Post-doctoral Associate (Wildlife SOS and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research)

  • From:
    July 31, 2015
  • To:
    September 1, 2015

Post-doctoral Associate

Application deadline: September 1, 2015

The Wildlife SOS and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research seek a Postdoctoral Associate in Reproductive Physiology. Initial funding is for 3 years with the potential of extending up to 2 additional years for up to 5 years total. There is a possibility of a long-term consultancy to conduct and oversee research at Wildlife SOS in India at the conclusion of the Post-doctoral fellowship. The candidate must have a strong commitment to conservation research in India and be interested in the application of reproductive physiology and behavior toward this end. The position will focus on developing knowledge of the fundamental reproductive and behavioral processes of bears with special emphasis on sloth bears.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a related field, with preference given to animal science, biology, zoology, physiology or behavior and must be fluent in English and Hindi. Candidates should have a rigorous research background with extensive experience in the generation of research questions, experimental design, data collection, statistical analysis, data interpretation and scientific writing.
Laboratory skills and basic knowledge of reproduction in mammals are required, as is the ability to work in a challenging environment. Project management experience, behavioral research and communication skills are highly desired. Experience working in applied conservation is desired.

The position involves fieldwork, often in high temperatures; work with potentially dangerous wild animals; and possible exposure to zoonotic diseases and potentially hazardous chemicals and materials that require adherence to proper safety protocols. Travel is required. The candidate will be expected to communicate effectively as part of an international team, and will submit regular research reports. The candidate will be required to give scientific and public presentations about their research.

Job requirements:

The Post-doctoral Associate performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that reflects the conservation missions and visions of San Diego Zoo Global and Wildlife SOS. The Post-doctoral Associate oversees research projects and performs a variety of assigned research activities while completing post-doctoral training in a specialized area of scientific research. This position reports to the Directors of Wildlife SOS (WSOS) and a Director at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research (ICR).

Representative duties:

  • Coordinates the activities of the assigned research projects and provides lead guidance to assigned staff as needed
  • Develops grant applications and fundraises to assist in funding research activities
  • Communicates effectively as part of an international team
  • Submits regular research reports to Directors at WSOS and ICR
  • Develops, administers and monitors assigned budgets as needed
  • Recommends purchases of supplies and equipment; maintains equipment
  • Submits regularly scheduled financial statements and provides accounts and receipts to Directors at WSOS and ICR


Email letter of intent and CV to Barbara Durrant with cc to Kartick Satyanarayan, Geeta Seshamani and Megan Owen

Email Barbara Durrant, Director Reproductive Physiology, San Diego Institute for Conservation Research

Email Kartick Satyanarayan (Co founder Wildlife SOS)

Email Geeta Seshamani (Co founder Wildlife SOS)

Email Megan Owen, Associate Director Applied Animal Ecology, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research

From:July 31, 2015
To:September 1, 2015

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