Postdoctoral Researcher - Forests and Rodents

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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 an 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 role is to identify, measure and model bottom-up predictors of rat abundance along productivity gradients in large New Zealand forests. As part of a team, the postdoctoral researcher will be at the forefront of work to predict spatial and temporal variation in rat abundance nationally.

The position is fixed term (3 years), full time, and is based at our Dunedin site.

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

Applicants must have a PhD in ecology or related discipline, and experience in plant-animal interactions, plant phenology, field ecology, and experimental design. Experience in undertaking fieldwork in remote NZ forest conditions, and quantitative ecological analysis skills are essential. Preference will be given to applicants with proven communication skills, both informal and formal (e.g. conference presentations) and an early publication track record.

The person we are looking for is organised, self-motivated, positive, and energetic, and able to work collaboratively and respectfully as part of an interdependent team, and to openly share data. They must also be able to undertake research without close supervision, including planning time and resources. Preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated ability to build collaborative networks in the ecological and conservation community and commitment 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 Adrian Monks, For further details about Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research, watch this short clip: Manaaki Whenua and visit our website:

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Applications close on 30th October 2018 at 5pm NZT