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Research Scientist

Job Location

Austin, Texas, 78746 United States


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70,000 annually

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Published Date

Mar 6, 2023

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Bat Conservation International

Research Scientist

(Location: Remote)

Status: Full Time, Salaried

Reports to: Director of Conservation Evidence (Teague O’Mara)

Key Relationships: Science and Conservation Teams, Director of White-nose Syndrome, Chief Scientist.

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 specializing in quantitative ecology to join BCI’s Science Team.

The Research Scientist will join a dynamic organization and a highly progressive team of conservation scientists, reporting directly to the Director of Conservation Evidence. The Research Scientist will conduct quantitative analyses to support scientific research to inform conservation actions for bat populations.

The 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 conservation with interest and experience conducting rigorous scientific research, including analyzing existing datasets and writing scientific publications that contribute to conservation evidence and working collaboratively.

BCI is a distributed organization with staff across the United States with one office in Austin, TX. The Research Scientist can live anywhere.

Position Description:

The Research Scientist will:

  • Analyze data to contribute to scientific publications that inform bat conservation
  • Contribute to BCI’s scientific research efforts by ensuring experimental design, data collection, data management, and result dissemination is rigorous and timely
  • Develop outputs related to bat conservation strategies
  • Disseminate results of research in presentations, written reports, and peer-reviewed publications
  • Collaborate effectively with BCI’s science and conservation teams and external partners

Ideal Candidate Qualifications:

Required Knowledge/Experience

  • Ph.D. degree in a relevant field such as biology, ecology, wildlife, conservation, or a related field
  • Advanced proficiency in quantitative analyses, including 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
  • Ability to collaborate effectively and inclusively with multiple partners and team members
  • 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

Preferred Knowledge/Experience

  • Familiarity with bat ecology and behavior
  • Familiarity and experience with Bayesian inference
  • Familiarity and experience with spatial ecological modeling
  • Proficiency with analysis in Python

Work Characteristics and Competencies:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, 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

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 no later than March 24, 2023, but the review of applications will begin as applications are received and continue on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. We anticipate interviews being conducted in late March to early April with notification of selection in April.

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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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