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Research Zoologist

Date Posted: 29 Sep 2014 (Show details)

Institution: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Location: Washington, DC
Closing date: 27 October 2014

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History seeks a zoologist to conduct an integrative, specimen- or collection-based research program in vertebrate evolution and biodiversity, in the disciplines of herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, and/or ornithology, particularly herpetology. The successful candidate is expected to develop an internationally recognized research program that makes important contributions to understanding vertebrate evolution and biodiversity through integrative research involving phylogenetics, anatomy, development, genomics, biogeography, conservation, informatics, or related fields. Frequent publication of highly regarded papers in competitive, peer-reviewed journals, curation of collections in specialty area, service to the scientific community in leadership capacities, acquisition of external funding, engagement in outreach activities, and mentorship of students are expected.

Full-time 4-year term appointment with full Government benefits to be filled at the GS-12 level; US citizenship required. The museum’s authorized salary range for this position at this time is $75,621 – $80,662 per annum. College transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study must be submitted online by the closing date of announcement or your application will be disqualified.

For complete requirements and application procedures go to or and refer to Announcement 14A-JW-299546-DEU-NMNH. The announcement opens Monday, September 29, 2014. Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on-line by Monday, October 27, 2014 and must reference the announcement number. All applicants will be notified by email when their application is received.

The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Assistant Professor in Ecology or Evolutionary Biology

Date Posted: 24 Sep 2014 (Show details)

Institution: University of Michigan
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Closing date: Review of applications will begin on 3 November 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology ( and the Program in the Environment ( at the University of Michigan seek applicants for an assistant professor (tenure-track) position in the ecology or evolutionary biology of fishes or birds. While we expect to make a junior hire, outstanding senior applicants will also be considered. This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2015. We seek outstanding individuals who use comparative fish or bird systems to study any area of ecology or evolutionary biology, and who would offer exceptional courses in the ecology or evolution of either taxon. Also strongly encouraged are research programs that could take advantage of the world-class biodiversity collections of the Museum of Zoology and/ or utilize the EEB Department's biological field stations.  Museum curatorial activities may replace some teaching duties for appropriate candidates.

To apply, go to and arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted through the same website. Review of applications will begin on November 3, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Visiting Assistant Professor or Postdoctoral Fellow in Ecology

Date Posted: 24 Sep 2014 (Show details)

Institution: Stetson University
Location: Deland, Florida
Closing date: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

We invite applications from biologists interested in collaborating with current Stetson faculty and mentoring undergraduate research projects in Aquatic Biology or Herpetology. This position is funded by the Brown Faculty Fellow Program for one year with an option for second year appointment after satisfactory performance.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. and research experience in aquatic ecology (with an emphasis on nutrient cycles an/or spring ecosystems particularly welcomed) or herpetology (emphasis on reptile ecology), in addition to a strong desire to develop, or continue to develop, as an undergraduate teacher.


In keeping with the teacher-scholar model central to the mission of our liberal arts institution, this position involves both research and teaching one course and associated lab each semester.

The Department

The Department of Biology ( currently supports majors in Biology, Aquatic and Marine Biology, and Molecular Biology. Faculty in the department are committed to providing rigorous scientific training in a traditional liberal arts environment in which the primary focus is extensive interaction with undergraduate students in small-class and one-on-one settings. We are also located within a 15-minute drive to natural areas that encompass many aquatic, wetland and upland habitats.

The University

Founded in 1883, Stetson ( is a private, selective liberal arts university. The University's historic campus, located in DeLand, midway between Daytona Beach and Orlando, enrolls 2,600 undergraduates in programs in the Arts & Sciences, Business, and Music. Stetson has regularly been ranked among the South's best regional universities and was the first private college in Florida to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Starting Date

January 10, 2015


Applicants must send the following materials for consideration:

  • cover letter that includes a statement about the candidate's research interests and philosophy of teaching
  • a curriculum vitae
  • the names and addresses of three references
    (at least one of which that can evaluate teaching ability).

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Application materials may be submitted electronically to Terry Farrell (tfarrell [at] stetson [dot] edu) or mailed to the following address:

Terry Farrell, Brown Faculty Fellow
Department of Biology

Stetson University
421 N. Woodland Blvd. Unit 8264
DeLand, FL 32723

Research Fish Biologist

Date Posted: 24 Sep 2014 (Show details)

Institution: Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service
Location: Juneau, Alaska
Closing date: 7 October 2014


The Research Fish Biologist will work with leaders in science, government, and the private and the conservation non-profit sectors. The scientist will plan and conduct research on a variety of topics involving the ecology of native and non-native fish and other aquatic organisms, the behavior and properties of aquatic and associated riparian ecosystems, and the potential impacts of climate change and land management activities on native fish in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Much of the work will be done in cooperation with physical, biological, terrestrial, and social scientists. The scientist will also work closely with resource managers and decision makers in the U.S. Forest Service and other resource and regulatory agencies responsible for the management of freshwater ecosystems. The scientist will need to convey the results of research to managers and regulators and, when requested, assist them in incorporating the results into practices and policies.


Knowledge and skills required include:

  • strong foundation in fish and aquatic ecology
  • ability to convey research individually and with collaborators in integrated multi-disciplinary groups
  • excellent writing and verbal communications skills,
  • demonstrated potential to publish in peer-reviewed journals,
  • computer skills in database management, spreadsheets and statistical analysis
  • experience developing and conducting research in remote locations.

Required education for a GS-12 or 13 level Research position is a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate knowledge, skills, or experience in:

  • the ecology of Pacific salmon (Oncrhynchus spp.) with an emphasis on their freshwater ecology,
  • writing or coauthoring research publications,
  • experience working with land managers and regulators,
  • research experience on studies involving integrated groups.

To be considered for a permanent appointment U.S. Citizenship is required. 

To Apply

Interested applicants, or those desiring further information, contact Dede Olson at dedeolson [at] fs [dot] fed [dot] us or (541) 750-7373. Applications must be received by October 7, 2014.  

About the Pacific Northwest Research Station & Station Director's Office

The PNW Research Station is one of seven research units in the USDA Forest Service. The USDA Forest Service conducts the most extensive and productive program of integrated forestry research in the world. The scientific information produced by the station has application on public, private and tribal lands in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Oregon and Washington) and elsewhere in the United States and other parts of the world. The Station’s programs reflect the changing character of the questions that science is being asked to help answer.

The Land & Watershed Management (LWM) Program increases understanding of terrestrial, aquatic and riparian ecosystems and their linkages to inform management and policy options and develop tools to enhance or maintain the production of desired goods and services. LWM research spans a number of science topics, including water, air and soil; resource management and use; wildlife and fish ecology; and inventory, monitoring and analysis. The LWM program in Juneau explores important physical science considerations for forest ecosystems and reflects a strong science-management partnership that is vital to addressing society’s demands for forest goods and services. The PNW Research station in Juneau is located next to the campus of the University of Alaska, South East, which provides opportunities for interaction and collaboration with faculty from a range of departments and disciplines. Information about the LWM program can be found at:

The Pacific Northwest Research Station Director’s Office is located in Portland, Oregon. The Station has approximately 450 permanent and temporary employees in professional, administrative, research, technical and clerical positions. There are seven Program Managers that oversee program organizations, and nine laboratories which provide research. The laboratories are located in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. The Station is also involved in international relations with foreign governmental agencies and universities in many research areas. The work activities of the Station attract considerable interest from Congress, special interest groups, and the public.

The Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Juneau, Alaska was built in 2013, and its opening was celebrated by the Juneau community, local tribes, and US Forest Service leaders. Located next to the University of Alaska, South East campus, the laboratory is well positioned for development of university partnerships. Nearby is the Heen Latinee Experimental forest, established in 2009, and offering unique sea-to-sky research opportunities.

Community Information

Juneau is the capitol of Alaska, located in the Panhandle of Southeast Alaska, 900 air miles north of Seattle and 600 air miles southeast of Anchorage. Southeast Alaska is a temperate rainforest bioregion, with a maritime climate characterized by relatively mild, cool, and wet weather. Juneau is accessible only by air or water, and the current population is 32,832. The economy is based on government, tourism, mining, and fishing. Apartment rentals start at approximately $1,000 per month, and due to limited housing opportunities, higher rents are not uncommon. Recreation opportunities include a popular downhill and cross country ski area, freshwater and saltwater fishing and boating, a well-developed hiking trail system, and an extensive and varied community of artists and musicians. Juneau receives about 1 million cruise ship visitors per year, attracted to the area’s unique culture, natural beauty, wildlife viewing, and outdoor recreation opportunities. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs). Persons with disabilities who require alternate means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotapes, etc., should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  

Scientific Assistant in Ichthyology

Date Posted: 23 Sep 2014 (Show details)

Institution: American Museum of Natural History
Location: New York City, NY
Closing date: 21, October, 2014

The Department of Ichthyology at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, seeks a full time Scientific Assistant who will contribute to collection care and maintenance. Primary responsibilities will include identifying, accessioning, and cataloguing incoming marine and freshwater fish collections, assisting with the department’s frozen tissue collection, and database entry. Other duties include specimen preservation, assisting with dry and wet skeletal preparations, loan processing, radiography, and general collection care and maintenance. Additional duties as assigned.


  • BA/BSc in biology or related field is required.
  • Museum experience, specifically a background in fish systematics, anatomy, and specimen preparation, and computer skills are highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with integrated pest management techniques is a plus.
  • The successful applicant will be expected to have good manual dexterity and time-management skills.

Hours: 35 hours/week

Interested applicants should upload electronic copies of their CV, a cover letter describing their interest in this position and any special qualifications, and two letters of reference to the following link no later than 10/21/14 to

If you encounter trouble uploading your files, please contact Danielle Silverman (dsilverman [at] amnh [dot] org), Budget Administrator, Departments of Ichthyology and Herpetology.

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open position.

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