EBL positions

We are currently hiring a postdoc and lab manager! See below for more info.

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Quantitative Ecologist

We seek applications for a postdoctoral research associate for a SERDP-funded project focused on understanding how vertebrate frugivores affect tropical forest composition and structure, and developing strategies for restoring seed dispersal to human-dominated landscapes. See the project website at for more details about previous research in this system.  

The postdoc will join the lab of Dr. Haldre Rogers at Iowa State University, and will collaborate with Dr. Julie Savidge at Colorado State University, a co-PI on the project. They will work closely with two current and one former postdoc on this project, who have led the collection of field data. This postdoc will be responsible primarily for synthesizing and analyzing existing data. Experience in hierarchical Bayesian modeling and spatially-explicit individual-based modeling, as well as experience using common conservation planning tools, is desired. Quantitative approaches that may be useful include: demographic integral projection models, state space animal movement models, and ArcGIS. Opportunities will be available for independent projects on related topics.

The target start date is October or November 2017 (negotiable) and the appointment will be through September 2019. The position will be based in Ames, Iowa, with one trip to the Mariana Islands.

Minimum qualifications: 
*Ph.D. in quantitative ecology, community ecology, or a related field
*Experience with the R programming language
*Experience with hierarchical Bayesian modeling, spatially-explicit modeling, individual-based modeling, or the application of conservation planning software
*Excellent written and verbal communication skills
*Experience working on a team, and working with people from different disciplines and backgrounds

Desired qualifications:
*Knowledge of forest ecology and animal movement
*Experience with demographic integral projection models, state space animal movement models, and ArcGIS

Position details: Salary is $46-48K/year (depending on experience), plus health benefits.  Costs of trip to Marianas and to at least one conference will be covered.  

How to Apply: Please email a cover letter, CV, and contact details for three references in a single pdf file to Dr. Haldre Rogers at For questions, contact Haldre Rogers (

Review of applications will begin 15 September 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.


Position: Lab Manager for a forest ecology research lab
Location: Ames, Iowa with travel to the Mariana Islands
Overview: We are seeking a lab manager to support and coordinate research in the lab of Dr. Haldre Rogers in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University. Our research combines comparative studies with manipulative experiments to understand the role of vertebrates in terrestrial systems and to develop effective conservation strategies in today's changing world. Much of our research is conducted on the Mariana Islands, where due to the introduction of the brown tree snake, Guam's forests are now functionally without birds. See and for more details on the research projects conducted in the Rogers lab.
Job description: The lab manager will assist and support ecological field research efforts in a variety of ways. This will include managing field data; managing the activities of undergraduate researchers in Iowa; keeping track of field equipment; identifying and ordering items for the research lab; and general lab maintenance. This position will also manage the logistical needs associated with maintaining a field crew in the Mariana Islands. This will include paying bills, coordinating permits, facilitating repairs to field houses and cars, making travel arrangements, assisting with hiring new staff, and compiling information for and completing the monthly, quarterly, and annual reports to the funding agency. This position may require travel to the Mariana Islands to provide logistical support for field research, which would be a max of two trips per year, potentially including one 4-6 week long trip. Exact dates and durations to be determined. The position will involve a small amount of field research and maintenance of existing experiments in Iowa and potentially in the Marianas, but please note that research will be a very minor component of the position.
Qualifications:  We are seeking an exceptionally motivated individual with demonstrated project management, people management, and data management experience (Excel and R), a background in field ecology (specifically plant or community ecology), and excellent organizational skills. The research project in the Mariana Islands is logistically complicated, and thus ideal candidates must be able to creatively solve problems, deal with unforeseen challenges, and possess an almost obsessive drive to organize things (if you love categorizing, labeling, and making spreadsheets and lists, this job is for you!). Additional requirements include excellent communication skills and cultural sensitivity. Experience working outside of the continental US is desired. A bachelor’s degree in ecology or a related field is required. A sense of humor is appreciated. All applicants must be eligible to work in the US without requiring an employee-sponsored visa.
Payment and benefits: The salary may range from $30,000 to 34,000 per year, depending on experience. This is a 12-month position, with potential for extension. The position is eligible for health and welfare benefit plans (medical and dental insurance, life insurance, etc.) and retirement plans.
Application procedure: To apply for this position, go to click on “Apply to this job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:
·       Resume/Curriculum Vitae
·       Letter of Application/Cover Letter
·       Contact Information for Three References
The cover letter should describe your previous research experience with a focus on your experience in plant ecology, your previous project management experience, and your career goals and how this position fits into those goals. Applications should be submitted by September 14, 2017 for full consideration, although applications may be considered after the deadline.

For more information: Contact Dr. Haldre Rogers at


If you are interested in pursuing a PhD with Dr. Rogers focused on Ecology of Bird Loss Project-related questions, please see the Rogers lab web page and/or contact Dr. Rogers at