Postdoctoral positions

Postdoctoral position in theoretical ecology: Biodiversity, stability, and sustainability in ecological and social-ecological systems
at the SETE- Theoretical and Experimental Ecology Station, CNRS-UPS in Moulis, France

This position will continue research initiated within the BIOSTASES project led by Michel Loreau. BIOSTASES is an ambitious, innovative ERC-funded research project that provides new perspectives on the functioning, stability, and sustainability of ecological and coupled social–ecological systems in the face of environmental changes. It contributes to bridging the gaps between theoretical and empirical ecology and between ecology and social sciences, and to developing the theoretical bases of new approaches to biodiversity conservation, landscape management, and sustainable development.

The successful candidate is expected to develop any of these themes in new directions. Therefore creativity and independence are key qualities for this position. Candidates should also meet the following additional requirements:
(1) have a PhD in ecology, mathematics or a related field;
(2) have strong mathematical or quantitative skills;
(3) have a good publication record.

Work Context: This position is for 2 years starting in the second half of 2020 and will take place at the Theoretical and Experimental Ecology Station in Moulis, France (

To apply:

Quantitative Ecology Postdoctoral Position at Cornell University

We seek postdoctoral candidates to join an NSF-funded collaborative project with PIs Stephen Ellner and Giles Hooker (Cornell), Peter Adler (Utah State) and Robin Snyder (Case Western). The project centers on ecological applications of fANOVA (functional analysis of variance), a general tool for partitioning outcomes of interest into contributions from different processes and mechanisms. The postdoc will take the lead role in cross-species empirical meta-analyses relating species’ life history attributes (e.g., generation time) and functional traits (ref. 5) to two forms of partitioning: (1) partitioning within-population random variation in lifetime reproductive success (“luck”; refs 2,3) into contributions from ages, sizes, life stages, or traits; and (2) exact partitioning of the mean and variance of population growth rate into contributions from different demographic rates and their interactions. Depending on background and interests the postdoc may also contribute to more theoretical components of the project, including coexistence theory for spatially extended systems with localized movements (refs 1,4), interactions between luck and environmental variability, and model selection for best estimating luck and its effects.

Applicants should have a PhD in ecology with a strong quantitative emphasis, or in a quantitative field (mathematics, statistics, physics, etc.) with experience at biological applications. The position is funded for 34 months, starting as early as May 1, 2020. While based primarily at Cornell, the postdoc will participate in weekly PI video conferences and annual in-person PI meetings, and may spend periods of time at Utah or Case for collaboration.

Interested candidates should contact us directly (ude.llenroc|2eps#ude.llenroc|2eps), attaching a brief statement of your background and interests and how those relate to the project, and your CV with contact information for 2 persons who could provide letters of reference. Review of applications will begin March 1, with video interviews in late March.

1. S.P. Ellner, R.E. Snyder, P.B. Adler, and G. J. Hooker 2019. An expanded Modern Coexistence Theory for empirical applications. Ecology Letters 22: 3-18. doi:10.1111/ele.13159.
2. R.E. Snyder and S.P. Ellner. 2018. Pluck or luck: does trait variation or chance drive variation in lifetime reproductive success? American Naturalist 191: E90-E107.
3. R.E. Snyder and S.P. Ellner. 2016. We happy few: using structured population models to identify the decisive events in the lives of exceptional individuals. American Naturalist 188: E28-E45.
4. S.P. Ellner, R.E. Snyder, and P.B. Adler. 2016. How to quantify the temporal storage effect using simulations instead of math. Ecology Letters 19: 1333–1342. doi:10.1111/ele.12672
5. Peter B Adler, Roberto Salguero-Gómez, et al. (2014). Functional traits explain variation in plant life history strategies. PNAS 111: 740-745.

Postdoc position in theoretical ecology at Florida State University

A postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Michael Cortez’s group ( in the Department of Biological Science at Florida State University. The main goals of the position are to develop new theory at the intersections of ecology, evolution, and epidemiology. Two possible areas are the eco-evolutionary dynamics of host-pathogen systems and the effects of evolutionary and plastic adaptation on population-level dynamics, both of which are parts of collaborations with empiricists.

Preferences for applicants include: (1) a PhD in the life sciences or a quantitative science (e.g., applied mathematics or computational biology), (2) strong quantitative and analytic skills, (3) excellent writing and communication skills, and (4) expertise in theoretical ecology or modeling.

For full consideration, interested candidates should send a CV, a brief statement of research interests and their relation to this position, and the contact information for three references as a single pdf to Michael Cortez (ude.usf.oib|zetroc#ude.usf.oib|zetroc). The position is funded for 2 years, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. The starting date is flexible. Review of applications will begin on February 15th and continue until the position is filled.

U of Georgia seeks postdoc to develop & analyze models of vector-borne disease transmission in relation to human behaviors & land use change

The Drake Lab ( and Hall Lab ( at UGA are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to develop and analyze mathematical models of vector-borne disease transmission in relation to human behaviors and land use change. The position is based at the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. The successful candidate will collaborate with a multidisciplinary and international team of ecologists, social scientists, and mathematical modelers at UGA and the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Health Studies, on a project funded by the NSF Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems ( The position will be responsible for developing general theory relating to human land use change and zoonotic disease risk, as well as models relating to transmission of Chagas disease and leishmaniasis in Panama. The selected candidate will be expected to use mathematical and computational methods to understand the transient and long-term behaviors of the model, to draft both internal and external reports on the performed research, and to prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals.

For more information, or to apply, visit - questions should be directed to ude.agu|diec#ude.agu|diec

This closing date for applications is March 1, 2020 at the latest. However we will begin interviewing applicants immediately, and a candidate may be selected prior to this date.

Postdoctoral Position in Virus-Microbe Dynamics at Georgia Tech
A postdoctoral scientist position (2+ years) is available in Prof. Joshua Weitz's group in the School of Biological Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The postdoc will lead efforts to develop analytic and computational models of virus-microbe interactions with an emphasis on viral control of microbial population and evolutionary dynamics, both in an environmental and therapeutic context. Preferences for applicants include: (1) PhD in quantitative biosciences, ecology, evolutionary biology, physics, applied mathematics, or related area; (2) Strong quantitative & computational skills; (3) Excellent communication skills; (4) Interest and experience in model-data integration.

Position to start approximately January 2020; start date negotiable, includes competitive salary, benefits, collaborative opportunities in the USA/France, and travel budget. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and applications will be considered until position is filled.

To apply, please e-mail Joshua Weitz (ude.hcetag|ztiewsj#ude.hcetag|ztiewsj) with a curriculum vitae (CV), a one page statement of how your research interests are related to this position, and contact information for 3 references. More information on the group's research can be found at

Georgia Tech is located in Atlanta, GA in the Midtown neighborhood - a vibrant, urban community: Georgia Tech is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Postdoc in ecosystem forecasting and management at UC Santa Cruz
Dr. Stephan Munch is looking for postdoctoral fellow to participate in research on ecosystem forecasting and multi-objective management.
Current research involves ecosystem forecasting using Gaussian process machine learning and delay-embedding. The results are
combined with approximate dynamic programming algorithms in order to produce management advice. Future research avenues include partially-specified dynamical models, early warning signals, predicting extreme events, and multi-objective control. Within this umbrella, specific research projects are flexible and will be tailored around individual interests. Postdoc support is currently available for 1.5 years, with the possibility of extension. Candidates interested in more details should contact Dr. Munch directly: ude.cscu|hcnums#ude.cscu|hcnums.

Postdoc in Bayesian models for movement ecology at Univ. Florida

Dr. Denis Valle (School of Forest Resources and Conservation) and Dr. Robert Fletcher (Wildlife Ecology and Conservation) are now accepting applications for a postdoctoral position at the University of Florida (UF). This postdoctoral position will focus on the development and application of novel Bayesian methods for wildlife GPS tracking data. Additional details can be found [].

Postdoc in Spruce budworm phenology modelling at University of Ottawa

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship in modelling various aspects of the spruce budworm system in Atlantic Canada and potential early intervention strategies. In particular, the goal is to consider the effects of phenology mismatch between budworm and its host. How will such a mismatch develop as a result of global change and geographic location, and what are its implication for the timing and effectiveness of early intervention strategies?

The research will use mathematical models, numerical simulation, data fitting and scenario testing. The position is based at the University of Ottawa, but the research will be carried out in close collaboration with researchers from Natural Resources Canada in Ontario and elsewhere. Applicants should have a PhD in quantitative/theoretical ecology, mathematical biology, or a related field with strong expertise in modelling, data integration and simulation.

The salary will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate in the range of $39.000 - $45.000 CDN (including benefits). Some funding for travel to collaborators and/or workshops and conferences will be available in addition. The position is available immediately. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility to extend until March 2022, based on performance.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter, their CV, and at least two names of potential referees. The cover letter should explain the applicant's experience related to the project. Applications should be sent to Frithjof Lutscher (ac.awattou|ehcstulf#ac.awattou|ehcstulf). Only complete applications will be considered.

Postdoc position in statistical ecology - joint species modelling, Sweden

A 2 year postdoc position in joint species modelling for a statistically/theoretically oriented person is available with Dr. Jonas Knape at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The project focus is to explore the potential of joint species modelling for studying temporal change in species communities in relation to land-use and environmental factors.

For more information and instruction on how to apply, see

The closing date for applications is Oct 17.

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