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Postdoc Social networks and cognition in chickadees, University of Nevada Reno
Jobs & Postdocs
Posted May 22
POSTDOC Social Networks and Cognition in Food-Caching chickadees. Postdoc position is available at the University of Nevada Reno in the lab of Vladimir Pravosudov to work on the NSF funded project on social networks and cognition in wild mountain chickadees using established RFID-based system in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Start date is flexible. The position could be up to 5 years conditional on satisfactory performance. The ideal candidate should be capable and willing to work in some of the harshest winter mountain conditions, to use skis and snowshoes to hike several miles while ascending 1,000 feet in deep snow in various weather conditions, to use snowmobiles and ATVs with snow-tracks in extremely challenging mountain conditions and sometimes to shovel snow to arrange save passage of these snow vehicles. Field work will be conducted throughout the entire year at the long-term study area in Sagehen Experimental Forest in northern Sierra Nevada (near Truckee, CA), which is ca. 40 miles from Reno. The ideal candidate should have field experience working with small passerine birds (mistnetting, collecting blood samples), be fluent in R (both managing large data sets and stats) and preferably in either Perl or Python programming. Any familiarity with analyzing social networks is a plus. Per UNR rules, a postdoc must be within 5 years of finishing PhD. If interested, please contact In your email, please address: (1) your experience with field work and with small birds, (2) your field experience in winter conditions, (3) your fluency in R, (4) your experience with Perl or Python, and (5) your experience with analyzing social networks. Applications can be submitted at