Faculty

Six-month demonstratorship in Behavioural Ecology and Wildlife Management - University of Bourgogne-Franche Comté, Dijon, France

Applications are invited for a six-month teaching-research demonstratorship in the master program in Behavioural Ecology and Wildlife Management (more information at www.nature-conservation- ubfc.com/bewm/en/) at the Université de Bourgogne-Franche Comté in Dijon (eastern France), starting in October or November 2019. This position involves about 100 hours of teaching but also allows some time for research activities. Depending on his/her qualifications, the demonstrator will be in charge of lectures, tutorials and practicals in one or several of the following areas:

  • Behavioural Ecology: habitat selection, territories and home ranges, dispersion and migration, interspecific behavioural interactions, social behaviour and wildlife management (including field course).

  • Biostatistics: analysis of variance (two-way and nested ANOVA), analysis of covariance, multiple regression, stepwise regression, non-linear regression, multifactorial analysis, general linear model (practicals using the R software)

  • Quantitative Ecology: population abundance, individual distribution in space and time, methods of estimation of diversity, association between species, similarity between communities

Research activities will take place in relation with ongoing research programs in behavioural ecology and conservation biology at the University of Bourgogne-Franche Comté. Depending on his/her skills and experience, the demonstrator will be involved in the analysis of data sets on tropical faunal assemblages or in a research program on the effect of climate change on competition between native and invasive amphipod species.

The successful applicant should have completed a PhD and gained research and teaching experience in behavioural ecology and/or conservation biology. Additional experience in biostatistics and quantitative ecology is desirable.

The net salary will be on the salary scheme for technical staff (at the level “ingénieur de recherche”) at French universities, i.e. about 1800€ per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. An additional bonus associated with lecturing will be available up to 4000 € for the whole duration of the position.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to Professor Frank Cézilly (frank.cezilly@u-bourgogne.fr), no later than 15th August.
They should consist of a single PDF-file containing a letter with a personal statement outlining your research/teaching interests, how this position fits into your career plan, as well as relevant work experience, a detailed CV including a publication list with journal impact factors, and contact information for two references.


Postdoc

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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
Python).
- 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-
olivier@uqam.ca
.

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

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

Description:

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.