Job offers in computational ecology (PhD + Postdoc)

1) Postdoc opportunity in Bayesian multivariate statistics at the Univ. of Florida

Dr. Denis Valle, Assistant Professor in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida (UF), is now accepting applications for a Postdoctoral position. Additional information on my research can be found here

The position will focus on the development and application of a new multivariate Bayesian method to understand how anthropogenic drivers alter movement ecology and/or community ecology patterns. This NSF funded project builds on our earlier work (Valle et al., 2014. Decomposing biodiversity data using the Latent Dirichlet Allocation model, a probabilistic multivariate statistical method. Ecology Letters) and will involve extending the Latent Dirichlet Allocation model in multiple ways.

The position will be located at the UF campus in Gainesville, FL. Duties include writing and presenting result of research in scientific conferences, searching and applying for additional sources of funding, and assisting other students within the team on statistical analyses, among others. This is a 1-yr position that might be extendable depending on the availability of funding.

We expect applicants to be highly motivated, independent, enthusiastic, proficient in computer programming (e.g., R, MatLab, C++) and able to successful communicate research results (i.e., through publications and oral presentations).

Requirements for prospective postdocs:

  • Strong background on environmental sciences with experience programming customized Bayesian models; or
  • strong background in statistics with interest on environmental science.

If interested, please email the items listed below to ude.lfu|ellavrd#ude.lfu|ellavrd:

  • One page cover letter with a brief review of your research experience, interests and goals, and how they align with those from my lab
  • CV with contact information
  • Contact information for three academic references

Start Date: May 1st - August 1st, 2018

Information about the University of Florida: The University of Florida ( is among the top 10 U.S. public universities, according to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings. UF is a Land-Grant, Sea- Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students.

The University of Florida is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

Information about the City of Gainesville: Situated in the rolling countryside of north central Florida, Gainesville is much more than a stereotypical college town. Home of the University of Florida, seat of Alachua County's government and the region's commercial hub, it is progressive, environmentally conscious and culturally diverse. The presence of many students and faculty from abroad among its 99,000-plus population adds a strong cross-cultural flavor to its historic small-town Southern roots. Its natural environment, temperate climate and civic amenities make Gainesville a beautiful, pleasant and interesting place in which to learn and to live. Gainesville has been ranked as one of the best cities to live in the United States.

Florida boasts a diversity of fauna and flora common to both southern temperate and subtropical climates and is replete with springs, rivers, backwater streams, lakes, freshwater and saltwater marshes, mangrove fringes, cypress swamps, hardwood hammocks, sandhills, scrub, pine flatwoods, and rangeland. Nested between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida has more than 2,000 kilometers of coastal beaches and estuaries. Special features include the Florida Keys, which constitute an archipelago of picturesque subtropical islands, and the unique Everglades, or “river of grass,” which sprawls across the vast southern peninsula.


2) The Institute of **Marine Sciences @ Barcelona (CSIC)** is looking for candidates to fill two job offers (PhD + Postdoc) in computational ecology of marine ecosystems. The open positions are within the frame of a research project SPEAD, funded by the Spanish National Science Foundation. The project SPEAD seeks to simulate plankton ecological evolution (Eco-Evo) for the global ocean using the adaptive dynamics framework of trait-diffusion. Further details can be found here (link below)

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