Post Doctoral Candidate Position

Organization: Chimp Haven Inc.
Location: Keithville, LA, us
Job or Internship: Job

Open:  1/3/14                     Closed:  When position is filled.

Job Classification

Shift:  Day Shift Weekdays – Full time, Chimpanzee Discovery Days, Weekend, holiday, and night work may be required.

FLSA: Non-exempt

Risk Level: 3

Term of appointment: 2 years

Primary Function

Chimp Haven, Inc., seeks a Post-doctoral candidate for our Behavior Department to assist staff in reaching publication goals through literature reviews, data entry, data summarization, report generation, and supervised manuscript preparation from both new and pre-existing data.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist behavior department in reaching publication goals through literature reviews, data entry, data summarization, statistical analysis of data, report generation, and supervised manuscript preparation from both new and pre-existing data.
  • Submit scientific articles for publication with the assistance of the Director of Behavior, Research, and Education.  
  • Assist with administrative duties and organization including filing, cataloguing, database management and other office maintenance.  
  • Conduct behavioral observations of chimpanzees in relation to new behavioral studies as approved.
  • May communicate research results in staff meetings, conference presentations, and popular publications.
  • Other duties related to public outreach including cataloging and organizing photographs, videos and other media.  May assist with outreach and education. 
  • May assist with the supervision of interns and visiting scientists.  May coordinate study related activities such as enrichment, animal training, and socialization of subjects, as related to study goals. 
  • Must be able to work cooperatively with others.
  • May train additional data collectors.
  • May participate in relevant conferences and meetings or assist others.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Supervision and Responsibility

  • Works under general supervision of behaviorist.
  • May supervise volunteers, interns or visiting scientists. 
  • Performs tasks as assigned. 
  • Relies on pre-established guidelines.
  • Primary job does not typically require exercising independent judgment.

Education and Experience Required

  • Ph.D. in psychology, anthropology, zoology, biology, animal behavior or related field.
  • Experience in the behavioral study of animals required.
  • Experience with literature searches and review, data entry, summarizing and analyzing data, and writing required. 
  • Knowledge of statistical methods and experience with statistical analysis of behavioral data required. 

Experience Preferred

  • Experience in the behavioral study of nonhuman primates preferred.
  • Two years experience collecting behavioral observations via computer, tablet and pen/paper preferred.
  •  Experience with the Observer software preferred. 
  •  Record of scientific publications preferred.
  •  Record of supervisory experience preferred.

Other requirements and working conditions

  • This work will require bending, carrying, kneeling, lifting, listening, pulling, pushing, reading, speaking, squatting, standing, stooping, stretching, walking, watching and writing. 
  • Must be able to routinely lift and carry 50 lbs for short distances. 
  • Work may involve considerable outdoor work in various weather conditions. 
  • Potential exists for animal bites and scratches. 
  • Potential exposure to unpleasant odors, animal wastes, animal tissues and body fluids, toxic chemicals, zoonotic diseases (tuberculosis, shigella etc.), infectious agents (Hepatitis B,C, HIV, etc.).
  • Weekend, holiday and night work may be necessary.
  • Participation in a medical  monitoring and surveillance program that includes hepatitis B and other inoculations is required.
  • Safety training, equipment, clothing and supplies will be provided.

Send cover letter, salary requirement, resume, writing sample, transcripts, dates of availability and a copy of your dissertation with your application materials to:  or fax resume to Human Resources Department @ 318-925-5600.