Staff scientist research position in Animal Behavior, 
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Republic of Panama

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI; www.stri.si.edu), headquartered in the Republic of Panama, is seeking an outstanding behavioral biologist to establish an independent
world-class research program in animal behavior. The successful candidate will apply a deep
understanding of natural history to resolve basic questions about behavioral mechanisms,
evolutionary processes, and adaptive function. Areas of specialty may include, but are not
limited, to behavioral ecology, evolution of behavior, sensory and neuroethology, chemical
ecology of behavior, behavior developmental physiology and functional morphology, and the
genetic basis of behavior. Candidates working on any animal taxa, marine or terrestrial, will be
considered. Previous experience working in the tropics is not required. The successful candidate will have opportunities to mentor pre- and post-doctoral fellows drawn from an international community, and collaborate with the entire Smithsonian staff.

STRI has state-of- the-art research facilities, as well as terrestrial and marine field stations, and
reserves throughout the country. There are environmental monitoring facilities, a large,
multilingual support staff, and a library with extensive holdings in the natural sciences, as well as electronic access to all the Smithsonian libraries. The Republic of Panama and the adjacent
regions of tropical America are phenomenally rich in terrestrial and marine habitats. The new
staff member will join a vibrant scientific community of 30 staff scientists, and an international
community of over 1500 scientific visitors per year, including fellows and interns supported
through the Smithsonian. Staff scientists maintain diverse research programs covering ecology,
evolution, physiology, development, and behavior of marine and terrestrial organisms and
ecosystems, both ancient and modern, and the role of human interactions in shaping tropical
environments. Staff scientists are not limited to conducting their research in or near Panama.
The position consists of full-time research. Internal funds are provided for laboratory setup, core
ongoing research and travel. Staff scientists may supplement their basic yearly research budget by competing for additional intramural and external research funds. Staff scientists are evaluated on their research accomplishments. There is no official tenure, but rather a system of periodic reviews that allows for long-term research projects. For more information on working at STRI see the FAQ: http://www.stri.si.edu/job-184/jobs_files/STRI_Staff_Scientist_FAQs.pdf

No formal teaching is required, but in addition to mentoring post-doctoral fellows, students, and
interns, STRI scientists are encouraged to teach in graduate training programs with affiliated
universities, and to participate in outreach to local and international audiences.

Early- to mid-career candidates are encouraged. Annual salary is commensurate with experience. Compensation packages are internationally competitive, and include allowances to support educational expenses for dependent children at international schools. The position is based in the Republic of Panama. Relocation expenses are provided.

A Ph.D. and post-doctoral research experience in a relevant field, an outstanding
publication record, demonstrated success in obtaining research grants, a history of successful
collaborative research, and demonstrated skill in communicating science to the public.

To Apply:
Please submit the following as PDF files: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of
research accomplishments and interests in animal behavior and related fields, PDFs of three to
five significant publications, and the names and contact information of three references to
strisearch@si.edu. Address inquiries to Dr. Rachel Page, Chair, Animal Behavior Search
Committee, at PageR@si.edu.

Positions are open until filled; review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017 and
interviews will commence shortly thereafter.

STRI is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce.
Appointments are made without regard to nationality. In addition this position in animal
behavior, STRI is currently filling staff scientist positions in terrestrial microbial ecology, forest
biology and marine biology, and is supportive of the needs of dual career couples. For more
information on the positions STRI is offering, please see our webpage:

Two Positions in Animal Physiology
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, USA

The College of Biological Sciences (CBS) at the University of Minnesota (UMN) is hiring one tenure-track faculty in the area of Animal Physiology and one teaching-track faculty in the area of Physiology Education. Positions are 9-monthappointments starting the fall of 2017. Major responsibilities include varying levels of research, teaching, and service to the University, depending on the position.

Tenure-track position, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
We welcome applications from organismal biologists conducting integrative and/or comparative research in any area of animal physiology related to the behavior, evolution, or ecology of either vertebrate or invertebrate animals. We seek outstanding applicants whose research spans two or more of the department’s disciplinary strengths in behavior, evolution, and ecology. We are especially interested in applicants whose research program would also establish natural bridges to other scientists on campus who conduct research in various areas of organismal biology (e.g., neurobiology, sensory biology, developmental biology, and endocrinology, among others). Primary teaching responsibilities will include a large-enrollment course in animal physiology taught in an active-learning classroom and an upper-division course in the applicant’s area of expertise.

Teaching-track position, Department of Biology Teaching and Learning
The primary role of this Teaching Assistant Professor in Physiology Education position is to provide high-quality undergraduate instruction in physiology, and to work as an team member on improving the undergraduate curriculum in physiological biology. The successful applicant will employ innovative, evidence-based teaching that advances the undergraduate teaching mission of the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) and the University of Minnesota. The position is teaching-intensive, with expectation of contributions to scholarship and service, including participating in research related to biology teaching and learning and providing guidance to colleagues in areas of the Teaching Assistant Professor’s expertise. Candidates must have a suitable background in physiology that complements existing strengths in the Department and teach in those areas.

Visit the college’s hiring website for detailed information about these two positions http://z.umn.edu/cbsfacultyhiring. Evaluation of applications will begin November 15, 2016.

Successful candidates require a PhD in Physiology or related field,  post-doctoral experience, expertise that complements current faculty, demonstrated commitment to graduate and undergraduate education, evidence of commitment to equity and diversity, and teaching experience.

Find out what makes Minnesota a great place to work and live! Learn more about the College of Biological Sciences the University of Minnesota and the Twin Cities.

Tenure-Track Position in Animal Behavior
University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, USA

The Department of Biology at University of Pennsylvania invites applicants for a tenure-track position in Animal Behavior at the level of Assistant Professor. We are especially interested in integrative research that explores animal behavior in a natural context. We will consider all types of behaviors and animal models, but we have a particular interest in behaviors that include a social, interactive component. The anticipated start date for this position is July 2018.

Penn’s Department of Biology has a long-standing tradition of maintaining an integrated research and educational program across all basic biological sciences, including Molecular and Cellular Biology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Animal Behavior, Genomics, Ecology and Evolution, and Plant Sciences. The Department values interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and collegiality, with a vision that emphasizes “Life in its Natural Context”.

Candidates are expected to have demonstrated excellence and productivity in research and to participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Interested candidates should submit materials through http://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/postings/957 and include a curriculum vitae, concise statements of research and teaching interests, a short annotated description of up to five publications, and the name and contact information of at least three referees. Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit a letter to the website. Review of applicants will begin November 7, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Biology is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see: http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v58/n02/diversityplan.html).

The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employers. Minorities/Women/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.


Postdoctoral researcher in behavioural ecology at the Department of Ecology and Genetics, University of Oulu 

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate for two-year postdoctoral researcher position to study variation in female sexual signaling in glow worms. The project is financed by the Academy of Finland. In the common glow-worm (Lampyris noctiluca, Lampyridae), wingless females glow to attract males which fly in search of females. It is exceptional that females (but not males) have sexual ornaments. Adult females do not eat thus they have limited energy for mate attraction and reproduction. Failure to attract a partner may cause a significant loss in fecundity, and females are expected to minimize these costs. Our major themes are variation in female sexual signaling and costs and benefits of female mate attraction. The post doc will study female glow and male vision in different populations and light environments, especially along latitudinal gradient. He/she will use already gathered data on the phenology of Finnish glow worms and gather new data to compare population differences across Europe together with other members of the team. We provide a new elegant device to measure female glow directly in the field. 

Applicants must have a PhD degree in ecology, evolutionary biology, biophysics or related area. The following qualifications and experience are considered as an ad-vantage: experience in scientific writing, statistical data analyses, mathematical modeling and field experiments. Preferably the candidate should have good skills in Finnish as the phenology data are partly gathered with the help of general public, also driver’s license is appreciated. 

The start date of the position is latest 1st September, 2018, but rather the start could be the 1st June. That would allow field work in the coming summer. 

The salary will be based on the levels 5 – 6 on the demand level chart for research staff of Finnish Universities. Starting salary is about 2904 euros/month and increases with experience. Health care is provided by the employer. 

Apply online latest on Saturday, 31st March 2018. The application must be submitted using the electronic application form together with a motivation letter (max 1 page), full CV and contact information for at least 2 referees. A trial period of 4 months is applied in the position. 

Further details, please contact Professor Arja Kaitala arja.kaitala@oulu.fi 

Graduate Students

PhD position: Understanding the importance of individual heterogeneity in group-living animals, at Plymouth University, UK

Director of Studies: Dr Alexander Wilson
Second Supervisor: Professor Mark Briffa
Third Supervisor: Dr Benjamin Ciotti

Project description
Groups of animals, whether that be flocks of birds, schools of fish, or swarms of insects, provide some of the most visually dramatic spectacles in the natural world. However, it is only recently that we have learned that such phenomena arise from the emergent properties of actions and interactions between individuals in those groups. Many questions remain as to how animals, with fundamentally different attributes and requirements, balance their needs with those of their group. Bringing together tools and concepts from animal personality, physiology, social network analysis, and collective behaviour, this studentship will explore the role of differences in ‘state’ and experience in shaping individual – and group-level dynamics. The project will use the Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata) as a model organism, working both with a laboratory population at the University of Plymouth, and wild populations in Trinidad. The successful student will have the opportunity to contribute to the design of experiments and development of the broader research program and will be provided with unique opportunities for collaboration, training, and research both domestically (UK) and internationally.

Applicants should have a minimum of a first class or upper second class bachelor degree. Applications from candidates with a relevant masters qualification will be welcomed. The position would ideally suit candidates with a curiosity about the natural world and a desire/ability to work in the lab and the field in often-wet conditions. Additional desirable attributes include a working knowledge of R and previous experience or interest in (i) social network analysis, (ii) video tracking software and analysis for measuring animal behaviour and (iii) physiological assays. If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Dr Alexander Wilson. However, application must be made in accordance with the details below.

The studentship will have a three year duration and will cover full-time home/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £14,777 per annum. The studentship will only fund those applicants who are eligible for home/EU fees with relevant qualifications. Applicants required to cover overseas fees will have to cover the difference between home/EU and overseas tuition fee rates (approximately £10,350 per annum).

General information about applying for a research degree at the University is available at: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/your-studies/research-degrees/applicants-and-enquirers.  

You can apply via the online application form which can be found at: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/postgraduate and select ‘Apply’.

Please mark it FAO Miss Aimee McNeillie and clearly state that you are applying for a PhD studentship within the School of Biological and Marine Sciences.
For more information on the admissions process contact Aimee McNeillie.

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, 06 April 2018.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in early May. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by 30 May 2018 should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Maîtrise sur le comportement des joueurs de jeux vidéo à L’Université du Québec à Montréal (English follows)

Nous sommes à la recherche d’un étudiant intéressé à réaliser un projet de maîtrise sur
l’écologie comportemental des joueurs dans les jeux vidéo. Le projet sera complété
sous la supervision de Pierre-Olivier Montiglio et Clint Kelly au Département des
Sciences Biologiques à l’UQAM. Le candidat complètera deux stages de quatre mois
dans une compagnie de jeux vidéo et aidera à la conception de jeux, l’analyse de
données sur le comportement des joueurs, et publiera ses résultats sous forme
d’articles scientifiques.
Ce projet est une opportunité unique de développer une expertise en écologie
comportementale et des compétences pour l’analyse quantitative de grands jeux de
données. Il permettra de faire des analyses pour comprendre comment la structure de
l'habitat affecte les interactions sociales entre joueurs dans le jeu, comment les joueurs
se spécialisent sur différentes stratégies de jeu, et comment la structure des
interactions entre les joueurs détermine leurs habitudes de jeu.
Ce projet de maîtrise prépare le candidat à la poursuite d’un doctorat ou peut
potentiellement mener à un poste d’analyste dans une compagnie privée. Le
financement minimum par année est de 17 500$ pour deux ans.

Le candidat idéal devrait posséder:
- Des compétences dans l’analyse statistique de données (modèles généralisés
mixtes, méthodes d’ordination, analyses spatiales) et la programmation (R et
- La capacité de travailler de manière autonome et en équipes composées de
chercheurs académiques et de membres de l’industrie.
- La capacité de travailler en français et en anglais. L’UQAM offre un
environnement de travail francophone. Le candidat qui ne possède pas un
niveau de français minimum devra démontrer une motivation concrète à
apprendre le français.
- Un intérêt pour l’enseignement. L’étudiant devra occuper au moins une charge
d’auxiliaire d’enseignement par année pour compléter son financement.
Les candidats intéressés par ce projet devraient envoyer un exemple d’écriture
scientifique (travail de session en écologie ou comportement animal, thèse, mémoire,
ou article scientifique publié), leur CV, et une lettre de motivation expliquant a) leur plan
de carrière, b) pourquoi ils sont intéressés par le projet, c) les compétences et expertise

qu’ils souhaitent développer au cours de leur maîtrise par courriel à montiglio.pierre-

Masters project on video game player behavior at University of Quebec at Montreal

We are looking for students interested in pursuing a Masters project on the behavioural
ecology of video game players under the supervision of Pierre-Olivier Montiglio and
Clint Kelly at the Department of Biological Sciences, UQAM. The candidate would
complete two internships with a video game company to assist with game design,
analysis of data on player behaviour, and publish peer-reviewed scientific papers.
The masters project is a unique opportunity to gain good knowledge of behavioural
ecology and to develop strong quantitative skills to analyse big datasets. It offers the
opportunity to analyse how habitat structure (level design) can shape social interactions
among players, how players specialise on different strategies, and how the structure of
interactions among players determines their playing habits.
The project will prepare the candidate for a PhD or will potentially lead to an
analyst/data scientist position outside of academia. Minimum stipend will be $17500 per
year for 2 years.

The ideal candidate should have:
- Strong skills or interests in statistical analyses (Generalised linear mixed models,
ordination methods, spatial analyses) and programming (R and Python).
- The ability to work independently and in teams composed of researchers at the
University and members of the video game company.
- The ability to work in French and English. UQAM is a francophone research
environment. Candidate without any working French skills must show strong
interest in learning French.
- An interest in teaching. Masters students will be expected to take a minimum of
one teaching assistantship per year to complete their stipend.
Interested? Send an example of your scientific writing (report from a past course in
ecology, evolution, or behaviour, honours thesis, scientific paper), your CV, and a letter
detailing a) your career plans, b) why you are interested in the project, and c) what skills
you hope to develop during the masters by email to montiglio.pierre-olivier@uqam.ca.


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