Postdoctoral Scholar in Primatology Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary

We seek a Postdoctoral Scholar for a two-year position to begin in early 2015. The position is funded by the University of Calgary, the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, and grant funds from the main supervisor, Dr. Linda Fedigan.

The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology is the home of four full-time faculty primatologists and their research teams with long-term field projects in Belize, Costa Rica, Ghana and Madagascar. Our collaborative objective is to create synergies and new insights from comparative analyses of our datasets. To that end, we have developed an integrated database as part of the PACE project (Primates Adapting to Changing Environments). PACE currently includes long-term data on three primate species (with three more species datasets shortly to be integrated) and is comprised of behavioural, ecological, demographic, genetic, nutritional and spatial data. It is both an online database and a physical space with computers, software and data storage devices, including a collection of satellite imagery for our field sites.

We seek a scholar with expertise in one or more of these areas: behavioural, social, spatial and/or reproductive ecology; life history and demography; primate (including human) adaptability in changing environments. The postdoctoral fellow should have a strong interest in collaborative research and cross-specific, comparative studies. They will be given access to the PACE database and encouraged to develop collaborative publications based on the PACE data (and their own data if available), to mentor graduate students and to organize workshops relevant to areas of overlapping interest areas.

The salary is $50,000CDN per year, plus funds to cover extended health care and some relocation/travel/conference expenses that will be detailed in the offer letter. There are no citizenship requirements but the applicant must hold a PhD or equivalent and be within five years of being awarded the PhD. They must also have a strong publication record, evidence of good analytical and quantitative skills, a history of grant/scholarship success and some experience with relational databases. If you are interested, please send your CV, names of and contact information for two referees, and a short description of your suitability for this position to Neil Griffin via e-mail.


Applications are being accepted immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

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