Research Associate - Terrestrial Ecologist, BRP Assistant Program Director
Research Associate, Terrestrial Ecologist, BRP Assistant Program Director
Lab of Ornithology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The Bioacoustics Research Program (BRP), within the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Lab), collects and interprets sounds in nature by developing and applying innovative technologies across ecologically relevant scales to inspire and inform conservation of wildlife and habitats. In addition to conducting basic and applied research and technology development, BRP provides bioacoustic monitoring tools, services, and expertise to partners and customers in academia, government, and industry.
The Terrestrial Ecologist will serve as a member of BRP's leadership council and work collaboratively to establish, contribute to, and implement the scientific vision of BRP. Research focus will be on using bioacoustics technologies to address questions related to the relationship of terrestrial organisms to one another and their habitats. Research must support BRP's statement of purpose and strategic goals. Provide information and insights into the decision-making processes for BRP.
As Assistant Program Director, collaborate with Program Director and BRP's leadership council on developing and communicating BRP's vision, goals, and research objectives. Foster and mentor a collaborative and knowledgeable team of students, postdocs, and research professionals that coalesce around the common goal of advancing BRP's scientific mission. Promote interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration.
Mentor, guide, and supervise postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students. In collaboration with Extension Associate, provide extension, education, and outreach direction for the Lab of Ornithology's bioacoustics training programs including, but not limited to the Sound Analysis Workshop. These programs will be located in North, Latin, and Central America. The Lab is looking to conduct 6 to 7 workshops per year. The international workshops last 1 to 2 weeks and these will occur twice a year. The other workshops will be conducted here at Cornell. As it supports the program goals, assist with undergraduate and graduate courses, conduct, and lead original research in the fields of ecology and animal bioacoustics. Serve as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) on multiple, concurrent sponsored projects. Monitor and report sponsored project status on a regular basis to Program Director and Lab Administration. Collaborate with, guide, and advise other researchers and technical staff on the analysis and interpretation of scientific data.
Work collaboratively with other PIs in the Lab to identify, seek, and secure funding to support BRP's vision and strategic goals. Collaborate with BRP staff and external scientists on publishing methods and research in technical reports and peer-reviewed journals. Represent BRP and the Lab by attending and presenting at conferences, seminars, workshops, and meetings.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Lead Terrestrial Ecological Research (25%)
Develop, direct, and lead original independent ecological research in the area of terrestrial bioacoustics that is supportive of the overall mission and goals of BRP. Independently identify, seek and secure funding sources that align with and support BRP's research goals. Write grant and contract proposals for new funding opportunities that support BRP's scientific mission. Serve as PI or Co-PI on multiple, concurrent sponsored research projects that support BRP's scientific mission and strategic priorities. Collaborate with, guide, and advise other researchers and staff on biological research in BRP and the Lab. Direct and oversee the creation of scientific research output including data analysis protocols, analysis results, scientific interpretation, technical reports, and peer-reviewed publications. Work collaboratively with the BRP Program Manager and other PI's on the allocation of BRP human resources on research projects. In collaboration with BRP's Program Manager ensure that project deliverables are submitted as required by the sponsor.
BRP Administration/Assistant Program Directorship (20%)
Collaborate with Program Director and BRP's leadership council on developing, implementing and communicating BRP's vision, goals, and research objectives. Assist with guiding the scientific research and technology development of BRP. Advise and mentor BRP's scientists, educators, undergraduate & graduate students, engineers, and research support staff. Assume responsibility for Program in the absence of the Program Director. Ensure that all functions of BRP operate smoothly and according to university policy and the Lab best practices. Collaborate with Human Resources and the BRP Program Manager on personnel issues including, recruitment, interviewing, conflict resolution, and performance improvement plans. Collaborate with Program Director, Program Manager and Financial Specialist to create and manage BRP's annual budget. Build collaborations with faculty and researchers within Cornell and other research universities. Establish and maintain a safe, productive, and respectful working environment that fosters a culture of inclusiveness, teamwork and high quality research and development results.
Student, Postdoc, and Staff Mentorship and Management (20%)
Lead, guide, and mentor students and postdocs on sponsored research projects. Assist and advise students and postdocs on career advancement opportunities and educational and training opportunities that will enhance their personal skill set. Define the research direction and development path for how data will be analyzed, interpreted, and disseminated to the scientific community through peer reviewed publications and technical reports. Ensure research supports BRP's statement of purpose and strategic goals. Encourage and facilitate cross-programmatic collaboration. Establish and maintain a safe, productive, and respectful working environment that fosters a culture of inclusiveness, teamwork and high quality research and development results. Coordinate with and advise Program Director in the recruitment of new staff. Participate in interviewing candidates in BRP and the Lab. Advise on the creation/modification of new and existing position descriptions as appropriate.
Education and Outreach (20%)
Mentor, guide, and supervise postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students within and outside of Cornell. In collaboration with Extension Associate, design, create, and deliver workshop and other training materials and courses in the field of animal bioacoustics and ecology that meet the needs of interested workshop and course participants. Lead a team responsible for classroom and online instruction. Ensure progress and consistent delivery of new outreach efforts and resources. Oversee and lead workshops, research and/or training in the field, which may include working for extended periods of time at remote field locations. As it supports the program goals, assist with undergraduate and graduate courses.
Publish Scientific Results (15%)
Publish original research in peer-reviewed technical and scientific journals. Lead and mentor the BRP's efforts in publishing methods and research in peer-reviewed technical and scientific journals. Represent BRP and the Lab by attending and presenting at scientific conferences, seminars, workshops, and professional meetings. Develop white papers and technical reports for research opportunities that support the mission and research goals of BRP. Write or contribute to the writing of technical reports or other deliverables for grants and contracts.
Supervise and mentor postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students, and research support personnel.
PhD in biology, ecology, acoustics, or related field.
At least 5 years of postdoctoral experience.
At least 5 years of experience in terrestrial research or bioacoustics, with substantial experience in both temperate and tropical environments.
Significant ecological and evolutionary research on vertebrate and invertebrate taxa.
Must have a strong record of original independent research and peer-reviewed publications and demonstrated ability to form interdisciplinary collaborations.
Experience securing funding for research and development grants and/or contracts.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, programming experience, and intermediate or high proficiency in Spanish.
Demonstrated teaching ability, experience mentoring and publishing with students, and experience teaching sound recording and analysis.
Must have a record of successfully setting and meeting schedules and milestones for research projects that involve multiple stages, complex budgets, and several participants.
Demonstrated experience leading or working as part of a team.
Must possess and maintain a valid passport and have the ability to travel internationally.
Experience leading large-scale, multi-layered projects.
Experience enhancing the performance of a team through productive collaboration and effective management.
Experience mentoring and advising graduate students and postdocs preferred.
This is a full-time, 3-year appointment; appointed annually pending renewable funding, available work and successful performance.
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