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Research Opportunity with CREW’s Small Cat Signature Conservation Project


Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Address (City, Street, State/Province, Zip)

3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati OH 45220

Primary Contact

Dr. Bill Swanson

Primary Contact Email, Phone

Number of Positions Available


Matching Program?


On what date will this position next be available?

September 8, 2015

Application Deadline

August 15th (or until position is filled)

Application should include

cover letter, CV, contact info for three references

Experience Required

Applicants possessing both D.V.M. and Ph.D. (or M.S.) degrees are preferred for this position. Prior work experience in clinical veterinary practice is desirable, but not mandatory. Applicants possessing a D.V.M. only but with extensive research experience, or a Ph.D. only but with prior veterinary medical training/experience also will be considered. Applicants should have a graduate degree (Ph.D. or M.S.) in veterinary or animal sciences or a related field with graduate studies conducted on one or more of the following subject areas: reproduction, physiology, endocrinology, genetics, nutrition, epidemiology or related areas. Applicants should have some expertise in one or more of the following areas: gamete biology, endocrinology, gamete/embryo cryopreservation, IVF, AI, and general animal husbandry. Applicants should have experience in writing and publishing scientific manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. Prior experience with wildlife and/or working in a zoo setting is desirable but not mandatory; Command of Windows-based software and applications is required; Ability to work well with other CREW scientists, Zoo staff, volunteers, and Zoo donors, as well as the general public is essential; Requires the proficient, effective, and accurate management of information and data; Requires a flexible schedule for frequent travel to work at other zoos in the US and internationally and to attend special events, fundraising initiatives, and meetings that sometimes occur outside of business hours or on weekends; Must be self motivated with an outstanding work ethic; Must be results/product oriented and must represent CREW in a professional manner; Must be able to create, maintain and generate timely reports as requested; Must be prompt and reliable in the areas of attendance and performance.

Accept International Applicants



$35-40,000/yr plus health care, 401K and paid time-off

Length of Commitment/Start Date

start by Jan. 4th, 2016 with two year committment (renewable annually)

Program Description

The successful candidate will conduct basic and applied research in support of CREW’s Small Cat Signature Conservation Project. With multi-year grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), one major focus is the application of semen banking and artificial insemination to improve sustainability of five wild cat species (ocelot, sand cat, Pallas’ cat, fishing cat, black-footed cat) maintained in North American zoos. Assisted reproduction procedures with other nondomestic cat species are conducted opportunistically. Concurrently, domestic cat studies at CREW are focused on assisting in development and evaluation of nonsurgical sterilants for control of feral cat populations, and conducting studies to improve the well-being of cats housed in animal shelters. These projects require knowledge of cat reproductive physiology, genome resource banking and assisted reproduction, but also include a strong veterinary component, including anesthesia and laparoscopy of domestic and nondomestic cats, animal health assessments, routine veterinary care of domestic cats and investigation of novel and/or emerging diseases affecting felid health. Candidates would be based at CREW, a state-of-the-art research facility located on the grounds of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, but candidates must be willing and able to travel extensively and conduct much of their work at other Zoos in the US and across the globe and/or at international field sites as necessary. The chosen applicant will work closely with CREW’s Director of Animal Research, Dr. Bill Swanson, in developing research projects and conducting studies that address the conservation of wild felids and animal welfare and health needs of domestic cats.

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