Post-doctoral Fellowship in Conservation Research

Organization: Phoenix Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Phoenix, AZ, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The School of Life Science (SOLS) at Arizona State University (ASU) and the Phoenix Zoo invite applicants for a jointly supported Conservation Research Post-doctoral Fellowship to develop and conduct a collaborative study between the two institutions. ASU is a dynamic, progressive university dedicated to interdisciplinary collaborations and to integrating excellence in research and teaching. The School of Life Sciences at ASU contains over 100 faculty members who foster a culture of basic research and teaching with an eye toward applicability. The Phoenix Zoo is a private, non-profit zoological park that is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and serves 1.4 million guests annually. Home to more than 1,100 animals including many endangered and threatened species, the Zoo provides experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world. The Zoo is also home to the Arthur L. and Elaine V. Johnson Native Species Conservation Center and the Joyce Corrigan Memorial Care Center, which are the focal points for work in species recovery and scientific research.

The Post-doctoral Fellowship is the center point of a newly established collaboration between SOLS and the Zoo, and it provides 3 years of salary and benefits as well as a $20,000 per year research budget. The applicant is expected to also apply for and obtain additional extramural funds as needed to complete the research project. The successful candidate will have access to considerable facilities at both institutions and will be encouraged to incorporate undergraduate researchers working for course credit or supported through the ASU SOLUR program. As part of the application package, the applicant must submit a research proposal with applied value in conservation, wildlife management, environmental biology, ecology, or biology and society. Preference will be given to proposals that relate to current conservation interests of the Phoenix Zoo that have the potential for clear outcomes (see The research proposal is limited to two pages (excluding references) and should (1) identify a mentor from among SOLS faculty, (2) present a background that develops the scientific merit of the work and describes the connection to the Zoo’s conservation interests, (3) define specific aims for the study, (4) describe the methodologies to be used in the proposed study, and (5) present a timeline for completion of the work. A one-page budget should also be included. Each SOLS faculty member can only sponsor a single applicant.

Qualifications: Candidates must have earned a doctoral degree in life sciences or a related field within the last five years as well as have an established research and publication record. Previous experience with conducting research at a zoological park is desirable. The successful candidate is expected to develop an innovative research project that utilizes skills and resources available at both institutions.

To apply, submit a curriculum vitae; three reprints; a 1-page statement describing research interests; and the research proposal. The applicant should also provide the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references that have been asked to send in a letter of recommendation directly to the school. All application materials should be sent electronically as a single pdf file to Andrea Bujeaud at The initial closing date for applications is August 23, 2013; if not filled, weekly thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University and the Phoenix Zoo are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.