Job Openings at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Located at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity in the 220-acre Sapsucker Woods sanctuary, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the world's leading resource for conservation, research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. The lab is a vibrant unit within Cornell's College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, where several full-time faculty teach undergraduate courses, advise graduate students, and manage world-class, mission-driven programs. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work, and our Board leadership includes faculty from Cornell and other universities, successful entrepreneurs and managers from the business and non-profit sectors, and conservation-minded citizens from the United States and beyond.
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Postdoctoral Associates – New Postdoctoral Scholars Program
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is pleased to announce a new competitive postdoctoral program that will support innovative, independent research by early career scholars of exceptional promise. Two named positions are available in 2014, with applications due on November 1, 2013.
These postdoctoral opportunities will support individuals pursuing cutting-edge scholarship, while fostering intellectual interaction with two or more of the Lab's programs. Any area of inquiry related to the Lab's mission "to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds" may be appropriate.
Potential applicants are encouraged to learn more about our activities and opportunities, including our formal programs in Bioacoustics, Bird Population Studies (avian ecology), Citizen Science, Conservation Science, Communication, Education, Evolutionary Biology, Information Science, Macaulay Library (animal behavior), Multimedia Productions, and Public Engagement in Science. Research or activities involving several of these areas are particularly appropriate, and therefore each postdoctoral scholar may be co-mentored by two senior Cornell scholars.
Potential applicants are encouraged to contact relevant faculty and staff at the Lab to brainstorm about areas of mutual interest and synergistic projects. We are especially interested in supporting the independent research of promising early-career scholars who can bring new ideas and approaches to the Lab, while simultaneously leveraging our existing tools, data, and expertise in science, education, and communication.
Each Postdoctoral Scholar will hold a two-year appointment at the Lab. Located at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity in the 220-acre Sapsucker Woods sanctuary. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a vibrant unit within Cornell's University's College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. More than 200 faculty and staff work at the Lab within our 10 mission-driven programs. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work, and our Board leadership includes faculty from Cornell and other universities, successful entrepreneurs and managers from the business and non-profit sectors, and conservation-minded citizens from the United States and beyond.
These appointments provide a competitive salary, standard Cornell health and other benefits, and funds to help support the Scholar's research and professional travel needs. Start dates are flexible between February and September of 2014. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Postdoctoral Scholars Program will offer additional competitive positions each year thereafter.
The application package consists of a cover letter, CV, two-page research proposal, PDFs of up to three representative publications, and names and contact information for three references. Postdoctoral Scholars must have received their PhD before beginning their postdoctoral appointment at Cornell.
Application materials should be sent as a single PDF file to the attention of Sue Taggart (email@example.com). Applications for the two positions available in 2014 will be accepted until November 1st, 2013. The selection committee is chaired by Dr. Irby Lovette, Associate Professor and Director of the Lab's Fuller Evolutionary Biology Program.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a strong customer service minded team member to serve as one of 4 Financial Specialists who provide high level, confidential financial support to various programs. As Financial Analyst for the Macaulay Library, Multimedia Productions, Communications & Marketing, Adelson Library and Public Programs, facilitate and support program initiatives as set by Program Directors and the Lab's Strategic Plan. Provide oversight and direction for financial and administrative operations including the following:
- Establish and monitor all accounting and annual budgets, including financial reports and overseeing reconciliation process;
- Develop financial projections and strategies;
- Serve as first line of contact for Program PIs and project leaders regarding University/CALS/Lab policies and procedures for grants and contract proposal submission;
- Act as liaison and foster strong working partnerships with Cornell offices, account managers at corporate businesses and granting agencies, Office of Sponsored Programs, principal investigators, and other parties;
- Partner with the Lab's Sr. Director of Administration and Operations to ensure compliance with sponsoring agency guidelines and CU policies;
- Provide delegated oversight and mentoring to two administrative staff;
- Plan, assign, schedule and coordinate programs' workflow related to financial activity and reporting within the programs;
- Oversee complex royalty analyses and ensure appropriate distribution of income to accounts and payments to contributors;
- Collaborate with Human Resources staff and Program Directors to manage the personnel efforts of the programs;
- Oversee complex travel arrangements ensuring adherence with University, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS) and Lab of Ornithology policies and procedures;
- In consultation with the Lab Business Service Center (BSC), manage programs' equipment listings and insurances;
- In conjunction with Program Directors, set direction for program, providing financial management and support, identifying and disseminating best practices, and representing the Lab of Ornithology on University projects/committees.
- Collaborate with and maintain close working relationships with Program Directors, Sr Director of Administration and Operations, other Financial Specialists, Budget and Reporting Manager, and the Lab's Business Service Center.
Position has a dual reporting relationship with the Sr Director of Administration and Operations and Program Directors.
Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.
- Associates degree; tech/vocational school degree or equivalent in accounting and/or business administration.
- 2-3 years of financial/accounting management and office experience in an academic or research setting.
- Proficient with computer applications for financial management and reporting (MS Excel, Word, Access and/or FileMaker) required.
- Excellent oral/written communication and time management skills essential.
- Ability to work in a dynamic environment with a diverse group of co-workers and collaborators while providing excellent customer service.
- Proven experience in providing support to multiple areas.
- Must be able to use sound judgment in decision making and in accomplishing tasks that are urgent or of a sensitive or confidential nature, balance conflicting priorities, and make decisions from a range of choices.
- Proven ability to find creative solutions when complex issues arise.
- Strong working knowledge of budgeting and accounting principles and practices, grant and contract management, personnel policies and procedures, conflict management and contract negotiating.
- High level of analytical skills.
- Attention to detail and organizational skills are critical.
- Must be able to work independently and to be self-directed.
- Ability to exercise appropriate confidentiality in all aspects of work.
- Able to build working relationships to solve problems and achieve common goals.
- Bachelor's degree; 3-5 years of financial/accounting management and office experience.
- Project management experience is preferred.
- Experience with Cornell policies and procedures in the areas of accounting, purchasing, and/or accounts payable.
- Knowledge and expertise in the use of Cornell on-line systems: Kuali, Web Financials, Brio, OSP Portal, NSF Fastlane, Kronos, Travel System.
Two positions available.
The Macaulay Library (ML) at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (CLO) is the world's largest natural sound & video archive of the behaviors of insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The collection, dating back to 1930, now includes more than 170,000 audio recordings and 60,000 video clips of animal behavior. Macaulay Library is a multimedia archive of wildlife recordings and a major international supplier of animal sound and video recordings for field guides and media productions, reference collections, and research. eBird is a nationally recognized resource for birders and source of ecological monitoring data, with coming capabilities to ingest user-contributed media.
The Macaulay Library Program at the Lab of Ornithology is seeking two Software Engineers. Duties include:
- Be a key software engineering resource behind Lab of Ornithology digital asset management systems currently containing curated audio and video recordings in the Macaulay Library and a new system that will use eBird to crowd source 3,000,000+ images and audio/video recordings annually.
- Develop, deploy, and maintain data management, media automation systems, and tools that facilitate the use of media for science, education, conservation, and the arts.
- Review and improve workflows for processing and managing media and metadata.
- Design, implement, and test software and server systems to: structure, synchronize, and preserve media metadata; enable staff and contributors to manage media and metadata; automate media and metadata management; and enable users to find, play, preview, download, and license recordings.
One-year term appointment with possibility of renewal based upon performance and availability of funding.
Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.
- Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field, and minimum of 2-3 years subsequent programming experience or equivalent combination.
- 2 years' experience with software design and development, preferably with an object-oriented language.
- 2 years building web applications with Rails, Django, Spring, or similar.
- 1 year experience writing SQL.
- Experience integrating multiple system components into a coherent software system.
- Experience with linux or Windows server system administration.
- Experience collaborating on and maintaining source code using version control.
- Able to adapt to changing priorities, situations, and demands.
- Ability to work with others to solve problems and achieve common goals.
- Ability to express highly technical terms in everyday language.
- Experience collaborating with a team of software developers and stakeholders.
- Experience installing and configuring open source and commercial enterprise software.
- Experience programmatically manipulating media and structuring metadata.
- Knowledge of birds, conservation, and natural science.