IBA Job Board

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT - Two post-doc / PhD positions available in Slovenia

We invite applications for 2 post-doc positions within the projects "DinAlpBear" and "Development of a multi­method approach to study wildlife behaviour: investigating human­-bear conflicts in contrasting landscapes of Europe" at University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical faculty, Forestry Department in Slovenia, for 2.5 years with possible extension.


 (1.) Adaptive behaviour of brown bears in contrasting landscapes of Europe (first position)

 (2.) Development& optimisation of monitoring system for Alpine-Dinaric brown bear population (second position)

Application deadline: 30.04.2017

All further information available on the link below:




FOUR PAWS VIET is a Vietnamese NGO founded in 2014. The operations in Vietnam are focused on but not limited to the building of a BEAR SANCTUARY in Ninh Binh Province. The BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh is currently under construction in its first phase and is planned to enlarge over the coming years. The BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh aims to rehabilitate bears from the bile industry as well as those confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade.

The veterinarian will be responsible for providing extensive veterinary care to bears rescued from bile farms in Vietnam. This includes wildlife anaesthesia, surgeries, relocations, diagnostic imaging, blood analysis, and long term treatments. Most of these bears have been physically and psychologically compromised and require extensive veterinary care to facilitate their rehabilitation. The sanctuary will be brand new and the veterinarian will be involved in the establishment of the onsite veterinary clinic, all veterinary protocols and recordkeeping. The veterinarian will also be expected to contribute to capacity building of local veterinarians and will work closely with the bear keeper team to provide holistic care for the rescued bears.

Closing date is Tuesday, April 31st 2017.

A detailed Job Description can be downloaded here.


POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT - Editor-in-Chief of Ursus

The International Association for Bear Research and Managementannounces an opening for the position of

Editor-in-Chief of Ursus.

Ursus is the biannual peer-reviewed scientific journal of IBA, and includes articles on all aspects of bear management and research worldwide. In addition to manuscripts reporting original research, submissions may be based on thoughtful review and synthesis of previously-reported information, innovative philosophies and opinions, and public policy or legal aspects of wildlife conservation. All manuscripts are peer-reviewed, and subject to rigorous editorial standards. However, a prospective Editor-in-Chief should be prepared to work with manuscripts to elevate them to the necessary scientific standard suitable for publication in Ursus.

Job description and qualifications

  • Oversee all aspects of managing manuscripts, editing, and production of the journal Ursus, the official, technical journal on the world’s 8 species of bears, published by Allen Press on behalf of the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA).

  • Maintain a high-quality board of Associate Editors.

  • Serve as Chair of the IBA Publications Committee.

  • Keep IBA officers fully informed regarding publication issues, and consult with them when necessary.

  • Manage the Ursus electronic submissions website in association with Allen Press.

  • Maintain relations with electronic databases to which Ursus subscribes.

  • Maintain communication with contracted technical editor.

  • Maintain necessary databases for calculating page charges and other pertinent information on acceptance rates, publication times, and other useful data.

  • Ensure that all papers published by Ursus are of high scientific merit and value for bear management and conservation by:

    • Conducting an initial check on submitted manuscripts for appropriateness and content.

    • Selecting an appropriate Associate Editor for each manuscript.

    • Selecting appropriate peer reviewers for each manuscript.

    • Supervising the process of peer review, providing advice and consultation to all parties as needed.

    • Making final decisions regarding acceptance and rejection of all submitted manuscripts.

    • Making final edits as necessary on all accepted papers.

    • Working with technical editor and publisher on publication issues.

  • Promote the vitality of Ursus by:

    • Encouraging submissions.

    • Developing special issues on timely topics.

    • Ensuring that the review process is fair, helpful, and as quick as possible.

    • Striving for publication of a diversity of papers, including all bear species and by authors in range countries.

    • Encouraging relevant citations to other papers in Ursus to help maintain or bolster the impact factor.

    • Provide leadership on new ideas regarding open access, use of color figures, supplementary material, and financial structuring.

  • Average number of submitted manuscripts: 30 to 40 per year.

  • Average time commitment: 10 to 15 hours/week.

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