Postdoctoral positions

Postdoc in Forest Microclimate

Ecosystems cannot be understood through piecemeal studies of their individual components. As a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Forest Microclimate, you will be part of an attempt to generate a synthetic, systems-level understanding of how a tropical forest ecosystem operates. We are building a team to create a virtual rainforest: a general ecosystem model replicating the physical and biotic components of the ecosystem and their interactions, with a view to understanding system-level emergent properties.

You will be responsible of developing a process-based simulation of the physical environment in a tropical rainforest ecosystem, that will be one of four modules that together will form the virtual rainforest (the others are plants, animals and soil microbes). Your simulation will be based on inputs of local topography, macro and regional climate from atmospheric circulation models, and dynamically updated vegetation structure from the plants module, from which it will need to predict spatial and temporal variation in microclimate (e.g. air and soil temperature, soil moisture, vapour pressure deficit), vertical profiles of wind speed and canopy temperature, and, ideally, streamflow (e.g. base flows, flood frequency and magnitude).

Your primary role will be to develop the physical environment module of a virtual rainforest simulation, and you will be assisted in this by additional team members. The project provides a generous budget for placements and secondments to collaborate with research groups beyond our own. The virtual rainforest will rely heavily on data collected from the SAFE Project (www.safeproject.net), and you will be required to help with the management of these datasets. All team members will be expected to help develop the skills and competencies of their peers through the sharing of tasks and knowledge, and you will be given time, resources and encouragement to pursue your professional development.

We specifically encourage female applicants and applicants from underrepresented groups in STEM subjects. We also welcome applications from candidates that would like full-time or part-time positions on this project, and will explore job-sharing arrangements should that be appropriate.

Applicants from any climate, physics or ecological background are encouraged to apply. You will be one member of a core team of five people, across which we are seeking team members who provide complementary technical skills and disciplinary knowledge. Programming experience - preferably in Python - is essential, and experience with either process-based or numeric simulation modelling is desirable.

This position is full-time and fixed term until 30 September 2024, and will be based at Imperial College London’s Silwood Park Campus.

To apply, visit https://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/description/NAT00971/research-associate-forest-microclimate, or go to www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs and search by the job reference NAT00971. The deadline for applications is 30-Aug-2021.

Applicants will need to complete an online application, including a CV and cover letter. Cover letters should make clear what disciplinary knowledge you possess, and what subset of the skills required for the whole team that you would bring.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Prof. Rob Ewers – ku.ca.lairepmi|srewe.r#ku.ca.lairepmi|srewe.r. Informal enquiries are welcomed.

Three postdoctoral positions in Computational Ecology
Rob Ewers (Imperial College London, UK) is seeking three Postdoctoral Research Associates in computational ecology. The project is to create a virtual rainforest: a general ecosystem model replicating all physical and biotic components of the ecosystem and their interactions, with a view to understanding system-level emergent properties. I am particularly interested in finding applicants with an interest in systems ecology and experience in process-based modelling. However, this project requires team members who provide complementary and diverse technical skills and disciplinary knowledge, so applicants from any ecological background and with any relevant skillset are encouraged to apply. Positions are for three years, are open to full or part-time applicants, and you will be given time, resources and encouragement to pursue your professional development.

More details and information about the application process can be found on Imperial College London’s website (job reference NAT00878), and informal enquiries are welcomed (ku.ca.lairepmi|srewe.r#ku.ca.lairepmi|srewe.r). Closing date for applications is 9 May, 2021.
https://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/description/NAT00878/research-associate-computational-ecology

Postdoctoral Position: Marine Evolutionary Theory

Scott Burgess (Assoc. Prof at Florida State University; https://scottburgessecology.wordpress.com) is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to collaborate on the development and testing of new theory, using mathematical and/or computer simulation models, on the evolution of marine larval dispersal, life histories, and mating systems. The postdoc will be supported by a current NSF-funded project studying the causes and consequences of marine spatial kin structure. Examples of the types of questions and problems motivating this research are:
- When and why do marine larvae disperse further than they ‘need’ to?
- When does dispersal evolve as a direct adaptation (e.g., to variable environments, and to avoid inbreeding and kin competition) versus a by-product of indirect selection and evolution on life history traits or behaviors that influence dispersal, but are not ‘for’ dispersal.
- How does the timing, frequency, and duration of reproduction interact with coastal oceanographic features to influence variance in reproductive success and the co-evolution of dispersal, life history, and mating systems.
- How does larval dispersal influence the distribution of heritable variation and the evolution of traits involved in adaptation to variable and changing environments?

The ideal postdoc will have strong quantitative skills with training and experience in mathematical modelling and scientific computing, and an interest in marine systems. The successful candidate will develop new mathematical models, write papers, present research at conferences, and undertake independent research related to the project. The types of skillsets could include, but are not limited to:
- Population and quantitative genetic modeling or modeling frameworks (e.g., SLiM).
- Mathematical techniques to study stochastic processes, ESS’s, evolutionary game theory, bet-hedging.
- Good knowledge of the theory on the evolution of dispersal and life histories.
- Oceanographic modeling and individual-based biophysical models that include variation in larval behavior.

How to Apply
Send an email to Scott Burgess (ude.usf.oib|ssegrubs#ude.usf.oib|ssegrubs) containing: 1) your CV, and 2) a Cover Letter describing your overall research interests, how you might contribute to this project, how this position relates to your long-term research goals, and the names and contact information for three references. Please specify the subject header to the email as “Marine Evolution Postdoc”.

Review of applications will begin on March 17, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Florida State University is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. Funding is available for two years, contingent on satisfactory progress in year one. The salary for the position starts at $47,700 per year plus benefits. The postdoc can work remotely, with regular interactions with lab members through video conferencing. As a result, relocating is not required.

If you have any questions about the position, please email Scott Burgess (ude.usf.oib|ssegrubs#ude.usf.oib|ssegrubs)

Postdoctoral fellowship: Mathematical modelling for infectious disease management

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to derive and analyze mathematical models for infectious disease management. The ideal candidate will have strong training in the formulation and analysis of population dynamic models, good written and oral communication, and strong computational abilities. Expertise in any of the following areas is an asset: stochastic processes, optimal control theory, metapopulation models, network analysis, and statistics. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to develop research that contributes broadly to disease ecology, while also informing public health policy for COVID-19 management.

Specific research projects may include:
1. Spatial optimal control to delineate the geographic scope of testing and mandatory self-isolation given the location of positive tests and contact networks;
2. The efficacy of geographically defined mandatory self-isolation requirements relative to, and in combination with, various forms of contact tracing;
3. The optimal allocation of mandatory testing and self-isolation between travellers and residents;
4. Comparative statistical analysis of COVID-19 outbreaks, and mechanistic modelling to support hypothesized drivers.

The candidate will be supervised by Drs. Amy Hurford (https://amyhurford.weebly.com/) and J.C. Loredo-Osti (https://www.mun.ca/math/people/ppl-faculty/loredoos.php) at Memorial University. The candidate may work remotely, but must be able to take up residence in Canada. The position is for two years with an annual salary of $49K + 12% benefits.

Please email your application as a single *.pdf file to ac.num|drofruha#ac.num|drofruha. The application should include: (1) a cover letter describing your motivation to apply and your relevant training and expertise; (2) a CV; and (3) the contact information for three references. We value equity, diversity, and inclusion and encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply. Review of applications will begin on August 26, 2020, and continue until the position is filled.

Postdoc positions in Quantitative Ecology & Evolution of Microbes @ UCLA

I am seeking curious, energetic postdocs to join my new lab group at UCLA, where we will explore the thermal ecology and evolution of charismatic microflora (a.k.a., phytoplankton), integrating theoretical and empirical approaches. Generally, I study the links between the physiology of individuals, the dynamics and evolution of populations, the structure and diversity of communities, and the function of marine and freshwater ecosystems. My work combines mathematical, statistical, and experimental approaches to develop a mechanistic, predictive understanding of ecology. In particular, I seek to understand the ecological effects of natural and anthropogenic environmental change (including climate change), given the ability of organisms to adapt to change. As a mentor, I am committed to building a diverse, interactive research group, where empiricists can gain quantitative skills and mathematicians can find inspiration in nature, so that together we can ask and answer deep questions about ecology.

Postdoctoral positions (2): I’m looking for two postdocs whose interests intersect with the major themes of my lab. Desired skills include some combination of expertise in mathematics/theoretical ecology (ODEs/dynamical systems, adaptive dynamics), statistics (model fitting, maximum likelihood/Bayesian approaches, R), and experimental microbial systems (including isolating, growing, manipulating, measuring, and experimentally evolving microbial cultures and communities in the lab, especially phytoplankton). Postdocs will be expected to both work independently (and potentially remotely) as well as to contribute to a supportive lab community, and may have the opportunity to develop collaborative grant proposals. One position will be supported on a recently awarded NSF grant to study the ecological consequences of thermal acclimation.

For more information on the lab, see my website or contact me (ude.alcu|remerk#ude.alcu|remerk). Prospective postdocs should send me a 1-2 page description (cover letter) of past and future research interests, a CV, and contact information for 3 references. Applications from individuals from diverse and/or underrepresented backgrounds are welcomed.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in theoretical ecology: Mathematical modeling for connectivity: From structural to functional indicators for freshwater biota
at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship in modelling fish population dynamics in watersheds. The goal of this research is to relate structural to functional indicators of connectivity in river networks. The research is conducted in collaboration with Environment and Climate Change Canada and other partners. Specifically, it is part of the "Pathway to Canada Target 1" (see https://www.conservation2020canada.ca/the-pathway).

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 the "Pathway" network. Applicants should have a PhD in quantitative/theoretical ecology, mathematical biology, or a related field with strong expertise in modelling, data integration and simulation, as well as excellent writing and communication skills.

The salary will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate in the range of $40.000 - $45.000 CDN (including benefits). Some funding for travel to collaborators and/or workshops and conferences will be available in addition. The position is expected to start in September 2020. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility to extend for a second year, based on performance.

Review of applications will begin June 15 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. See http://mysite.science.uottawa.ca/flutsche/ for more information about Prof Lutscher's lab.

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 (https://sete-moulis-cnrs.fr/en/).

To apply: https://emploi.cnrs.fr/Offres/CDD/UMR5321-DALBOO-005/Default.aspx?lang=EN

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. https://doi.org/10.1086/696125
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 (https://www.bio.fsu.edu/~cortez/) 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 (https://daphnia.ecology.uga.edu/drakelab/) and Hall Lab (http://halllab.ecology.uga.edu/) 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 (https://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1924200). 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 https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/130317 - 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 http://ecotheory.biology.gatech.edu.

Georgia Tech is located in Atlanta, GA in the Midtown neighborhood - a vibrant, urban community: http://www.midtownatl.com/. 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 [http://denisvalle.weebly.com/uploads/5/3/5/9/53597491/postdoc_advertisement1.pdf].

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 https://www.slu.se/en/about-slu/jobs-vacancies/?rmpage=job&rmjob=2674&rmlang=UK

The closing date for applications is Oct 17.

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