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Post-Doctoral Fellow – Species Conservation Methods

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Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo
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Brookfield, IL 60513
Job Description

The Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo is seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow – Species Conservation Methods who will develop analytical methods and software tools to advance the conservation of species. The Post-Doctoral Fellow – Species Conservation Methods will work as part of a team with other conservation scientists and managers of species conservation programs to ensure that software tools meet conservation needs and are used effectively, including developing, maintaining, providing technical support for, and helping to build capacity in the use of computer modeling tools that advance risk assessments, conservation planning, and management for threatened species.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow – Species Conservation Methods will work as part of the small team of conservation scientists at the Species Conservation Toolkit Initiative (SCTI) to design, build, and support software that is used globally by wildlife managers, researchers, and students. SCTI is a multi-institutional, international partnership to ensure that the new innovations and tools needed for species risk assessment, conservation planning, and managing populations are developed, are globally available, and are used effectively. The initiative leverages expertise in population biology, computer programming, and species conservation planning to: build and support modeling tools that are essential to guiding conservation actions for thousands of threatened species in the wild; facilitate the intensive management of hundreds of species that are being protected within ex situ programs; and integrate conservation efforts across the spectrum of management approaches. Information about SCTI is available at

The ideal candidate would have a background in population biology or related quantitative field with programming experience in C# and the Microsoft.NET framework. However, candidates with a background in population biology or related field and prior experience programming in other languages (Perl, Python, Java or Javascript, Go, Ruby, Rust, etc.) who can demonstrate the desire and ability to learn a new programming language are encouraged to apply.

The requirements for this position include:
• Ph.D. degree in biology or related field required or Ph.D. in information science with considerable training also in biology.
• One year experience in conservation biology research or species management required.
• Experience in computer programming for Windows applications required, including prior experience with or ability to learn C#.NET programming or related object-oriented languages.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including proven ability in writing of reports and scientific papers, grant proposal preparation, and oral presentations. English fluency at a full professional proficiency required.
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively and prioritize tasks as necessary.
• Ability to maintain the confidentiality of privileged information is essential.
• Experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience.
• A valid driver’s license is required.

The preferred qualifications include:
• Broad research and conservation interests preferred.
• Experience with software program VORTEX or other PVA models, and PMx or other pedigree analysis tools desirable.
• Experience with software development for multiple platforms (web, tablet, etc.) a plus.
• Experience with user interface design highly desirable.
• Multilingual ability, Spanish fluency a plus.

Additional Information: This position description summarizes the primary duties and functions of this position, but should not be considered a complete listing of every duty the incumbent may ever be called upon to perform. Must represent the Society in a professional manner at all times.

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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