Senior Research Fellowship
The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station is a non-profit organization dedicated to preservation, education, and research. This 2,000-acre Preserve is located approximately 30 miles southwest of Albany, NY, in the historic village of Rensselaerville. The Preserve, which protects the natural beauty of the Rensselaerville Falls, the watershed of Lake Myosotis and surrounding lands, is one of the oldest biological research stations in the United States and has supported research continuously since 1938.
The Preserve supports a newly-renovated research laboratory with a wireless internet network that communicates with remote instruments. Together with adjacent private and public protected areas, the Preserve encompasses the full northern watershed of Ten Mile Creek, a pristine headwater tributary of the Hudson River. Within its mosaic of old-growth, secondary and plantation forests are two impounded water bodies and numerous wetlands, all available for research. In addition to an Executive Director, the Preserve has a full-time Director of Conservation Education, a full-time maintenance manager, a part-time office manager, college-level research interns, other seasonal staff, and numerous volunteers from our membership and from nearby educational institutions. Through our nationally-advertised Huyck Grants program, approximately five to eight graduate students and faculty engage in field research at the station each year.
In its fifth year at the Preserve, the Senior Research Fellowship, formerly known as the Scientist-in-Residence, brings a Ph.D. level scientist to the Preserve to conduct field research and direct the Odum Internship program. While in residence, Fellows will also have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with other visiting faculty, researchers, and students and to participate in various station activities including the station’s weekly lecture series and annual Science Symposium. Fellows receive a $10,000 grant and maintain residence at the Preserve for approximately 50 days between May and Septemeber.
Previous Senior Research Fellows at the Preserve
2010-2011 Susan Beatty
Dean, Portland State University College of Liberal Arts and
2008-2009 Raka Wildova, Ph.D.
Plant Ecologist, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology U. Michigan
The selected candidate will conduct on-site independent research appropriate to the Preserve’s mission and its history of field studies including evolution, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, population dynamics, and animal behavior. Responsibilities will include supporting graduate students and mentoring undergraduate interns; consulting and providing support for other scientific and educational activities; participating in public outreach and special events; and leading the annual Science Symposium in late July.
Period: Approximately 50 days, spring through fall 2012 (with concentration in mid-June through July).
Qualifications: Ph.D. in a natural science, with a record of peer-reviewed publications and funded research. Substantial experience in field research and mentoring students needed.
Terms: $10,000 stipend plus housing (extended or periodic) and access to all Preserve properties and station facilities.
To apply (March 2, 2012 deadline):
Submit a curriculum vitae and a statement of research interests that includes a brief description of how this position will contribute to thandidate’s research program. Additionally, provide the names and contact information for two professional references. Send completed application to email@example.com with candidate’s last name_SRF_APP in the subject line: e.g. “Jemison_SRF_APP.”
Referees should e-mail a letter of support directly to firstname.lastname@example.org with the candidate’s last name_SRF_REC in the subject line: e.g. “Jemison_SRF_REC”.
THE PRESERVE DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PERSONS ON THE BASIS OF RACE, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER, MARITAL STATUS, AGE, DISABILITY OR VETERANS STATUS.