Job opportunities

If you would like to post a job opportunity, please email Kate Luckett with 100-150 words including the job title, brief summary of the role and a link to where they can find more details on how to apply.

Postdoctoral position in Community Ecology – Yale University, USA

Seeking a postdoctoral scientist to examine plant community dynamics in mid-latitude shrub steppe ecosystems. The project uses ecological simulation models (water balance and individual plant models) to characterize shrub steppe plant community responses to altered disturbance regimes and climate conditions across the range of sites in western North America. This position will be a part of collaborative research involving Yale University, the USGS Southwest Biological Science Center (Flagstaff, AZ) and the University of Basel (Basel, Switzerland). The successful candidate will work in William Lauenroth’s lab at Yale University. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in biology, ecology, ecosystem ecology, soil science, hydrology, or a closely related field, as well as a strong work ethic, demonstrated quantitative capabilities, a record of publication and leadership, and a proven ability to work independently. A strong quantitative and programming background, interest in and/or experience with ecological simulation models, and familiarity with R, are essential.

To apply send a cover letter describing your interest in this position, a description of your experience with R, and a CV with names and addresses of 3 references to

Review of applications will begin immediately, and position will remain open until filled. Questions about this opportunity may be directed to William Lauenroth.

Research Assistant position on elephant tusk size, University of Cambridge, UK

The University of Cambridge are currently advertising for a Research Assistant to work with Dr. Hannah Mumby on male elephant data, including tusk size, demographic variables and social data. Further details at

The post holder will analyse a large database photographs of elephants in order to assess tusk size and potentially develop a classification of tusk size. They will be expected to write a thorough report on the findings and make recommendations for the further collection of data on tusk size. The post holder will also analyse demographic (mortality, fertility, population structure) data and social data obtained from field observations of elephants as data are made available from the field. All analyses will be conducted in R. Data cleaning, preparation and manipulation will be required. The post is primarily desk-based in Cambridge, although a short visit to the field site in South Africa may be possible.

The project is part of a collaboration between Dr. Hannah Mumby, a Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology and the South Africa-based non-profit organisation Elephants Alive. The successful candidate will be a graduate with a good understanding of behavioural ecology, life history and demography.

Skills in photogrammetric techniques, data management and formatting in R and demographic analysis required as well as the ability to work on aspects of the project from planning fieldwork to synthesising and summarising information for grant applications, reports and publications.

Closing date: 10 March 2017
Interviews: March/April 2017, to be confirmed after the closing date
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months, with the possibility to extend for a further 6 months conditional on the allocation of funding.

Apply here.