Postdoctoral Researcher - Forest Birds

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Manaaki Whenua
New Zealand
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 17:00

We are looking for field-experienced, quantitative postdoctoral researcher to work as a wildlife population ecologist within a national research team to identify drivers and predictors of forest bird population outcomes across New Zealand forests

About the opportunity

Our new MBIE-funded research program 'More birds in the bush: large-scale restoration across complex forests' addresses variation in complex food-resource (productivity) drivers of predators and birds across New Zealand forests, taking a whole-ecosystem approach to forest bird conservation management. Our goal is to enable better forecasting of both predator threats and bird responses across different forest types now and under future climates, to underpin timely, efficient, large-scale predator suppression and eradication.

This postdoctoral researcher's role is to measure and model forest bird species population outcomes and demographic rates along predation and productivity gradients in large New Zealand forests.

The position is fixed term (3 years), full time, is based at our Dunedin site, and will report to Dr Susan Walker and Dr Adrian Monks.

You will work collaboratively within a small national research team to contribute to the interdependent goals of the research program. You will gather, manage, analyse and share ecological data; produce outputs (including models) and disseminate results, including through scientific presentations and papers; undertake research both independently and collaboratively with our team, organisational partners, and iwi as required; and contribute to the successful completion of the research project as contracted.

About you

In this position you will need skills and experience in

  • Bird population ecology and demography, field ecology, experimental design
  • Undertaking fieldwork in remote NZ forest conditions
  • Quantitative ecological analysis (at least linear modelling, and preferably some Bayesian)
  • An early journal publication record
  • Proven communication skills, both informal and formal (e.g. conference presentations)

The person we are looking for is

  • Organised, self-motivated, positive, energetic
  • Able to innovate and proactively solve problems
  • Responsible and practical: able to undertake research without close supervision, including planning time and resources
  • Willing and able to work collaboratively as part of an interdependent team, and openly share data
  • Able to work respectfully and constructively with research partners, field technicians and support staff
  • A builder of collaborative networks in the NZ ecological and conservation communities
  • Committed to applied conservation ecology

Why Manaaki Whenua

Our land, our future - this is the essence of why Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research exists. At Manaaki Whenua we undertake research that focuses on preserving New Zealand's rich biodiversity, improving biosecurity, and protecting the health of the land, fresh water and soil resources. We recognise the importance of partnerships, the special role of Māori, and the need to ensure that all New Zealanders have the knowledge, understanding, and tools to sustain the environment. We are recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of our research and work with a wide range of organisations within New Zealand and globally.

What we offer

As an employee of Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, you will work with passionate and talented people in a caring and family friendly environment; enjoy good staff benefits and the opportunity for personal growth and career development.

How to apply

Enquiries about the position may be directed to Susan Walker, For further details about Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research, watch this short clip: Manaaki Whenua and visit our website:

Apply online by viewing the position description and then clicking the 'Apply Now' button below.

Applications close on 30th October 2018 at 5pm NZT