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Postdoctoral Position in Animal Demography as an Indicator of Population Level Welfare on Great Apes and Big Cats


Postdoctoral Position in Animal Demography as an Indicator of Population Level Welfare on Great Apes and Big Cats is available for doctoral degree candidates in demography and evolutionary biology at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Denmark 2022


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General Info

Position: Postdoc
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Jun 01, 2022
Contract Period: 2 years
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Biology,

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)


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Qualification Details

Applicants need to have a PhD as well as a background in demography and evolutionary biology demonstrated by scientific publications. Working experience with the data base ZIMS is required as well as a good knowledge of the zoos and aquariums community. Moreover, the candidate should prove proficiency carrying out analyses in the open software R, and have experience in survival and fecundity analyses, ideally using the BaSTA (Bayesian Survival Trajectory Analysis) in R.We are looking for a highly motivated and curiosity-driven candidate. Proficiency in spoken and written English is mandatory, and some basics in Danish language would be appreciated.

To qualify you must have passed a PhD or equivalent. Applications will be assessed by an expert assessor/committee. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the university.

Responsibilities/Job Description

A two-year postdoc position in conservation demography is available at the research unit CPop-NAT, Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark.

The successful candidate will join a team of scientists led by Associate Professor Dalia A. Conde (Department of Biology) and Associate Professor Fernando Colchero (Department of Mathematics and Computer Science), to analyze changes in demographic metrics across time and environments in Primates and Big Cats.

The project In recent decades there has been a shift in perception of the role of zoos and aquariums. This has stemmed from a growing effort by these institutions to support species conservation and advance biodiversity knowledge across the tree of life. Over half of the species that have been recently saved from the brink of extinction required ex-situ conservation efforts, often followed by successful reintroductions to their habitat. At the same time, zoos and aquariums have gradually shifted their focus on improving living conditions of animals under their care. However, up to date the extent of the impact of these efforts has not yet been clearly quantified, for instance as increases in time on demographic variables associated to longevity.

This project will focus on two mammalian groups (i.e. Primates and Big Cats) which have been at the forefront of the discussion of whether zoos provide adequate living conditions to guarantee their welfare. The aim of the project is to explore temporal trends in demographic welfare indicators for Primates and Big Cats in Zoos.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

The application must include the following:

  • A curriculum vitae including information on previous employment.
  • A full list of publications stating the scientific publications on which the applicant wishes to rely.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online". Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.


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Note or Other details

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

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Contact details

For further information please contact Dalia A. Conde, e-mail: [email protected].

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