Job offers in computational ecology (PhD + Postdoc)

1) Postdoctoral position in Theoretical Ecology (one year with the possibility for renewal a second year)

A postdoctoral position is available in the Bonachela lab, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources (Rutgers University), to investigate ecological transitions. Specifically, the scholar will join a project exploring systems in which catastrophic ecological transitions occur in order to understand the mechanisms underlying the transitions, their ecological consequences, and the possibility to alter/reduce their catastrophic character. Building on recent theoretical ideas (see Villa-Martin, Bonachela, Levin, Munoz, PNAS 2014), the successful candidate will compile examples of natural systems in which ecological transitions have been reported; quantify the transitions with available data; and then develop mathematical and statistical models to test different ways to anticipate the transition and/or engineer the ecosystem to reduce damaging consequences associated with the transition. These model predictions will potentially be tested experimentally in collaboration with other research groups.

We are looking for independent, creative, and motivated individuals with a strong quantitative and computational background. The ideal candidate will have a theoretical biology background (or, equivalently, physics or mathematics with a strong record and interest in biology). In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to plan and develop their own research, disseminate results in international conferences and journals, and keep building a network of academic contacts. The Bonachela lab is highly multidisciplinary and highly collaborative, and the candidate will be expected to contribute to (and benefit from!) such an environment. The New Jersey area and, specifically, Rutgers and the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, offer a vibrant academic life and multiple opportunities for personal and professional development.

To apply for the position, please follow the instructions on https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/62880 . Deadline 15/June/2018.

For informal inquiries or more information, contact juan.bonachela AT rutgers.edu, or visit www.ugr.es/~jabonachela

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2) 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 http://denisvalle.weebly.com.

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 (http://www.ufl.edu) 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.

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3) 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)

  1. <https://oceanglobe.org/jobs/>
  1. <http://www.jobs.ieo-gijon.es/index.html>

4) Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowship in Spatial Biology

Applications are currently being accepted for a targeted postdoctoral position in spatial biology in the Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL http://www.nimbios.org/SAL) at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) in collaboration with the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. This is a full-time, two-year position, with the potential for a limited-time-period renewal.

Since 2009, NIMBioS has provided opportunities for postdoctoral scholarship at the interface between mathematics and the biological sciences. Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowships at NIMBioS provide support for specific research questions on projects directed by faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The postdoctoral fellow will integrate remote sensing tools with publicly available data to answer interdisciplinary topics in Global Environmental Change (with possible foci in macroecology, physiology, and environmental sociology and economics). The fellow will be expected to participate in and contribute to NIMBioS activities. Technical remote sensing expertise is required, specifically experience in data-fusion techniques and in working with multiple types of remotely sensed data (multispectral + hyperspectral or multispectral + radar or multipectral + lidar, etc.). The most competitive candidates would have had experience collating, processing, and analyzing large datasets (e.g., biodiversity, physiology, climate, agriculture/land-use, economic trade) at the regional and/or global scale(s) and have published some of this work in leading peer-reviewed journals. The postdoctoral fellow will be mentored by Xingli Giam (EEB), Monica Papeş (EEB and SAL), and Kimberly Sheldon (EEB).

Review of applications will begin 14 May 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Start date flexible, but not later than 31 August 2018.

For more information and the online application, visit http://www.nimbios.org/postdocs/targeted_postdocs. Additional Targeted Postdoctoral Positions are listed on the web page.

5) Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowship in Species Distribution Modeling and Conservation

Applications are currently being accepted for a postdoctoral position in species distribution modeling and conservation at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) and in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This is a full-time, one year position.

The postdoctoral fellow will work with UT faculty (Paul Armsworth, Xingli Giam and Mona Papeş) as part of an interdisciplinary team researching how to account for the combined effects of land use change and climate change when designing conservation strategies for the Appalachian region. The postdoc will help collate relevant data on current species distributions, future climate scenarios and other variables to estimate projected shifts in species distributions within the Appalachian region. The individual will work with others to integrate resulting biodiversity data with data from other project components focused on modeling land use change in optimization analyses intended to inform future land protection strategies. This work will provide the individual with experience of a range of interdisciplinary techniques and approaches relevant to conservation science.

The postdoc will join a community of postdoctoral scholars at NIMBioS and UT Knoxville's ecology program, one of the top 10 percent of ecology units in the U.S. UT-Knoxville is a vibrant campus located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Within the U.S., the region is a hotspot for biodiversity and is projected to lie at the forefront of future efforts to conserve US species in a changing climate.

Applicants for the position should have a PhD in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Geography or other relevant discipline, strong quantitative and computational skills, and proficiency in English. Experience with GIS and analysis of spatial ecological data are essential.

Review of applications will begin May 14, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Ideal start date: September 1, 2018.

For more information and the online application, visit http://www.nimbios.org/postdocs/targeted_postdocs. Additional Targeted Postdoctoral Positions are listed on the web page.

6) Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mathematical Modeling of Epidemiology and Evolutionary Game Theory

Applications are currently being accepted for a postdoctoral position in mathematical modeling of epidemiology and evolutionary game theory at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) and in the Fefferman Lab at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. This is a full-time, one year position, with the potential for renewal.

The work involves the mathematical modeling, including analysis and simulations, of systems of differential equations and game theory. The ideal candidate would have some experience in both areas of applied bio-mathematical research. The researcher will be expected to help formulate mathematical models, characterize analytic properties of the systems, implement numerical simulations, take a primary role in preparing manuscripts for publication, and contribute to the collaborative research group environment.

Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in pertinent field, including but not limited to applied mathematics, infectious disease epidemiology, or evolutionary biology
  • Research experience in applied mathematical modeling (epidemiology or evolutionary biology fields preferred, but not required)
  • Basic understanding of analysis of differential equations
  • Basic understanding of game theory
  • Interest in infectious diseases and their evolution
  • Ability to write clearly and scientifically (e.g. to produce drafts of papers for publication in scientific journals and web-based public outreach without too much oversight); evidence of successful prior publication is a plus
  • Ability to work/communicate with a multidisciplinary team
  • Fluency in a mathematical programming environment (preferably Matlab, but Mathematica, R, Python, or equivalent are also acceptable)
  • Willingness to help with the preparation of additional grant proposals

The Fefferman Lab (http://feffermanlab.org/) is affiliated with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the Department of Mathematics, and NIMBioS at the UT-Knoxville. The candidate will be welcome to participate in any/all of these communities. This is a full-time, one year position, with the potential for renewal.

Review of applications will begin 1 May 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Ideal start date: July 1, 2018.

For more information and the online application, visit http://www.nimbios.org/postdocs/targeted_postdocs. Additional Targeted Postdoctoral Positions are listed on the web page.

7) Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mathematical Modeling of Biological Systems

Applications are currently being accepted for a postdoctoral position in mathematical modeling of biological systems at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) and in the Fefferman Lab at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. This is a full-time, one year position, with the potential for renewal.

The work involves mathematical modeling, focusing initially on analysis and simulations of difference and differential equation models of physiological processes. An ideal candidate would have some experience in at least one relevant area of applied bio-mathematical research. Beyond the initial project, this position will entail collaborating to design new mathematical models for a diversity of novel applications. Any candidate should be comfortable with a variety of modeling techniques and willing to learn new areas of modeling application in collaboration with interdisciplinary research teams. The researcher will be expected to help formulate mathematical models, characterize analytic properties of the systems, implement numerical simulations, take a primary role in preparing manuscripts for publication, contribute to a collaborative research group environment, and participate in preparation of new grant proposals.

Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in some pertinent field. Such fields could include, but are not limited to applied mathematics, epidemiology, ecology, evolutionary biology, physics, engineering, or computer science
  • Research experience in applied mathematical modeling (epidemiology or evolutionary biology are preferred, but not required)
  • Familiarity with at least two of the following mathematical modeling techniques: ODEs, PDEs, SDEs, Game Theory, Cellular Automata, Network Theory, Decision Theory, and Agent Based Modeling
  • Ability to write clearly and scientifically (e.g. to produce drafts of papers for publication in scientific journals and web-based public outreach without too much oversight); evidence of successful prior publication is a plus
  • Ability to work/communicate with a multidisciplinary team
  • Fluency in a mathematical programming environment (preferably Matlab, but Mathematica, R, Python, or equivalent are also acceptable)

The Fefferman Lab (http://feffermanlab.org/) is affiliated with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the Department of Mathematics, and NIMBioS at the UT-Knoxville. The candidate will be welcome to participate in any/all of these communities.

Review of applications will begin 1 May 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Ideal start date: September 1, 2018.

For more information and the online application, visit http://www.nimbios.org/postdocs/targeted_postdocs. Additional Targeted Postdoctoral Positions are listed on the web page.

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