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Postdoctoral Position in Collective Movement and Decision Making

by Ed Hagen last modified Mar 22, 2013 11:19 AM expired
An NSF-funded postdoctoral position is available to apply network based analytical approaches to understanding collective movement and consensus decision-making in primate social groups. The position is affiliated with and funded through the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, but the work will be based at the University of California, Davis in the laboratory of Dr. Meg Crofoot, in collaboration with Dr. Tanya Berger-Wolf at University of Illinois at Chicago.

The research will involve (1) developing an analytical framework for studying collective decision-making that explicitly incorporates the role of inter-individual relationships and (2) using this framework to investigate the collective decision-making process in baboon social groups using a unique whole-group, high-resolution GPS tracking dataset. The applicant will work with the PI, collaborators, and graduate and undergraduate students, and will participate in all aspects of the research project from managing and analyzing existing data to writing manuscripts and grant proposals, and will be expected to contribute to the development of research approaches and directions. 

Eligibility: a Ph.D. in biological sciences or a related field with expertise in collective behavior or movement ecology. Experience with (or the burning desire to learn) R, GIS software, and Python or other programming environments is necessary.  
The position is available from Fall 2013 and, subject to performance and funding, will last up to two years, with an initial appointment of 12 months and a possible renewal for another 12 months.  Salary will be commensurate with experience, and additional funding will be provided to defray the cost of health benefits and professional travel. Career development support is available through UC Davis and UIC.

To apply for this position, send a single pdf file containing: a CV, a 1-page statement of research and professional goals, and the names and contact information for three references to Dr. Crofoot at  Please include “Collective Movement Postdoc” in the subject header.  Informal inquiries are welcome at the same address. Review of applications will begin April 15th, and continue until the position is filled.

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute is an equal opportunity employer, and veterans and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.  U.S. citizenship is not a requirement. 

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