Jobs Posted on the Whova Community Board of 19th International Bat Research Conference / 50th Annual North American Symposium on Bat Research
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University of Oklahoma I am recruiting a PhD student to start in Fall 2023 as part of a large-scale, collaborative project with the VERENA Consortium on the molecular foundations of the global virome, with particular attention to the ecology and evolution of immunity in bats. Applicants should have an interest in bat immunology, phylogenetic comparative methods, and host–virus coevolution; prior experience in any of these topics and coding in R is welcome but not required. A formal advertisement will be posted in September, but interested applicants are encouraged to get in touch for more details. The position will include four years of graduate research assistantship support at OU, funding for select fieldwork and laboratory analyses, and a diverse network of collaborators.
AGEISS Inc. We are looking for 2023 seasonal biologists with bat survey experience to support natural resources surveys, documentation, and reporting. Conduct reconnaissance level surveys to identify invasive species, migratory birds, and federal and state listed species for various states across the US. Interpret and synthesize large data sets for flora and fauna surveys and develop survey reports. Support will require knowledge of federal, state, and/or local regulations and statutes, Air Force, Army, and DOD regulations and requirements. Skills necessary to accomplish these tasks include, but are not limited knowledge of wildlife survey methodology (e.g. mist netting, acoustical monitoring, point counts) and species identification. Some invasive species survey and management work may be required.
Postdoc - immunology and genomics
Tulane University A post-doctoral scholar position is available immediately in the Bats at Tulane (BAT) Lab (PI: Hannah Frank, PhD) to work on an NIH-funded project related to the adaptive immune response to rabies virus vaccination and infection in Jamaican fruit bats. The postdoctoral position is located in New Orleans, LA. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University values diversity in all forms and is committed to fostering a supportive, inclusive, and welcoming work environment. Applications from candidates passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion with overlapping scientific interests are encouraged to apply. The goal of the project is to investigate B-cell mediated responses of Jamaican fruit bats to rabies vaccination and infection in collaboration with colleagues at Colorado State University, Stanford University, and the Centers for Disease Control. Applicants with a background in some of the following areas are especially encouraged to apply: genomics, immunology, microbiology, evolutionary biology, and bioinformatics. The earliest start date is April 1, 2022, but this is flexible. The position would be for two years (contingent upon annual review at year 1). The starting salary is $53,760 + benefits.
Smotherman lab at Texas A&M Bat behavior and neuroethology of echolocation. Smotherman Lab. Find me or Email for more info if interested.
University of Chicago I'm posting on behalf of my postdoc supervisor Dr. Cara Brook as she couldn't make it to IBRC this year. If you have questions about the Brook Lab, feel free to find me (Theresa Laverty - postdoc) or Gwen Kettenburg (PhD student) at IBRC.
Dr. Cara Brook is recruiting new graduate students to join her lab in fall 2023 in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. She's looking for motivated students with broad interests in disease ecology, conservation biology, and/or epidemiology who are eager to undertake a multi-faceted PhD involving some combination of field study, molecular work, and dynamical modeling.
For recruits to start in AY2023-2024, Dr. Brook is particularly interested in students with a strong interest and/or background in international field work and a desire to spend extensive amounts of time in Madagascar. She is also interested in students with a background or interest in building and fitting dynamical, mechanistic transmission models to infectious disease data and/or matrix population models to abundance data. If either or both of these topics sounds like you, please reach out!
If you are interested in joining the Brook Lab, she asks that you please fill out an expression of interest and upload a short CV or resumé at the form linked here prior to midnight on October 14, 2022.
Please do not feel pressure to spend exorbitant amounts of time on this submission–it is not intended to be an intimidating application! Dr. Brook is simply trying to make the graduate admissions process as fair and transparent as possible, and she believes that considering applicants in one, consolidated block will support this goal.
Formal applications are due to the University of Chicago Division of Biological Sciences on December 1, 2022.
Duke-NUS Medical School We are seeking a full-time Research Fellow with a background in ecology, epidemiology, evolutionary biology, microbiology, or other related disciplines to support disease surveillance at the animal-human interface in Asia. The selected candidate will perform a variety of activities that include planning, organising and conducting research studies within the overall scope of the research project under the supervision of the Principal Investigator or his/her designate, including but not limited to the following:
• Assist in research projects with local and international collaborators. • Generate and collate data for inclusion in research papers, presentations, reports to funding agencies, and research funding applications. • Ensure and maintain optimal progress of field and laboratory work. • Provide regular updates on research progress to the PI and research team including through oral presentations and written research reports. • Supervise junior members of the research team including graduate students and research assistants. • Perform other related duties incidental to the project theme. Job Requirements
PhD in ecology, epidemiology, evolutionary biology, microbiology or related field with a minimum of 2 years post-doctoral research experience Excellent quantitative skills, such as scientific programming, statistical estimation, and inference, or previous experience with methods for genomic sequencing and/or genomic analysis would be an asset. Proven track record of contributing to successful research programmes, including authorship on publications. Strong writing and critical thinking skills, as well as good communication and presentation skills. Proven ability to work harmoniously in a team and to establish and maintain effective professional peer working relationships.
Post doc - eDNA and species interactions
York University The Clare lab is looking for a post doc. Not actually bat work, need some advanced molecular skills, optimising PCRs. Working with eDNA, species interactions, solitary bees, forest pests (we can probably fit some bats in…). If you like lab work for solving ecological problems contact me for a chat.
The University of Sy Andrews We are seeking to recruit a research assistant with a strong molecular biology skill set to perform a key support role. The group, led by Prof Vernes, investigates the genetic, neural and behavioural bases of vocal learning and social communication, with a view to understanding the evolution of human speech and language and disorders thereof. A research assistant is sought to join this group to investigate the genetics and genomics of vocal learning and language. The successful candidate will be involved in a range of projects and provide support to the lab members by performing experiments that cover a range of techniques in molecular biology (e.g. cloning), cellular biology & tissue culture, histology and microscopy. A good understanding of the principles of molecular genetics is essential and some experience working independently in one or more of these areas is required. Additional responsibilities will include some organizational tasks and general lab housekeeping. You are a research scientist who holds a bachelors, masters, PhD or similar degree in a relevant field and have wet-laboratory experience of molecular or cellular biology. You have a critical and careful approach to laboratory work and record keeping and strive for robustness and reproducibility of results. You have excellent communication skills and affinity for working closely with colleagues from multiply disciplinary backgrounds. A description of our ongoing projects and all full text papers can also be found on our website: https://www.mpi.nl/department/neurogenetics-vocal-communication/12. You will be able to manage your work to meet deadlines. This is an outstanding opportunity to develop your research skills, ask exciting scientific questions and work with a friendly and collaborative team. We are committed to diversity and encourage applications from under-represented groups and will consider both part time and full-time appointments.
PhD position - Bat vocalisations
The University of St Andrews A PhD student is sought to investigate the social and vocal behaviour of bats. In speech acquisition, humans must employ vocal learning, making this a key trait for the understanding of the biology and evolution of speech and language. Bats are emerging as a key model system for the study of vocal learning behaviour and its mechanistic underpinnings given their social nature, accessibility and vocal learning abilities. This project will build on the frameworks and behavioural paradigms established by the host labs to explore the vocal learning behaviour of bats using a captive colony of pale spear nosed bats (Phyllostomus discolor) as a study species.
The project aims to (1) Determine the effect of auditory input on vocal development of the pale spear nosed bat, (2) Show the capacity of pale spear nosed bats to learn novel vocalisations using learning paradigms in isolation or social contexts, and (3) Understand the mechanistic underpinnings of bat vocal learning behaviour through interdisciplinary approaches in collaboration with other lab members.
This project will provide an excellent opportunity for a student with a keen interest in behaviour to train in both established as well as cutting-edge methods and bioacoustic approaches. applicable to many model systems Training and personal development will be a key aspect of the PhD and we will work with the student to develop a training plan that suits their needs and personal goals.
The candidate will use bioacoustic methods to analyse existing datasets of long-term vocal and video recordings. The candidate will also work with the bats using vocal learning behaviour paradigms to train the bats to modify their vocalisations. In addition, social and vocal interaction assays will also be developed by the student with the supervision team to extend our knowledge of this fascinating behaviour.
This is a fully funded PhD position. Funding covers full tuition fees (Home and Overseas) and provides a living allowance.
Environmental Consultant, Federally Permitted Bat Biologist —Full time
Environmental Resources Management (ERM) ERM is hiring an Environmental Bat Biologist for projects in the eastern U.S. Biologists will plan for, lead, and conduct acoustic or mist-net surveys for bats and analyze bat recordings, organize data, and produce reports documenting findings. In addition to bat surveys, the ideal candidate will have experience with other protected species surveys with an emphasis on protected species in the eastern US and wetland delineations. This is a field leadership role requiring strong technical, leadership, organizational, and communication skills.
Task leadership and performance of acoustic and or mist-nest surveys. Process acoustic files through automated software programs. Conduct roost emergence counts and hibernaculum surveys. Support conducting additional protected species surveys including but not limited to pre-construction nesting bird and other special status species surveys, construction monitoring, and field wetland delineations. Maintain, organize, and inventory equipment. Handheld and sub-meter accurate GPS data collection. May also be tasked with conducting desktop constraints analysis using ArcGIS Online. Coordinate and lead survey teams. This position will require a long-term field deployment and frequent long-distance travel. B.S degree in science or higher or related field. Or 8+ years equivalent experience. 5+ years of Bat survey experience. Federally permitted for Indiana, Grey, Virginia Big-Eared and/or Northern Long Eared Bats preferred. Demonstrated experience and proficiency in use of passive and handheld real-time bat detectors and use of automated acoustic software, and visual identification of bat species by sonogram, particularly Myotid bats. Positive and effective communication with project or task managers. Effective technical writing and oral communication skills. Detail-oriented, responsible, well organized, professional, and self-motivated. Pre-exposure rabies vaccinations and recent titre check preferred.
Acoustic Bat Biologist (Mid-Level)
Stantec Consulting Services In your position as a Biologist, you will utilize your knowledge and experience to perform bat acoustic surveys and analysis to support environmental services projects. This position will include opportunities for both field and office work.
- Your Key Responsibilities -
Maintaining, managing, and deploying bat acoustic equipment. Deployment of equipment often requires travel and is seasonal in nature
Collecting, organizing, managing, and analyzing acoustic data, including but not limited to: noise removal, species identification, and activity index calculation
Equipment diagnostics and troubleshooting
Writing technical acoustic reports for client and regulatory agency review
- Qualifications -
Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field
3 years of experience with bat acoustical data, monitoring, and management
Demonstrated experience with, and knowledge of, bat acoustic analysis, including manual vetting and identification of Endangered Species Act-listed species (e.g., Indiana bat [Myotis sodalis])
Demonstrated aptitude in the R program
Working knowledge of bat survey techniques, conservation issues, and distribution and habitat requirements
Diligent observation skills a willingness to learn new skills while conducting fieldwork in rural or wilderness settings
Ability to develop basic reports from field notes and data
Ability to work at a desk or in the field for long periods of time
Precise and thorough data management and organization
- Preferred Skills and Experience -
Master’s degree in biology or related field from an accredited institution
Experience using bat call analysis software (e.g., Kaleidoscope Pro and AnalookW Sonobat, BCID)
Experience conducting bat capture and tracking surveys
Experience with collecting known call data
Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
Familiarity with digital data collection methods such as ArcGIS Survey123 and ArcGIS Field Maps
Senior Project Manager, Program Director, Wildlife Biologist, And Many Other Positions
SummitWest Environmental Inc SummitWest is hiring! We are always looking for great talent to join our team! If one of the job postings below does not fit your fancy, contact us on LinkedIn or through our contact form and let us know why you are awesome.
Two postdocs to study epigenetics and aging in bats
University of Maryland Two postdoctoral positions will soon be available in the Wilkinson lab at the University of Maryland, College Park. One is supported by a new NSF Biological Integration Institute titled “Discovering the mechanisms and evolution of aging differences between females and males.” This institute involves 11 co-PIs and 8 institutions and will collect comparable data (e.g. DNA methylation, gene expression, mitochondrial function, and DNA damage repair) from young and old males and females from a variety of different animals, including multiple species of bats. The second position is funded by the National Institute of Aging and will use DNA methylation as a biomarker of aging to determine the effects of social stress and immune function in several long-lived bat species, including greater spear-nosed bats. Both positions will offer NIH postdoc stipends based on past experience. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and/or ask me if you are interested and would like more information.
Tetra Tech Inc. Tetra Tech is currently seeking a qualified Bat Biologist for its Portland, Maine office location to support projects across the country. The position involves providing strategic task management, technical direction and consulting, and scientific support to various projects involving bat species and habitats. These projects generally emphasize land use or natural resources development-related environmental impact analysis, management planning, and regulatory compliance. Effects on bat species and habitats resulting from renewable energy (i.e., wind and solar) and linear infrastructure (i.e., transmission and pipe lines) developments are of specific interest. Studies and analyses supporting projects involving Indiana bats and northern long-eared bats, baseline acoustical monitoring, and Habitat Conservation Plans are prominent.
Responsibilities: • Field investigations and ecological assessments (including study design and implementation, data collection and statistical analysis, interpretation, conclusions and recommendations). • Technical review and coordination (i.e., information synthesis and interpretation, assurance of quality of work processes and products). • Wildlife-related environmental impacts analysis, regulatory compliance/permitting, and client and agency contacts • Project development (i.e., work scopes, proposals and costs).
Bat Research in Republic of Congo, Technical Advisor
Wildlife Conservation Society For over 15 years, the Wildlife Health Programme (WHP) implemented by WCS Congo in partnership with the National Laboratory of the Congolese Ministry of Health, has been working to monitor wildlife mortality and minimize the risks of disease transmission to communities. This OneHealth project raises awareness among communities in northern Congo and has set up an early warning system for unexplained wildlife deaths that covers more than 30,000 km2. The WHP is responsible for the care and release of African Grey parrots, as well as any other seized animal brought to the rehabilitation center of the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park. Also, this program covers an expanding disease surveillance and diagnostics program of research on bats conducted in collaboration with NIH and other stakeholders, as the trade and consumption of bats is becoming more common in urban areas.
We are looking for a motivated, dynamic Technical Advisor with a strong interest in international wildlife conservation, and a particular interest in issues at the nexus of wildlife health, domestic animal health, and human health to provide overall programmatic support to the WCS Congo Wildlife Health Program and our broader One Health strategic vision. The successful candidate will be highly organized, with wildlife health experience, excellent communication skills, and a strong interest in field-conservation and capacity building. This is a full-time position. The Veterinary Technical Advisor will support the WCS Congo WHP Lead and a small national team of staff.
He/She will report to the WCS Congo Program and will collaborate closely with our Global WHP team of specialists based in New York and around the world. He/She will be based in Brazzaville, but significant travel to our field office in Ouesso and to our field sites throughout the country is expected.
See link for more details!
SNAPP Post-doc on Building Sustainable National Wildlife Health Surveillance Systems
University of Calgary/Wildlife Conservation Society WildHealthNet: A collaborative and evidence-based approach to sustainable wildlife health surveillance
We are seeking a highly motivated and energetic individual to join a multi-disciplinary research group on global wildlife health surveillance. This position is based at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary and is funded by the Science, Nature, and People Partnership (SNAPP). The successful applicant will work under the primary supervision of Dr. Mathieu Pruvot (https://vet.ucalgary.ca/contact-us/mathieu-pruvot) and Dr. Sarah Olson (Wildlife Conservation Society, Director of Health Research).
Position: We are recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to work alongside the SNAPP working group, advance the data synthesis priorities identified by the working group, and support the working group in the production of tangible outcomes and outputs. It is expected that data synthesis efforts will focus on prioritization of surveillance targets and strategies by synthesizing data on health impacts on wildlife, existing systems, detection bias, and socio-ecological interfaces and practices with high spillover risks. Policy objectives include 1) the co-development of a theory of change that connects international frameworks to the practical implementation of wildlife surveillance systems and 2) formalizing the consortium and establish a partnership agreement outlining how stakeholders work together in the long term.
See link below for more information or find Dr. Sarah Olson at the conference!
Postdoc on Integrated Mechanisms of Environment-Host-Virome Interactions
Stony Brook University and University of Saskatchewan/VIDO A highly integrative postdoctoral position will soon be available as part of a NSF-supported collaboration between the Dávalos lab at Stony Brook University and the Rasmussen lab at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) at the University of Saskatchewan. This project, titled “Integrated mechanisms of environment-host-virome interactions,” is part of a wider collaboration with the Kingston (Texas Tech University) and Anthony (University of California, Davis) labs. Our goal is to discover the mechanisms governing relationships among the environment, the wildlife host, and the viral communities they support by answering three key questions: (1) how do host abundance, reproduction, age, and condition differentially or interactively influence viral diversity; (2) how do molecular immune mechanisms respond to environmental and physiological stressors in wild populations; and (3) how do gene expression profiles and viral infection influence one another in the wild? The postdoctoral researcher at Stony Brook and VIDO/USask will primarily focus on the second and third questions while working closely with two other postdoctoral researchers at collaborating institutions, as well as advancing education by implementing an innovative active-learning experience called “From the Bat Cave – Integrative Disease Research for Undergraduates.” Please email email@example.com and/or contact me using the app if you are interested and would like more information.
Postdoc Studying Zoonotic Pathogens at the Human-Animal Interface
University of Texas Medical Branch Two postdoctoral scholar positions are available in the One Health Laboratory (PI: Gregory Gray; https://www.utmb.edu/one-health/home) at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Glaveston, TX to study the ecology and epidemiology of emerging respiratory diseases at the human-animal interface.
The candidate would plan, direct, and coordinate complex lab-based and/or field based studies focused on zoonotic respiratory pathogens. Candidates would also gain training and conduct lab work in BSL2, BSL2E, BSL3, and BSL3E labs.
While the lab doesn't necessarily focus on bats, candidates would have the flexibility to build projects based on their interests. Interested candidates can talk to Dr. Laura Pulscher (postdoc at UTMB) at IBRC or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Greg Gray at email@example.com.
lab technician in the DechmannLab
Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior just generally help us do our work, from data management, field work and animal care to administration and procurement
Virginia Tech The Langwig and Hoyt labs are searching for a lab manager.
The Langwig and Hoyt labs at Virginia Tech focus on the ecology and evolution of infectious disease, with an emphasis on white-nose syndrome in bats. Both labs are housed at Steger Hall within the Fralin Life Sciences Institute. Primary duties will include (1) database management and curation including entering, error checking, and documentation of all data pipelines which include field, lab, instrument, and partner datasets (40%), (2) management of health and safety of the physical laboratory and ensuring compliance with institutional policies (20%), (3) assistance in day-to-day lab and field operations including ordering supplies, shipping packages, prepping sampling vials, making simple solutions, and occasional fieldwork (20%) (4) assistance in permitting and reporting for animal care committees and wildlife agencies (20%).
There are considerable opportunities for independent project development, and skill development (including quantitative and computational skills if of interest).
Blacksburg is located in the Appalachian mountains, along the Appalachian trail, with exceptional opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Interested candidates should submit (1) a CV and (2) a cover letter of up to two pages, highlighting the skills relevant to the proposed position, with particular consideration to the applicant’s organizational abilities (3) contact information for three professional references, upon applying online at https://careers.pageuppeople.com/968/cw/en-us/job/520933/research-technician.
Questions about the position can be directed toward Dr. Kate Langwig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pay range: $19-26/hr for 30 hrs per week (or not to exceed 1500 hrs/year) for 1 year with funding for additional years available.
Graduate Students/Technician/Post Doc
University of Alberta I have openings for multiple positions at the University of Alberta examining bat (and mouse) ecology and behavior in and around the province of Alberta. Are you interested in field work, landscape ecology, northern ecology, mountain ecology, working with big data, and bioacoustics? Let’s chat at the meeting.
Microbiome Assembly Postdoc
Texas Tech University The labs of Tigga Kingston and Caleb Phillips at Texas Tech University are seeking to fill a post-doc position as part of the NSF project “Community processes structuring assembly and disassembly of bat gut-microbial communities across a gradient of habitat degradation”. This project integrates bat genetics, molecular dietary analysis, and microbiome data from forest interior insectivorous bats sampled across a habitat degradation gradient in Malaysia with the objective of quantifying processes and relationships shaping microbiome communities. As such, the successful applicant with have expertise and enthusiasm for the integration of omics data and ecology. The position will be funded for one year with a possible second year depending on performance. The position is open to applicants wishing to relocate to Lubbock, Texas, as well as to those preferring to work remotely within the United States. Application packages should include CV, contact information for three references, Research Statement, and three examples of the applicant’s published work. Please submit applications to email@example.com with the subject line “Microbiome Assembly Postdoc”.
Graduate student (MS or possibly PhD)
New Mexico State University I will be starting as a new faculty member in the Dept. of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology at NMSU in January 2023. I am recruiting 1-2 students to begin in January or potentially mid-2023 in my lab. If you're interested in working on population/community ecology questions with bats in the southwestern US (likely nectar-feeding bats) or working together on a NSF GRFP application, please reach out. Link:
Graduate student opportunity: acoustic population estimation
University of New Hampshire The Ecological Acoustics and Behavior Lab at the University of New Hampshire is recruiting a graduate student to work on an NSF-funded project using acoustics to estimate dense populations of single species. This project will utilize stats and population modeling, so we seek students with strong quantitative and coding backgrounds. Students from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Interested students should email PI Laura Kloepper (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your CV and a brief description of how this research relates to your interests and/or career goals.
Bat Biologist - Qualitative Call Labeler
Western EcoSystems Technology Inc. Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST) is a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices across the United States and Canada. We are looking for a full-time Bat Biologist based in the United States to conduct bat call analysis in the eastern and western United States and Canada. Proficiency with qualitative call review essential. Familiarity with SonoBat, Kaleidoscope, and AnaBat Insight preferred. Federally permitted to handle T&E bat species in the US, Central American bat call ID, wildlife study design, and/or experience with project management is beneficial. Please see or email Larisa Bishop-Boros for additional information.
Since 1990, WEST has had a permanent core of professionals with broad experience in basic and applied ecological studies and the sophisticated analysis of natural resource data. WEST works on a diverse range of projects, primarily in the wind and solar industries but also with other developments and research Projects.
Additional job requirements include strong, competent writing skills with the ability to pay close attention to detail and accurately report the scientific methods and results of field studies. After an offer of employment is made, the candidate must successfully pass a pre- employment background check, drug screening, and a DMV records check that meets WEST’s minimum criteria to operate a motor vehicle on behalf of the company. A valid driver’s license will be required.
BCI Fat Bat technicians
Bat Conservation International We are looking for one technician in each of the listed states to help set up and maintain UV lights and acoustic detectors. Approximately 10-25 hrs a week, Aug-Oct, $15/hr. Please contact me for the full job description.
Research Biologist - Bat Specialist
Biodiversity Research Institute Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) is seeking to hire a full time Research Biologist with dedicated experience with bats to be part of our expanding research and conservation efforts. Working with the existing team, the successful candidate will play an integral role in helping steer the strategic growth of BRI’s Mammal Program, including leading the development of a wildlife acoustics lab.
It is intended that the successful candidate will join our team in Portland, Maine and support current projects related to (1) wind and solar energy permitting needs, (2) threatened and endangered species surveys and tracking at Department of Defense installations, and (3) contaminant assessment for the US Environmental Protection Agency and US Fish & Wildlife Service. Opportunities exist for working directly with multiple bat species, as well as other mammal taxa. Future research also includes the potential for international research addressing contaminants and diseases on a global level.
The successful candidate will primarily conduct acoustic or mist-net surveys for bats, analyze data and communicate findings in reports, scientific communications, and peer-reviewed journals. The successful candidate will represent BRI in professional settings, including relevant wildlife conferences and forums. This position may also work collaboratively with BRI’s other programs on cross disciplinary projects (e.g., with the Tropical, Climate Change and Renewable Energy Programs).