Postdoctoral Fellow – Conservation Translocations in large landscapes – Massey University – Palmerston North

Website Massey University

School of Agriculture and Environment
College of Sciences
Term length: fixed-term
Hours of work:full-time

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Position Overview

Applications are invited to apply for a fixed term, (3 years), full time postdoctoral research fellowship – Conservation Translocations in Large Landscapes.  Based at Massey University, Palmerston North, along with extensive fieldwork in various NZ locations.  This position would allow the successful applicant to further develop their research record while contributing to our MBIE-funded research program ‘More birds in the bush: large-scale restoration across complex forests’.  This postdoctoral researcher’s role is to investigate factors associated with the establishment of translocated populations in large contiguous forests.

Applicants must have a PhD in ecology or a related discipline, experience working with wildlife populations (particularly tracking and monitoring), field ecology, and experimental design. Experience in undertaking fieldwork in remote forest conditions, and quantitative ecological analysis skills are essential.  Preference will be given to applicants with proven communication skills, both informal and formal (e.g. conference presentations) and an early publication track record.

The person we are looking for is organised, self-motivated, positive, and energetic, and must be able to work collaboratively and respectfully as part of an interdependent team, including a diverse range of partners and stakeholders (e.g. Iwi, Department of Conservation and community based conservation practitioners) and to openly share data. They must also be able to undertake research without close supervision, including planning time and resources. Preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated ability to build collaborative networks in the ecological and conservation community and commitment to applied conservation outcomes.

Further enquiries should be directed to Professor Doug Armstrong, Phone 06 356 9099 Ext. 84207 Email:  Information about the College of Sciences and the School of Agriculture and Environment can be found at:

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