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SESYNC-Georgetown Postdoctoral Fellowship: Network Modeling for Wildlife Conservation

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May 08, 2017


The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and Georgetown University invite applications for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship opportunity, focused on Network Modeling for Wildlife Conservation. The postdoc opportunity is for August 2017 through August 2019, and is open to applicants who have completed their PhD in a relevant field no later than July 1, 2017 and no earlier than July 1, 2014.

Given the dramatic decline in many wildlife species, research focused on the maintenance and protection of certain species is critical. Network science has been applied to many problems in the biological sciences, transportation, communications and media systems but not to problems directly applicable to wildlife conservation. This is a missed opportunity, as tools are desperately needed to assist in the development of plans that are both realistic and effective for conservation and management. The Postdoctoral Fellow will take advantage of the data science and synthesis expertise of SESYNC and the network disease modeling expertise at Georgetown. Datasets on complex animal networks and expertise on conservation and environmental policies and protections are also available at Georgetown and at other research institutions in the DC-MD-VA area. International and/or domestic foci welcome.  

The successful candidate will co-develop the project with collaborating mentors, Dr. Shweta Bansal, a network scientist and disease ecologist, and Dr. Janet Mann of Georgetown University, a behavioral ecologist.  Dr. Mann is curator of a 32-year longitudinal dataset on wild bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Australia.   Questions could include: What are the vulnerabilities and impact of various types of disease outbreaks and zoonotic outbreaks on wildlife populations? How could management mitigate such outbreaks? How do other types of 'targeted removals' (e.g., poaching) impact animal networks in terms of information and/or disease transmission? Is cultural biodiversity and information transmission a more critical need than genetic biodiversity in populations? 

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be based 3 days a week at SESYNC in Annapolis, MD and 2 days a week at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C.  The Fellow will join a cohort of Postdoctoral Fellows at SESYNC and will take part in the SESYNC Postdoctoral Immersion workshops (http://www.sesync.org/for-you/educator/programs/immersion) and other professional development opportunities.  The Fellow will also have full access to the data science and modeling expertise at SESYNC.  For questions about the postdoctoral project, contact Dr. Bansal (Shweta.bansal@georgetown.edu) or Dr. Mann (mannj2@georgetown.edu) directly; for questions about the SESYNC program, contact Dr. Nick Magliocca (nmagliocca@sesync.org).


To Apply:  

  1. Submit a PDF of your C.V. and a detailed cover letter to http://sesync.us/i7.  The letter should explain in detail the qualifications that make candidate competitive for this specific postdoctoral project and how this project and an interdisciplinary fellowship will advance the candidate’s career trajectory.  
  2. Applicants who are not completing their PhD prior to the application due date of May 8, must have the Director of their graduate program or major advisor submit a letter to Dr. Nick Magliocca verifying that the applicant is on track to complete all requirements for their PhD by July 1, 2017
  3. Arrange to have two letters of reference sent directly from referee to Dr. Nick Magliocca (nmagliocca@sesync.org)  no later than May 8, 2017, 5pm EDT



The University of Maryland (SESYNC) and Georgetown University are Equal Opportunity Employers.

 Minorities and Women are encouraged to Apply.