Assistant Researcher, Center for Tropical Research

The UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES) invites applications for a position in the professional research series at the rank of Assistant Researcher without salary (WOS). Research emphasis will be on topics of ecological cascades in mammal communities in tropical forests. The successful candidate will lead research into the secondary impacts of hunting, habitat loss and destruction, and the loss of apex predators on mammal communities. This work will entail collection of new data on wildlife communities at the IoES’s affiliated sites that are a focus for the Center for Tropical Research (CTR) and the Congo Basin Institute. The researcher will also be expected to work with other regional NGOs collecting mammal data and to analyze diverse sets of data (e.g. from both distance sample, camera trapping, and live trapping). The research should also involve comparing conditions in multiple forest sites within Cameroon and potentially internationally.

Candidates must, therefore, have:

  1. a PhD in Ecology or Environmental Science,
  2. extensive knowledge of mammal community ecology,
  3. demonstrable expertise in the quantitative analysis of mammal community data, and 4) excellent written and verbal communication skills to develop publications from the research.

Interested candidates should submit

  1. cover letter
  2. current CV/resume
  3. names and contact details of two referees, all as a single PDF file.

Deadline for completed applications is January 3, 2020.

Email questions and application materials to Tom Smith (Director of the Center for Tropical Research) at