Postdoctoral Associate at the CornellLab of Ornithology , Quantitative Ecologist/Applied Statistician


The CornellLab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Postdoctoral Associate, Quantitative Ecologist/Applied Statistician. Specific duties include:

  • Lead the development of hierarchical models that reconcile multiple data sets, to answer questions focused on the seasonal mechanisms of songbird populations.
  • In addition to model development and validation via simulations, the postdoc will apply the model to help further conservation efforts led by the Tricolored Blackbird Working group- a multi-partner group whose members include California Audubon and U.C. Davis.
  • This applied component of the research will be carried out in close collaboration with Dr. Marcel Holyoak and Dr. Bob Meese (Department of Environmental Science and Policy- U. C. Davis).
  • Use different data sets for Tricolored Blackbird populations, which include predicted abundance, mark-capture-recapture records for multiple sites, breeding observations, and other count records for California.
  • Present results at professional meetings, conferences, and popular seminars. Prepare peer reviewed papers and other research products, including reports and relevant information to conservation partners.

This is a full-time one year appointment, with reappointment conditional on satisfactory performance and available funding.


  • PhD in quantitative ecology, computer science, applied mathematics, or a related field with strong background in statistics and model development.
  • Experience with R and other statistical languages.
  • Ability to apply quantitative methods to answer ecological questions or hypotheses.
  • Strong record of success conducting research and scholarly activities, including publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience related to dynamic models in population ecology, including estimation of demographic parameters.
  • Experience in ornithology is a bonus, but not required.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please send a single pdf file containing a letter of application outlining qualifications and experience for the position, curriculum vitae, one example publication and appendix code, and the names and contact details for two references. Email to or in hard copy to Susan Taggart, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, 291A Johnson Center for Birds & Biodiversity, Ithaca, NY 14850. Inquiries about position specifics can be directed to Dr. Viviana Ruiz-Gutierrez ( or Dr. Evan Cooch ( Review of applicants will begin February 29, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

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