Postdoctoral Fellowship (2-years) at the Smithsonian Conservation
Biology Institute in Terrestrial Biodiversity Modeling for Southern
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is currently
seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to be based at the Smithsonian’s
office in Yangon, Myanmar.
Successful candidates will be expected to develop innovative and
applied new research to model terrestrial biodiversity for the
Tanintharyi region of southern Myanmar. This will include working
with local and international partners to compile existing information
on the distribution of terrestrial species, developing new and current
assessments of land cover/forest cover change for the Tanintharyi, and
integrating species distribution data with land cover change
information. The postdoctoral associate will also be a point person
for developing targeted training and capacity building activities to
advance the state of biodiversity mapping and planning in Myanmar.
This is a full-time, 1-year initial appointment, renewable for an
additional year. The position is mostly based in Yangon, Myanmar (75%
of the time), with some time spent at the Smithsonian Conservation
Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, VA, to coordinate research
and modeling with Smithsonian senior scientists (25% of the time).
The postdoctoral scientist will have extensive experience in the
application of spatial analysis and satellite remote sensing to
species conservation. He/she must have a strong background in
conservation and spatial ecology, with significant quantitative
skills, specifically in:
1. Using remote sensing to create land cover and land cover change data
2. Linking environmental data from remote sensing with species location data
3. Analyzing species distribution data
4. Developing habitat and distribution models.
The postdoctoral scientist also needs to have advanced knowledge of
Geographic Information Systems (GIS), as well as the use of R for
analyzing data and programming.
Myanmar’s Tanintharyi Region is a global biodiversity hotspot that
provides critical habitat for endangered species and invaluable
ecosystem services to people. It is part of one of the largest
contiguous Asian forest landscapes and includes rare Sundaic lowland
evergreen forests as well as strongholds for tiger, elephant, Gurney’s
pitta, and other endangered terrestrial species. The region stretches
across 400 miles of coastline and encompasses interconnected coastal
systems of mangroves, seagrass and mud flats along with fringing coral
reefs through the Myeik archipelago and further off shore. Due to
years of isolation, Myanmar lacks the latest knowledge and best
practices in management and conservation science. Further, the country
is facing both internal and external pressure to develop its natural
assets for industrial gain. There is an urgent need to develop data
and models needed for effective conservation planning.
*To apply: *submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact
information for 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31.