post-doc heat stress n fairy-wrens

Job Description: 

Post-doc position to study effects of heat stress in fairy-wrens

in the Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology of Birds Group @ Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, one 2-year post-doc position (start dates between Aug and Oct) is available to study how ambient temperatures affects life-history, physiology and behaviour of free-living birds using a combination of existing and newly-collected data.

The research will focus on effects of high temperatures on behaviour, condition, heat stress indicators, and molecular aging. Additionally, the project will assess which individual attributes (age, sex, social status, morphology, genetic background) and environmental parameters (social group size, habitat) affect individual variation in response to increasing temperatures. The research is funded through a Discovery Project grant of the Australian Research Council (DP18) to Assoc Prof Anne Peters.

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The post-doc will have significant independence and focus on aspects of the project commensurate with their experience, in consultation with Anne; initial focus will be on rapid production of high-profile publications based on existing data. Strong quantitative skills and a strong publication record are essential; experience with either experimental physiological research on wild passerines or molecular genetic analyses (gene expression, telomeres, oxidative stress) are desirable. Part-time options are possible.

Study species are one or two species of fairy-wrens, depending on focus and experience of the post-doc. One is superb fairy-wrens, Malurus cyaneus, with field work taking place at Lysterfield Park, an open woodland near the university, where we study a large partly-colourbanded population, and we have existing data and samples available. The second is purple-crowned fairy-wrens, Malurus coronatus. The research group has been studying a fully colour-banded, known-age population since 2005 and a wealth of existing information and samples is available. Depending on experience, there is an option of field work at AWC Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary in the Kimberley.

Requirements and further information
Applicants must have self-motivation, enthusiasm, a PhD in behavioural or evolutionary ecology and a passion for wild animals in their natural environment, a strong work ethic, excellent quantitative skills, and a competitive publication record. 

Successful applicants will be offered an academic position level A (step 3, starting salary ~$84K p.a. with annual increments) for 2 years subject to satisfactory annual progress.

Please send your application with a CV including names and contact details of three referees by email to Anne. After a review of all applications, you may be contacted for a skype or personal interview.

Contact Anne (anne.peters[at] if you would like further information on the project or the application process. 

Deadline is 1 June 2018.

Job Location: 
Monash University
Closing Date: 
Thursday, May 31, 2018
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