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Washington University of St. Louis Postdoctoral Research Associate - Anthropology - 46117 in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

The position requires a substantial amount of travel. A significant portion of the position will be based in Madagascar and require internal travel in Madagascar. The other half of the position will be based in St. Louis. While in Madagascar, the position will require long days in the field collecting behavioral data and biological samples from lemurs. The field work will be conducted at remote sites. The research involves some work (occasional) with hazardous chemicals. These will be clearly indicated, stored, and noted in protocols, with proper training for such work provided.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Anthropology. This position is for the Danforth Campus.

Essential Functions


This position will entail studying diademed sifakas (Propithecus diadema) and black-and-white ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata) in Madagascar (time will be split between Madagascar and St. Louis). The successful candidate will conduct behavioral observations and collect and process fecal samples for genetic analysis at two field sites in Madagascar, supervise students and research assistants, organize and analyze data, and write scientific manuscripts and grant applications.


  1. Conduct field work, including behavioral observations and sample collections.
  2. Manage students and research assistants, as well as all data management.
  3. Perform analysis and interpretation of the results. Write and publish findings.
  4. Plan, organize, and maintain research activities.
  5. Present findings to the lab work group, department, and at professional meetings.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in biological anthropology, biology, animal behavior, ecology, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Field experience, particularly studying wild primates in Madagascar or a similar environment.
  • Proficiency in French and/or Malagasy.
  • Strong oral and written communication and analytical skills.
  • Excellent judgment, attention to details, and strong organizational, time management, and documentation skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively and to train and supervise research teams.
  • Experience with behavioral observations of wild animals, sample collection and processing, and data management.
  • Experience traveling in remote areas, particularly within Madagascar, and associated precautions to take.
  • Ability to analyze data and publish results in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • General computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint), as well as specific expertise in software programs related to data analysis.

Salary Range

Base pay commensurate with experience.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Anthropology - 46117

Job ID: 46117

Location: School of Arts & Sciences

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Not Applicable