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Postdoctoral position - dolphin behavior, cognition, and welfare
Jobs & Postdocs
Posted Oct 1

Dolphin Research Center (DRC) invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher to join our research group studying dolphin behavior, cognition, and welfare. DRC is a not-for-profit education and research facility, home to a family of dolphins and sea lions, located in the Florida Keys.


The successful candidate should hold a PhD in comparative psychology, zoology, animal behavior, animal welfare, or a related field. The specific area of specialization is open to negotiation. This postdoctoral position will be responsible for analyzing and publishing studies using existing long-term data sets, and will also have the opportunity to design and conduct novel observational research projects in their area of interest. The topic of the long-term data will be discussed, but might include animal personality, lateralization, husbandry, and/or social behaviors.


Our ideal candidate will have:

  • a proven track record of peer-reviewed publications

  • the ability to communicate scientific concepts and arguments clearly and compellingly, both orally and in writing

  • an excellent understanding of study design and statistics

  • the ability to work well both independently and as part of a team


The position is for one year initially, with a possibility of renewal contingent on performance and mutual satisfaction.


Starting date is flexible between June - October, 2019.


To apply, please submit the following to research@dolphins.org, with the subject line “Postdoc application”:

  • a cover letter describing your motivation, research interests, experience, and goals

  • your CV

  • pdfs of up to 2 of your key publications or submitted manuscripts

  • contact information for 2 academic references


Complete applications are due by December 1, 2018.


For further information, please contact Dr. Kelly Jaakkola at kelly@dolphins.org.