Professor / Associate Professor in Evolution, Behaviour & Ecology – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Full Description: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/161323/professor-associate-professor-in-evolution-behaviour-ecology

The Department of Biology at NTNU is seeking candidates for this position to further integrate and strengthen collaborations across research groups, including CBD. We encourage candidates to apply that have a strong quantitative research profile in the intersection between evolution, behaviour and ecology. We are looking for candidates working within a clear theoretical framework who can document the empirical application of their research. The successful candidate will be expected to develop her/his own independent research program within the Department. The position may be offered as a full professorship to an established researcher or at the associate professor level to a candidate earlier in their career that shows future promise.

The successful candidate will be jointly responsible for the development of the discipline together with other scientific staff in the department. She/he will also participate in teaching activities in accordance with the relevant curriculum, and assist in developing the teaching program, including advanced and postgraduate courses. The new faculty member will have responsibility for part of the teaching in evolution, behaviour and ecology, as well as possible elements of conservation biology and quantitative methods, depending upon her/his interests/expertise. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to participate in departmental management and the strategic development of the department, the faculty and NTNU.

For further information, please contact Prof. J. Wright (jonathan.wright@ntnu.no), or the Head of Department Dr. Else Berit Skagen (else.berit.skagen@ntnu.no), at the Department of Biology. More information about the department can be found on http://www.ntnu.edu/biology. The application with the attachments must be sent electronically through www.jobbnorge.no.The application should be clearly marked with the reference number 2018/44030.

The closing date for applications is January 15th 2019.

Assistant Professor - Environmental Science, Policy, and Management - University of California, Berkeley, USA

Full description: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01944 

The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) in the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor with an expected start date of July 1, 2019.

We seek rising leaders from diverse disciplines of relevance to Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, including, but not limited to, the natural, social, physical, biological, and environmental health sciences as well as the humanities. Candidates should demonstrate evidence of strong research productivity, potential for funding, and a commitment to excellence in teaching and research mentoring of undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs. We are particularly interested in scholars with a track record of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the environmental field in the realms of research, teaching and/or service. At Berkeley, we recognize the intrinsic relationship between diversity and excellence in all our endeavors and embrace open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our obligation and goal. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of their commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity (see: https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity/support-faculty-candidates for helpful guidelines).

The deadline for applications is December 3, 2018. 

Assistant Professor in Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Mississippi, USA

The Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Behavioral Neuroscience. Candidates integrating multiple approaches and levels of analysis that address behavioral mechanisms in either vertebrate or invertebrate systems are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally-funded research program, train graduate students, and teach courses in physiology and neuroscience and their area of expertise. We have a vibrant broad-based biology department that consists of 21 tenure-track and 15 instructional faculty members, educates over 1000 undergraduate biology majors and 45 graduate students (Ph.D. and M.S.), and serves as the home of the interdisciplinary neuroscience minor. We seek candidates who will complement and extend our strengths in neuroscience and behavior, symbiosis and species interactions, cell and molecular biology, or biodiversity and conservation biology (http://olemiss.edu/depts/biology). The Biology Department recognizes the importance of building a diverse faculty and thus welcomes applicants from groups underrepresented in science

Minimum qualifications: PhD in Biological Science or related field and post-doctoral experience.

The University of Mississippi is a Carnegie-Designated R1 Highest Research University located in Oxford, Mississippi, a beautiful college town well-known for its outstanding educational and cultural opportunities. The University of Mississippi has been repeatedly recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For”. In 2017, the University of Mississippi initiated the Brain Wellness Constellation, which is designed to bring together a wide range of faculty from across campus to address some of the most difficult and complex problems in neuroscience. The successful candidate may also interact with cross-disciplinary researchers to solve key, grand challenges in Big Data, Community Wellbeing, and Disaster Resilience Constellations.

To apply, please visit: https://careers.olemiss.edu/job/University-Assistant-Professor%2C-Behavioral-Neuroscience-%28Biology%29-MS-38677/511211900/

Applications should include: (1) cover letter outlining interest and suitability for the position, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of research interests and future plans (3 pages or less) that includes an explicit description of how the applicant’s research plans will complement or build upon existing departmental research areas, (4) a brief (two pages or less) teaching and mentoring statement, which includes experience, approach, interests, and a list of potential graduate and undergraduate courses, (5) a diversity statement addressing approaches to promoting inclusivity in research and training, (6) names and contact information for at least three references, and (7) reprints of up to three recent publications or submitted papers. Items 1-6 should be prepared as a single pdf and item 7 as a second pdf file. Combine the documents into two individual documents and utilize the "cover letter" and "resume" upload feature.

To learn more about our pay structure and view our salary ranges, click here to visit the Compensation page of our Human Resources website. This link is provided for general pay information. Hourly rate or salary may vary depending on qualifications, experience, and departmental budget. Note: Unclassified positions (faculty, executives, researchers and coaches) do not have established salary ranges.

The University of Mississippi complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetic information. 

Please make your colleagues aware that we are currently searching for an Assistant Professor in Behavioral Neuroscience (click this link to go to the University of Mississippi Career Page   for more information.)

Behavioral evolution or ecology, University of California, Davis, USA

The College of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position in the Department of Evolution and Ecology at the ASSISTANT PROFESSOR level. Candidates must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in the biological sciences or related fields. We seek candidates with research interests that will complement and build upon existing faculty strengths in ecology and evolutionary biology; this may include but is not limited to the study of mechanisms of behavior, behavioral evolution using comparative methods, modelling, or the impacts of behavior on ecological processes. We welcome a broad spectrum of applicants, spanning diverse systems and approaches.  We seek a colleague who is committed to participating in the departmental community through collaborative teaching, research, service and graduate mentoring and who will embrace UC Davis’ Principles of Community. Letters of recommendation should specifically address this aspect of the application. The successful candidate will be expected to teach in undergraduate and graduate programs, and should be committed to mentoring and fostering diversity.

Applicants should submit materials online at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02427 which contains additional information about the position. The application should include: curriculum vitae, description of current and projected research, summary of teaching interests and experience, and three publications. Applicants should also provide contact information for three referees. Once entered, referees will be prompted by email with upload instructions for their letters. Closing Date: November 5, 2018.  Open until filled, but all application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by November 5, 2018 to assure full consideration. Administrative contact: Korie Martinez (kmartinez@ucdavis.edu). Faculty contact: Gail Patricelli (gpatricelli@ucdavis.edu).

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women and minorities. UC Davis is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Award for gender equity.

Assistant Professor in Evolution of Behavior, Cornell University, New York, USA

The Department of Neurobiology and Behavior (NBB) invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Behavior. We seek broad thinkers with a strong understanding of evolutionary biology who can show how their research helps answer major questions in animal behavior and why they are particularly suited to tackle these questions.  We encourage candidates whose aim is to discover general principles of animal behavior that link to other areas of biology. The successful candidate is expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded, internationally recognized research program, and to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Apply:  https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11444.  
Questions can be directed to Prof. Kerry Shaw, Search Committee Chair, NBB, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, jkh222@cornell.edu.
Application deadline, including 3 letters of recommendation:  1 November 2018.

Diversity and Inclusion are parts of Cornell University’s heritage. Cornell is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, andIndividuals with Disabilities.

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.


EEB President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship 


The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior is seeking applications for a postdoctoral position supported by the University of Minnesota President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program. The President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, based on a highly successful program launched at the University of California, aims to attract outstanding scholars from groups historically underrepresented in higher education earlier in their careers. The program offers promising postdoctoral candidates a pathway to a faculty position while providing the community and mentoring needed to support success. The successful candidate will complement the department’s existing strengths in the areas of animal behavior and population biology (especially animal population biology). Preference will be given to candidates whose research integrates ecology, evolution and behavior.

Learn more here: https://cbs.umn.edu/info/postdocs/postdoctoralfellowships

Questions? Contact CBS Human Resources at cbshr@umn.edu.


Graduate Students

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.


Research Assistants

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Field Assistants

Research field assistant in Zambia
Project: Social skills in chimpanzees

Position overview
Position: Research field assistant for 3 months
Organisation: Origins of Mind, School of Psychology & Neurosciences, University of St Andrews, UK
Location: Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Trust (Copperbelt, Republic of Zambia)
Funding: Full reimbursement of flight, housing and research fees
Closing date: 17 February 2019

Position description
Prof. Dr Josep Call and Dr Manon Schweinfurth (University of St Andrews) are seeking a volunteer research field assistant to work on a non-invasive behavioural and cognitive research project on semi-wild chimpanzees.

The aim of the project is to understand how and why chimpanzees help each other. What is the time frame? The project will last for three months, starting in May 2019. Where does the research take place? This project will take place at Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage (Copperbelt, Republic of Zambia). The internationally renowned sanctuary is one of the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuaries, located in the African bush. The chimpanzees live in several groups comprised of sanctuary-born and wild-born individuals, which were orphaned by illegal bush meat hunting and the pet trade. On site, more than 120 chimpanzees are housed in several enclosures of sizes up to 190 acres.

What is the position about? Duties will be as determined by the main investigators of the project but generally, field assistants will participate in the research project by:

  • Setting up testing devices

  • Training chimpanzees in cognitive tasks

  • Help in data collection for observational and experimental behavioural studies

  • Help in data recording, entry and back-up

What is it like to work there? You will work under the supervision of Manon Schweinfurth, the principal investigator of this project, who will be on-site for the duration of your full stay. The sanctuary is a very remote place without restaurants or shops close by. The next town is at least 4hrs away. The sanctuary is a 4500-hectare large nature reserve and home to four villages, two school buildings, a cattle farm, seven large chimpanzee enclosures and a camp that hosts researchers, volunteers and an education centre, which is regularly visited by national and international students. Researchers share dormitory rooms with up to eight persons from different backgrounds; thus, privacy is limited. Researchers can access a fully equipped kitchen and cook there communally. Still, the food will be rather repetitive and basic. In addition, sanitary conditions are rather simple. Field work can get physically challenging. We work six days a week for 8-10 hours a day and most of the work will be outdoors. The chimpanzee enclosures are more than 5 km away from the camp, which requires walking at least 10km a day. There is also a good chance to find bugs, scorpions, snakes and spiders.

The weather will be hot during the day (> 30°C) and cold during the night (< 10°C). Why get involved? Working with chimpanzees in Africa is a demanding job that involves long days and hard work in an isolated corner of the world; however, it is a once in a lifetime experience and an excellent opportunity to gain genuine field experience for those hoping to continue doing related behavioural or cognitive research.

Successful applicants will gain:

  • Solid insights into the fields of Animal Behaviour, Comparative Psychology and Evolutionary Biology

  • Research experience with semi-wild chimpanzees, i.e. experimental design, individual recognition, etc.

  • Knowledge on standard operating procedures when conducting research on non-human primates

  • Experience in working in an international research environment

  • African field work experience

In addition, we fully reimburse the flights to and from the sanctuary, as well as on–site accommodation and research fees for the duration of the project.

Person specification
This work is exciting and will provide excellent research experience for the right person. Given the nature of the work and the setting, we are looking for a candidate who is adaptable, amicable, comfortable in remote environments, easy-going, hardworking and respectful of others. We particularly encourage people from traditionally under-represented groups in our field to apply!

Essential criteria

  • Fascination for science and nature, with a strong interest in animal behaviour and cognition

  • High motivation and commitment to the project

  • Reliable, efficient, flexible, patient and independent working ethos

  • Good team spirit and social skills (shared accommodation and shared tasks)

  • Fluency in English

  • Feeling comfortable when being far away from family and friends

  • The ability to walk long distances in the heat is intrinsic and fundamental to the job

Desirable criteria

  • Completed degree in Biology or any related field, e.g. Anthropology, Animal Welfare, Psychology...

  • Previous experience with behavioural research, preferably in the field (even better in Africa)

  • Previous experience with non-human primates

  • Confidence in interacting with large animals

  • Previous experience in living under basic conditions in a remote place

  • Previous experience in living and working in a foreign country

  • Ability to trouble-shoot problems and generate (sometimes creative) solutions

  • Good attention to details

  • Good intercultural communication skills

If you are interested and you think you can maintain a positive and humorous attitude despite challenging and tiring field work, please send your motivation letter (outlining your interest, motivation and relevant experiences), CV and the names of 2 potential referees (preferably previous supervisors) as a single PDF via e-mail to Manon Schweinfurth (ms397@st-andrews.ac.uk). Deadline for receipt of application is 17 February 2019. We are looking forward to receiving your application!

Field technicians needed for work on wild horse and burro ecology.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) and Colorado State University (CSU) are conducting scientific research to assist the BLM in management of free-roaming wild horses and burros on public lands. Research projects are led by Dr. Kate Schoenecker (USGS/CSU) and Dr. Sarah King (CSU). We are seeking field technicians to work on projects involving radio telemetry and behavioral observations of wild horses and burros in remote sites in the western United States. These positions provide a great opportunity to learn and polish wildlife monitoring techniques and assist with research on wild horses and burros. More information about our research projects can be found at https://www.fort.usgs.gov/wildhorsepopulations


Field work in 2019 is part of several five-year studies examining the demography and behavioral ecology of wild horses and burros in the American west. The successful applicants will use radio telemetry to locate wild horses or burros to determine demographic parameters, and/or conduct behavioral observations. Positions available will focus on behavior and demography of either wild horses or wild burros. Due to the remote desert and mountain habitats of the Herd Management Areas where the animals are located, the field work is rigorous – it requires extensive hiking across rugged terrain, frequently off-trail on high slopes. Large amounts of time are also spent in work vehicles locating radio marked animals. Work may be conducted under variable weather conditions at elevations above 6,000 feet, with the potential for both extreme heat and temperatures below freezing (even within the same week). Independence and a tenacious work ethic are essential at all sites. Behavioral observations require a great deal of patience and ability to spend many hours watching animals simply graze or rest. The positions are located in remote field sites, necessitating excellent teamwork and flexibility, good communication skills, and a positive attitude. Basic housing is provided at the field sites. This consists of small shared trailers, some of which do not have constant electricity. There may be extended tent camping, which would require periods without access to electricity or running water. No internet service is available in the housing, and cell service is patchy in most locations.

We have openings for field technicians that can commit for the entire field season: mid- March through September 2019. We may also have availability for a position in Arizona starting in December. Please state your availability in your application, as well as your desire to work with wild horses versus wild burros if you have a preference. We are unlikely to accept applicants who would start after April. Field technicians will be employed by Colorado State University. Fieldwork is conducted in 10 day field sessions (salary is $14/hr, equating to $1,120 per 10-day field session). Each field session is followed by a 4 day break which allows time to explore the spectacular scenery near field sites or simply rest up thoroughly. Due to the nature of field work there may be long work days. These positions are not eligible for paid sick leave, paid vacation, or paid holidays. Field technicians are eligible for health insurance through CSU under the Affordable Care Act, with some options at no cost to the employee. We can only hire candidates with legal permission to work in the United States, unless currently registered as a student at a foreign university.

Duties and responsibilities (depending on position):

  • Locating radio-collared or radio-tagged individual animals using radio telemetry.

  • Collecting demographic data, recording data, and entering it in to a database.

  • Collection of behavioral data using an ethogram, recording data, and entering it in to a database.

  • Maintaining databases and proofing data that has been entered.

  • Participation in related field research projects as needed (this may entail travelling to a different HMA).

Skills needed:

  • Familiarity with use of GPS and/or map and compass.

  • Maintaining and safeguarding personally assigned and project equipment.

  • Assistance in routine maintenance of lodging.

  • Ability to drive 4WD vehicles across varied and rugged terrain.

  • Ability to complete necessary USGS safety courses and certifications once hired.

  • Excellent communication skills required to maintain contact with remote supervisor during protracted fieldwork.

Minimum qualifications:

  • One year of laboratory or field research, or any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

  • A state driver’s license valid during period of employment (any US state).

  • Ability to hike in backcountry covering 4-5 miles each day while carrying a 35lb pack.

Preferred qualifications (in addition to above):

  • Bachelors degree in wildlife science, biology or related discipline.

  • Experience with radio telemetry in field conditions.

  • Experience with behavioral observations of mammals under natural conditions.

  • Understanding of animal behavior and ecology.

  • Experience driving 4WD vehicles in the back country.

  • Ability to manage and maintain a computer database.

To apply send both a letter of interest and CV with contact information for two references to Sarah King at sarah.king@colostate.edu. Clearly state how your experience qualifies you for this position, and your availability. Deadline for receipt of applications is November 9, 2019.