Post-doctoral Fellow - Species Conservation Methods job Brookfield Illinois
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Post-doctoral Fellow - Species Conservation Methods Job

Employer Name: Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo SpiderID: 8264592
Location: Brookfield, Illinois Date Posted: 12/14/2018
Wage: Category: Science/Research
Job Code: 1762BR
Number Of Openings: 1

Job Description:
The Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo is seeking a Post-doctoral Fellow - Species Conservation Methods who will work with a small team of conservation scientists to design, build, and support software that is used globally by wildlife managers, researchers, and students as part of the Species Conservation Toolkit Initiative (SCTI). SCTI is a multi-institutional, international partnership to ensure that the new innovations and tools needed for species conservation are developed, are globally available, and are used effectively. A focus of SCTI is on creating user-friendly interfaces that allow conservation scientists and managers of species conservation programs to access population analyses for risk assessments, conservation planning, and population management. The initiative leverages expertise in population biology, computer programming, and species conservation planning to: build and support modeling tools that are essential to guiding conservation actions for thousands of threatened species in the wild; facilitate the intensive management of hundreds of species that are being protected within ex situ programs; and integrate conservation efforts across the spectrum of management approaches. Information about the current SCTI tools is available at

Primary duties and responsibilities:
• Participates in the design of computer modeling tools for conservation assessments and planning for wildlife populations in the wild and in captivity.
• Implements new methodologies for species conservation through extending existing software tools (Vortex, PMx, Outbreak, and MetaModel Manager) or developing new tools.
• Provides technical support and helps to provide training to conservation professionals and graduate students using modeling methods and tools.
• Prepares reports for scientific publication and presentation.
• Other related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:
The requirements for this position include:
• Ph.D. degree in biology or related field required or Ph.D. in information science with considerable training also in biology.
• One year experience in conservation biology research or species management required.
• Experience in computer programming for Windows applications required, including prior experience with or ability to learn C#.NET programming or related object-oriented languages.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including proven ability in writing of reports and scientific papers, grant proposal preparation, and oral presentations. English fluency at a full professional proficiency required.
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively and prioritize tasks as necessary.
• Ability to maintain the confidentiality of privileged information is essential.
• Experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience.
• A valid driver’s license is required.

The preferred qualifications include:
• Broad research and conservation interests preferred.
• Experience with software program VORTEX or other PVA models, and PMx or other pedigree analysis tools desirable.
• Experience with software development for multiple platforms (web, tablet, etc.) a plus.
• Experience with user interface design highly desirable.
• Multilingual ability, Spanish fluency a plus.

Additional Information: This position description summarizes the primary duties and functions of this position, but should not be considered a complete listing of every duty the incumbent may ever be called upon to perform. Must represent the Society in a professional manner at all times.

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please visit the CZS Career site to obtain more details about the position and to apply by submitting a profile as soon as possible. Please visit our website at and look for requisition number 1762BR.

Job Criteria:
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Years of Experience Required: 1
Education Required: Doctoral
Overnight Travel:
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Job Benefits:
Health/Dental Benefits, Retirement Benefits, Paid Holidays, Vacations, and Sick Leave, Life and/or Disability Insurance, Other Benefits

Contact Information:
Contact Name: Wendy Larsen Company Type: Employer
Company: Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo
City: Brookfield
State: Illinois
Zip: 60513
Web Site:

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