Post-doctoral Fellow - Species Conservation Methods

Brookfield, Illinois
Salary Paid Biweekly
Aug 17, 2018
Oct 16, 2018
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

The Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo is seeking a Post-doctoral Fellow - Species Conservation Methods who will develop analytical methods and software tools to advance the conservation of species.  The Post-doctoral Fellow - Species Conservation Methods will work with conservation scientists and managers of species conservation programs to ensure that software tools meet conservation needs and are used effectively, including developing, maintaining, providing technical support for, and helping to build capacity in the use of computer modeling tools that advance risk assessments, conservation planning, and management for threatened species.

The Post-doctoral Fellow - Species Conservation Methods will work with a small team of conservation scientists to design, build, and support software that is used globally by wildlife managers, researchers, and students as part of the Species Conservation Toolkit Initiative (SCTI).  SCTI is a multi-institutional, international partnership to ensure that the new innovations and tools needed for species risk assessment, conservation planning, and managing populations are developed, are globally available, and are used effectively.  The initiative leverages expertise in population biology, computer programming, and species conservation planning to: build and support modeling tools that are essential to guiding conservation actions for thousands of threatened species in the wild; facilitate the intensive management of hundreds of species that are being protected within ex situ programs; and integrate conservation efforts across the spectrum of management approaches.  Information about the SCTI tools is available at

Primary duties and responsibilities: 

  • Participates in the design of computer modeling tools for conservation assessments and planning for wildlife populations in the wild and in captivity.
  • Implements new methodologies for species conservation through extending existing software tools (Vortex, PMx, Outbreak, and MetaModel Manager) or developing new tools.
  • Provides technical support and helps to provide training to conservation professionals and graduate students using modeling methods and tools.
  • Prepares reports for scientific publication and presentation.
  • Other related duties as assigned. 

The requirements for this position include: 

  • Ph.D. degree in biology or related field required or Ph.D. in information science with considerable training also in biology.
  • One year experience in conservation biology research or species management required.
  • Experience in computer programming for Windows applications required, including prior experience with or ability to learn C#.NET programming or related object-oriented languages.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including proven ability in writing of reports and scientific papers, grant proposal preparation, and oral presentations.
  • English fluency at a full professional proficiency required.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively and prioritize tasks as necessary.
  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of privileged information is essential.
  • Experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience.
  • A valid driver’s license is required.

The preferred qualifications include:  

  • Broad research and conservation interests preferred.
  • Experience with software program VORTEX or other PVA models, and PMx or other pedigree analysis tools desirable.
  • Experience with software development for multiple platforms (web, tablet, etc.) a plus.
  • Experience with user interface design highly desirable.
  • Multilingual ability, Spanish fluency a plus.

Additional Information:  This position description summarizes the primary duties and functions of this position, but should not be considered a complete listing of every duty the incumbent may ever be called upon to perform.  Must represent the Society in a professional manner at all times. 

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please visit the CZS Career Center to obtain more details about the position and to apply by submitting your profile.  Please visit our website at  Please look for requisition number 1684BR.