessment (involving finfish, shellfish, or freshwater fisheries). Roles for a Senior or Principal Scientist in aquatic environment can be more varied but generally focus on the effects of fishing on the aquatic environment or marine biodiversity. A person in this role would ideally have specialist knowledge and experience in some aspect of protected species biology (especially seabirds) or interactions with fisheries. However, we are also interested in applications from experienced scientists in other related fields. Roles that include a combination of stock assessment and aquatic environment tasks are common within the group and are encouraged.

All appointees will be involved in developing appropriate fisheries research programmes, writing and evaluating fisheries tenders for projects, providing expert peer review of reports, and managing research projects through to completion. Appropriate tertiary qualifications (MSc or, preferably, PhD) and experience are required, together with excellent analytical, written and communication skills.

If any of these roles sound tempting, please view a position description and apply online at www.fish.govt.nz

For further information please contact Todd Firman on 04 819 4794 or email todd.firman@fish.govt.nz

Applications close 10 January 2011 

 

Fixed-term position - Ministry for the Environment: Land Use and Carbon Analysis System
Vacancy 1305

Closing Date: End of Sunday 12 December 2010

A full-time, fixed term opportunity until 30 June 2011 to work on a ground breaking project.

The Ministry for the Environment is embarking on a ground-breaking climate change project. We are developing a Land Use and Carbon Analysis System (LUCAS) that will be a first for New Zealand and one of only a handful in the world. Your role will be to ensure that the plot data collected from New Zealand’s forests meet the highest standards of quality against a specified Quality Control/Quality Assurance framework.
 

Within this project you will check the forest biomass datasets with reference to the LUCAS quality control and quality assurance framework, and ensure the datasets are accurately stored within the LUCAS database. You will need:
- an understanding of biological monitoring programmes
- practical experience working with large quantities of data and Microsoft Excel
- attention to detail
- a biological science background preferably in New Zealand botany or forest ecology
- a science degree, preferably post graduate qualification or working towards one.

Join us and you’ll find a strong team culture. You will also have the opportunity to make a positive difference to New Zealand’s environment.

http://www.mfe.govt.nz/about/jobs/data-quality-analyst-1305/index.html


Post doc “Biochar: the effects on soil biota and plant-soil interactions using ecological and molecular techniques” - Netherlands


Vacancy number: SG ECO-0050
Location: Gelderland
Department: Wageningen University
Function type: Post-doc positions

Closing date for applications: 17 December 2010

We are looking for a postdoc to study the effects of biochar on soil biota and plant-soil interactions. Future energy demands may be met through pyrolosis of biomass, leading to ‘waste’ products such as biochar. Biochar, similar to charcoal, has unique biochemical properties; notably being highly stable against decay. Therefore, recent studies have suggested that adding biochar to soils may sequester carbon and improve soil quality. However, the ecological impact of biochar addition is unclear and subsequently this project aims to address this with the appointment of two new postdocs. The first postdoc will investigate the ecological impacts of soil amendment with biochar on the interactions between plants and soil organisms in a 4-year field experiment in a nature restoration area in the Netherlands. The postdoc will maintain and run the field site, design and execute experiments that quantify changes in soil food webs and plant-soil interactions using state-of-the-art ecological and molecular techniques
(e.g. pyrosequencing; T-RFLP), and co-organise workshops to disseminate research findings to the scientific community.

We ask for a highly motivated candidate with a doctoral degree in soil ecology, and experience with extraction and identification of soil organisms, field work, and/or the latest molecular techniques needed to quantify soil micro-organisms. The candidate should have organizational talents, be a team player with excellent communication skills and be willing to work abroad with international project partners for short periods of time.

We offer temporary appointment (0.8 fte) for 2.5 years, preferably starting March 2011. Salary depends on training and work experience.The maximum gross monthly salary coming with a full-time appointment will amount up to € 4374,-- (scale 11, based on fulltime employment, Collective Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-Nederlandse Universiteiten).

Additional information: Dr.ir. Liesje Mommer, ph: +31 (0)317-486944/+31 (0)24-3652401 or Dr. Martijn Bezemer, ph: +31 (0)26-4791306. E-mail: Liesje.Mommer@wur.nl or M.Bezemer@nioo.knaw.nl. A detailed description of the project is available.

We are working in the thematic programme “Ecology of the biobased economy: soil amelioration with biochar in a natural ecosystem”, being a joint project of the WUR (Nature Conservation and Plant Ecology Group & Soil Biology and Biological Soil Quality Group) and the NIOO (Department of Terrestrial Ecology). The programme is funded by the Graduate School Production Ecology and Resource Conservation in Wageningen. The programme encompasses both experimental research with many (inter)national collaborators involved and workshops that will contribute to the general awareness of the ecological dimension of the biobased economy.

The department of Environmental Sciences of Wageningen University provides fundamental research and academic education on our living environment: nature, landscape, land usage, adaptation to climate change, water and ocean management, and the various competing claims on space. This also includes biodiversity and the sustainability of management and production. Wageningen University is part of the Wageningen University and Research Centre concern.

Wageningen University and Research centre - delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

For further information about working at Wageningen UR, and application to this job see: www.jobsat.wur.nl


ARC Discovery Project – Two PhD Scholarships, ANU Australia

1. Biodiversity recovery after major wildfire: Re-colonisation after fire and the influence of biological legacies


The Fenner School of Environment and Society is seeking applications for a scholarship for a PhD student to undertake research on re-colonisation after fire and the influence of biological legacies. The position will be based within one of the most productive field ecology labs in the world, led by Professor David Lindenmayer. The project will be supervised by Professor Lindenmayer, Dr Sam Banks and Dr Don Driscoll.
Field of Study: Environment
ANU Location of Study: Fenner School of Environment and Society
Value: A$20,427 (2010 rate) per annum tax free
Duration: Three years full-time
Take Up By: As soon as possible after selection of the successful candidate
Eligible Program(s): PhD
Eligibility: Bachelors Degree with first class honours or equivalent academic and professional qualifications. The scholarship is only open to Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents of Australia.
Conditions of Award: Applicants need not have previous experience in genetic methods or entomology.
Application: Email written application to fses-cle-admin@anu.edu.au

Further Information: For full details of the scholarship, see the Fenner School website at http://fennerschool.anu.edu.au/studying/svp_news/#ARCDiscoveryProject:PhDScholarship

Applications close: 9 December 2010


2. Biodiversity recovery after major wildfire: mammal population recovery

The Fenner School of Environment and Society is seeking applications for a scholarship for a PhD student to undertake research on mammal population recovery after the 2009 Victorian wildfires. The position will be based within one of the most productive field ecology labs in the world, led by Professor David Lindenmayer. The project will be supervised by Dr Sam Banks and Professor Lindenmayer.
Field of Study: Environment
ANU Location of Study: Fenner School of Environment and Society
Value: A$20,427 (2010 rate) per annum tax free
Duration: Three years full-time
Take Up By: As soon as possible after selection of the successful candidate
Eligible Program(s): PhD
Eligibility: Bachelors Degree with first class honours or equivalent academic and professional qualifications. The scholarship is only open to Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents of Australia.
Conditions of Award: TBA
Application: Email written application to fses-cle-admin@anu.edu.au
 

Further Information: For full details of the scholarship, see the Fenner School website at http://fennerschool.anu.edu.au/studying/svp_news/#ARCDiscoveryProject:Ph...


Applications close: 9 December 2010
 

 

Two Post-Doctoral Positions - Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Two 12-month positions are currently advertised, one focused more on ecological theory and the other more on data analysis related to conservation problems (see below).

POSITION 1: Post-Doctoral Research Associate -Ecology & Evolutionary Biology-Pay Grade 00, - Salary DOE&Q - Full Time -Postdoctoral research Associate in biodiversity conservation. A 12 month position beginning January 1, 2011. The PDRA will help collate and analyze spatial data on conservation investment patterns in the US. The project aims to determine the relative effectiveness of different conservation investment strategies in different ecological and socioeconomic contexts. The PDRA will be expected to contribute to grant development and writing, writing papers or reports, giving presentation and other duties required by the Department or Principal Investigator. Ph.D. in Biology or related field is required. Proficiency in English required. Experience with GIS and analysis of spatial ecological data, strong quantitative skills required. Relevant scientific publication experience desired. Relevant grant-writing experience is also desired.

POSITION 2: Post-Doctoral Research Associate -Ecology & Evolutionary Biology-Pay Grade 00, - Salary DOE&Q - Full Time -Postdoctoral research Associate in biodiversity conservation. A 12 month position beginning February 1, 2011. The PDRA will contribute to the development of mathematical models of animal movement and /or models of community dynamics of plant-pollinator networks. The PDRA will be expected to contribute to grant development and writing, writing papers or reports, giving presentations and other duties required by the Department or Principal Investigator. Ph.D. in Biology, Mathematics or related field is required. Proficiency in English required. Must be able to program in mathematical programming languages. Research experience applying models to examine dispersal behavior and/or community ecology is required. Relevant scientific publication experience desired. Relevant grant-writing experience is also desired.

To apply: Please send CV and references to Dr. Paul Armsworth,
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Tennessee,
Knoxville, TN 37996-1610.

 

Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Plant Ecology / Plant Biology, University of Waikato


We seek a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Plant Ecology or related areas of Plant Biology. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in areas that complement our existing expertise in plant biosystematics, physiology and restoration ecology, and strengths in field ecology and quantitative methods would be advantageous. You will be a developing leader in your field, have postdoctoral experience, an excellent publication record, evidence of international connections and will contribute to teaching in the areas of plant ecology and biology and advanced courses in areas of expertise. Research is an integral component of this position and experience in research student supervision will be advantageous. You will also have a developing or well-developed research record and potential ability to attract external funding for your work.

The Department of Biological Sciences ranked first in the 2006 New Zealand Performance Based Research Fund assessment in the Ecology Evolution and Behaviour, and Molecular, Cellular and Whole Organism Biology areas. You will have the potential to contribute to a high ranking in the next assessment (2012). The Department is entering the fifth year of its NZ Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (FRST) funded program in Freshwater Ecology, research worth $10M over ten years. Other FRST funded research programmes include urban ecosystem restoration and a terrestrial Antarctic research programme. Synergies with any of these programmes will be an advantage, as will development of connections with industry based plant biology (pastoral agriculture, horticulture or forestry), depending on your expertise and interests.

This position is available from February 2011. Current salary range for Lecturers is $63,327 to $77,318 per year and for Senior Lecturers is NZ$79,266 to $106,319 per year.

Enquiries of an academic nature should be directed to Dr Mike Clearwater, telephone +64 7 838 4613 or email: m.clearwater@waikato.ac.nz

Further information about the Department is available at http://www.bio.waikato.ac.nz

 

Three PhD positions - Department of Marine Science - Ecology Programme
Southern Ocean Ecosystems Programme


Opportunity for up to three PhD level positions in a Southern Oceans Ecosystems Programme for start date of February 1 2011 continuing through December 2013 in the Departments of Marine Science and Chemistry at University of Otago. Project leaders for these studies are Associate Professor Stephen Wing and Associate Professor Russell Frew (Director of Analytical Forensic Science at University of Otago).

Project 1: Flux of iron within sub-Antarctic Island systems. This project will be a chemical tracer focused study whose primary aim is to implement Fe isotope tracers for tracking biogenic matter and refine Fe budget calculations within the sub-Antarctic islands system. Analytic facilities will be available through the Department of Chemistry and the Otago Trace Element Analysis Facility. Support for field sampling will be provided through the Department of Marine Science and the RV Polaris II.

Project 2: Food web structure and function of sub-Antarctic Island systems. This project will be focused on understanding flux of biogenic matter and nutrients within the sub-Antarctic islands food web with particular emphasis on the role of sea birds and nutrient recycling in the system. Facilities for fieldwork and sampling will be available through the Department of Marine Science using the RV Polaris II. Analytical facilities for stable isotope (including compound-specific) determination and nutrient analysis will be available through the Department of Chemistry.

Project 3: (pending logistic support): Organic matter flux within Antarctic benthic communities. This project will be focused on understanding the role of the sea ice microbial community (SIMCO) in organic matter flux to the benthic communities in the Ross Sea. Components of the project include understanding the role of sea ice persistence and structure on the isotopic composition of SIMCO and use of chemical tracers for organic matter within the Ross Sea food web. Facilities for fieldwork and sampling will be available through facilities at Scott Base, Antarctica with support from Antarctica New Zealand (pending). Analytical facilities for stable isotope determination and nutrient analysis will be available through the Department of Chemistry.

Research costs for all three projects will be provided from within SOEP, while scholarship support in the form of a stipend will be available through the University of Otago’s PhD Scholarship scheme. Interested parties please contact Assoc Prof Stephen Wing by December 6, 2010 for information on how to apply.

 

Research Scientist – Plant Ecology, Department of Conservation, Wellington

The Threats Science Section of the Research & Development Group is looking for an early- to mid-career research scientist to fill a two year fixed-term contract. Initially, the main focus of the role will be to lead a research project on invasive willows, but there will also be involvement in other weed research programmes. The successful applicant will have a PhD in plant ecology or equivalent, be capable of working independently, and will be willing to travel and conduct field work. Modelling skills will be an advantage. The position will be based in Wellington.

For further information and/or an application pack please contact Nonie Cassidy, ncassidy@doc.govt.nz, or telephone (04) 471-3210, quoting Vacancy 50/843T.

Applications close with Nonie Cassidy, ncassidy@doc.govt.nz, in the Aquatic & Threats Unit at National Office, 18-32 Manners Street, PO Box 10-420, Wellington, at noon on Thursday, 2 December 2010.

 

Two PhD positions "Natural enemies and plant invasions", Lincoln University


We have exciting opportunities for two PhD students to work in a major international project examining the role natural enemies play in plant invasions. Each PhD will involve fieldwork and considerable travel in both the native (Europe) and introduced (New Zealand) range of a diverse set of invasive plants to test hypotheses about enemy release from soil microbes. The project brings together two of the foremost research teams in plant invasions in Europe (Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), Wageningen) and New Zealand (The Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University). The positions will be based in New Zealand but require lengthy periods in Europe. The successful candidates will join an active and dynamic group of invasion ecologists as part of a three-year Marsden funded project headed by Profs Richard Duncan, Philip Hulme (Bio-Protection) and Wim Van der Putten (NIOO-KNAW). You can find out more about our work at:

http://bioprotection.org.nz/project/world-leading-biosecurity/weed-dynamics-and-invasion-processes

http://www.nioo.knaw.nl/users/wvanderputten

The two PhD fellowships aim to test key hypotheses regarding the extent to which introduced species can escape their natural soil enemies, how any advantage of enemy release declines over time as enemies accumulate in the introduced range, and the implications of this for the evolution of increased competitive ability (see Diez et al. 2010, Ecology Letters 13: 803-809) Each fellowship is fully funded covering fees, a three year student stipend ($25,000 NZ dollars per annum), and travel and operating expenses associated with the projects. The two PhD fellows will work closely together addressing different aspects of the enemy release phenomenon. The two project titles are:
- Testing the dynamic enemy release hypothesis: how invasive plants escape and accumulate soil enemies.
- Testing the EICA hypothesis: how escape from soil enemies alters plant competitive ability.
 

For more details on these projects contact: Prof Richard Duncan (Richard.Duncan@lincoln.ac.nz). We are looking for numerate graduates in environmental sciences, ecology or botany with experience of field work and plant identification. There are no restrictions regarding nationality but if English is not your first language, evidence of proficiency (IELTS 7 equivalent) must be provided with your application. Applications for the PhD fellowships should include a CV, cover letter describing your relevant background and why the project interests you, and the names and e-mail addresses of three referees. If you would like to be considered for both projects please make this explicit in your application, identifying your preference. Applications close 1 December 2010 and we would expect to hold telephone interviews in early December (please state your availability and contact details for this period). Please email completed applications to: Richard.Duncan@lincoln.ac.nz.

 

Volunteers needed to assist in a flora and fauna survery: Sisters Islands, Nth Tasmania
HAMISH SAUNDERS MEMORIAL - ISLAND SURVEY PROGRAM

The Hamish Saunders Memorial Fund was established in the memory of New Zealander Hamish Saunders who was tragically lost from Pedra Branca Rocks south of Tasmania while taking part in a wildlife survey in April 2003. Hamish had a passion for marine conservation. A fund has been created in his memory with a mission to nurture future leaders in the knowledge, conservation and management of marine environments. This is the 6th annual survey in the Hamish Saunders Memorial Island Survey program. Staff of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DIPWE) have identified the Sisters Islands, north of Flinders Island, as the subject of this year’s survey.

Inner (or West) Sister Island - This 748 ha hilly island is mainly pasture, but has patches of sheoke forest, scrub, wetlands and tussock grassland. It is fringed by rock and sandy coast. There is potential for improving our knowledge of the ecology and distribution on the island of its listed threatened flora, geomorphology and soils, seabird rookeries, and terrestrial birds. Fauna diversity is considered to be extensive and is the only known offshore island with bandicoots. Nothing is known of the invertebrate fauna, intertidal and near shore ecology, or mosses and lichens.

Outer (or East) Sister Island -This 545 ha island has rocky and sandy coast and is now almost covered by native shrubland. The island is also considered to have a high fauna diversity. Species lists for plants and animals exist for the island. There is scope for work on the mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, threatened species, mosses and lichens, update of vegetation map, better knowledge of the geomorphology and soils, current status of the Cape Barren geese population and work on intertidal and nearshore ecology.

The survey is planned to be undertaken over a period of 7 days, starting on Friday, 3 December. You will be required to be in Hobart on Wednesday, 1 December for a briefing by Parks and Wildlife staff. The survey will finish the following Thursday (9 December). Following a de-briefing session you will return to Hobart and will fly out for New Zealand on the Saturday (11 December). Two New Zealand volunteers will be selected by the Fund to participate in this survey. The Fund will cover successful applicants’ travel costs to and from Hobart, as well as any other negotiated costs. DPIPWE will cover your transport and accommodation costs whilst in Tasmania and make all logistical arrangements for the survey. DPIPWE staff will also provide training and support while you are on the island. You will be required to provide your own basic field gear (pack, boots, parka, sleeping bag, warm clothes etc). DPIPWE will supply your food and all other equipment (including safety gear). You should note that weather here can be changeable, and cold, at any time of the year. You will be ferried around in small boats and you can expect to be required to jump from, and climb into boats from rocky shores.

As Hamish Saunders Memorial Fund volunteers you will assist experienced DPIPWE specialists in surveys of the flora and fauna and other aspects of the islands’ ecology. Apart from a strong interest in ecology, you will not be expected to have any specialist skills. You will be working alongside and assisting experienced conservation specialists. You will be required to contribute to the survey’s objectives and to produce a brief report on the survey for DPIPWE and the Fund – including any comments you may have on the value of your participation and how future volunteer participation might be improved.

Applications are sought from interested people who believe they would benefit from participating in this survey and who could contribute in some way to the mission of the Fund. Successful applicants will have the following attributes:

A strong interest in conservation and a motivation to contribute to the conservation of marine environments.
Keen to learn and to gain field experience.
A “team player”.
Of sound health.
A competent swimmer.
Willing and able to live in a remote environment with only basic amenities.
Willing to communicate via conference and media presentation, if required.
A current passport.
Prepared and available to travel to Tasmania for the period indicated.
 

Your application should be no more than 2 pages and should highlight how you would benefit from this experience and how the mission of the Fund would be advanced by your participation. Please include your full contact details as well as email and telephone contacts of two referees. Your application will need to be received by the Fund by 5pm on Friday 15 October. You will be advised of the outcome of your application within a few days of applications closing. The successful applicants will be advised promptly of travel arrangements and further details.

Applications or enquiries should be emailed to the Hamish Saunders Memorial Fund at elanza@ihug.co.nz

 

Herbarium Curator - Forest Protection, Scion Research, Rotorua


Crown Research Institute Scion is committed to enhancing the environmental and economic transformation of New Zealand, working toward a more sustainable, bio-based future. With more than 60 years of heritage in forestry science, Scion today demonstrates national leadership, world-class innovation and excellence in research and development.

We are seeking a Herbarium Curator to manage the herbarium collections and databases, oversee curation of herbarium specimens to the best international standards, and conduct related research. This position is based in our Rotorua office.

Our ideal candidate will have a PhD or equivalent experience in plant taxonomy or closely related subject. A demonstrated knowledge of herbarium curation and management combined with a high level of computer skills is essential. Experience in taxonomy of forestry tree species or New Zealand native flora would be an advantage.

Scion is proud to offer talented and motivated individuals the unique opportunity to pursue a fulfilling professional career. With its head office based on the edge of Rotorua’s world-famous Whakarewarewa Forest, Scion also offers an enviable working environment with excellent work/life balance initiatives. Rotorua is one of New Zealand's leading tourist destinations owing to its outstanding natural environment and proximity to coastal beaches and inland lakes, native forests, geothermal areas and volcanic ski-fields.

Closing date: 30 November 2010

Applications can be lodged through our website www.scionresearch.com where you will find a position description and online application form (please do not email applications to this address, these should be submitted through our website). For further information please contact Human Resources Ph: +64 (07) 343 5874


Lecturer in Biological Conservation at the Faculty of Forest, Sciences, Universidad de Concepción, Chile.
 


Application code: ICR- 01

Requirements:
a) Ph.D. in conservation biology or related disciplines
b) Scientific productivity
c) Teaching experience
d) Oral and written skills in English and Spanish

The post will be based in Concepción, Chile. Appointment to start by March 1st, 2011 and will be made on the Academic salary scale, depending on experience.
Closing date: November 30th, 2010
Further information at: http://www.udec.cl/intranet/concursos/avisos.php?id=1285604953
Contact: conservacion@udec.cl

Please, send CV to:
Universidad de Concepción.
Dirección de Personal.
Casilla 160-C. Correo 3,
Concepción,
CHILE

 

Two Postdoctoral Positions Available in Ecology - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Ecology and Management at Umeå


SLU invites applications for the two following post-doctoral positions:
(1) Ecosystem Ecology (Ref # SLU ID ua 3136/2010)
(2) Belowground Ecology (Ref # SLU ID ua 3137/2010)
The positions are both fully financed for two years and will be based in the Department of Forest Ecology and Management at Umeå, Sweden.

Description of the Ecosystem Ecology position (Ref. # SLU ID ua 3136/2010). The project will focus mainly on field locations in subalpine forested areas of western Sweden, which includes some areas that have historically been impacted by indigenous Sami inhabitants for more than 500 years (but which are no longer inhabited) and other areas that have never been impacted by Sami people. The main project that the postdoctoral researcher will work on involves exploring how historical habitation and land use in these mountains by Sami (in areas that are often currently presumed to be ‘natural’) may have long term effects on ecosystem functioning both aboveground and belowground that are still apparent in the present day landscape. In addition to this work, the researcher will have opportunities to perform some fieldwork exploring belowground ecology and aboveground-belowground linkages in New Zealand and/or Australia during the northern winter. The intended start date is April 2011, although there is some flexibility around this.

Description of the Belowground Ecology position (Ref. # SLU ID ua 3137/2010). The project will involve studying belowground ecology and aboveground-belowground linkages in boreal forests and subarctic tundra in northern Sweden. We are especially interested in appointing a researcher who has expertise in any one of the following areas: (1) ecology of plant litter decomposition, (2) ecology of soil invertebrates (notably microarthropods and/or nematodes) and/or soil food webs, or (3) plant-soil interactions and feedbacks. However, strong candidates focusing on belowground ecology but specializing in other aspects will also be seriously considered. The scope of the project work is deliberately broad, and will be adapted to suit the specific interests of the researcher that is appointed. However, it is intended that the researcher works on study systems and questions that are actively studied by our group; examples include the belowground consequences of fire in boreal forests, the ecological role of fire-derived charcoal, aboveground and belowground changes across chronosequences, and impacts of elevation and vegetation type in subarctic tundra. A fuller description of the group’s work is given on www.seksko.se/goto.php?link=vegeco. In addition to this work, the researcher will have opportunities to perform some fieldwork exploring belowground ecology and aboveground-belowground linkages in New Zealand and/or Australia during the northern winter. Depending on the candidates that we attract, we may make two appointments for this position. The intended start date is April 2011, although there is some flexibility around this.

Applications for each of these positions should include a curriculum vitae including a full list of publications, a brief description of research interests, and a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's work.

Qualifications: The qualification for these positions is a PhD in Biology, Ecology or Forestry, preferably completed in the previous three years.

Further information is available from Professor David Wardle, Department of Forest Ecology and Management, SLU, Umeå, e-mail: david.wardle@svek.slu.se

Applications, marked with Ref No SLU ID ua 3136/2010 (Ecosystem Ecology position), or with Ref. No SLU ID ua 3137/2010 (Belowground Ecology position) must arrive at the Registrar of SLU either by post (P.O. Box 7070, S- 750 07, Uppsala, Sweden) or by E-mail (registrator@slu.se) no later than 15 November 2010. If you are applying for both positions, you will need to send in two separate applications.
 

Postdoctoral Researcher, Plant community ecology, Landcare Research


Location: Lincoln
Tenure: Fixed Term, Two Years
Reporting to: Science Team Leader, Ecosystem Processes
Direct Reports: Supervision of technicians that work directly on this individual’s projects. Supervision may also include students.
Functional Reporting to: Research Leaders, Ecosystem Processes
Interactions/Regular Contact:
Internal: Research Leaders, other members of Ecosystem Processes team, wider science and support staff of Landcare Research
External: DOC, MAF, other CRIs (Scion), universities (Lincoln, Canterbury and Waikato), and overseas (University of Barcelona)
Primary Objective: To undertake plant community ecology research on New Zealand’s indigenous forests, shrublands and grasslands. The research activities are rather specific and involve tasks that contribute to:
1. Quantitative classification of non-woody vegetation using a national plot data set
2. Updated national mapping of indigenous forests, shrublands and grasslands
3. Design and implementation of biodiversity monitoring systems at regional and national scales
4. Estimates of carbon storage and sequestration in naturally regenerating woody plant communities
Person Specification:
PhD; post-doctoral experience in ecology, forestry or related areas is desired
Good track record of refereed journal publications, and presentations of research to local and international audiences
Ability to work both independently and as part of a research team
Good communication skills (written and oral)
Strong quantitative skills
Strong data analysis and statistics skills
Knowledge of New Zealand plants and vegetation
Knowledge of forest dynamics
Experience and interest in interacting with end-users
Demonstrated interest in applied ecology
Key Accountabilities: 
Leadership:
Expected to contribute to the planning and decision-making of relevant science projects.
Expected to contribute to the development of science projects.
Expected to be recognised internally by peers as a source of advice or comment.
Management:
Expected to manage clearly identified tasks and contract delivery on time.
Responsible for bringing projects in on budget and reporting thereon.
Expected to supervise and manage performance of science technicians.
Science output:
Lead preparation of contract reports for local and national government agencies.
Participation in local and international workshops and conferences.
Active collaboration within the organisation, and with other scientists both in New Zealand and overseas.
Responsible for completion of science publications (and any other assigned tasks) on time.
Complexity of tasks:
Science research will require independent, professional judgement in decision-making and on evaluating, selecting, adapting or modifying modern techniques for studying community ecology. This will require applying advanced methods to complex problems, and sometimes devising new methods.
Scientific background: Experience in quantitative community ecology, particularly multivariate methods, 
familiarity with methodologies for developing and understanding natural ecosystems and their response to external drivers (e.g., disturbance), and an ability to critically evaluate, develop, and adapt new methods as necessary. 
Competent in statistical packages: e.g., R, SAS, and multivariate analysis software, e.g., JUICE, PC-Ord, CANOCO.
Competence in manipulating large datasets, General background in ecology with an understanding of population and ecosystem dynamics. 
For the position description and to apply please go to www.landcareresearch.co.nz/jobs. All applications must be received via this online recruitment link by 7th November 2010. For specific queries please contact Rob Allen, AllenR@landcareresearch.co.nz
 


Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Ecology, Lincoln University
 

Lincoln University is a specialist land-based university that probably employs the largest critical mass of ecologists of all universities in New Zealand. This position is a newly established opportunity in the Ecology Department which is developing its role as a leading university department. Our current expertise includes molecular ecology, evolutionary biology, community ecology, plant pathology, agroecology and restoration ecology.
The successful applicant is likely to have:
* A PhD in Ecology, with expertise that complements the existing land-based ecology portfolio of the Ecology Department and the profile of Lincoln University.
* Knowledge of, or interest in, an area of animal ecology of relevance to New Zealand may be an advantage.
* Experience of undergraduate teaching, with enthusiasm and versatility to teach both broadly and in his/her specialist area of ecology.
* Competence to supervise postgraduate students, to collaborate with existing staff and externally, and to establish fresh research activity at Lincoln.
* Evidence of good quality research publications in international journals.
* An ability to obtain research funding from external sources.
Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Nicholas Dickinson, Head of Department, nicholas.dickinson@lincoln.ac.nz, +64(03) 321-8405.
Further information and how to apply for vacancy number 10-44 is available on our website (www.lincoln.ac.nz). Alternatively, please contact Human Resources on 321-8575. Electronic applications are welcome and should be accompanied by a covering letter, application form and CV.
Applications should be received by 4pm on Sunday 7 November 2010.


Tutors in Ecology/Plant Pathology, Lincoln University
 

Lincoln is a specialist land-based university that probably employs the largest critical mass of ecologists of all universities in New Zealand. These two Tutor positions are newly established opportunities in the Ecology Department. You will support our teaching provision and provide tuition with a focus on ecology or plant pathology courses that contribute to our B.Sc. Major in Conservation and Ecology, B.Sc. Major in Bioprotection and Biosecurity, and a wide range of other postgraduate, undergraduate and Diploma study programmes.
The successful appointees are likely to have:
- A good level of understanding of ecology or plant pathology. Experience of molecular biology or some combination of these disciplines may be an advantage.
- A postgraduate degree (M.Sc. or equivalent) in Ecology or Plant Pathology.
- Ability to contribute to tuition on ecology and/or plant pathology courses.
- Enthusiasm to organise and support either laboratory or field teaching, or both.
- Broad interests and versatility in one or a combination of practical ecology, plant pathology or molecular biology.
- A willingness to learn new practical skills and to effectively train others in practical skills.
- A commitment to support teaching provision at pre-degree and undergraduate level in the Ecology Department.
- Good inter-personal, communication and organisational skills.
The preferred start date for these positions is January 2011.
Further information and how to apply for vacancy number 10-46/47 is available on our website (www.lincoln.ac.nz). Alternatively, please contact Human Resources on 321-8575. Electronic applications are welcome and should be accompanied by a covering letter, application form and CV.
Applications should be received by 4pm on Sunday 7 November 2010.


 

Applied Researcher in Wildlife Management for Conservation
 

Lincoln University researchers in wildlife management and conservation are actively researching more humane and environmentally friendly pest control techniques for conservation of kiwi and other native species. We seek a research technician with practical skills and experience in vertebrate pest control to work as part of our dynamic research team on a large number of ongoing projects. The role will involve conducting field and pen trials with possums, rodents and predators, as well as monitoring indicators of ecosystem recovery. Knowledge of pest control, research approaches and animal handling skills are critical. The ability to co-ordinate and participate in a team environment and help run and administer research will be important.
The applicant we are looking for will have:
• graduate or technical qualifications in ecology, zoology, pest control or wildlife management and/or 2-5 years extensive practical field experience in vertebrate pest control
• the ability to use traps, poisons and radio-collars and supervise and conduct animal studies
• self motivation to work with minimal supervision, as well as possessing strong team work capabilities
• the ability to undertake field work with a relatively high level of physical fitness
• excellent time management skills
• high standards in terms of the ability to collect high quality data in carefully conducted trials
• a good understanding of animal ethics and humaneness
• the ability to maintain high standards of data collection and GLP
• the ability to help with research administration, complete research protocols and rapidly convert cage, pen and field data into concise reports and help with research publications
• a full NZ drivers license
• an understanding of Tikanga and Te Reo Maori would be an advantage
The position will be based at Lincoln University. Some travel around NZ should be expected.
Applications Marked 'Confidential' or enquiries to:
o Email Helen.Blackie@lincoln.ac.nz  
o Phone Helen Blackie (03) 321 8278
Closing date for applications is 30th October 2010.