The Movement Ecology Lab at the Hebrew University and the Minerva Center for Movement Ecology (MCME) in Israel seek a researcher with fluency in computer programming and statistics to work in a stimulating team environment on projects related to animal movement based on the data from ATLAS, a new wildlife tracking system recently developed by MCME. This system is capable of automatically obtaining accurate (GPS level) movement data at high frequency (1Hz) from hundreds of small (down to 20g) animals simultaneously. It has already yielded over 250 million data points (localizations) from nearly 700 animals of 30 species (mostly birds and bats), with data accumulation rates of up to 2 million data points per day. This exceptionally large dataset provides a unique opportunity to investigate key interactions among individuals, both within and between species, at the fine resolution relevant to animal-animal interactions and over relatively long periods of time (weeks, months and even years), and is well suited for studies of fine-scale interactions between animals and their environment, social behaviour, parent-offspring relationships and the like.
The successful candidate is expected to work productively with our team to develop data management and data analysis tools for the ATLAS project. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in ecology, biology, biophysics, applied mathematics, computer science or a related field. Knowledge in programming (Matlab, R, C++) and in basic analysis of movement paths is necessary. Experience with spatial statistics, data mining and with large datasets is highly desirable. High motivation, willingness to work as part of a team within an interdisciplinary project, strong quantitative, organizational and writing skills, and a demonstrated record of bringing projects to completion are crucial.
Funding is available for one year, with the possibility of an extension to two years. The position is based in Ran Nathan¹s lab at the Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel), but the post-doc will also interact with other labs affiliated with MCME, at Tel Aviv University (Sivan Toledo, Yossi Yovel) and Haifa University (Nir Sapir). Interested candidates should send a CV, letter of intent, and contact details of 3 references to Ran Nathan (firstname.lastname@example.org). The position is available immediately. Reviews of applications will begin without delay and will continue until the position is filled.