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Cincinnati OH Full Time Posted: Monday, 2 December 2019
Applicants must be eligible to work in the specified location

The Hobson Lab at the University of Cincinnati ( is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in social behavior. The postdoc will lead and supervise research crews to study social structure in captive groups of monk parakeets. The major focus of this work is to gather social data on aggression and group conflict in parakeet groups as well as conduct experimental manipulation of the social systems to quantify how parakeet social behavior responds to different kinds of perturbation.

This position will require the postdoc to live and work with field crews in Florida for 2-6 months/year while residing the rest of the year in Cincinnati. This position will include opportunities to develop projects aligned with other questions that the lab is asking or to perform self-directed projects of the postdoc's choosing.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD degree must be granted by Dec 2019 (at the latest) in biology or closely related field
  • Ability to develop independent research projects as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed literature
  • Valid driver's license

Additional Qualifications

  • Animal social observation experience (wild or captive)
  • Experience leading field crews and supervising seasonal field assistants
  • Bird handling experience (mist-netting, banding, blood sampling)
  • Data analysis, especially social network analysis in R (or, at minimum, a strong desire to learn these skills)
  • Strong writing, communication, and interpersonal skills

Our successful candidate must be able to begin working in January, 2020 and be able to lead the pilot field season in Florida from March to mid-May 2020. Field seasons in following years will take place from January-May. The initial appointment is one year; renewals may be available and will be based on the candidate's year 1 performance and continued funding.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online at . To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and contact information for at least three references (letters of reference will be requested for finalists). Please use the additional documents to attach required documents. PDF format is preferred.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Hobson ( (see below) ).

The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/M/F/Veteran/Disabled.

REQ: 40219


Cincinnati OH, United States of America
University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati
12/2/2019 11:49:43 PM

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