Date of offer: 01/05/2016
Company: Reneco for Wildlife Preservation
Job category: Permanent position
Job locations: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Reneco’s mission is to implement an overall conservation strategy aiming to restore and preserve the endangered North African and Asian native houbara bustard populations (Chlamydotis undulata and Chlamydotis macqueenii). To achieve these goals, Reneco has developed a multidisciplinary approach in different centres and countries combining fundamental and applied research in such varied areas as ecology, biology, physiology, captive breeding, veterinary medicine, with an in-depth expertise in the reinforcement of wild populations.
More particularly, research efforts aim to increase general knowledge on both species and their habitats to provide useful tools for conservation planning at a large scale and in various environments. In addition, the success of the program and its impact on the environment has to be carefully assessed.
The holder of this position will focus on the movement ecology of houbara (wild and captive-bred released) with emphasis on 1) determinism of migration, 2) drivers of birds movements, 3) relationships between movement and bird fitness (survival and breeding), and 4) orientation behaviour.
The successful candidate will have the following responsibilities:
Fieldwork and experiment protocol edition and application / team training / data analysis / report edition / scientific papers edition / international communication (congress) / conduct regular research meeting (students, fieldworkers) / student supervision.
The successful candidate should hold a PhD degree with an education well rounded in animal ecology, behaviour and conservation biology. More particularly a profound knowledge in the analysis of movements and/or survival is required.
A comprehensive knowledge in the following research topics would be an asset: population dynamic / habitat use and selection / foraging ecology / in and ex-situ conservation / reintroduction biology
He / She must have good experience of fieldwork, and must be able to move in several countries within Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa.
Fluency in English.
French, Arabic or Russian will be an asset.
Additional valuable abilities:
Ability to work in a multicultural and multinational environment.
Mobility across all Reneco’s projects in Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa.
Start date: 2016
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Additional benefits: Full medical insurance, travel allowance, length of service gratuity, provisions for accommodation