Position:  Postdoctoral Fellowship (Touch-screen cognitive research)
Location:  Jacksonville, FL
Job Id:  335
# of Openings:  1

Postdoctoral Fellowship (Touch-screen cognitive research)
Applications are invited for a three-year funded postdoctoral position to lead a touch-screen cognitive research program with bonobos, gorillas, mandrills and other available animals at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (JZG). This position reports into Wellness, a department within the Animal Care, Conservation & Wellness portfolio and will be directed by Dr. Terry L. Maple.
The expected start date for this position is 01 January 2020. 
Emphasis on the three main directives:
  1. The successful candidate will conduct cognitive research questions that will inform our understanding of the evolution of primate cognition.
  2. The successful candidate will help advance the animal engagement, environmental enrichment and educational interpretive initiatives of JZG.
  3. The successful candidate will help to disseminate the findings "refereed publications in rigorous peer-reviewed journals", and educate the public about the importance of comparative research through zoo research talks, social media posts, and other outlets.
Successful candidates will have experience studying cognition in nonhuman animals, preferably with primates in a zoological setting, and will have a Ph.D. in psychology, biology, animal behavior, or a related field.
 Proficiency in programming cognitive experiments is a must (e.g. Visual Basic, MatLab), as the position requires the creation of behavioral computer programs from scratch.  In addition to possessing technical skills, the successful applicant will engage intellectually with advancing the research program. Opportunities to teach may be available at the University of North Florida as well. The successful candidate will become an effective research partner with UNF faculty and students in a team setting.
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens offers all full-time employees a competitive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance for the employee, paid time off, 403B Retirement Plan, and discounts at the Zoo. Salary will be competitive with NIH post-doc salaries.

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