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Cincinnati Zoo

Post-Doctoral Scientist

The Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is seeking to hire a Post-Doctoral Scientist. This is a 20-month, full-time position, partly funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museums for America grant program.

Position summary: The successful candidate will be instrumental in achieving the goals of an IMLS grant-funded project which aims to support the conservation and improve management of all polar bears in North American zoological institutions and in the wild. The selected candidate will be expected to lead the development of multiplex assays to quantify serum biomarkers of reproduction, health, and welfare in polar bears, providing technical skills necessary to carry out the mission of CREW: Saving Species with Science®. Additional opportunities may exist to contribute to other CREW projects and/or conduct original studies.

Qualifications: The applicant must possess a PhD or a DVM with PhD in the biological or animal sciences. Proficiency in antibody-based assay development and validation is required. Experience with Luminex or similar multianalyte quantification systems is preferred. Additionally, the ideal candidate:

  • Must be independent, innovative, and highly motivated.

  • Should have a publication record that illustrates his/her ability to conduct and complete research.

  • Must possess the soft skills required to work and communicate effectively with a variety of people, including CREW scientists, staff, volunteers, interns, students, donors, collaborators, and the general public.

  • Must be willing to travel up to 4 times/year for procedures and/or conferences and should have a flexible schedule to attend special events outside of normal working hours.

  • Must have a visa to work legally in the U.S. and must have a U.S. driver’s license. 

Successful candidates will embrace and continuously demonstrate the Core Values of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden which include, but are not limited to: Building Collaborative Relationships through open communication and active listening; having Positivity and Energy through positive attitudes and making time to celebrate successes; having Accountability, Mutual Trust and Respect through taking ownership of issues, learning from mistakes, treating others with respect, holding self and others accountable and doing what you say you’re going to do; possessing Progressive Thinking through being a self-directed learner, and learning from others, thinking creatively, challenging the status quo respectively, and demonstrating relentless pursuit for improvement; and having Pride, Passion & a Sense of Ownership through respect and care for the living collection, going the extra mile, always being an advocate for the Zoo and demonstrating a strong personal ownership.  

Working Conditions: While performing the duties of the job, the incumbent is regularly required to stand, walk, and utilize manual dexterity to use laboratory and computer equipment. The incumbent may be exposed to outside weather conditions and must be able to lift/move/carry up to 50 pounds without assistance. Employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer, pre-employment drug and nicotine screen and background check. Proof of covid vaccination will be required prior to employment.

Compensation & Benefits: This position is overtime exempt. The annual salary is $46,000, with a comprehensive benefits package including affordable medical, dental & vision coverage; 401(k) plan with company match; flexible spending accounts; generous paid time off (vacation, holiday and sick leave); company-paid disability & life insurance; park discounts and free passes.

Closing date for the first round of applications is October 1, 2021; however, if an appropriate candidate is not identified, the position will remain posted until a qualified candidate is identified. This position will begin in January 2022 and is funded for 20 months of employment.

The world-famous Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was rated the #1 attraction in Cincinnati and one of the top five zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey. It has also been recognized by Child Magazine as one of "The 10 Best Zoos for Kids." Over 1.2 million people visit the Zoo's award-winning exhibits, and more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species annually. The Zoo is an accredited member of the American Zoo & Aquarium Association (AZA), is internationally known for its success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants, and engages in research and conservation projects worldwide.

How to Apply

To apply for this position: Qualified candidates may apply via our online application on our website at: Cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references should be included in your online application. Cover letter should include details of candidate’s experience with assay development.

Cincinnati Zoo
3400 Vine st
Cincinnati, OH 45220
Phone: 5134873435

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