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Postdoctoral position: Multi-species mutualisms

The Segraves and Althoff labs at Syracuse University are inviting applications for a joint postdoctoral position to conduct research on the community and evolutionary ecology of multi-species mutualisms using a synthetic mutualism lab system based on strains of brewer’s yeast. The overall goal of the project is to evaluate qualitative and quantitative theoretical predictions by using an easily replicable and fast-growing community of organisms. The project involves experimentally manipulating community structure to examine the properties of mutualistic communities that contribute to their persistence. A dynamic model of multi-species mutualism will also be constructed to capture and predict the ecology of these synthetic communities and to identify key parameters that facilitate persistence.

This project will involve joint collaborations with the Segraves and Althoff labs (http://segraveslab.syr.edu and http://althofflab.syr.edu) as well as with Chris Moore at Colby College and Mark Ritchie at Syracuse University. S.U.’s Department of Biology is a collaborative group of vibrant researchers spanning a wide array of disciplines and also has close affiliations with faculty at SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in evolutionary ecology, community ecology, experimental evolution, or theoretical ecology is required. Ideal candidates would have combined empirical and theoretical experience in species interactions and strong interests in linking experimental data with results from mathematical models. Proficiency in basic molecular biology skills such as pipetting, making solutions, culturing microorganisms, and sterile technique is preferred.

Responsibilities: Conduct supervised and independent research on multi-species mutualisms, mentor undergraduate and high school students, and prepare research findings for publication.

Job Specific Qualifications: Strong organizational skills, self-motivation, excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively within a diverse, multi-disciplinary research group are essential.

Start Date: 1 August 2017 preferred

Apply at: https://www.sujobopps.com/postings/69555

Review of applications will begin June 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.


Postdoctoral position: Modeling managed relocation

A postdoctoral scholar position is available in Prof. Marissa Baskett’s lab (http://www.des.ucdavis.edu/faculty/baskett/) in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis. The position is part of a National Science Foundation grant on “A framework for species conservation by managed relocation: quantifying risks, uncertainties, and alternatives” (public summary available at https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1655475). The central goal of this project is to quantify how the potential benefits and risks of managed relocation (purposeful movement to support species responses to climate change), as compared to traditional conservation approaches of protection and restoration, depend on the sources of uncertainty and the decision-making process. The project will entail two modeling frameworks: (1) a metacommunity framework that quantifies risks and benefits of assisted migration, i.e. moving species beyond their historical range, and (2) a coupled demographic-genetic framework that quantifies risks and benefits of assisted gene flow, i.e. moving genotypes within a species’ range to promote local adaptation. Through partnerships with academic and government agency scientists, the project team will apply the modeling frameworks to forests, herbaceous species, corals, and salmonids. The postdoctoral scholar will take a leading role in either the metacommunity or the quantitative genetic modeling framework, dependent on his or her expertise.

Requirements include: (1) a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology, applied mathematics, or a related field, (2) strong quantitative and programming skills with experience in dynamical population modeling, and (3) proven written and verbal communication skills. Particular consideration will be given to those with experience and expertise in any of (a) metacommunity or quantitative genetic modeling, (b) at least one of the example systems listed above, (c) data-model integration, (d) the role of uncertainty in structured decision-making, and (e) use-inspired basic science with academia-agency partnerships. The preferred start date is in the summer or early fall of 2017; exact start date flexible. The position will start with a one-year appointment, with 1-2 additional years of possible renewal.

To apply, please send: (1) a CV, (2) a cover letter including anticipated start date, (3) a statement of research experience and interests as they relate to the position, (4) one sample publication, and (5) contact information for three references. Email all application materials to ude.sivadcu|tteksablm#ude.sivadcu|tteksablm with the subject “Application: managed relocation postdoc”. Review of applications will begin on May 22 2017, and the position will remain open until filled.


Postdoctoral Position in Microbial and Viral Ecology 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 analytical and computational models of marine ecosystem dynamics, with a focus on virus-microbe interactions as part of a Simons Foundation collaboration.

Requirements include: (1) PhD in physics, computational biology, applied mathematics, ecology, evolutionary biology or related area; (2) Strong quantitative & computational skills; (3) Excellent communication skills; (4) Interest and experience in collaborative research. Position to start in Spring/Summer 2017, start date negotiable, includes competitive salary, benefits, and travel budget. Screening of applicants will begin immediately, effective Feb 8, 2017, 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 and requires compliance with the Immigration Control Reform Act of 1986.


PhD and Postdoctoral opportunities in Bayesian statistics applied to Ecology 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 PhD Graduate Research Assistantship and a Postdoctoral position. Research in my group focuses on tackling important problems in environmental sciences and public health by creating and using innovative Bayesian statistical models. Additional information on my research can be found here denisvalle.weebly.com

The position will focus on the development and application of novel multivariate Bayesian methods to understand how anthropogenic drivers alter biodiversity 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 offers a unique opportunity to work with a highly interdisciplinary team that includes a Community Ecologist, applied Bayesian Statistician, Computational Phylogeneticist, and Computer Scientist.

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.

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.

Requirements for prospective PhD students:
• background on environmental sciences with experience in (or desire to learn) advanced statistical Bayesian models; or
• background in statistics with experience in (or desire to learn) environmental sciences;
• GRE minimum scores of 153 Verbal; 155 Quantitative; Analytical/writing 4 (500/700 old scoring scale)
• MS degree with GPA exceeding 3.5
• The candidate must meet the formal admission requirements for the University of Florida and the School of Forest Resources and Conservation. (http://sfrc.ufl.edu/academics/how-to-apply/)

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
• (only for prospective students) GRE scores
• (only for prospective students) Transcripts (unofficial) from all previous colleges and universities

Start Date: August (2017)

*The application deadline is Jan. 15th, 2017*
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.


PostDoc / Lecturer in Statistical or Theoretical Ecology - University of Regensburg, Germany

The Universität Regensburg with its over 21,000 students is an innovative and interdisciplinary campus university that provides a broad variety of research projects and disciplines for German and foreign students. The Professorship for Theoretical Ecology at the Chair for Ecology and Conservation Biology offers a fixed-term position as a

PostDoc / Lecturer in Statistical or Theoretical Ecology

starting as early as possible for an initial duration of 3 years, with a possible extension of up to three years. This full-time position (40 hours per week) will be paid according to civil servant level A 13, Bavaria.

Responsibilities: Applicants are free to pursue their own research program, including the possibility to apply for externally funded projects. Research activities should, however, be compatible with the general interests of the professorship (www.bio-vkl.ur.de/theoretische-oekologie). The position comes with a teaching duty of 5 hours per week during the semester. The expected teaching and research activities will typically allow the applicant to obtain the German “Habilitation”.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a PhD, and an excellent record of academic achievements in a statistical or theoretical ecological research field compatible to the research interests of the Professorship for Theoretical Ecology. Options to collaborate with other research groups at the Chair for Ecology and Conservation Biology in the areas of plant community ecology and biogeography, as well as teaching and administrative experiences, are advantageous.

If all requirements for the Bavarian civil service are fulfilled, an employment as a fixed-term civil servant is planned. Alternatively, employment on a regular contract is also possible.

We offer: We offer an excellent scientific infrastructure, a cooperative working environment, and large academic independence in one of the most desirable cities of Germany.

The Universität Regensburg strives to achieve an increase in the percentage of women working at the university and, accordingly, expressly invites qualified women to apply for positions. The Universität Regensburg is committed to the compatibility of family and career (for more information, please visit http://www.uni-regensburg.de/equal-opportunities). Severely disabled applicants are given preference in instances where applicants demonstrate an equal level of qualification. Please mention any severe disabilities, if applicable, in the application. Please note that we cannot provide reimbursement for expenses associated with the interview process.

Please send your application with the usual documents (motivation letter, academic CV including research statement, publication list, teaching experience and contact details of at least 3 academic references) electronically before Feb 3rd, 2017 to ed.ru|gitrah.nairolf#ed.ru|gitrah.nairolf.


Two Postdocs in Theoretical/Statistical Ecology - Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University

Two postdoctoral positions are available in the Klausmeier-Litchman lab at Michigan State University. We are looking for quantitative ecologists to develop mathematical models and/or apply statistical tools to understand static and dynamic patterns of community structure. Experience with statistics and/or ecological modeling is required; knowledge of species abundance distributions, adaptive dynamics, trait-based approaches, metacommunities, variable environment theory, and Mathematica are beneficial.

The position is for one year initially, renewable depending on performance and continued funding. Start date is as soon as possible. Interested applicants should email a CV, a brief statement of research interests and accomplishments, and the names and contact information of two references to Christopher Klausmeier (ude.usm|1emsualk#ude.usm|1emsualk). Review of applications will begin January 3, 2017 and continue until filled.

See [http://preston.kbs.msu.edu] for more info on the lab and email if you have questions. 


Postdoctoral Research Positions - University of Georgia - Ecology of Infectious Diseases

The newly formed Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases at the University of Georgia (http://ceid.uga.edu) is seeking postdoctoral research associates for four projects:

  • Dengue virus serotype interactions
  • Anticipating disease emergence
  • Multi-scale dynamics of near-critical contagion processes
  • Forecasting seasonal influenza

Successful applicants will have a PhD in quantitative biology, epidemiology, applied mathematics, physics, statistics, or other quantitative field. We are especially interested in candidates with experience in data analysis, spatial modeling, computational statistics, and dynamical systems. Initial appointment is for two years with the possibility to renew depending on performance. Starting salary from $47,484-$54,228 depending on experience. Direct inquiries to ude.agu|diec#ude.agu|diec. Positions will remain open until filled.

The Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases is a collaborative research community organized around the principle that modern solutions to the scientific challenges of infectious diseases require a broad, cross-disciplinary approach integrated through quantitative representation, dynamical models, and computationally-intensive methods for inference and prediction.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.


Postdoc position, University of Texas at Austin - Mechanistic Modeling of Plant Traits:

The Farrior lab at the University of Texas at Austin is soliciting applications for a postdoctoral fellow. This new research group provides many exciting opportunities to creatively develop novel research directions. The group focuses on understanding the determinants of plant growth and mortality through a combination of theoretical and empirical analyses. Ongoing projects include 1) investigating the determinants of coexistence among plants with differing hydraulic strategies, 2) evaluating the role of disturbance in driving differences in size structure among tropical and temperate forest ecosystems, and 3) improving the mechanistic representation of plant growth and mortality in large-scale predictive earth system models. Candidates motivated by an interest in understanding plant communities, with experience in theoretical ecology, and the ability to work with both mathematical and simulation models are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates should have (or expect to have prior to their start date) a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Applied Mathematics, or a related field. Inquiries and applications should be sent by email directly to Dr. Caroline Farrior (ude.saxetu.nitsua|roirrafc#ude.saxetu.nitsua|roirrafc). Applications should be a single PDF including a (1-2page) statement of research accomplishments and interests, a CV, and the contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin Oct. 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.


2 Postdocs in Infectious Disease Dynamics @ Notre Dame

Candidates for two postdoctoral research positions are sought for the Perkins Lab at the University of Notre Dame. These positions are supported by two new, federally funded projects on the spatial dynamics of chikungunya and Zika virus transmission and control.

Project 1 has a focus on spatial dynamics of chikungunya virus transmission and control at geographic scales and will be conducted in close collaboration with the Institute for Disease Modeling (http://idmod.org). Project 2 has a focus on spatial dynamics of the invasion of Zika virus into the city of Iquitos, Peru, as well as the deployment of control measures in response to its invasion. This project will be conducted in close collaboration with colleagues at UC Davis, NAMRU-6, Emory, IHME, and other institutions, many of whom are actively engaged in field work that will complement modeling activities.

Both projects will involve extensive simulation of stochastic transmission models specified at different spatial scales and will make use of considerable computational resources through the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform and the University of Notre Dame's Center for Research Computing (https://crc.nd.edu). Simulation will be used in combination with techniques for fitting high-dimensional models to data to address key scientific questions of relevance to the public health impacts of chikungunya and Zika. To complement these computationally intensive approaches, a number of other approaches are routinely used in the Perkins Lab, including probability theory, stochastic processes, dynamical systems, scripting, and social coding. Essential qualities of competitive candidates for both positions include (1) a Ph.D. in Biology, Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or Statistics; (2) strong programming and software development skills; and (3) experience conducting research on disease dynamics or other topics in biology using mathematical models.

Both positions are available for a minimum of two years, with a more extended appointment possible contingent on satisfactory progress in the first two years and the continued availability of funding. Minimum annual salary is $52,000 and may be augmented depending on each candidate's experience and qualifications. Benefits will be provided, and support is available for travel to conferences and to visit field sites and collaborators as appropriate. Start date is flexible.

For further information, please email Alex Perkins (ude.dn|snikrepat#ude.dn|snikrepat) with a statement of interest, a CV, and contact information for three references.

Alex Perkins, Ph.D.
Eck Family Assistant Professor
Eck Institute for Global Health
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame
email: ude.dn|snikrepat#ude.dn|snikrepat
web: perkinslab.weebly.com


Postdoctoral position in metapopulation dynamics and population genomics

One postdoctoral position is available in the Pinsky Lab at Rutgers University to study demography and metapopulation dynamics in clownfishes. The research is based in the Philippines and builds from six years of demographic and population genomic data. Key themes across both positions include understanding mechanisms of persistence in ecological networks by integrating massively parallel DNA sequencing with ecological field studies. The position will also work closely with Will White at U. North Carolina – Wilmington on theoretical and modeling aspects of the research. Research in the Pinsky Lab broadly uses empirical data, mathematical models, and population genomics to study global change in the coastal ocean.

One (1) postdoc position is open:

1) Metapopulation dynamics postdoc: The postdoc will lead data analysis, integration, and modeling to test hypotheses about self-persistence and network-persistence in coral reef fishes. The research will be based primarily around existing data from mark-recapture studies, parentage studies, ecological surveys, and other sources, though opportunities also exist to collect new data. This position has two years of funding.

The ideal candidates will be skilled with data analysis, statistics, ecological modeling, and databases. Applicants with evidence of creativity, productivity, strong oral and written communication abilities, and enthusiasm are especially encouraged to apply, particularly those that bring a new perspective, new ideas, or a new skillset to the team. For postdoctoral applications, a promising record of publication is highly valued. The successful applicants will be independent, motivated problem solvers who communicate well and enjoy working in a collaborative setting. Rutgers and the surrounding area provide an exciting intellectual environment, including the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources; the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences; the Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; the Genome Cooperative; the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab; the Princeton Environmental Institute; the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science; and beyond.

Application process
The postdoc start date is flexible and the position is open until filled. Review of postdoc applications will begin on October 1, 2016 and will continue on a rolling basis.

Interested postdoc candidates should submit: 1) a one-­page cover letter that describes which position(s) they are applying for (and preferred position if applying to more than one) and their preferred start date, 2) a two-­page research statement describing their relevant background and anticipated research approach to the problem they would be addressing, 3) a CV, and 4) the names and contact information of three other scientists familiar with their work.

Please submit all materials to ude.sregtur|yksnip.nilam#ude.sregtur|yksnip.nilam with “Postdoc application 2016” as the subject.

Malin Pinsky
Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
USA


Multiple postdoctoral positions in climate change ecology and evolution

Three postdoctoral positions is available in the Pinsky Lab at Rutgers University to work on climate change ecology and evolution in marine ecosystems. The positions represent an exciting expansion of research efforts in this area. Broadly, research in the Pinsky Lab uses empirical data, mathematical models, and population genomics to study global change in the coastal ocean.

Key themes across all new positions include understanding the ecological and evolutionary processes that determine how climate variability and climate change filter through ocean communities to affect human behavior and the success or failure of conservation efforts. Postdocs will join an international network of collaborators across conservation, marine science, climate science, economics, sociology, and policy, including Josh Abbott (Arizona State U.), Daniel Schindler and Andre Punt (U. Washington), Dan Holland and Melissa Poe (NOAA), William Cheung and Daniel Pauly (U. British Columbia), Jorge Sarmiento (Princeton), Carl Folke (Stockholm U.), and Pat Halpin (Duke).

Three (3) postdoc positions are open:

1) Coupled Natural Human (CNH) systems postdoc: The postdoc will take the lead on a research project investigating the causes and consequences of ecological synchrony in the California Current large marine ecosystem. Key questions include how portfolio effects emerge in open systems and how oceanographic processes and fishing interact to affect population dynamics. The postdoc will also be part of a broader NSF-funded team studying coupled social-ecological dynamics and feedbacks from physics to fish to people.

2) Nereus Fellow: As part of the Nereus Program (http://www.nereusprogram.org), the Fellow will design and lead empirical research to understand the consequences of climate change and shifting species distributions for human behavior and adaptation in marine ecosystems. Resources for the research include large datasets of fishing vessel behavior over decadal time-scales, as well as other datasets on environmental changes and ecological states.

3) Eco-evolutionary dynamics postdoc: The postdoc will develop models and theory to understand the extent to which ecological turnover and evolutionary rescue could preserve coral reef function over the coming centuries, and whether conservation efforts can facilititate the adaptation process at the landscape scale. Application of the theory to case studies in three geographies will also be part of the research.

All postdoc positions are two years.

Across all positions, the ideal candidates will be skilled with data analysis, statistics, and ecological modeling. Applicants with evidence of creativity, productivity, strong oral and written communication abilities, and enthusiasm are especially encouraged to apply, particularly those that bring a new perspective, new ideas, or a new skillset to the team. A promising record of publication is highly valued. The successful applicants will be independent, motivated problem solvers who communicate well and enjoy working in a collaborative setting.

The positions will be based at Rutgers with extensive opportunities for research visits across campuses, including U. Washington, U. British Columbia, and NOAA offices. Additional opportunities are available to interact with scientists at the Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab; the Princeton Environmental Institute; the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science; and beyond.

Application process

The postdoc start dates are flexible and the positions are open until filled. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2016 and will continue on a rolling basis.

Interested candidates should submit: 1) a one­-page cover letter that describes which position(s) they are applying for (and preferred position if applying to more than one) and their preferred start date, 2) a two­-page research statement describing their relevant background and anticipated research approach to the problem they would be addressing, 3) a CV, and 4) the names and contact information of three other scientists familiar with their work.

Please submit all materials to ude.sregtur|yksnip.nilam#ude.sregtur|yksnip.nilam with “Postdoc application 2016” as the subject.

Malin Pinsky
Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
USA


Position Announcement: Data Scientist

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, MD seeks a Data Scientist to join the cyberinfrastructure (CI) team in supporting collaborative, computational, and data-driven socio-environmental research. Our supported science teams and postdoctoral fellows come from many different disciplines and synthesize diverse models and data sets to answer large-scale questions at the intersection of humans and the environment. The Data Scientist will work closely with the CI team to assist scientists in performing data and model syntheses.

In a typical week, the Data Scientist will spend the bulk of his/her time on the following activities:

  • Identifying useful resources, designing workflows, and building custom tools, e.g., databases, prototype web apps, stub code (~20 hours);
  • Helping researchers understand and use existing and custom tools (~8 hours);
  • Advising on statistical techniques and appropriate methods (~4 hours).

Additional tasks will include assessing and documenting project needs; participating in hands-on CI education workshops for students and researchers; and, assisting researchers in making their data, code, analyses, and applications open, reproducible, and discoverable.

Why SESYNC:

SESYNC is dedicated to solving society’s most challenging and complex environmental problems by bringing together social, natural, and computational scientists to increase knowledge on the complex interactions between human and ecological systems. The computational requirements for conducting this research present many opportunities and challenges. Over the past five years, we have supported researchers engaged in activities such as mapping and analyzing a billion-point data set; developing models of shocks to the global food trade; synthesizing global biophysical and governance data on Marine Protected Areas; developing agent-based models to examine cooperation among small farmers; prototyping a web tool to integrate quantitative and qualitative data; and, synthesizing remotely sensed data with survey data to examine the relationship between soil quality and human health and well-being.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree +2 years’ experience or PhD in social, natural, computer or information science or engineering;
  • Experience writing code to process data and/or develop models in R or Python;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic descriptive and applied statistics;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Interest in socio-environmental problems.

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references as a single PDF to the webform provided here: http://www.sesync.org/careers/data-scientist. You may include an optional URL to a project portfolio (e.g., your github portfolio, professional website).

Position open until filled. For best consideration, please apply by September 30, 2016.


Position Announcement: MPA adaptive management postdocs

The University of California, Davis (UCD) Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute, in collaboration with California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), seek to fill three postdoc positions in the science of adaptive management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The State of California has implemented a network of 124 MPAs along its coastline through the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA; https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Marine/MPAs/FAQsite). It is in the process of developing a Statewide MPA Monitoring Program to inform the adaptive management of this network of MPAs. The three postdoctoral fellows will each focus on a separate component of the science of adaptive management in an integrated program supported by frequent collaborative meetings with both UCD and CDFW mentors.

The Statewide Monitoring Fellow will focus on development of novel sampling plans and predictive models to compare monitoring data to model projections to inform effective adaptive management of the MPAs This position will be hosted by CDFW in Belmont, CA, and the CDFW mentor will be Becky Ota. The ROV Data Integration Fellow will develop innovative approaches to analyzing spatially explicit visual data currently being collected by CDFW in statewide surveys of MPAs using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). This position will be hosted by CDFW in Eureka, CA, and the CDFW mentor will be Mike Prall. The Fishery/MPA Integration Fellow will focus on development of effective methods for the integration of MPAs into fisheries management under the Marine Life Management Act. This position will be hosted by UC Davis in Davis, CA, and the CDFW mentor will be Sonke Mastrup who is based in Sacramento, CA.

Work by the postdoctoral Fellows at these three locations will be closely coordinated through frequent electronic and face-to-face meetings. Each position is funded for 18 months, and they will all begin at the same, earliest possible time. The participating UCD mentors are Marissa Baskett, Louis Botsford, Alan Hastings, John Largier, and Steven Morgan. Full position descriptions are available for each of the positions at http://cmsi.ucdavis.edu/resources/graduate-postdoc.html. Together these postdocs provide a unique opportunity to work at the academia-agency interface and advance the science of adaptive management in the context of one of the world’s most extensive MPA networks.

We seek individuals with a PhD in Ecology, Fisheries, Marine Science or a related field and research expertise in at least one of: MPAs, fisheries science, population dynamics, spatial ecology or ecosystem management. The research will be highly collaborative, so the individuals will need to have experience and interest in effectively working in interdisciplinary teams on cross-cutting issues. Applicants should have programming skills in languages such as R, Matlab or Python.

Interested candidates should submit: a) a one-page cover letter that includes which of the three positions you are applying for (you will need to indicate in the letter if you are applying for more than one position and indicate your preferred position) and your anticipated start date, b) your CV, c) a two-page statement of research describing of your relevant background and anticipated approach to the problem you would be addressing (including proposed UCD mentors), and d) the names and contact information of three other scientists familiar with your work, who should all separately submit letters of recommendation. Applicants also have the option of submitting a Diversity Statement (see http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/diversity/equity_inclusion/index.html). Please submit all materials to https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01192. For full consideration, application and all materials (including letters of recommendation) must be received by September 12, 2016. Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2016, and positions will remain open until filled. Email any questions to Shauna Oh (sjoh(at)ucdavis.edu).


Postdoctoral Position: Research Biologist (Computational), USDA-ARS (Hilo, Hawaii)

Seeking exceptional postdoctoral scientist to join the Manoukis lab at the Daniel K. Inouye US Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo, Hawaii (USDA-ARS). Develop and implement automated algorithmic approaches to the design and deployment of landscape-level trap networks for surveillance and detection of invasive insect pests. Primary duties will involve computer programing, modeling and simulation of insect populations, and integration of biologically- relevant parameters from field or laboratory studies into mathematical models. Some light fieldwork with tephritid fruit flies, pests of economic importance around the world, is possible. The ideal candidate will have a degree in Biology, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or related discipline, strong mathematical background focused on modeling and simulation, and computer programing experience. Background in machine learning, remote sensing and GIS are highly desirable. So is previous work with, or interest in, insect systems.

Position includes a competitive pay package, exciting research opportunities within and beyond the project scope, and the unique opportunity to experience living on Hawaii Island. Funding is initially for 2 years, with extension possible depending on funding.

Please contact Nicholas Manoukis vog.adsu.sra|sikuonam.salohcin#vog.adsu.sra|sikuonam.salohcin for more information and/or visit the following URLs for more information on current research: http://www.ars.usda.gov/pandp/people/people.htm?personid=46055 and http://unitsci.org:8080/manoukis . USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To apply, see https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/446858700/

Position will remain open until Saturday 4/15/2017 or until filled.

Postdoctoral position: Modeling the epidemiology and evolution of transmissible vaccines, University of Idaho

We are looking for a postdoctoral scientist interested in developing and analyzing mathematical models focused on the epidemiology and evolution of transmissible vaccines. Although the specific questions to be addressed are open, the overall goal of the project is to develop models that couple evolutionary and epidemiological dynamics to predict when live, transmissible vaccines would be safe and effective tools for controlling infectious disease. The work is part of an ongoing collaboration between Scott L. Nuismer, Chris Remien, and Jim Bull and opportunities will exist to test emerging theoretical predictions using data collected from a model system of bacteria and phages.

The position will be based at the University of Idaho and the post-doc will be co-supervised by Scott L. Nuismer (Departments of Biology and Mathematics) and Chris Remien (Departments of Mathematics and Biology). Applicants should have a PhD in evolutionary biology, ecology, mathematics, or a related field and a demonstrated ability to develop, analyze, and publish mathematical models of biological processes. To apply, e-mail a CV and the names and contact information of three references to Scott L. Nuismer (ude.ohadiu|remsiuns#ude.ohadiu|remsiuns) and Chris Remien (ude.ohadiu|neimerc#ude.ohadiu|neimerc). The initial appointment will be one year with the possibility of renewal for an additional year. Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2016 and the position will remain open until filled.

Postdoctoral Investigator: Metacommunity Dynamics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

We seek a postdoctoral investigator to develop and analyze mathematical models describing the processes that generate patterns of species diversity observed at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. We are particularly interested in how metacommunity processes—including dispersal, disturbance, and succession—interact to drive patterns of diversity.

The ideal candidate will have completed a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Biological Oceanography, Ecology, or a related discipline and have demonstrable expertise in mathematical ecology (in particular, the mathematical modelling of population and/or community dynamics). The successful applicant will work with the three PIs (Michael Neubert, Lauren Mullineaux, and Julie Kellner) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The Institution has a top-rated postdoctoral program (www.whoi.edu/postdoctoral/) that supports a dynamic postdoctoral community with formal mentoring and career guidance programs. While the primary focus of the work will be on research, the postdoctoral investigator will have an opportunity to participate in educational and outreach activities associated with the project.

We will begin reviewing applications August 15, 2016 and the position will remain open until filled (preferably by the end of the year). The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of extension for a second year based upon performance.

Please contact Michael Neubert (ude.iohw|trebuenm#ude.iohw|trebuenm), Lauren Mullineaux (ude.iohw|xuaenilluml#ude.iohw|xuaenilluml) , or Julie Kellner (ude.iohw|renllekj#ude.iohw|renllekj), with questions about the project. To apply, please submit, as a single pdf file, an application (including a short cover letter, a curriculum vita, a statement of past research experience and future interests, contact information for three references, and at most two relevant manuscripts), to Michael Neubert and online (bit.ly/1Rj2zKj).

WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage veterans and those with disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact the Human Resources Department at (508) 289-2253 or email ude.iohw|oee#ude.iohw|oee for assistance. WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). We are sensitive to the issues of dual career candidates and we will work with applicants to address them. Please visit HERC for more information.


PostDoc on Quantitative Ecology: Effects of rapid evolution on ecosystems

The Department of Biological and Environmental Science at the University of Jyväskylä is currently seeking to recruit a qualified candidate to the position of
Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantitative Ecology

The postdoctoral researcher will work in the project "The ecosystem effects of a rapidly evolving invader” (http://tinyurl.com/jy6uojx) led by Dr. Andrés López-Sepulcre and funded by the Academy of Finland. In this project we develop a novel mathematical framework to study the effects of consumer invasion and evolution on nutrient cycling, and apply it to isotope tracer data from an ongoing long-term evolutionary experiment using introduced guppies (Poecilia reticulata) in Trinidadian headwater streams. While the researcher is expected to contribute to the development of the mathematical tools, there is considerable freedom to develop their own research questions.

The project is co-directed with experts in ecosystem science (Prof. Steven Thomas, Prof. Rana El-Sabaawi, and Dr. Sarah Collins). It forms part of an international network of researchers from France, Canada, USA, and the UK, including collaborations with evolutionary biologists (e.g. Profs. David Reznick, Joseph Travis, and Tim Coulson).

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to focus on scientific research and the task may also include teaching within his/her own area of expertise.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of postdoctoral researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. While the University may grant exemption from some of the requirements, a good command of English is imperative.

For this position we will recruit a person with a PhD in Ecology, Evolution, Statistics or related fields. Expertise in statistical and ecological modeling is necessary, including the ability to work with large data sets. Experience in Bayesian methods and the ability to create and optimize R packages are strongly desirable. Experience in ecosystem science, limnology, or food web ecology is not necessary but will be considered an asset.

The job-specific salary component of a postdoctoral researcher is based on the job demands level 5-6 (EUR 2865,30-3340,77/month) according to the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at universities. In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to the maximum of 46,3% of the job-specific salary component is also paid. Health care is included.

The position may be renewed annually for a maximum of 4 years with an initial trial period of four months. The position is available from September 15th 2016 but the starting date is negotiable.

For further information, please contact: Dr. Andrés López-Sepulcre (rf.sne.eigoloib|zepola#rf.sne.eigoloib|zepola, http://ecoevo.pagecloud.com).

The application (in English) should include (as pdf files):

1) A brief letter of interest (maximum 2 pages), detailing your research and career goals, qualifications and skills that are applicable to this project.
2) Curriculum vitae (CV) containing a publication list and contact details of two academics available for reference.

Application will be open until September 1st 2016. Please submit your application using the online application form at:http://tinyurl.com/jnvlko9

Statistical Ecology

We seek a quantitative researcher with fluency in statistics to work in a team environment on projects related to animal movement. Example topics include analyzing a dataset on the movements of monkeys in 3 dimensions and developing/refining methods for dealing with barriers in the continuous-time movement modeling framework. The person must be able to work productively in a team environment that includes physicists and ecologists. Knowledge of R is necessary and experience with spatial statistics and/or signal processing is desirable. Previous experience with movement ecology is not required, but would be beneficial. We are particularly interested in someone with these quantitative skills who also has a documented history of writing papers in ecological journals. This postdoc is funded through a combination of NSF and institutional funds. Funding is available for one year, with the possibility of an extension to two years. Project leaders are:
Justin Calabrese Bill Fagan
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Univ. of Maryland

Epidemiological Modeling
We seek a postdoctoral researcher with a background in mathematics, mathematical biology, or a related field to aid in developing, analyzing, and simulating models of tick and mosquito-borne diseases. Example topics include analytical / computational models of diseases with multiple hosts, parameterizing detailed disease models and fitting them to prevalence data, and studies of how seasonality and climate change influence disease dynamics. Ability to work in a team environment is essential. At a minimum, applicants should have experience with analysis of ordinary and partial differential equations. Experience with non-autonomous and/or delay differential equations would be beneficial. Those with experience using control techniques are especially encouraged to apply. Coursework or some other background in epidemiology is preferable but not required. Funding, which is available for one year, with the possibility of an extension to two years, is through a US Dept of Defense project entitled “Biological Timing and the Transmission of Arthropod-Borne Diseases,” which includes collaboration with mathematician Folashade Agusto (University of Kansas). Project leaders are:
Sharon Bewick & Bill Fagan Justin Calabrese
Univ. of Maryland Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Start dates for both positions are September to December 2016, but can be adjusted for the right candidate. For both positions, please send CV, short statement of interest, and contact info for 3 references to: ude.dmu|nagafb#ude.dmu|nagafb

Multiple Postdoctoral Positions in Disease Ecology

Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; University of Minnesota

Our research group seeks to hire 2-3 motivated and conceptually driven post-doctoral associates to work collaboratively using empirical and/or theoretical approaches to test community ecology and behavioral ecology theory in pathogen communities. This work will focus on, but not necessarily be
limited to,
(i) investigating the role of vector behavior on pathogen dynamics,
(ii) testing the relevance of resource competition and metacommunity theory to pathogen communities, and
(iii) investigating the interactions between disease and movement broadly.

The successful applicant will work within a collaborative research team of faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students that includes expertise in using mathematical, statistical, and empirical approaches in behavioral, community, and disease ecology. We are particularly interested in applicants with strong skills in mathematics, statistical and analytical techniques, or molecular techniques relevant to the detection of phytoviruses using qPCR or metagenomics techniques. Demonstration of excellent writing skills are is an essential qualification for these positions. The appointment is initially for one year, but may be renewed annually. Starting date is negotiable and may begin as soon as possible.

Questions about this position should be addressed to Drs. Allison Shaw (ude.nmu|wahsa#ude.nmu|wahsa), Elizabeth Borer (ude.nmu|rerob#ude.nmu|rerob), or Eric Seabloom (ude.nmu|moolbaes#ude.nmu|moolbaes).

Review of applications will begin 15 June 2016 and positions will remain open until filled.

Apply for this position (Job Opening ID: 310245) via the University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources website: http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/

https://www.myu.umn.edu/psp/psprd/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=310245&PostingSeq=1


Postdoctoral Position Available at Penn State

A UK-US NSF-NERC joint-funded postdoctoral position is available to study the interplay between diversity, disturbance and invasion, using experimental microcosms to illuminate ecological theory. Invasion by alien species represents a major threat to the maintenance of the world`s biodiversity. Biological invasions also have significant economic and environmental impacts on agriculture, epidemiology and conservation. Unfortunately, our current understanding of the processes involved, and hence our ability to manage disturbed systems, is hampered by the large number of interacting factors that can affect invasion. This project will examine how biological diversity and environmental perturbations interact to affect invasion, using a mix of experiments and theoretical research. The project will focus on experimental populations of microbes, combined with a related modeling agenda, to study: 1) the effect of independent, and combined, manipulation of disturbance and diversity on invasion success; and 2) the role of pre-adaptation to disturbance regimes in mediating invasion resistance. The postdoc will additionally assess the hypothesized importance of pre-adaptation to disturbance regimes by assessing invasion success following changes to previously established regimes. The project will involve successive iterations between these large bacterial community experiments and system-specific and general theory. Research will be based in the laboratory of Dr. Katriona Shea (https://kshealab.wordpress.com/) in the Department of Biology at The Pennsylvania State University, USA, with experimental work conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Angus Buckling (http://biosciences.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Angus_Buckling) at the University of Exeter Cornwall campus, UK.

Please contact Katriona Shea (ude.usp|aehs-k#ude.usp|aehs-k; +1 814-321-4809) for more information. We seek a postdoctoral researcher who has expertise in ecological/evolutionary modeling with a clear interest in applications to community ecology and a strong desire to integrate theory with empirical research. A Ph.D. in Quantitative Ecology, Population Biology, Applied Mathematics or an equivalent area is required. Expertise in theory for microbial systems dynamics, using stochastic analytical and/or simulation population models, and empirical expertise in such systems, is highly desirable. Candidates should demonstrate a track record of publication; have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills; and be able to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team. Interested applicants should apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/63194 with an application, a CV, a 1-2 page statement of research interests that explicitly describes professional qualifications for this position, and contact information for three referees. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding. Review of applications will immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


Population Ecology - Spatial dynamics and assessment of shark populations

DESCRIPTION
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is offering a Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunity to develop and implement population assessment methods to investigate the population ecology and dynamics of northeastern Pacific white sharks. The successful candidate will work with partners within a research consortium to build on nine years of mark-recapture data (photographic identifications) and tagging studies. The fellow will develop and parameterize spatially explicit population models to estimate vital demographic rates and population trend for an apex predator with complex migratory patterns driven by reproduction, ontogeny, and seasonal foraging. The position also requires participating in field work on the open ocean in small boats to collect photo ID data and deploy tags. The fellow will be based at the Monterey Bay Aquarium with Dr. Salvador Jorgensen https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ymlO5-sAAAAJ&hl=en
and will work closely with co-investigators at adjoining Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University.

REQUIREMENTS
The successful candidate will have excellent science communication skills, a compelling publication record, an interest in developing new research questions, and a proven ability to work both independently and in larger teams. The fellow is expected to engage collaboratively with members of a large research group from diverse institutions (Stanford, Montana State University, UC Davis and others) as well as Aquarium and external policy partners.

QUALIFICATIONS
Essential Qualifications: Ph.D. in population biology, ecological modeling, fishery science, applied mathematics, applied statistics, or related fields at time of appointment is required. Demonstrated proficiency in numerical modeling and scientific computing is required. In-depth knowledge of mark-recapture population estimation methods is also necessary.
Preferred Qualifications: Background in marine ecology, fishery science, statistics, parameter estimation or data assimilation techniques, experience in Baysian approaches. Ocean-going experience and strong aptitude in coordinating and conducting field work in challenging ocean conditions.

ABOUT THE POSITION
30% Write manuscripts
• Develop multiple first-author manuscripts, contribute to additional papers
25% Analyze data and develop models
• Obtain results by developing models and analyzing data
20% Contribute to field research
• Coordinate field activities and maintain equipment and data collection
15% Mentor graduate students and interns
• Work closely with graduate and undergraduate student participants
10% Disseminate results at conferences
• Present results at symposia; interpret and disseminate results to management agencies and non-science audiences

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, submit a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for three references via the Monterey Bay Aquarium employment webpage https://montereybayaquarium.snaphire.com/jobdetails?ajid=rTkR7


Postdoctoral position in bio-mathematics/bioeconomics, Pinsky/Levin/Fenichel

We have an open postdoctoral position to work on bioeconomic models of coupled social-ecological systems and climate change. The start date is flexible, and the position will be co-mentored by Malin Pinsky (Rutgers), Simon Levin (Princeton), and Eli Fenichel (Yale). The research is part of a collaborative NSF Coastal SEES-funded project examining the impacts of climate change on adaptation, natural capital, and comprehensive social wealth in the coastal ocean, particularly in the context of fisheries. Other collaborators on the project include Bonnie McCay (Rutgers), Kevin St. Martin (Rutgers), Julie Olson (NOAA), and Michael Fogarty (NOAA).

The ideal candidate will be skilled with differential equations and optimization, as well as data analysis. The position will be based at Rutgers with extensive opportunities for research visits across campuses. The postdoc will collaborate with Pinsky, Levin, Fenichel, and other members of the project team, including the other PIs, an ecology postdoc, a social science postdoc, graduate students, undergrads, and collaborators in NOAA and at other universities. Additional opportunities are available to interact with scientists at the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science; the Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab; the Princeton Environmental Institute; and beyond.

Qualifications
Candidates with strong mathematical and analytical skills, a promising record of publication, and evidence of creativity and enthusiasm are especially encouraged to apply. Experience with interdisciplinary research, economics, or ecology is helpful but not required. The successful applicant will be an independent, motivated problem solver who communicates well and enjoys working in a collaborative environment.

Application process
The start date is flexible and the position is open until filled. Interested candidates should send an email describing their research interests and qualifications along with a CV, two representative publications, and 2-3 letters of reference to Malin Pinsky (ude.sregtur|yksnip.nilam#ude.sregtur|yksnip.nilam).

Malin Pinsky
Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
USA

http://pinsky.marine.rutgers.edu
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION (ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE SPECIALIST) IN ECOLOGICAL MODELING

University of California, Santa Barbara

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral specialist to participate in systems-based research for evaluating ecological impacts of manufactured chemicals. The overarching aim is to use Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) models to inform ecological risk assessment by determining how the effects of exposure to chemical stressors are expressed across levels of biological organization. Specific projects include: (i) determining how genomic data on two model organisms (the waterflea Daphnia and the estuarine fish Fundulus) experiencing combined food and chemical stress relate to parameters in DEB models; (ii) predicting organismal and population “tipping points” caused by failure of physiological and population regulatory processes; (iii) developing individual and population models of adaptation to stress in chronically polluted environments. The person appointed would work on one or two of these projects.

The research is part of a recently funded project led by Dr. Roger Nisbet (UCSB), working in collaboration with Dr. Erik Muller (UCSB) and Dr. Andrew Whitehead (UC Davis). UCSB is renowned for its quantitative ecological research and has a number of faculty involved in ecotoxicological research projects. There will be opportunity to interact and collaborate with researchers in the University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (www.cein.ucla.edu).

Applicants must possess a PhD and have research experience in one or more of the following areas: theoretical ecology, environmental modeling, systems biology, or closely related disciplines. The position is grant funded for 2 years. Start date: 1 January 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applicants should submit a CV, a short (1-2 page) statement of research experience and interests, and the names, affiliations and e-mail addresses of three references to https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00526

Initial screening of applications will begin on 21 September 2016, but will remain open until filled.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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