Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Postdoctoral Position: Kinematics of Quadrupedal Locomotion in Free-Ranging Primates

The Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) invites applications for a NSF-funded postdoctoral research fellow position to begin October 1, 2016 or as soon as the position is filled. The position will be awarded for two years, subject to review after one year. More information about project research can be found on the NSF award page:

The postdoctoral fellow will work on an NSF-funded project to investigate the kinematics of quadrupedal locomotion in New World monkeys moving in their natural habitats. This project is a collaborative effort between Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) (Jesse Young, PI; Tobin Hieronymus, Co-PI) and the University of Texas at Austin (Liza Shapiro, PI). The position will entail field work in Ecuador, followed by laboratory analyses of data at the Young Laboratory at NEOMED. The postdoctoral fellow should operate highly independently and may hold the responsibility of supervising lower level project participants (e.g., high school, undergraduate, medical, and graduate students). Other key skills and characteristics include:

1. Ability to independently produce, analyze, and present scientific data (as evidenced by an existing publication record in peer-reviewed scientific journals)
2. Good oral communication skills (as evidenced by previous poster/podium presentations at professional scientific conferences)
3. Conceptual understanding of the primary research questions (see for more detail)
4. Technical expertise in collecting kinematic and ecological data (i.e., collecting 2D/3D video for motion analysis, collecting quantitative data on animal behavior in the wild)
5. Sufficient physical fitness to follow study animals in a difficult and hilly terrain, off-trail
6. Ability to cope with a difficult environment (humidity, heat, rain) and tropical animals (snakes, spiders, ants, leeches, mosquitoes)
7. Mental fortitude, emotionally maturity, and resistance to social and psychological stress
8. Strong social skills, flexibility and sensitivity to other cultures

Professional qualifications: Ph. D. in Biological Anthropology, Ecology and Evolution, Organismal Biology, or an associated field

Evaluation of candidates will begin September 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

Application materials include a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references. Please submit materials online at:

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