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Princeton Postdoctoral Researcher: Biodiversity Conservation and Policy

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The Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment at Princeton University invites applications for postdoctoral or more senior researchers to conduct research related to biodiversity conservation, with a particular focus on work that is focused on (a) freshwater ecosystems and (b) migratory birds. The research is designed to facilitate the development of effective yet practical policy solutions to important conservation issues.

These positions report to Professor David S. Wilcove (see in the following areas of research:

(1) Impacts of land use and climate change on freshwater biodiversity. We seek someone to study the effectiveness of riparian reserves in conserving freshwater fish or the responses of freshwater fish to future land-use and climate changes at large spatial scales, using data from the literature and publicly available datasets. Required skills include extensive experience synthesizing and analyzing large datasets (including land cover) and extensive experience with statistical modeling and GIS/spatial analysis. Experience sampling freshwater biodiversity in the field or in leading research involving tropical and/or subtropical aquatic systems is desirable. This work will be done in collaboration with Dr. Xingli Giam at the University of Tennessee (

(2) Habitat associations of migratory land birds in China. This field-based project involves collecting data on the diversity and abundance of migratory land birds during the spring and autumn in a range of natural and anthropogenic habitats in Eastern China, with the goal of developing recommendations for the protection and restoration of suitable habitats for these species. Required skills include extensive experience leading fieldwork and surveying wild bird communities, the ability to identify birds in Eastern China by both sight and sound, strong analytical skills, and fluency in Mandarin. This work will be done in collaboration with Dr. Fangyuan Hua at Peking University (

For both positions, a strong publication record demonstrating the relevant skills is highly desirable. These research positions are open to all regardless of citizenship and do not support work towards the completion of a degree. A Ph.D. is required. Salary and full employee benefits are offered in accordance with University guidelines. Positions are funded for one year with the possibility of renewal for one or more additional years based on satisfactory performance.

Applicants must submit a CV, contact information for three references, and a cover letter describing their areas of expertise and interest. References may be contacted for the candidates who make the shortlist for this position. The submission must be online via AHIRE link.:

The review process will commence immediately and continue until positions are filled. Anticipated start date is January 2023. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

We at the School of Public and International Affairs believe that it is vital to cultivate an environment that embraces and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion - fundamental to the success of our education and research mission. This commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment and hiring as we actively seek colleagues of exceptional ability who represent a broad range of viewpoints, experiences and value systems, and who share Princeton University's dedication to excellence.

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