Postdoctoral Position in Collective Movement and Decision Making
An NSF-funded postdoctoral position is available to apply network based analytical approaches to understanding collective movement and consensus decision-making in primate social groups. The position is affiliated with and funded through the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, but the work will be based at the University of California, Davis in the laboratory of Dr. Meg Crofoot, in collaboration with Dr. Tanya Berger-Wolf at University of Illinois at Chicago.
The research will involve (1) developing an analytical framework for studying collective decision-making that explicitly incorporates the role of inter-individual relationships and (2) using this framework to investigate the collective decision-making process in baboon social groups using a unique whole-group, high-resolution GPS tracking dataset. The applicant will work with the PI, collaborators, and graduate and undergraduate students, and will participate in all aspects of the research project from managing and analyzing existing data to writing manuscripts and grant proposals, and will be expected to contribute to the development of research approaches and directions.
Eligibility: a Ph.D. in biological sciences or a related field with expertise in collective behavior or movement ecology. Experience with (or the burning desire to learn) R, GIS software, and Python or other programming environments is necessary. The position is available from Fall 2013 and, subject to performance and funding, will last up to two years, with an initial appointment of 12 months and a possible renewal for another 12 months. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and additional funding will be provided to defray the cost of health benefits and professional travel. Career development support is available through UC Davis and UIC.
To apply for this position, send a single pdf file containing: a CV, a 1-page statement of research and professional goals, and the names and contact information for three references to Dr. Crofoot at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Collective Movement Postdoc” in the subject header. Informal inquiries are welcome at the same address. Review of applications will begin April 15th, and continue until the position is filled.
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute is an equal opportunity employer, and veterans and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.
Department of Anthropology and Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology, The George Washington University
Applications are invited for a full-time, benefitted position as Postdoctoral Scientist in GW's Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology (CASHP), to contribute to morphological research on the development and life history of Virunga mountain gorillas in Rwanda.
The successful applicant will contribute to a field-based research program employing photogrammetry methods to investigate relationships between the physical ontogeny and life history of living mountain gorillas monitored by the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda, and will also take advantage of a recently-established collection of well documented mountain gorilla skeletal remains in Rwanda to generate new research.
The project will require spending the majority of the year based at the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda, and will involve close collaboration with the CASHP-based Project Director and with researchers, field assistants and other staff of Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International's Karisoke Research Center, Rwanda Development Board's Department of Tourism and Conservation (national parks authority), and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project. Activities will include field observational studies and behavioral data collection from wild gorillas, digital photogrammetry to measure physical traits of wild gorillas, collection of skeletal data, statistical analysis of results, and writing research articles.
There may also be opportunities to contribute to ongoing laboratory-based research on the hard tissue biology of mountain gorillas, and field efforts based at other long-term primate study sites, depending on interests.
The position is currently supported for a period of two years. Desired start date is July-August, 2013. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in biological anthropology, zoology, primatology or a related discipline before the start date. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience with methods employed in field primatology and/or morphology based research, and a demonstrated ability to conduct and publish their research. Evaluation of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must complete an online application at https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/13959. In addition, the following application materials must be emailed directly to Dr. Shannon McFarlin (email@example.com): (1) cover letter, (2) CV, (3) writing sample, and (4) names of three people who can be contacted for letters of reference. Please direct any questions about the position to Dr. McFarlin.
The George Washington University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
LABORATORY MANAGER--DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, TWIN CITIES
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, will be hiring a laboratory manager for their Human Evolution Laboratories. The job will begin on July 1 and is a full-time 12 month position. Please let all interested applicants know about the position. Applications are being accepted immediately, and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Applications must be made electronically through the University human resources website. employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=109128.
The job description is below: -
Any Questions should be directed to:
Ms. Kara Kersteter
Department of Anthropology University of Minnesota
395 Humphrey Center
Job Code and Title (9354) Coordinator
Position Title Laboratory Manager
Job Code 9354
Requisition Number 182806
Position Category Executive, Administrative, Managerial
Appointment Term A = 12 month
Required/Preferred Qualifications Required Qualifications:
- Masters degree in archaeology or closely related discipline by date of application.
- Experience working with curated anthropological materials such as lithics, bone and ceramics.
- Experience with maintaining computers, software, and computer networks.
- Working knowledge of mammalian osteology.
- Leadership coordination experience.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills with diverse populations.
- Ph.D. in anthropology.
- Training in laboratory safety procedures or equivalent experience.
- Teaching experience or other similar experience including supervising undergraduates.
- Experience with microscopy, imaging and digitizing technology, including equipment purchase, operation, and maintenance.
- Prior experience managing laboratories or groups involved in scientific research.
- Working knowledge of Old World archaeology.
- Working knowledge of hominoid and hominid materials from Africa and Asia. - Grant writing and developing skills and experience.
- Experience in database development and maintenance.
- Prior experience training and orienting people with varying skill and education levels.
Duties/Responsibilities The Department of Anthropology calls for applications to fill the position of Manager for the Anthropology Laboratories. Responsibilities include designing and implementing laboratory safety procedures; cataloging and curating artifacts in the Old World Archaeology Collection and in the extensive animal bone reference collection of the Anthropology Laboratories; purchasing equipment for research and lab-based classes; maintaining, upgrading, and implementing the use of an extensive fossil hominoid and hominid teaching collection; repairing and maintaining computers, software, and computer networks; assisting faculty to utilize lab resources for research and teaching; facilitating undergraduate research projects and coordinating an internship program;. The Manager also advances the research and teaching mission of the Labs through grant writing and other development efforts.
Laboratories Management (70%)
- Act as Research Safety Officer for the Anthropology Laboratories with responsibilities as defined by the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (http://www.dehs.umn.edu/training/rso/roles.shtml. - Catalog, curate, and develop laboratory collections. Collections associated with the labs include but are not limited to:
1Old World Archaeology
2New World Pottery
5Human Evolution Casts
- Manage access to laboratory collections for researchers external to the Department of Anthropology.
- Facilitate faculty and student access to and use of lab resources, including collection, research software packages and imaging equipment.
- Purchase and maintain lab equipment and supplies, including computers, software, microscopes, imaging equipment, and materials for lab-based courses
- Develop and maintain the laboratory website.
Course, Research, and Grants Coordination (20%)
- Coordinate lab internship course (Anth 4007) each spring semester and, as appropriate, coordinate volunteers working in the labs.
- Assist undergraduates with senior projects, Undergraduate Research Opportunity (UROP) participants, and other research activities.
- Develop funding proposals for grants within and outside the university to build the facility and enhance the educational and research capacities of the laboratory.
- Other Duties as Assigned
Program/Unit Description For nearly a century, the Department of Anthropology has prepared students in sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, bioanthropology, and linguistics. With 20 full-time faculty members and about 60 graduate students, the department teaches over 2200 undergraduate students each year. The faculty offers a rich array of courses, teaching across geographical, chronological, and analytical frameworks. Our faculty and students regularly receive research grants, awards and prizes for their teaching and research. An extensive program of colloquia, lectures and public events enhances our instructional programs. A lively community of scholars, faculty and students alike are engaged with research and teaching, connecting with colleagues in the humanities and social sciences throughout the College of Liberal Arts as well as with science and medical departments.
The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Application Instructions Please apply online via the Employment System at
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