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10 Jul 2024

Full-Time White-nose Syndrome Research Scientist

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Job Description

Bat Conservation International

White-nose Syndrome Research Scientist



Status: Full Time, Salaried

Reports to: Director of White-nose Syndrome Research (Tina Cheng)

Key Relationships: Science Team

Salary: $70,000 annually + benefits

Bat Conservation International (BCI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ending bat extinctions worldwide, seeks a Research Scientist to join BCI’s Science Team. BCI is a distributed organization with staff across the United States with an office in Austin, TX. The Research Scientist can live anywhere and will work remotely.

The Research Scientist will join a dynamic organization and a highly progressive team of conservation scientists, reporting directly to the Director of White-nose Syndrome (WNS) Research. The WNS Research Scientist will work closely with the Director of WNS Research to support ongoing research efforts in bat conservation with an emphasis on work related to WNS. The Research Scientist will help lead rigorous scientific research, including analyzing existing datasets, writing scientific publications, submitting grant proposals, synthesizing knowledge to direct conservation strategies, and communicating research products with a diverse range of stakeholders via meetings and conferences. The WNS Research Scientist must be highly collaborative and enjoy working within an environment that is mission and results-driven, where they can bring their whole self to work and contribute to positive ecological and social change. This position is ideal for an early career scientist interested in applied data-driven conservation and working collaboratively to support research needs within the BCI science program.


Position Description:

The WNS Research Scientist will:

  • Contribute to BCI’s scientific research efforts in experimental design, data collection, data management, and result dissemination
  • Contribute to bat conservation planning and strategies using conservation evidence
  • Disseminate and communicate results of research in presentations, written reports, public outreach, and peer-reviewed publications
  • Collaborate effectively with BCI’s science and conservation teams and external partners
  • Contribute to grant writing


Ideal Candidate Qualifications:

Required Knowledge/Experience

  • D. degree in a relevant field such as biology, ecology, wildlife, conservation, or a related field
  • Advanced proficiency in quantitative analyses, including the use of advanced statistics and statistical computing in reproducible and open science tools
  • Proficiency with analysis in R
  • Advanced proficiency in data visualization
  • Proficiency in scientific writing and written communication skills, including a strong academic publication record
  • Demonstrated interest in hypothesis-driven research, applied conservation, and conservation evidence
  • Proven success with managing multiple tasks/projects simultaneously and accurately with attention to detail and the ability to prioritize under the pressure of deadlines
  • Comfort and ability to work and communicate effectively in a remote work environment
  • Interest in engaging with different communities and developing opportunities that encourage and grow a diverse, equitable, and inclusive conservation science community


Preferred Knowledge/Experience

  • Ability to collaborate effectively and inclusively with multiple partners and team members
  • Familiarity with bat ecology, disease ecology, White-nose Syndrome
  • Familiarity and experience using reproducible and open research methods


Work Characteristics and Competencies:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, approachability, and creative problem-solving
  • Detail-oriented, self-motivated, and self-starter
  • Organizational and time management skills
  • Highly collaborative with a growth mindset and enjoys a challenge
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptive
  • Highly curious with a love for learning new things
  • Contributes to a healthy workplace and organization


Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI)

BCI is deeply committed to JEDI and embeds JEDI-centered practices in the conservation work and organizational culture. BCI is determined to be an employer of choice and believes that the best organizational performance will come from a safe, diverse, and inclusive work environment. Read more about our JEDI statement at www.batcon.org/about-us/justice-equity-diversity-and-inclusion/.


Compensation and Benefits

  • $70,000 annually, full-time salaried. Paid biweekly electronically or via check.
  • Compensation package includes generous paid vacation and sick time; 401(k) plan with employer match; health, dental, and vision insurance plan.
  • Organizational culture that supports staff well-being and professional development.


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How to Apply

To Apply: If you have 70% or more of the desired qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Individuals interested in applying should upload their curriculum vitae and cover letter to the application portal. In the cover letter, please explain how your work and lived experiences have prepared you to be successful in this position, what you find compelling about this job, and how you (and your career) will benefit from this position. Applications are due by midnight on July 31, 2024. Interviews will be held in early August through mid-August with a tentative start date of September 1, 2024.   ***All applications are reviewed within our ADP Workforce Now platform. Please visit this link to apply: 


Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: conservation, data, data analysis, Research, and science. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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