Post-Doctoral Fellow in Conservation Biology

China (CN)
28 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
07 Jan 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Duke Kunshan University 

Job Description 

Position Overview: 
We are seeking one post-doc to work on conservation biology research with Dr. Binbin Li.  Current research focuses on protected area planning and management, endangered species  conservation research specifically on giant pandas, connectivity analysis, and developing  monitoring techniques such as footprint identification technique and drones. The position is for  one-year and can be extended. 

The candidate should have prior research experience in China. The candidate selected for this position must meet eligibility requirements to work in the China through the period of employment. 
Position is available for immediate filling.  

The Environmental Research Center at Duke Kunshan University is a research institution that  integrates research and educational programs in environmental science and policy. The research  center provides a hub for faculty to engage in interdisciplinary and policy-relevant research in China  and beyond; it facilitates collaborations with faculty and researchers at Chinese universities,  businesses operating in China, policymakers, and non-governmental organizations. The research  center also serves as a hub for innovative student research projects that are collaborative, vertically  integrated, problem-focused, and multidisciplinary. For more information, please  visit: https://dukekunshan.edu.cn/en/research/environmental-research-center. 
Reports to: 
Dr. Binbin Li, Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences, Environmental Research Center, Duke 
Kunshan University  
Essential Duties: 
The candidate will help to develop the research projects and initiate new projects. Responsibilities  include research project management, preparing funding application, data collection, data analysis, drafting manuscript for peer reviewed journals and report writing. The candidate will help to manage 
the fieldwork team and work with nature reserves, local governments, NGOs and research institutes.   

This job requires strong capability in independent research and project management. The candidate will  be given freedom to develop new projects that could expand the current research direction.  

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in environmental sciences, conservation biology or related fields
  • Strong quantitate skills in ArcGIS, python, R and remote sensing
  • Experience in fieldwork and management of survey team 
  • Strong writing skills and fluent in both English and Chinese  
  • Experience in proposal writing and funding application
  • At least one publication in peer-reviewed journals 

Application process: A complete application includes CV, cover letter, contacts of three referees and up  to 3 writing samples (e.g. peer-reviewed publication, thesis, working paper, proposals). Please send all  application materials with the subject line of “Conservation Biology Postdoctoral Fellow Application” to Binbin.li@dukekunshan.edu.cn and DKUrecruitment@dukekunshan.edu.cn.