Job Posting: Bird Modeling Postdoc at Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has the following opening:
A Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellowship is available to assist in the development of full life-cycle population models for multiple migratory bird species; the candidate list includes at least one passerine, one shorebird, and one waterbird. The research will involve thoroughly reviewing pertinent population modeling literature from around the world, locating and compiling appropriate data, and building models that evaluate and quantify relative contributions of different sources of mortality across age classes and seasons on the demography of the species at linked population/sub-population scales. The deliverables will be three to six scientifically robust models that can be used by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service managers to make effective and strategic conservation and management decisions. Qualifications for the position include a Ph.D. in ecology or related wildlife field, knowledge of migratory birds and life history theory, and expertise in quantitative methods, including mark-recapture analyses and population projection models. We seek candidates who work well in a collaborative setting, have excellent communication and writing skills, and who can document their productivity with timely publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be based at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in Washington, DC, and will be mentored by Peter Marra, Scott Sillett, and Mike Runge (USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center). This three-year appointment starts as soon as a suitable candidate is found and includes a stipend of $50,000/year plus a $3,500 annual health insurance reimbursement. Review of applicants will begin immediately and will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. To ensure consideration applications must be received by April 2, 2012. For more information and to apply, visit: