mercredi 22 mars 2017

4 PhD positions available in Behavioural and Physiological Ecology

We  have several PhD positions available in the Griffith Ecology lab at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
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4 PhD positions in Behavioural and Physiological Ecology
at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

We are pleased to announce multiple opportunities available for a start from mid to late 2017
1: Adapting to a foreign climate: the reproductive ecology of the house sparrow in Australia
The house sparrow (Passer domesticus) was introduced into Australia in the 1860’s and has since become well established across a broad range of climates in both countries. This project will take advantage of this ‘experimental’ introduction to focus on behavioural and physiological adaptations to different climates through a field-based comparative approach. This research will complement our existing work on related questions in endemic Australian species and will provide insight into the capacity of avian species to adapt to changing climates. This project will involve periods of field-work in Broken Hill, Armidale and Hobart in Australia, along with a range of behavioural, molecular and physiological assays. The project will involve collaboration with other groups in Australia and the US.  
2: The challenge of growing in a hot climate (in the zebra finch)
In recent years we have characterised the very hot conditions in which zebra finches are raised (with nests often reaching temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius, as well as identifying adverse effects of these conditions on embryonic development, offspring growth, and adult sperm. This project is supported by an ARC funded project and will investigate the adaptations that this iconic and well-studied species has to deal with the extreme climate in which it lives. The project will take a variety of approaches including behavioural work, and assays of metabolism and physiology, and combine fieldwork and laboratory work. The project will be run in collaboration with Dr Christine Cooper (Curtin University, Western Australia), Prof. Pierre Deviche (Arizona State University, US), and Prof. Pat Monaghan (Glasgow, UK).
3: Social structuring and life-history in free-ranging domestic sheep
In this project we will examine the importance of social structure and collective intelligence to life-history trade-offs and productivity in domestic sheep in the rangelands of Australia. The project will use tools from social network theory and spatial ecology to characterise individual and group behaviour and investigate their effect on individual quality and productivity (lambs and wool) in this challenging, but economically important part of Australia. The project will be based at Fowlers Gap (near Broken Hill in the arid zone) and require field work and well-developed analytical skills. This work will be run in collaboration with partners in the pastoral industry and be jointly supervised by Dr Stephan Leu (also at Macquarie University).
4: Parasite transmission dynamics in an Australian lizard
This project will investigate the relationship between host spatial and social behaviour and bacterial transmission. It combines social network theory, spatial ecology and wildlife epidemiology to determine how different bacterial strains are transmitted through the population and how individual behaviour and consequently population social structure changes as a function of infection status. The project combines the analysis of a very comprehensive (already collected) dataset with scope for the student to develop his/her own ideas and conduct fieldwork. The student should be interested in social networks and disease modelling and have strong analytical skills. This project will be jointly supervised by Dr Stephan Leu and A/Prof Martin Whiting (both at Macquarie University). We also have strong relationships with disease modelling colleagues in the US.
The Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University is a vibrant environment which offers excellent support to postgraduate students. A Macquarie University Excellence in Research Scholarship has already been assigned to one of these projects, but there are other scholarship opportunities available to suitably competitive candidates. International candidates are welcome to apply for any of the projects listed above.

The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $26,682 pa tax exempt for 3 years (indexed annually). In addition to external grant support for projects, there is additional internal funding (up to $17,000) available to cover direct research expenses and conference travel. 
Applicants should ideally have a research-based MSc in a related discipline (with a minimum 50% research component), and additional relevant research experience, qualifications, and details of awards or prizes. For projects 1, 2, and 4 an ability to work in remote and harsh conditions as well as experience in capturing and handling animals is desirable. A driving licence is required for all projects.
Applications should include 1) your CV, 2) a brief statement of your reasons for applying (max. 500 words) and the project you are applying to work on, 3) contact details of two academic referees, 4) your nationality (for scholarship eligibility purposes). Applications should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file.

Applications for these positions (and any initial enquiries) should be emailed by 7th April 2017 to:
Prof. Simon Griffith, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia

lundi 20 mars 2017

Postdoctoral Position in Applied Ethology and Welfare

The Swine Teaching and Research Center located on the New Bolton Center campus of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania is looking to fill a postdoctoral position starting July
1, 2017 (or sooner if possible), under the direction of Thomas D. Parsons, VMD, PhD. Talented individuals are being recruited to join a research program that addresses the social behavior and welfare of gestating sows housed in large groups. Specific projects continue to explore the notion of animal personality and the delineation of behavioral phenotypes in large pen gestation as well as looking at novel metrics of affective state. Work will be carried out at the Penn Vet Swine Center that houses a 250 sow herd and provides a unique opportunity to study gestating sows under a variety of housing scenarios. Expertise in applied ethology, experimental design, and statistics is highly desirable. Please contact Tom Parsons ( if you are interested.

Training Coordinator - An exciting new role in the field of Animal Welfare

The Training Coordinator will work closely with the Executive Director (ED) to plan and execute the various PAACO animal welfare auditor training session s that are conducted each year . Additionally, the Training Coordinator will help to create and enhance all training materials , as well as the w eb content and industry outreach materials. A few examples includ e :  Coordinate PAACO t raining s essions by creating the graphic and web notifications  Assist the ED with the registration and logistics of the trainings  Curriculum development o Identify and coordinate the development of online training: slide, video, audio o Seek new information that will benefit certified auditors  Become well - versed in ISO requirements and assist with certification programs  Identify industry training needs by interacting with company personnel, trade associations and scientists  Identify and a ssist with grant writing to support the creation of additional training  Assist with the development of international training programs Education : Minimum BS in Ag Communications , Ag Leadership, or Ag Education Experience:  Production livestock experience /background  Significant speaking and communication experience (competitions, judging teams, FFA, etc . )  Advanced computer skills with PowerPoint, Adobe, layout and design programs  Internship experience or past employment is required Key Attributes:  A passion for animal agriculture  Maturity, confidence, and strong work ethic  Communication skills and poise in public speaking  Enjoys interacting with people  Interested in continually learning new things  Organized and proactive approach to work  Self - starter who is self - motivated Flexible l ocation based in the Midwest. Proximity to Kansas City a plus. Approximately 30% t ravel t ime Contact: Collette Kaster, Executive Director 402 - 403 - 0104

Job Posting

Strategic Alliances Manager American Humane Farm Program & American Humane Conservation Washington, DC American Humane seeks a highly motivated Strategic Alliances Manager to build and maintain the American Humane Certified ™ Program . This position works collaborati vely with the Communications te am and is based at American Humane’s national headquarters in Washington, DC. The Strategic Alliances Mana ger reports directly to the Chief Marketing Officer. Founded in 1877, America n Humane is co mmitted to ensuring the s afety, welfare and well‐being of animals. Our leadership programs are first to serve in promoting and nurturi ng the bonds between a nimals and humans. We are first to serve, wherever animals are in need of rescue, shelter, protection or security. Through our innovative leadership initiatives – from our “No Animals Were H armed®” program in Ho llywood to broad‐based farm and conservation animal wel fare certifications, to rapid r esponse rescue and care across the country – American Humane sets the gold st andard as the most visionary an d effective animal welfare organization in the nation. Position summary: The Strategic Alliances Manager develops alliances and collabor ations that expand American Humane’s third party animal welfare audit programs in the farm, zoo and aquari um spaces. The Manager is responsible for securing external program development opportunities and maintai ning and nurturing relationships with key leaders at certified and prospective institutions. This positi on plays a key role in developing and implementing outreach strategy as it relates to program growth. Responsibilities:  Develops strategic outreach oppo rtunities for certification pro grams and staff.  Provides opportunities for national and international spokesper sons for the program, reflecting the mission and values of American Humane.  Develops opportunities to expand the programs.  Works to differentiate American Humane and our certification pr ogram from other third party certification programs.  Works collaboratively with Communi cations team to develop outre ach opportunities.  Works with certified institutions to coordinate with their outr each and communications efforts.  Seeks and delivers public speaking engagements, radio and TV in terviews and uses social networking, coordinating public appearances w ith AH’s communications strate gy and Communications department.  Provides stories, data and conten t for use by the Communication s department on website, social media, appeals, funding proposals, projects and general public informa tion.  Ensures that all program and informational materials, trade sho w graphics and displays, and website are up to date and reflective of program standards Essential experience, knowledge, skills and abilities:  Diversity of marketing and sales experience  Bachelor’s degree required  Excellent verbal and written communication skills; active liste ning  Adept at building collaborative r elationships and demonstrating diplomacy with diverse constituencies  Demonstrated ability to provide effective and timely solutions  Ability to work with team members to implement annual program g oals Direct reports:  None Physical demands and work environment:  Extensive travel, potentially to remote locations and internati onal  Exposure to barns with intensive animal production  Exposure to bio secure environments, requiring donning of prote ctive gear Employees are expected to adhere to all organizational policies and to act as role models, demonstrating American Humane’s core values: C ompassion A ccountability R espect for all L oyalty to mission S ustainability H onesty, integrity, trust To apply, please email resume and cover letter to humanresource American Humane is an Equal Opportunity Em

Co-worker Scientific Research (m/f)

Co-worker Scientific Research (m/f) 
Fulltime / Vienna Headquarters 

Main duties: 
• Doing literature research on animal based measures (ABM) with focus on wild animals, especially bears 
• Developing and evaluating ABM for animal welfare as sessment of brown bears in human husbandry 
• Creating an adequate, multi-dimensional assessment protocol for brown bears in human husbandry 
• Supporting a software development for an animal rec ord keeping system 
 • Writing and publishing of scientific publications ( primarily papers in impact-listed journals) 
• Collaborating with the University of Copenhagen 

• Diploma in the field of Zoology, Biology, Veterinary Medicine, Animal Welfare Science, Wildlife Ecology/Management or rel ated fields (university degree obligatory) 
• Good knowledge of animal based measures/animal welfare advantageous 
• Advanced knowledge of bear ecology, biology and behaviour advantageous 
• Proficiency in scientific and statistical data analysis 
• Proficient project management skills 
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English 
• Affinity to scientific work and experience in writing scientific papers 
• High social competence in a multicultural environment 
• Willingness to travel internationally 

What we offer: 
• A dynamic and pleasant working environment in a motivated team 
• A fully integrated and respectful partnership within an international organization 
• An attractive working place with technically advanc ed infrastructure located close to the centre of Vienna **with the great chance to experience the rich culture and history of Austria 
• Work experience in Headquarters of an international organization limited to 12 months 
• Local and international career development opportunities 

We welcome enquiries from everyone and value divers ity in our workforce. We offer you a gross salary of minimum EUR 21.000 per year, depending on your qualifications, skills and professional experience. 

Are you looking for such an opportunity? We look forward to meeting you! Please send your application in English, preferably via email, to VIER PFOTEN International Sabine Hartmann, Director of Science Unit Email: 

** 2015: city with the highest quality of living na med by international staff members (source:

Résponsable du pôle Ecologie

L’Agence Études de la direction territoriale Seine-Nord de l’Office national des forêts recrute en CDI un(e) responsable pour le pôle écologie.
Présentation de la structure :
La direction territoriale Seine-Nord de l’Office national des forêts couvre trois régions administratives : Ile-de-France, Hauts-de-France, Normandie. Elle gère 310 000 ha de forêts. L’agence Etudes et Expertises de la direction territoriale Seine-Nord regroupe des experts et spécialistes qui apportent leur compétences, soit en appui aux forestiers quant à la gestion de ces forêts, soit au service de tiers dans le cadre d’activités commerciales. Elle comprend trois unités de production (ou pôles), chacune spécialisée dans quelques thématiques. Le pôle Patrimoine culturel et paysage regroupes les paysagistes DPLG, les archéologues et géomaticiens. Le pôle Arbre Conseil® regroupe les experts et conseillers Arbre Conseil® spécialistes de l’arbre d’ornement et de l’arbre hors forêt. Le pôle Ecologie et gestion des milieux naturels regroupe les écologues et naturalistes, soit 6 personnes dont le (la) responsable. L’agence Etudes et expertises comprend en tout 22 personnes.
Le pôle Ecologie et gestion des milieux naturels réalise diverses prestations : inventaires, cartographies, programmes d’action, plans de gestion, animation de sites Natura 2000, appui technique, etc. 50 à 60 % de ces prestations sont réalisées pour les besoins propres de l’ONF et portent sur les forêts domaniales dont il a la charge ; le reste est réalisé pour le compte de tiers (collectivités, établissements publics, entreprises,…) dans le cadre des activités marchandes. La zone d’action couvre principalement le territoire de la Direction Territoriale ; selon leurs compétences, en cas de spécialisation sur des taxons pour lesquels localement les experts font défaut, les naturalistes sont susceptibles d’intervenir sur l’ensemble du territoire national.
Descriptif du poste :
Le (la) responsable du pôle Ecologie :
• Organise et pilote la réalisation des études en vue de satisfaire les commanditaires, que ceux-ci soient internes à l’ONF ou externes ;
• Propose en interne des offres d’étude devant répondre aux interrogations des services ONF gestionnaires de forêts et d’espaces naturels ;
• Assure, avec les personnels en charge de la réalisation des études, les relations avec les différents maîtres d’ouvrages et éventuels sous-traitants ou cotraitants ;
• Appuie le service commercial en vue d’élaborer des offres de prestations vers l’externe ;
• Pilote le plan de charges de ses personnels ;
• Assure, avec ses personnels, une veille technique dans les champs de compétence de son agence ;
• Participe directement à la production d’études, à hauteur d’environ 80 jours/an.
Conditions particulières d’exercice du poste :
Déplacements sur l’ensemble du territoire de la Direction Territoriale, notamment lors des campagnes de terrain, même si la majorité de l’activité reste sédentaire.
Le responsable du pôle écologie assure le management d’une équipe comprenant 5 collaborateurs. Ces derniers sont basés comme lui à Fontainebleau, à l’exception d’un personnel délocalisé sur Rambouillet.
Par nature, l’activité des écologues est relativement saisonnière (calendrier des campagnes de terrain commandé par la biologie des taxons ciblés), ce qui impose un surcroît de rigueur dans la planification du travail de chacun.
Profil du candidat :
Niveau et/ou formation de base : ingénieur ou master dans les domaines suivants : écologie, gestion des espaces naturels et des écosystèmes terrestres, gestion forestière, biologie des espèces et des populations,…
Expérience : Expérience en matière de management d’équipe appréciée;
Compétences liées au poste :
– Savoir manager et piloter une organisation ;
– Assurer avec fiabilité une représentation de bon niveau ;
– Connaissances en matière d’écologie et de gestion des milieux naturels ;
– Sens de la négociation ;
– Sens des relations publiques ;
– Compétences en animation d’équipe ;
– Compétences en conduite de projet.
Rémunération :
Selon expérience, à titre indicative, de 34 600 à 39 000 € brut annuel avec une prime variable de 1200 €.
Contact :
Monsieur Sylvain DUCROUX, Directeur de l’agence Études
Tél. : 06 23 37 18 49
courriel :
Modalité de candidature :
Adresser un CV et une lettre de motivation à
La date limite de candidature est fixée au 15/04/2017