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Postdoctural Research Associate

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Present Position Number F0765W
Role Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position Title Postdoctural Research Associate
Unit Mission Statement
Launched in 2020, the Institute for Integrative Conservation (IIC) at William & Mary will be at the forefront of transformational research and education that will ultimately advance conservation efforts, solve real-world biodiversity conservation challenges, and protect the environment for generations to come. By combining forces with public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and leveraging William & Mary’s interdisciplinary expertise, entrepreneurial culture, and global perspective, the IIC is cultivating and mobilizing an inclusive community of leaders to develop integrative solutions to global conservation challenges and to prepare the next generation of diverse, effective, and bold conservation leaders. We take an integrative approach that leverages expertise from across disciplines and sectors, blends diverse knowledge systems, and fosters collaboration between academia, public and private sectors, Indigenous Peoples, and local communities to advance innovative and effective solutions to conservation challenges.
The IIC supports multidisciplinary teams of faculty, staff, and students to address conservation issues in a multitude of ways. Teams drawn from all of William & Mary’s five schools—the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Law School, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Raymond A. Mason School of Business, and School of Education—collaborate with experts at other universities, government agencies nonprofit organizations, local communities and Indigenous Peoples, and private companies to advance solutions that are intended to help both humans and nature thrive
Position Summary
The Institute for Integrative Conservation invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral scholar who will collaborate with Professor John Swaddle in both research and teaching projects. The position will begin on September 10, 2023.
We seek an individual with research experience in behavioral ecology interested in applying their knowledge and skills toward applied conservation solutions. In particular, the successful applicant will work with Professor Swaddle to develop novel solutions to avian collisions, including window collisions. As part of this work, it is likely that the postdoctoral scholar will learn and apply aspects of coding and hardware development to create new technologies and collaborate with other scientists and conservation professionals. Therefore, interest or experience in developing technologies for applied conservation solutions will be viewed favorably.
As part of the research, the postdoctoral scholar will mentor a small number of (2-3) undergraduate students in their projects and teach a seminar-style undergraduate course in “conservation behavior” each spring semester. The course focuses on applications of behavioral ecology to conservation. The postdoctoral scholar will receive mentoring in teaching to support their professional development.
The postdoctoral scholar will join a vibrant, supportive research team of graduate and undergraduate students and there will be opportunities to be involved in additional projects depending on interests. Summaries of recent projects can be found on Professor Swaddle’s lab website: https://jpswad.wixsite.com/johnpswaddle

The successful applicant will also be part of the Institute for Integrative Conservation (IIC), which has the mission to empower an inclusive community of thought leaders to create and deliver timely, innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing conservation challenges. The IIC collaborates with dozens of conservation partners around the globe and we will encourage the postdoctoral scholar to become active in that network. For more information on the IIC see: https://www.wm.edu/offices/iic/
Required Qualifications
  • PhD in an appropriate field (e.g. Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science)
  • Research experience in behavioral ecology
  • Interest in applied conservation
  • Demonstrated ability to teach an undergraduate course in applications of behavioral ecology to conservation
  • Interest in learning coding languages and aspects of technology development for conservation
Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous undergraduate teaching experience
  • Previous undergraduate research mentoring experience
  • Experience with coding or technology development
Conditions of Employment
  • This is a restricted position, subject to the continued availability of funding and for the planned dates of September 2023- August 2025 (2-year post-doctoral scholar.)
Department 311800 Institute for Integrative Conservation
Location William & Mary
Job Open Date 04/24/2023
Review Begin Date 05/24/2023
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled No
Job Category Instructional Faculty
Special Application Instructions
Background Check Statement
William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.
EEO Statement
William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
Benefits Summary Statement
William & Mary offers our employees a full array of benefits including retirement, health insurance with options for expanded dental and vision along with group and optional life insurance with coverage for spouse and children, flexible spending accounts, and an EAP (Employee Assistance Program).
Our employees enjoy additional university benefits such as educational assistance, professional development, wellness benefits, and a robust holiday schedule. All employees have access to fitness facilities on campus. Staff members also have access to the university libraries, and much more. To learn more, go to: https://www.wm.edu/offices/hr/currentemployees/benefits/index.php

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