Wildlife Disease Ecologist (PhD)


Lincoln Park Zoo is offering a scientific research position in Wildlife Disease Ecology as part of the Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology and Urban Wildlife Institute. The primary focus is on applied research that investigates disease ecology and the impact of disease on wildlife conservation.  Tasks include participating in all aspects of
ongoing research including designing studies, collecting data and samples, analyzing data, writing grants, writing manuscripts for publication and preparing oral or poster presentations for staff and scientific conferences.

This position will support our current national and international wildlife disease research projects and ultimately design and implement new wildlife disease research projects at the local, national and international level. Successful applicant will collaborate with the Davee Center Endocrinologist and Epidemiologist, the Urban Wildlife Institute, and with other centers within the Conservation and Science Department at Lincoln Park Zoo.

This position is for 2 years, subject to extension after review, and will be filled as soon as possible.


• Develop, coordinate and manage new wildlife disease projects in the field and within the zoo;
• Participate in ongoing field research and supervise staff in the field to complete projects
• Provide expertise in wildlife disease ecology, conservation biology and statistical study design to support existing Lincoln Park Zoo and Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) disease surveillance and monitoring programs,
• Write and manage grants and other funding sources;
• Disseminate results at zoological and scientific professional conferences and in lay and peer-reviewed literature as appropriate.


• Successful candidates must have a strong background in experimental design, and must have demonstrated ability to analyze and communicate the results of research and applied programs in disease ecology;
• Demonstrate a basic understanding of ecology, epidemiology and endocrinology for collaborative purposes (active research in these disciplines is preferred);
• Possess experience with field work including handling of live animals and sampling for disease analysis;
• Possess grant writing and management skills;
• Experience in developing ecological models to address questions about disease, species conservation and management is required.
• Possess strong interpersonal, computer, organizational (project management) and communication skills (written and spoken);
• Demonstrate a commitment to wildlife conservation through management of wild and captive populations, and willingness to participate in the department’s team approach to conservation research projects;


• PhD in ecology, epidemiology, statistics or a related discipline is preferred.  An MS or MPh and field research experience may be considered.
• Some field research experience is preferred, particularly experience handling wild animals for sample collection.

Send resume, copies of college transcripts and letter of interest to:
Human Resources Department
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

Send questions regarding the position to Dr. Seth Magle: SMagle@lpzoo.org

Chicago, Illinois
Lincoln Park Zoo
Human Resources