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postdoctoral, non-tenure-track faculty, instructor, and professional positions, most requiring a PhD (most recent post dates in red)
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Featured Positions

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Title Location Review Posted
Computational Ecology / Ecohydrology Oak Ridge National Laboratory 2/1/18 12/1/17
Ecosystem Science and Plant Physiology Northern Arizona University 1/20/18 1/2/18
Environmental Fellows Program Harvard University 1/17/18 9/12/17
Terrestrial Modeling Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 1/15/18 12/26/17
Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology Oak Ridge National Laboratory 1/12/18 11/15/17
Plant-soil feedbacks/Invasion ecophysiology/Restoration Clemson University 1/2/18 11/21/17
Land Use Change/Sea Level Rise Effects on Coastal Forest Ecosystems North Carolina State University  12/21/17 12/21/17
Stormwater ponds and plant invasion University of Florida  12/14/17 12/14/17
Cluster Hire: Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (9 positions) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Florida 12/1/17 11/15/17
Plant Systems Biology and Bioinformatics for Designing Feedstocks University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign 12/1/17 10/10/17
Precision Restoration Scientist The Nature Conservancy 11/5/17 10/23/17
Plant-Microbe Interactions University of Nebraska at Lincoln  10/23/17 10/23/17

All Positions

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Title Location Review Posted
Population Biology University of Nebraska-Lincoln 3/1/18 1/4/18
Ecological Statistician and Spatial Ecologist (2 positions) Missouri Botanical Garden 2/28/18 1/15/18
Amphibian Disease Ecology University of Pittsburgh 2/19/18 1/15/18
Lecturer, Natural Resources and Environmental Science University of Nevada, Reno 2/16/18 1/18/18
Bobcat Spatial and Population Ecology Purdue University 2/16/18 1/15/18
Microbial-Explicit Soil Biogeochemical Modeling University of New Hampshire 2/15/18 1/15/18
Spatial scaling of methane emissions in boreal and arctic environments Stanford University 2/15/18 1/11/18
Evolution and Eco-Physiology of Fungus-Farming Ants University of Copenhagen (Denmark) 2/15/18 1/4/18
Program Scientist, Terrestrial Ecology NASA 2/14/18 1/4/18
California Conservation Science University of California Los Angeles 2/10/18 1/15/18
Aquatic Ecology/Modelling (6 positions) University of South Bohemia (Czech Republic) 2/5/18 1/15/18
Ecological Modeling of Plant Phenology Northern Arizona University 2/5/18 1/5/18
Community-Based Natural Resource Management, Tropical Fish Florida International University 2/2/18 1/18/18
Water Quality Research Heidelberg University 2/1/18 1/4/18
Marine Biology and Climate Change Bowdoin College 2/1/18 1/4/18
Ocean Biogeochemical Modeling Marine Biological Laboratory 2/1/18 12/2/17
Computational Ecology / Ecohydrology Oak Ridge National Laboratory 2/1/18 12/1/17
Division Director for Earth Sciences National Science Foundation 1/31/18 1/15/18
Food-Web Consequences of Controlling Mosquito Vectors of Malaria (2 positions) University of Oxford (UK) 1/31/18 1/15/18
Spatial Modeling of Biodiversity and Geodiversity Michigan State University 1/31/18 1/4/18
Stable Isotope Physiology and Global Change Ecology University of Basel (Switzerland) 1/31/18 12/15/17
Stream Ecology North Carolina State University 1/31/18 11/4/17
Ecosystem Science and Plant Physiology Northern Arizona University 1/20/18 1/2/18
Environmental Fellows Program Harvard University 1/17/18 9/12/17
Ecology or Oceanography University of California Santa Cruz 1/16/18 12/2/17
Microbial Ecology/Metagenomics Oak Ridge National Laboratory  1/15/18 1/15/18
Global Change Ecology New Mexico State University  1/15/18 1/15/18
Terrestrial Modeling Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 1/15/18 12/26/17
Resilience of Boreal Catchments to Changes in Fire and Permafrost Regimes University of Alaska Fairbanks 1/15/18 12/2/17
Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology Oak Ridge National Laboratory 1/12/18 11/15/17
Biodiversity Research University of British Columbia (Canada) 1/12/18 11/3/17
Landscape/Wildlife Ecology Research Assistant Professor University of Idaho 1/10/18 1/4/18
Vegetation Dynamics Lawrence Berkeley National Lab 1/10/18 12/6/17
Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellow Rice University 1/10/18 10/5/17
Plant-Associated Microbial Communities Michigan State University 1/8/18 12/21/17
Ecology and Organismal Biology Chapman University 1/8/18 12/2/17
Spatial Ecology Michigan State University 1/8/18 9/26/17
Riverine Macrosystem Ecology University of Kansas  1/5/18 1/5/18
Ecohydrology Michigan Technological University 1/3/18 11/12/17
Plant-soil feedbacks/Invasion ecophysiology/Restoration Clemson University 1/2/18 11/21/17
Lecturer in Environmental Science Loyola University Chicago 1/1/18 11/15/17
Lecturer in Terrestrial Ecology and/or Environmental Management Indiana University-Bloomington 1/1/18 11/7/17
Remote Sensing of Forest Ecosystems Northern Arizona University 1/1/18 10/10/17
Silviculture/Applied Forest Ecology University of California, Berkeley 12/29/17 12/2/17
Hydrology University of California, Merced 12/29/17 11/7/17
Land Use Change/Sea Level Rise Effects on Coastal Forest Ecosystems North Carolina State University  12/21/17 12/21/17
Marine/Coastal Scientist Florida State University 12/18/17 11/15/17
China Wildlife Conservation Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute 12/15/17 12/2/17
Wildlife Responses to Anthropogenic Noise Colorado State University 12/15/17 11/7/17
Socio-Environmental Synthesis (2 positions) University of Maryland/Georgetown University 12/15/17 12/2/17
Stormwater ponds and plant invasion University of Florida  12/14/17 12/14/17
Food Waste Modeling University of Maryland/Research Triangle Institute 12/14/17 12/2/17
Biodiversity Genomics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 12/11/17 11/7/17
Lecturer in Forestry University of Vermont 12/4/17 11/15/17
Cluster Hire: Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (9 positions) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Florida 12/1/17 11/15/17
Modeling Plankton, Fish, and Particle Movement (3 positions) University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science 12/1/17 11/4/17
Spatial Ecology University of Pittsburgh 12/1/17 11/3/17
Modeling environmental and ecological impacts of food waste University of Maryland/RTI 12/1/17 10/31/17
Lecturer – Introductory Biology University of North Carolina Wilmington 12/1/17 10/17/17
Sediment Biogeochemistry University of Minnesota Duluth 12/1/17 10/13/17
Plant Systems Biology and Bioinformatics for Designing Feedstocks University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign 12/1/17 10/10/17
Rangeland Vulnerability to Climate Change [position filled] Texas A&M University 12/1/17 10/9/17
Lecturer in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management University of California, Berkeley 11/30/17 3/20/17
Multi-Mutualist Community Ecology Syracuse University 11/27/17 10/17/17
Mosquito Behavioral Ecology University of Illinois 11/25/17 9/24/17
Great Barrier Reef Modelling Griffith University (Australia) 11/24/17 11/3/17
Grassland Ecosystem Restoration The Nature Conservancy 11/17/17 9/26/17
Vertebrate Field Ecologist Iowa State University 11/15/17 10/31/17
Spatial Population Ecology Virginia Commonwealth University 11/15/17 10/20/17
Staff Scientist, Tropical Research (5 positions) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama) 11/15/17 8/15/17
Freshwater Fish Ecology and Habitat Modeling University of Alaska Fairbanks – Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit  11/12/17 11/12/17
Evolution of Competitive Ability in Phytoplankton Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Sciences and Technology 11/12/17 10/20/17
Assistant Director for Biological Sciences National Science Foundation 11/10/17 10/25/17
California Ecology and Conservation Lecturer University of California, Santa Cruz 11/6/17 10/13/17
Precision Restoration Scientist The Nature Conservancy 11/5/17 10/23/17
Modelling Plant-Plant and Plant-Environment Interactions SLU (Sweden) 11/5/17 10/7/17
Trace Gas and Isotope Biogeochemistry University of Arizona  11/3/17 11/3/17
Applied Demography of Reptiles Pennsylvania State University 11/1/17 10/11/17
Disease Ecology, Amphibians University of Alabama 11/1/17 10/10/17
Land-Atmosphere Carbon Cycling University of California Los Angeles 11/1/17 10/9/17
Plant-soil microbe interactions University of Kansas 11/1/17 10/6/17
Research Scientist in Applied Biological Modelling CSIRO (Australia) 11/1/17 10/5/17
Executive Director Ecological Society of America 11/1/17 9/24/17
Water Sustainability University of Pittsburgh 10/31/17 10/5/17
Population Biology University of California Davis 10/30/17 9/21/17
Plant Microbiota Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (Germany) 10/30/17 9/12/17
Evolutionary Responses to Environmental Change University of California at Irvine 10/26/17 10/5/17
Remote Sensing and Data Assimilation Brookhaven National Laboratory  10/25/17 10/25/17
Plant-Microbe Interactions University of Nebraska at Lincoln  10/23/17 10/23/17
Microbial Ecology Michigan State University  10/20/17 10/20/17
Urban Nature Research Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County  10/20/17 10/20/17
Crop Disease Management in Haiti University of Florida 10/18/17 10/13/17
Nutrient biogeochemistry, catchment hydrology, and limnology University of Vermont  10/17/17 10/17/17
Zooplankton Grazing University of Rhode Island 10/17/17 10/5/17
Natural Resources Purdue University 10/16/17 10/5/17
Belowground Effects of Invasive Conifers University of Canterbury (New Zealand) 10/15/17 10/5/17
Modelling Plant Species' Response to Environmental Change University of Zurich (Switzerland) 10/15/17 9/25/17
Invasive Species Ecology Indiana University 10/15/17 8/29/17
Population, community and ecosystem ecology University of Nevada, Reno  10/13/17 10/13/17
Lecturer in Plant Ecology Loyola University Chicago  10/13/17 10/13/17
Marine Invasion Ecology/Ecophysiology Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 10/10/17 10/5/17
Hydroclimatologist Alberta Environment and Parks (Canada) 10/10/17 9/26/17
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health Alberta Environment and Parks (Canada) 10/10/17 9/26/17
Agricultural and Soil Ecology University of California, Berkeley 10/10/17 9/24/17
Natural enemies and ecosystem services in cucurbit production systems Purdue University  10/9/17 10/9/17
Molecular Microbial Ecology Marine Biological Laboratory  10/7/17 10/7/17
Watershed Hydrologic Modeling Saint Louis University  10/7/17 10/7/17
Population/Community Ecology and Statistical Ecology (5 positions) University of Helsinki (Finland) 10/7/17 9/12/17
Tropical Urban Ecosystem Services Singapore-ETH Centre  10/6/17 10/6/17
Science Integrator University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science  10/6/17 10/6/17
Soil Viral and Microbial Ecology University of California, Davis  10/5/17 10/5/17
Bee Health and Ecology University of Massachusetts Amherst 10/3/17 9/21/17
Socio-Environmental Modeling (2 positions) University of Maryland 10/2/17 8/15/17
Quantitative Ecologist University of Central Florida 10/1/17 9/12/17
Assistant Curator in Botany University of Florida 10/1/17 8/31/17
Ecological/Ecohydrology Modeling University of Tübingen (Germany) 10/1/17 8/29/17
Watershed Hydrologic Modeling Indiana University – Bloomington 10/1/17 8/29/17
Lecturer in Microbiology University of Portland 10/1/17 8/28/17
Lake Water Quality Forecasting Virginia Tech 10/1/17 8/22/17
Fire Frequency and Soil Carbon Dynamics in Boreal Forest University of Florida 9/30/17 9/12/17
Population Genetics of Cycads California Academy of Sciences 9/30/17 8/8/17
Functional Community Ecology University of Wyoming 9/29/17 8/29/17
Fisheries - Integrated Analysis of Aquatic Ecosystems University of Toronto (Canada) 9/25/17 8/10/17
Mangrove Forest Distribution and Dynamics U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  9/24/17 9/24/17
Disease Ecology Louisiana State University  9/24/17 9/24/17
Historical Ecology of Infectious Disease University of Washington  9/24/17 9/24/17
Global Ecosystem Modeling (2 positions) ETH-Zürich (Switzerland)  9/22/17 9/22/17
Multi-trophic Responses in Restored Grasslands Wichita State University 9/22/17 9/5/17
Forest Community & Ecosystem Ecology University of Nevada – Reno  9/21/17 9/21/17
Terrestrial Carbon Cycle Data Assimilation Boston University  9/21/17 9/21/17
Lecturers in Ecology (2 positions) University of Georgia 9/18/17 8/8/17
Tropical Wood Decay and Carbon Cycling George Washington University 9/17/17 8/29/17
Freshwater conservation and eco-hydrology University of Oklahoma 9/15/17 8/28/17
Population Genetics and Computational Genomics Institut Pasteur (France)  9/12/17 9/12/17
Tree and Soil Biodiversity Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 9/10/17 8/29/17
Invasive Plant Modeling University of Minnesota 9/1/17 8/11/17
Forest Carbon Modeling University of Minnesota 9/1/17 8/11/17
Temperature and Microbial Community Stability Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ (Germany) 9/1/17 8/7/17
Marine Ecology Smithsonian Institution 9/1/17 8/4/17
Patterns of Foliar Traits/Hyperspectral Remote Sensing University of Wisconsin-Madison 9/1/17 7/25/17
Coastal Ecology University of Central Florida 8/31/17 8/11/17
Quantitative Movement Ecology University of Florida Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center 8/31/17 8/7/17
Honey Bee and Bumble Bee Ecology University of Würzburg (Germany) 8/31/17 7/28/17
Arctic Ecosystem Ecology Lund University (Sweden) 8/31/17 7/21/17
Forest Ecology/Fire Ecology Temple University  8/29/17 8/29/17
Sustainable Fisheries & Coastal Resilience University of Massachusetts Amherst 8/28/17 7/28/17
Dryland Hydrology, Erosion, and Restoration University of Colorado Boulder  8/22/17 8/22/17
Functional Genomics of Dutch Elm Disease Université Laval (Canada) 8/21/17 8/7/17
Long-Term Earth System Change Kansas State University 8/21/17 8/4/17
Migratory Birds and Climate Change USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center 8/18/17 8/7/17
Palaeo-Vegetation/Ecological Modelling (2 positions) Flinders University (Australia) 8/18/17 7/28/17
Biodiversity and Global Change (3 positions) Yale University 8/18/17 7/28/17
Conservation Biology and Population Genomics Michigan State University 8/16/17 8/8/17
Land Use Change & Biogeochemistry Boston University  8/15/17 8/15/17
Ecological Modeler USDA Forest Service, Center for Forest Disturbance Science 8/15/17 8/7/17
Plant Disease Ecology University of Florida 8/15/17 7/25/17
Risk Modelling Dispersal and Spread of Alien Conifers in New Zealand Lincoln University (New Zealand) 8/15/17 7/24/17
Tropical Forest Science (3 positions) Smithsonian Institution 8/15/17 6/28/17
Quantitative Biodiversity Ecologist Duke University  8/14/17 8/14/17
Marine Ecosystem Services and Stressors (2 positions) King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudia Arabia)  8/10/17 8/10/17
At-Risk Species Distribution Modeling Mississippi State University  8/10/17 8/10/17
Evolutionary Ecology University of Pittsburgh  8/8/17 8/8/17
Ecology & Omics of Fungal Endophytes University of Texas at Austin  8/8/17 8/8/17
Plant-Pollinator-Pathogen Interactions University of Massachusetts  8/8/17 8/8/17
Functional Genomics of Disease and Pesticide Susceptibility in Bumble Bees University of Illinois  8/8/17 8/8/17
Plant Species Distribution Modeling University of Massachusetts Amherst  8/8/17 8/8/17
Climate Change in Mediterranean Woodlands Hebrew University (Israel)  8/7/17 8/7/17
Microbial Community Ecology Stanford University 8/5/17 7/24/17
Plant Genetics (3 positions) University of California, Davis 8/1/17 7/21/17
Landscape Ecology Boise State University 8/1/17 6/21/17
Modeling Microbial Processes Under Environmental Change University of California Irvine 8/1/17 5/31/17
Sustainable Governance of Transboundary Environmental Commons National University of Singapore 8/1/17 5/9/17
Stream Hydro-Ecology University of California, Berkeley 7/31/17 7/17/17
Lecturer in Applied Ecology and Resource Management Simon Fraser University (Canada) 7/31/17 5/23/17
Floodplain Ecology and Water Resources Modeling University of Nevada, Reno  7/28/17 7/28/17
Quantitative Ecologist, Birds and Conservation National Audubon Society  7/28/17 7/28/17
Plant Ecophysiology Chapman University 7/28/17 6/28/17
STEM Education Research (3 positions) Michigan State University  7/25/17 7/25/17
Subarctic Data Synthesis, Water Resources (2 positions) Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada)  7/25/17 7/25/17
Hydrologic Modeling for Ecosystem Services Stanford University  7/25/17 7/25/17
Biodiversity, Conservation & Extinction University of Minnesota 7/25/17 6/28/17
Ecohydrological Modelling Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (Germany) 7/23/17 6/28/17
Population Modelling University of Kansas  7/20/17 7/20/17
Modelling Carbon Allocation and Tree Hydraulics INRA Nancy (France)  7/17/17 7/17/17
Quantitative Ecology, reef coral communities University of Queensland (Australia) 7/16/17 6/28/17
Ecological Modeling Emory University 7/15/17 6/28/17
Theoretical/Quantitative Disease Ecology University at Albany, SUNY 7/13/17 6/22/17
Quantitative Amphibian Ecology USGS/TD> 7/7/17 6/28/17
Quantitative Conservation Ecology San Diego State University 7/7/17 6/28/17
Global Synthesis of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions University of Alabama 7/1/17 6/7/17
Community Phylogenomics of Ants in Madagascar California Academy of Sciences  6/28/17 6/28/17
Plant Ecophysiology University of Texas at Austin  6/15/17 6/15/17
Remote Sensing of Ecosystem Services University of Minnesota  6/7/17 6/7/17
Ecology and the Environment (teaching) University at Buffalo  6/7/17 6/7/17
Modeling Tree Population Responses to Climate Pennsylvania State University  6/7/17 6/7/17
Physiology of Plant-Fungal Interactions USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station/Colorado State University  6/5/17 6/5/17

Outside Links to Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs

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AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships American Association for the Advancement of Science 12/5/13
Congressional Science Fellowship Program American Meteorological Society/UCAR 3/15/13
Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Sustainable Development Columbia University 11/1/16
Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship Cornell Lab of Ornithology 10/30/15
Fulbright Scholar Program Council for International Exchange of Scholars 8/1/14
Forest and Nature for Society Joint Doctoral Program European Commission 11/1/12
Environmental Fellows Program Harvard University 1/17/18
Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral and Experienced Researchers Humboldt Foundation (Germany)  1/1/01
IIASA Postdoctoral Program IIASA (Austria) 4/1/15
Marshall Sherfield Fellowships Marshall Scholarships 11/2/12
Goddard Institute for Space Studies NASA/Columbia University  1/1/01
NASA Postdoctoral Program NASA/Oak Ridge Associated Universities  1/1/01
Ecological Synthesis National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis  1/1/01
Liber Ero: Conservation challenges of relevance to Canada Liber Ero Post-doctoral Fellowship Program 11/1/16
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program Mote Marine Laboratory 8/31/17
Gulf Research Program Fellowships National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2/17/16
NRC Research Associateships National Research Council of the National Academies  1/1/01
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2018 National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) 12/1/17
Postdoctoral Fellowships 2018 National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) 10/27/17
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada 10/15/13
Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellowships Santa Fe Institute 11/1/15
Postdoctoral Fellowships Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 12/1/17
Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Programs Smithsonian Institution 12/1/14
MarineGEO Postdoctoral Fellowship Smithsonian Institution 12/15/17
David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program Society for Conservation Biology 9/21/12
NatureNet Science Fellows Program The Nature Conservancy 11/30/16
NCEAS Data Science Fellows Program University of California, Santa Barbara 2/1/18
National Health And Environmental Effects Research Lab (NHEERL) Post-Doctoral Research Program United States Environmental Protection Agency 12/14/12
USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellowship Program United States Geological Survey 2/21/12
Michigan Society of Fellows University of Michigan 10/2/12
Postdoctoral Scholar Program Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 9/20/17

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Stable Isotope Physiology and Global Change Ecology: 3-year post doc position at the University of Basel, Switzerland. The open position is within the ERC project HYDROCARB, where we seek to determine the potential of stable hydrogen isotope ratios (δ2H values) to assess long-term metabolic responses of plants to global environmental change. The key objective of the advertised position is to design experiments that will allow to identify the metabolic processes in plants that are reflected in the δ2H values of different plant compounds. This information will then be applied to interpret δ2H time series obtained from herbarium specimen and tree ring chronosequences to identify long-term metabolic changes in plants as a response to environmental changes during the past century. We are looking for a motivated candidate with a PhD in biology, environmental sciences or related disciplines. Strong interest in process-oriented research in plant physiology, the ability to work analytically with large datasets and experience with process-based modelling are beneficial. The position will initially be for one year with the possibility of a two-year extension. Please send your application (CV, letter of motivation, contact information of three references) to Mrs. Maura Ellenberger ( Application deadline is January 31th 2018. Further information on the project can be obtained from Prof. Kahmen ( Posted: 12/15/17.

Plant-soil feedbacks/Invasion ecophysiology/Restoration: A postdoctoral researcher position is available in the Department of Plant & Environmental Sciences, at Clemson University, Clemson SC. The candidate will work on a USDA-NIFA supported project to investigate the ecophysiological attributes of invasive plants including plant stress physiology and related plant-soil feedbacks, soil carbon and nutrient cycling, and the potential legacy-effects at regional scales. The candidate will also lead the implementation of various restoration practices that are formulated based on the above knowledge. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to develop and execute hypothesis-driven research in the above field, publish associated manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, contribute to research proposal submissions, maintain field plots, and guide graduate and undergraduate students in related research projects. QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should have a Ph.D. in plant ecology/physiology or soil chemistry/ microbiology or related fields. Candidates with a strong background in plant eco-physiology/ soil carbon cycling/ microbial ecology/ plant-soil interactions will be given preference. Prior experience in plant invasions is not required, but will be considered as an advantage. The position is available starting January-April 2018 (negotiable). The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal up to 2.5 years based on performance evaluation. Review of applications will begin on January 2nd, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Interested candidate should apply through Interfolio For more information about the position please contact: Dr. Nishanth Tharayil ( Posted: 11/21/17.

Plant Ecophysiology: Applications are invited for a postdoctoral scholar in the area of plant ecophysiology in Jennifer Funk’s lab at Chapman University in southern California. This is a full-time one year position with the possibility of an additional year subject to performance review. The project will examine the influence of nitrogen fixation strategy on rates of photosynthesis, respiration, and plant growth in a taxonomically and functionally diverse group of legumes. Results will be analyzed in the context of current plant economic models to develop a theoretical framework that explains legume growth strategies. Chapman has outstanding undergraduate students and opportunities exist for teaching and mentoring experience. Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Ecology or Plant Biology and be proficient with leaf-level gas exchange measurements (LI-6400). Experience managing a large greenhouse or field experiment is required. Preferred candidates will also have experience measuring and analyzing plant functional traits, including root traits, and familiarity with multivariate statistics. The ideal candidate will have good writing and organizational skills, and an ability to work well with undergraduate students. Please email a letter of interest, resume, and email addresses of three references to: Dr. Jennifer Funk, by 7/28/2017. Ideally, the position will start in October 2017. Posted: 6/28/17.

Plant Ecophysiology: The Juenger lab at the University of Texas at Austin is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher in the field of plant ecophysiology. The researcher will be involved in collaborative NSF and DOE funded projects exploring local adaptation using C4 perennial switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) and panicgrass (Panicum hallii) as model systems. A major goal of the project is to identify important traits underlying local adaptation across species ranges using a combination of experimental common gardens and field based drought experiments. The aims of the position will be tailored to the expertise of the candidate. Opportunities exist for physiological studies of abiotic stress tolerance and climate adaptation, studies of physiological priming/acclimation and legacies in stress tolerance, genetic mapping of important eco-physiological traits, and studies linking physiological traits with underlying molecular pathways and natural variation. Candidates with experience or special interest in experimental studies of leaf or root economic spectrums are especially encouraged to apply. The position requires a PhD in Plant Physiology, Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, Plant Biology or a related field. The ideal candidate will have experience in field measurements of physiological traits, plant-water relations, and measures of plant performance under abiotic stress. Experience in experimental design, statistical analyses, and excellent oral and written communication skills are required. We encourage applications from female, minority, and culturally diverse candidates. Please email all applications to with the subject “Postdoctoral Application: ecophysiology”. Applications should include a cover letter detailing experience and research interests, a current CV, and contact information for three professional references compiled in a single pdf file. Applications will be considered until the positions are filled. Posted: 6/15/17.

Physiology of Plant-Fungal Interactions: A position is open for a Post Doc / professional to characterize the adaptive physiological traits of high elevation five-needle pines as they relate to susceptibility to white pine blister rust and source climate. The studies are to (1) characterize physiological response to drought and temperature within and among seedling families and species and (2) analyze Next Generation sequencing data of fungal associates of forest grown trees. Key requirements include an excellent work ethic, ability to work independently and in a team, a record of timely publication, and research experience in physiology including operation and trouble shooting of a Li-6400XT. Experience with other physiological techniques (e.g. cold hardiness), plant-fungal interactions, statistics (R, multivariate), genetics, bioinformatics, and a background in evolutionary biology is preferred. The position is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Position is open until filled - a start date of this summer is preferred so that measurements can begin in August 2017. Please submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for references to Dr. Anna Schoettle ( at USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station) and Dr. Jane Stewart ( at Colorado State University). Posted: 6/5/17.

Ecology and Organismal Biology: The Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University (Orange County, California) invites applications for its postdoctoral teaching and research fellows program. Appointments will begin in summer 2018 for two years with a third year extension possible. Schmid College Fellows are outstanding early-career scientists who provide innovative teaching and mentorship to undergraduate students in our Grand Challenges Initiative, as well as advance independent research in collaboration with a member of the faculty. Fellows are offered a competitive salary, benefits, research support, and personalized professional development in teaching and research. Chapman University has a vibrant and productive group of faculty working in the areas of ecology and organismal biology. Possible projects and mentors are listed below. Molecular mechanisms of plant interactions with various biotic stresses and daily environmental fluctuations (Hagop Atamian, Comparative genomics and biomimetics of silk-like fibers from hagfish slime (Douglas Fudge, Plant physiological ecology of tropical forests (Greg Goldsmith, Effects of climate change on northern peatland ecosystems; controls of anaerobic carbon cycling and greenhouse gas dynamics in wetlands (Jason Keller, Behavior and neuroendocrinology of quail (Patricia Lopes, Changes in behavior and physiology among breeding common loons entering their teens and 20s; a long-term study of known-age, territorial individuals (Walter Piper, Intertidal invertebrates and trait-mediated effects of climate change (William Wright, File review will commence on January 8, 2018 and will continue until all positions are filled. For more information, please see the full advertisement. Posted: 12/2/17.

Ecological Modeling of Plant Phenology: I am looking to hire two new data scientist postdocs to join the PhenoCam project at Northern Arizona University. The first position (NAU Job ID 603575) is focused on modeling and ecological analysis. The postdoc will lead efforts to develop phenological models for key vegetation types and analyze the role of phenology in regulating biosphere-atmosphere interactions and feedbacks using empirical and model-based approaches. Applicants must be willing to work collaboratively on team projects. This position is funded by a new grant from NSF’s Macrosystems Biology program. The second position (NAU Job ID 603576) is focused on coding and the development of software tools. The postdoc will lead efforts to develop new software tools to facilitate the integration and synthesis of phenological data from PhenoCam, satellite remote sensing, ground observations, and gridded data products. The ideal applicant will be interested in ecological applications of “big data”, but will also have extensive prior training in computer science and programming. This position is funded by a new grant from NASA’s Advanced Information Systems Technology program. The listing for each position, as well as an online application, can be found by going to this web page, clicking “Search Jobs Now”, and entering either the ID numbers above (603575 and 603576) or PhenoCam as a keyword. Applications will be reviewed beginning February 5. Both positions are available immediately. A separate application is required for each position. Applications must be submitted online through the NAU HR web page. Please email me directly with any questions. Andrew Richardson ( Posted: 1/5/18.

Modelling Plant-Plant and Plant-Environment Interactions: Here at our plant ecology group at SLU Uppsala Sweden we are seeking a highly motivated postdoc to work on modelling of plant-plant and plant-environment interactions to establish predictive understanding of ideal plant mixtures in agriculture for high and stable crop yields, efficient resource use, reduction of losses due to biotic and abiotic stresses, and provision of ecosystem service. This position will be associated with the H2020 project “DIVERSify – Designing InnoVative plant teams for Ecosystem Resilience and agricultural Sustainability”. Deadline for applications: November 5th, 2017 (Apply by sending an email to, referring to the opening code 3718/2017 and attaching the relevant documents as pdf). Contact person: Giulia Vico More information and application instructions. Posted: 10/7/17.

Vertebrate Field Ecologist: We seek applications for a postdoctoral research associate for a SERDP-funded project focused on understanding the role of the Mariana fruit bat in seed dispersal. This is part of a larger project that aims to determine the importance of vertebrate seed dispersal for tropical forest composition and structure and develop strategies for restoring seed dispersal to human-dominated landscapes. See the project website at for more details about ongoing and previous research in this system. The postdoc will join the lab of Dr. Haldre Rogers at Iowa State University and will be co-advised by Dr. Tammy Mildenstein of Cornell College. The postdoc will work closely with the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Division of Fish and Wildlife fruit bat biologist and other wildlife staff. In addition, they will collaborate with postdocs and grad students from Iowa State University (Rogers lab) and Colorado State University (in the lab of Dr. Julie Savidge) who have led the collection of field data focused on native avian and non-native mammalian frugivores. The target start date is late 2017 or early 2018 (negotiable) and the appointment will be through September 2019. The position will require an extended field season on the island of Rota, in the Northern Mariana Islands, although the duration is negotiable. Minimum qualifications: *Ph.D. in ecology or related field, with extensive experience in animal movement *Significant vertebrate handling experience *Experience with the R programming language and strong quantitative skills *Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with demonstrated ability to write and publish research results *Experience working on a team, and working with people from different disciplines and backgrounds Desired qualifications: *Experience with fruit bat capture and handling *Experience with tracking via radio or GPS telemetry Position details: Salary is $46-48K/year (depending on experience), plus health benefits. Costs of trip to at least one conference will be covered. How to Apply: Please email a cover letter, CV, and contact details for three references in a single pdf file to Dr. Haldre Rogers at For questions, contact Haldre Rogers ( Review of applications will begin November 15, 2017. Posted: 10/31/17.

Terrestrial Modeling:. Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystems Division has an opening for a Terrestrial Modeling Postdoctoral Scholar. The successful candidate will analyze agricultural systems, including soil biogeochemical and plant processes and management. You will be part of a multi-institution and multi-disciplinary project. The position calls for expertise in numerical methods for land-surface modeling; uncertainty quantification; parameter estimation; and microbial, abiotic, and plant processes and interactions. The project offers an excellent environment for working with a highly skilled interdisciplinary team and will require strong motivation and excellent oral and written communication skills. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is a renowned center of scientific expertise in many facets of climate-related fundamental and applied science. The successful candidate may focus on several agriculture-relevant processes, including coupled hydrological and biogeochemical dynamics, nutrient and carbon interactions, plant allocation, plant and microbe interactions, and management. We are particularly interested in relating above and belowground plant properties and how those relationships can be used to inform plant breeding. We are also interested in developing methods to evaluate, against observations, process-level and emergent model responses, and in developing model benchmarking approaches. What You Will Do: • Use state-of-the-art mechanistic agricultural models. • Develop and test numerical representations of complex inter-related terrestrial ecosystem processes suitable for site to regional scale models. • Apply state-of-the-art parameter uncertainty and calibration methods. • Work as a member of a large multidisciplinary research team. • Author technical reports and publish in peer-reviewed journal articles. • Present results in group project meetings, seminars and/or conferences. What Is Required: • PhD in relevant field. • Ability to develop numerical representations of complex inter-related terrestrial ecosystem processes. • Strong mathematical skills. • Ability to work creatively, independently, and productively. • Participation in preparation of proposals. • Oral and written presentation of results. • Ability to work in an integrated team environment. The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on January 15, 2018. Notes: • This is a full time, 2 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree. • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay. • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes. • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates. • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment. • Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA. Apply directly online and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process. Posted: 12/26/17.

Global Change Ecology: The Global Change Ecology Lab (GCEL, led by Dr. Scott Ferrenberg) within the Department of Biology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, is seeking a post-doctoral scientist with strong quantitative skills and an interest in dryland and/or forest ecology. The GCEL has a broad goal of understanding how populations and communities of plants, microbes, and animals interact with global change pressures, and what these interactions mean for ecosystem functioning. Work within the GCEL ranges from tests of ecological theory to research aimed at improving resource management. The incoming post-doc will have the flexibility to identify novel research aims while also joining a federally funded project investigating the vulnerability of dryland plants and ecosystem functioning to climate change and disturbance interactions across multiple desert ecosystems of western North America. The Post-doc will also take part in a large-group synthesis effort, funded in part by the New Phytologist Trust, regarding the importance of resource pulses for biotic activity and ecosystem functioning in arid ecosystems. The ideal candidate will have (1) a Ph.D. in ecology, biology, biogeography, or a related field (applications from individuals planning to complete their Ph.D. by the fall of 2018 will also be considered), (2) a strong record of leading and publishing science, (3) strong quantitative skills and knowledge of R or another computer language suitable for data management and analyses, and (3) the ability to travel to partner universities and government offices, and to occasionally join field crews working in remote locations and adverse weather conditions (i.e., desert and high elevation environments across western North America). The position is available starting in March 2018 (start negotiable). Applications will be considered until a suitable candidate is hired. Initial support is for one year with continued support possible based on available funding. THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL JOB AD; an official ad, application deadline, and weblink for applying are forthcoming from NMSU HR. To express interest in the position and to be informed when the official advertisement is released contact Dr. Scott Ferrenberg ( Official applications will include a CV, a cover letter describing research interests and background, graduate transcripts, and the names and emails of 3 references. Posted: 1/15/18.

Ecosystem Science and Plant Physiology: Center for Ecosystem Science and Society, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. We are seeking a Research Associate (Lab Manager) with strong interests in ecosystem science and plant physiology to join the lab of Professors Andrew Richardson and Mariah Carbone. Research in the lab is focused on ecosystem carbon cycling in the context of global change. Current research projects emphasize carbon allocation in plants, using observational and experimental approaches, including isotopes and trace gas fluxes. The Research Associate will be responsible for coordinating lab activities, including participating in field sampling, conducting wet-lab analysis of plant and soil samples, and supervising undergraduate technicians. This is a permanent, full-time position. Allowable relocation expenses will be reimbursed, up to 5% of annual salary. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 20. The position is available immediately. To view the full listing and apply: Posted: 1/2/18.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology: Postdoctoral Research Associate. The Terrestrial Ecosystem Science group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, Tennessee) is seeking an individual with a real passion for studying the natural world, motivated to take on the challenge of synthesizing data and building models that accurately represent roots and root function. Roots are fundamental for plant resource acquisition and survival, yet accurate representation of roots and root function in terrestrial ecosystem models remains challenging. We have an ongoing and long history of fine-root research and we are seeking a postdoctoral candidate for an exciting new opportunity to translate this amassed knowledge and data into ecosystem models. You will have the flexibility to explore your interests within the broad scope of the role of roots and root function in ecosystem ecology. Qualifications include: - PhD in ecology, botany, or related field - A proven track record of high-quality publications - Programming skills in FORTRAN and data analysis languages R or Python - A proven track record of high-quality publications - Competence in statistical techniques. Applicants cannot have received their PhD degree more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. Apply at: All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. End Posting Date: 1/12/2018. Posted: 11/15/17.

Arctic Ecosystem Ecology: One two-year postdoc position is available with Dr Daniel Metcalfe at Lund University, Sweden. The postdoc will use a unique map of environmental research cross the Arctic to perform a rapid environmental survey of plants and soils across six of the least studied areas in the Arctic, then compare these measurements with matching surveys from two of the most intensively researched areas (Toolik lake, USA and Abisko, Sweden). The overall aim is to understand if and how the current patchy distribution of Arctic research affects dominant scientific paradigms. For further details and to apply, visit the full job ad. The application deadline is 31st August 2017, the position start date can be negotiated. We encourage applications from highly motivated and independent young scientists particularly with experience of ecological fieldwork in arctic ecosystems, soil science, measurement of gas fluxes, plant ecophysiology and / or plant community measurements. Posted: 7/21/17.

Stream Ecology: A postdoctoral research scholar position is available in the Department of Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University. We are seeking a postdoctoral scholar to conduct experimental and observational studies exploring how environmentally induced shifts in stream algal communities impact stream invertebrate secondary production and the flow energy and nutrients to fish and terrestrial consumers of stream insects. The primary responsibilities will include 1) conducting fieldwork in the Appalachian Mountains, Rocky Mountains, and possibly other locations, sometimes for continuous durations of 3-4 months, 2) some independence in research design and execution, 3) and field sampling, sample processing and analyses, and publishing and presenting the findings in collaboration with others. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in biology, entomology, ecology or a related field at the time of hire. Highly desirable qualifications include experience in one or more of the following areas: quantifying invertebrate secondary production, trophic basis of production, organic matter flow, fatty acid analysis, invertebrate sampling, invertebrate taxonomy and life histories, and knowledge of or an interest in fish or bird foraging experiments and/or energetics. The postdoctoral scholar will be working with Brad Taylor’s Lab group. For additional information regarding the research group and focal areas, please consult our website, and email if you have questions. In addition, to interactions among our lab group, the position provides opportunities to interact with a vibrant group of scientists at NC State, other institutions in North Carolina’s Research Triangle, and at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado. The salary is $48-50k plus benefits. The position is for two years, with renewal dependent on performance. Applicants should include a cover letter (stating their potential start date), a curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, 2-3 relevant publications, and a 1-2 page statement of research interests. Review of applications will begin on 31 January 2018 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The start date is flexible but no later than 15 April 2018. Apply at enter position number “PG170060PD” in the keyword field. Posted: 11/4/17.

Floodplain Ecology and Water Resources Modeling: Postdoctoral Research Associate in floodplain landscape ecology: modeling tradeoffs between aquatic/riparian habitats and hydropower production in the Lower Mekong Basin (southeast Asia). We seek applicants with expertise in at least one of the following: water resources modeling, aquatic/riparian landscape ecology, or land cover/land use change – with an interest in quantitative interdisciplinary research and a willingness to learn new skills, as needed. This 2-year position is offered jointly by Peter Weisberg (University of Nevada, Reno) and Sarah Null (Utah State University), with flexibility for the post-doc to base in Reno, NV or Logan, UT. Extension of the position for a 3rd year is possible. The successful candidate will work with an international team of interdisciplinary scientists on the US AID-funded Wonders of the Mekong Project, under the auspices of UNR’s Global Water Center. More information (pdf) How to Apply: Please submit the following materials to Dr. Peter Weisberg ( and Dr. Sarah Null ( cover letter, CV, 2 pg. statement on previous research, professional goals and how your skills will be applied, contact information for three references. Posted: 7/28/17.

Multi-trophic Responses in Restored Grasslands: We seek a postdoctoral research associate who will examine trophic responses to restoration of grasslands through the Conservation Reserve Program across Kansas. This is a collaborative project among labs at Wichita State University (Greg Houseman and Mary Liz Jameson) and Emporia State (Bill Jensen) universities representing plants, insects, and birds (respectively) and will be based in the lab of Dr. Greg Houseman. The position requires both project management and analytical skills. Funding is available for two years. The postdoc will be responsible for managing 6 field crews across 108 sites in Kansas sampling plants, insects, and birds on privately-owned fields restored from cropland to grasslands under USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The study involves investigating trophic responses (plants, insects, birds) to cattle grazing (done in 2017 only) and seed diversity (high, low) of CRP fields across the state’s steep precipitation gradient. The successful applicant will supervise field research in Kansas grassland habitats, supervise field crews, conduct data analyses, prepare reports and manuscripts for publication, maintain lab, and organize equipment. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills are necessary for managing field crews and interacting with landowners. The field season runs from mid-May to the end of July each year. Field crews consist of graduate (MS) and undergraduate students who work in demanding conditions (such as hot, sunny weather; early mornings; long hours; much hiking) and live in close quarters at field stations. In addition to monitoring sampling schedules, activities, and data management of field crews, the postdoc must have excellent interpersonal skills to address any landowner concerns. The ability to find solutions to logistical challenges that arise suddenly is essential. The postdoc must be proficient in field navigation using GPS or ability to learn, have experience working in demanding field conditions (hot, sunny, much hiking), and have a valid driver’s license and experience with driving vehicles on unimproved roads. Much travel is required across the state before and during field seasons to monitor crews and transport plant and insect biomass and miscellaneous supplies and equipment. Temporary housing is provided at several field stations as well as a rental vehicle. The postdoc should have at least basic familiarity with sampling plant biomass and community composition, insect sampling (pitfall and sweep-net samples), and bird surveys (line-transect surveys, nest monitoring). The postdoc will play a pivotal role in the analytical dimensions of the project. A key approach will be to use Structural Equation Modeling to integrate the plant, insect and bird responses to grassland management and precipitation. Additional modeling or analytical expertise such as ArcGIS, multivariate analyses, and proficiency in R are highly desirable. Preferred Qualifications: 1) Graduate degree in ecology, agroecology, soil science, ecology, environmental science, entomology, avian ecology, or a related field; 2) ability to manage field technicians; 3) demonstrated skill in statistical analysis, particularly with Structural Equation Modeling or related modeling; 4) excellent writing skills as evidenced by publications, thesis, or dissertation; 5) valid driver’s license; 6) the ability to work well independently and collaboratively; 7) demonstrated ability to successfully initiate, manage, and complete professional projects; 8) ability to multi-task and will give careful attention to detail; 9) strong work ethic and professionalism. Salary $37k. Apply online at Provide: 1) a letter of interest detailing qualifications for the position, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a list of three professional references with contact information (institution, email address, phone number), and 4) three samples of professional writing. Applications review will begin 9/22/2017. Desired start date is early January 2017. Questions: Dr. Greg Houseman (Greg.Houseman[at] Posted: 9/5/17.

Applied Demography of Reptiles: Pennsylvania State University. I am recruiting a post-doc to work in my research group (Applied Population Ecology Lab) on two projects that both employ long-term mark-recapture data sets to examine demographic patterns in reptiles. The first project is funded by NIH to look at aging in turtles. The focal population is a 30 year study of painted turtles in the Midwest, with the potential to also use other long-term turtle data sets. The second project is again a long-term study (40+ years) of garter snake populations in California funded by NSF. The goal of this project is to understand the inter-relationship between climate, individual physiology (condition, immune-function, and stress), and demographic responses in multiple populations of two species in the Eagle Lake area of California. The post-doc will be tasked with analyzing the long-term data and contributing to the overall goals of the two projects. The focus of both is on demography and estimating demographic parameters and the person filling the position should have experience and interest in this area. The position would be a good fit for a person with interests in any of the following: quantitative ecology, applied population ecology, and/or evolutionary ecology. To apply, submit a CV, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references at: I will begin to review applications in early November with the goal of having someone start sometime after the new year (start date may be flexible). Any questions can be directed to David Miller ( See the full announcement for more details. Posted: 10/11/17.

Stormwater ponds and plant invasion: The Residential Landscape Ecology Lab in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida is looking to hire a creative and motivated postdoc to lead a project aimed at using individual-based, computational experiments to quantify the potential for stormwater ponds to facilitate the spread of invasive plants. This position will require field data collection and computational work. The term of the position would be one year, with extension dependent upon availability of funding. The candidate would be a member of the Sustainable Human and Ecological Development Cohort. The diverse interests of this cohort include community and ecosystem ecology, geospatial analysis, invasion biology, ecological restoration, hydrology, energy conservation, soil and water science, and big-data analytics. Qualifications: A Ph.D. in ecology or related field, experience and interests in applied research, spatial ecology, biological invasions/species movement, computational modeling, and strong writing skills. A strong publication record and knowledge of individual-based modeling platforms are highly desirable. To apply: Email the following as a single PDF file to (1) Letter of Interests stating your research/career goals, how you would benefit from this opportunity, and your qualifications; (2) C.V.; (3) contact information for three professional references. Place “Postdoc Position” in subject line. Review of applicants will begin immediately. The position is available as soon as January 2018. Posted: 12/14/17.

Population, community and ecosystem ecology: A postdoctoral position is available in Hall Cushman’s lab in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. The lab has recently moved from California to Nevada, and will be continuing an existing project in the Bay Area and establishing new ones in the greater Reno area. Research in the lab focuses on population, community and ecosystem ecology, with emphasis on the dynamics of plant invasions, plant-herbivore interactions and woody plants as ecosystem engineers and community facilitators. This work typically has an applied emphasis, is strongly field-oriented, and relies heavily on the use of experiments stratified across environmental gradients. The postdoctoral fellow will contribute to the lab’s research efforts in two main ways: They will develop research projects that use a 20-year-old exclosure experiment in California to explore the cascading effects of reintroducing once extirpated large mammals on coastal ecosystems (see Ender et al. 2017, Ecology and Evolution 7:1561–1571). They will help develop new research projects in Great Basin and/or Sierra Nevada ecosystems and collaborate on writing grant proposals to support them. The ideal postdoctoral fellow will be an individual who can collaborate effectively on projects with other lab members and can also develop their own projects within the lab’s study systems. The postdoctoral fellow must be an excellent writer and field ecologist, have well-developed abilities to analyze large data sets and have a strong record as a highly productive scientist. This position will be filled initially for one year, but there is an option for two additional years, based on performance and funding. If you are interested in this position, please send a detailed letter of interest, CV and the names and contact information of at least three referees to Hall Cushman at J. Hall Cushman, Professor & Chair, Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Science, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557. Posted: 10/13/17.

Population/Community Ecology and Statistical Ecology: five postdoctoral researchers for a fixed term of three years. There will be a trial period of four months in the beginning. The post doc positions are part of the University of Helsinki Research Centre for Ecological Change and are funded by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation for 1.1.2018-31.12.2020. PIs of the Centre are prof. Anna-Liisa Laine, prof. Otso Ovaskainen, prof. Tomas Roslin, assist. prof. Jarno Vanhatalo and dr Marjo Saastamoinen. The starting date is 1.1.2018, but a later starting date can be negotiated. Starting salary ~3300-3800 euros/month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. Deadline is 7 October 2017. To apply, see open positions. 3 POST DOC POSTITIONS IN POPULATION/COMMUNITY ECOLOGY We are seeking three post docs to analyse extensive ecological datasets. The successful candidates will take part in developing the specific research questions, and in linking spatial and temporal data on the abundance and distribution of species and on community composition to data on habitat structure, population harvesting, fragmentation, land use and/or weather. Examples of questions of interest include the role of environmental change on biodiversity in different habitats, on the spread of pests, disease, and invasive species, on the threat status of endangered species, and on potential mismatches in phenology among interacting species. The data and research questions concern both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. The focus of the specific research questions can be modified in accordance with the background and interests of the candidate. The successful applicant should have completed a PhD in ecology or a related field, and have a strong background in statistics, spatial statistics, and/or GIS. We seek candidates with excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to conceive, execute and complete research projects, and to think independently and creatively. The post docs will work as a part of a team at the Centre but also with researchers from other environmental institutes. Overall, excellent social skills are required for extensive collaborations. For more information, contact prof. Anna-Liisa Laine, prof. Tomas Roslin and/or Dr. Marjo Saastamoinen by email:,, 2 POST DOC POSTITIONS IN STATISTICAL ECOLOGY The post docs take part in the development of statistical methods for analyzing long-term ecological data and in statistical analyzes within the Research Centre for Ecological Change. The methodological work focus on development of Hierarchical Modelling of Species Communities (HMSC) and hierarchical multivariate Gaussian processes. HMSC is a joint species distribution modelling framework that can be used for the statistical analysis of data on species occurrence, environmental covariates, functional traits and phylogenetic relationships. HMSC can be applied to hierarchical, spatial and temporal study designs, and it applies to many kinds of response data (presence/absence, counts, etc.). Gaussian processes are flexible and versatile modeling approach that are emerging to statistical ecology as tools for species distribution and population dynamics modeling. Gaussian processes are used to model spatial and spatiotemporal heterogeneity in data and describe species responses to their environment in nonparametric manner. A successful post doc candidate will have experience in the development and application of Bayesian methods for computationally challenging problems. In particular, prior experience in multivariate generalized linear mixed models, factor models and/or Gaussian processes is highly valued. A successful candidate will also have experience in scientific computing. Prior experience in ecology is not necessary, but is counted as an advantage. The exact direction to which the post doc will develop HMSC and Gaussian process models can be agreed upon based on the experience and interests of the candidate. For more information, contact prof. Otso Ovaskainen and/or assistant prof. Jarno Vanhatalo by email:, Posted: 9/12/17.

Functional Community Ecology: The Laughlin Lab in the Botany Department at the University of Wyoming is seeking applications for a two-year post-doctoral research associate to start in the Fall of 2017. The lab integrates community dynamics and ecophysiology to advance the theoretical foundations of ecology so that we can restore and manage wild landscapes in a rapidly changing world. The successful applicant will have an opportunity to choose from a variety of exciting projects where data is already available for analysis; including, but not limited to, the impact of traits on plant fitness along experimental environmental gradients, the relationship between plant traits and decomposition rates across multiple organs for multiple species, and testing new modeling frameworks that integrate environmental filtering and species interactions. We encourage applicants from under-represented groups in science and we place value in work-life balance. Nestled between the Snowy and Laramie Ranges, Laramie is a vibrant western town with a rich cultural history. This region of the Rocky Mountains offers ample opportunity for outdoor activities (e.g. hiking, mountain biking, skiing) and the elevation gradients provide a diversity of landscapes for exploration. Apply here. Closes: 9/29/17. Posted: 8/29/17.

Ecological Statistician and Spatial Ecologist: I’m excited to announce two postdoc positions, one for an ecological statistician and one for a spatial ecologist, are available here at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Both will work to develop and test “next-generation” species distribution models and both are for 2 years. So far only one is officially posted (ecological statistician; application deadline February 28th, 2018), but the other will appear soon! Please contact me if you have questions! Adam B. Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Scientist in Global Change, Center for Conservation & Sustainable Development, Missouri Botanical Garden. Posted: 1/15/18.

Spatial Modeling of Biodiversity and Geodiversity: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. We seek a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate for large-scale biodiversity modeling and data science. The researcher will work on multiple biodiversity, geodiversity, and spatial modeling research projects at Michigan State University under the supervision of Dr. Phoebe Zarnetske (Forestry/Fisheries & Wildlife), in collaboration with Dr. Kyla Dahlin (Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences), and Dr. Andrew Finley (Forestry/Statistics). The research projects address: spatial scaling relationships among NASA remotely-sensed geodiversity and point-level biodiversity; and ecological linkages between biodiversity and productivity across terrestrial and aquatic realms. Both projects are motivated by improving the ability to forecast future changes in biodiversity. Taxonomic groups include (but are not limited to): birds, trees, aquatic insects, and fish. These projects are collaborative and are connected with two larger working groups. The position will begin as a one-year appointment with extension available depending on satisfactory performance and continued funding. REQUIRED: The successful candidate will have earned a PhD in ecology, statistics, data science, or related field by the position start date. Additional preferred qualifications include a strong background in ecological theory, climate change ecology, and spatial modeling (including Bayesian); expertise in R, analyzing large remotely-;sensed and point-level data, big data management, high performance computing; previous project management experience; and exceptional work ethic, professionalism, and collaborative skills. TO APPLY: submit your application online at to job number 483196. Upload the following required documents: 1) a letter of interest detailing qualifications for the position, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a list of three professional references with contact information (institution, email address, phone number). Incomplete applications will not be considered. Review of applications will begin January 31, 2018. Desired start date is May 2018, but earlier or later start dates may be possible if identified in the application cover letter. Questions should be directed to Dr. Zarnetske: More Information. Posted: 1/4/18.

Spatial Ecology: The Kitzes Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to join our lab. Our lab studies species diversity and distributions in human-altered landscapes, primarily using methods drawn from spatial macroecology. Our goals are both to answer fundamental questions about how species organize themselves in space and to inform the practice of conservation in fragmented landscapes. Our lab is currently involved in both theory-based and field-based projects, and the Postdoctoral Associate will work on at least one of these in addition to potentially developing independent, related projects. Our current theoretical work involves investigating the relationship between spatial scaling metrics, such as the species-area relationship, and point process models. We expect these to lead to new predictions of species turnover patterns as well as multivariate scaling metrics that will predict species diversity in patchy landscapes. Our field projects use autonomous acoustic recorders, placed throughout western Pennsylvania, to study the factors that control bird and bat distributions at landscape scales and to provide data to test our theoretical models. A major portion of this research involves developing algorithms and software to identify the species that are present near each recorder from many terabytes of recorded sound files. We are seeking applicants with experience in spatial ecology, macroecology, conservation biology, avian ecology, statistics, machine learning, ecoinformatics, and/or data science. Competitive applicants will have programming skills in Python, R, or a related language, and experience with ecological modeling and/or statistics. The salary for the position will be $47k per year. The initial appointment will be for one year, with funding available for a second year pending a positive first year review. Postdoctoral Associates at Pitt also receive benefits including health insurance, access to libraries and recreational facilities on campus, free access to public transit, and paid vacation days. Interested applicants should send an email ( that includes (1) a cover letter describing your interest in this position, prior research, and plans for future research, (2) your CV, (3) the names of three references, and (4) a writing sample. Review of applications will begin in early December. The start date for the position is flexible, and applicants may join the lab any time between January and June of 2018. Posted: 11/3/17.

Spatial Ecology: A postdoctoral position is available in the Haddad Lab at the Kellogg Biological Station of Michigan State University. A general feature of our lab is research at the interface of basic and applied ecology. We recently moved to KBS to advance research within our LTER. We are seeking a population or community ecologist to work on experimental and observational studies associated with the LTER and set within agricultural landscapes. The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate will include 1) analysis of community, ecosystem, and environmental data collected at the 28 year old LTER at Kellogg Biological Station and 2) design and implementation of experiments in spatial/landscape ecology either within or connected with the LTER. Requirement: experience in the design and implementation of field experiments. Other qualifications: experience within large-scale experiments and knowledge of population and community ecology (of insects or other taxa). The Kellogg Biological Station is located in Hickory Corners, MI ~65 miles from the main campus. KBS is home to 14 resident faculty, graduate students, postdocs, research staff, visiting research scientists, and many summer undergraduates. Research covers a broad spectrum of ecology, evolution, and conservation. Salary: $47-51k plus benefits. The position is for one year initially, with renewal dependent on performance. Start date is January 1, 2018. Interested applicants should email a CV, a brief statement of research interests and accomplishments, and the names and contact information of two references to Nick Haddad ( Review of applications will begin October 20, 2017. Anticipated start date is January 8, 2018. Posted: 9/26/17.

[position filled]Rangeland Vulnerability to Climate Change: The Department of Ecosystem Science & Management at Texas A&M University invites applications for a post-doctoral research associate to contribute to an USDA-NIFA funded project investigating agricultural vulnerability to climate change in the U.S. Great Plains. The incumbent will work with a transdisciplinary group of USDA scientists and several USDA Climate Hubs. Responsibilities include assessing climate change impacts on rangeland ecosystems, including extensive cattle production enterprises, and evaluating the potential benefits of adaptation strategies on agricultural vulnerability. Assessments will be based on historical data from the National Agricultural Statistical Survey (NASS) and projections of NPP and vegetation change from the MC2 Dynamic Global Vegetation Model. Metrics of beef cattle production will be derived from MC2 model output and the consequences of various adaptation strategies on these production metrics will be accessed from the relevant literature. Tradeoff models will evaluate the agricultural and ecological consequences of land use shifts among rangeland and cropping systems in future climates. Incumbent must hold a Ph.D. in ecology, range science or closely related field. Knowledge of climate change impacts on rangelands and associated adaptation strategies is required. Experience with data management, data analysis and interpretation, geospatial data processing, and transdisciplinary research is highly desirable. Position available January 1, 2018 for a 2-year period, but an extension is possible. Salary is $50k/year, plus benefits. Direct inquires to David D. Briske ( Submit applications at; NOV: 10478; PIN: 006467. Applicant evaluation will begin December 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Posted: 10/9/17.

Landscape/Wildlife Ecology Research Assistant Professor: The Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences at the University of Idaho invites applications for an academic year (nine-month), non-tenure-track faculty position as research assistant professor in the area of landscape and wildlife ecology. We seek team players with interdisciplinary research experience and expertise in landscape ecology, wildlife ecology and conservation biology. This is a soft-funded position; successful candidate is required to fully fund their own salary and fringe benefits. The appointment will include responsibilities for research (95%), and graduate student advising (5%) with the opportunity for paid undergraduate and graduate level teaching. The position is located on the main University campus in Moscow, Idaho. Additional position information can be found at: Closes 1/10/18. Posted: 1/4/18.

Landscape Ecology: Postdoctoral position: spatial models to scale up forest dynamics from sites to landscapes. This postdoc will model plant population and community dynamics over large areas using a suite of computational and mathematical approaches. The position will be based in the Caughlin lab at Boise State University, and the research will be applied to forecast land management scenarios in rangeland ecosystems, including restoration of sagebrush steppe in the Intermountain West and tropical reforestation in Latin American cattle pastures. Our lab is focused on developing novel ways to link ecological and remotely sensed data across multiple scales, from individual plants to million-hectare management units. We are looking for someone that brings expertise in either ecological modeling or remote sensing techniques. Motivated candidates with strengths in any of these areas are encouraged to apply: data analysis in R or Python, size-structured population models, hierarchical Bayesian models, the Stan programming language, and/or the Google Earth Engine API. Candidates should have a Ph.D. and demonstrated independent research ability via first author publications. This two-year position will be based at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. University strengths include a new EEB (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) program, human-environment systems, geosciences, and community partners in federal and state agencies. The application requires a cover letter describing your research interests and skills and how they relate to this position, along with a CV. In addition, please arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to The application deadline is August 1st, 2017. Apply online. Posted: 6/21/17.

Bobcat Spatial and Population Ecology: The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University seeks an energetic and motivated post-doctoral scholar for a project to understand more fully the dynamics of bobcat population recovery in Indiana. The successful applicant will provide insights into bobcat spatial and population ecology via application of advanced modeling approaches to previously collected telemetry data from bobcats in south-central Indiana and supplementary data from road-kills, archer surveys, and camera trapping. The post-doctoral scholar will: (A) derive estimates of survival rates for bobcats in an expanding population in south-central Indiana, (B) estimate home-range size and habitat selection in this population, (C) model habitat suitability and derive estimates of potential capacity of habitat to support bobcats, and (D) develop connectivity maps with resistance surfaces to allow comparison with habitat suitability maps as a tool for planning and management. The successful applicant will begin in May 2018 and work closely with project PIs and collaborators from the Indiana DNR. This position is offered as a one-year contract with renewal contingent on funding availability and satisfactory performance. The initial annual salary for this position is $47k plus benefits. Required qualifications include completion of a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology, ecological modeling or related field prior to May of 2018 with proficiency in the use of R statistical software and ArcGIS mapping tools. Applicants should have experience managing a research project and a solid record of publication in scientific journals. Preferred qualifications include experience with: (1) common approaches to survival analysis, (2) probabilistic modeling of home range and habitat selection including a range of presence-only based tools, (3) maximum-clique analysis to estimate carrying capacity and (4) development of movement resistance surfaces from habitat suitability maps for use in least cost path analysis, circuit theory algorithms and/or individual-based models to estimate connectivity across landscapes. To apply: Prospective applicants should send via email a brief letter of interest and CV with “Bobcat Post-Doctoral Scholar” in the subject line to the project PIs Rob Swihart ( and Pat Zollner ( Review of materials will begin on 16 February. Posted: 1/15/18.

Spatial Population Ecology: We seek a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to work on a collaborative NSF-funded project to study range expansion in an iconic invasive species. The successful applicant will investigate population dynamics at an invasion front and integrate population dynamical data with gene flow analyses. The goal of the study is to understand the multi-scale patterns and underlying processes of range expansion by the European gypsy moth across the natural and human landscape in the eastern United States. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in population modeling and statistical analyses on spatiotemporal scales. Understanding of forest insect ecology, experience with GIS, and/or experience with Bayesian approaches are desirable but not required. Proficiency in the R programming language is required. Applicants must have a PhD in biology, ecology, environmental science, or a related area before the start date. Applicants need to have demonstrated excellent writing skills and have a proven ability to publish research in peer-review journals. The position will be based in the Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA. The successful applicant will be based in the laboratory of Derek Johnson, but will also work with collaborators Rodney Dyer (VCU), Patrick Tobin (University of Washington), and Jeffrey Holland (Purdue University). The appointment is for one year, but may be extended conditional on performance and funding. Preferred start date is in January-April 2018. Later start dates may be considered for the right candidate. Salary and benefits are competitive. To apply or request more information, contact Derek Johnson ( Applicants are requested to submit the following via email: 1) a cover letter that explains your fit to the position, the particular skills and expertise you will bring to the project, and preferred start dates, 2) a complete CV with publications (including manuscript in submission), grants, and when you completed (or will complete) your PhD, and 3) the names of three references. Applicants may also send reprints or preprints (pdf format) of relevant publications and manuscripts. Review of applications will begin in mid-November, 2017. Posted: 10/20/17.

Population Biology: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is seeking applications for a 2-year postdoctoral position in the Population Biology Program of Excellence. The goal of the Population Biology-POE Postdoctoral Fellowship is to stimulate synergistic interactions between faculty and postdoctoral scholars interested in the broad area of Population Biology. We are seeking applications from recent PhDs who show promise of conducting cutting edge research related to, and expanding upon, faculty research areas in the Ecology, Evolution & Behavior (EEB) section in the School of Biological Sciences. The POE also seeks to identify potential postdoctoral fellows who will enhance graduate education, serve as a model for graduate students in career development, and promote interactions among faculty at UNL. Qualified candidates are required to submit a 2-3 page research proposal detailing the two-year program of research to be completed under the guidance of a faculty member in the Ecology, Evolution & Behavior (EEB) section in the School of Biological Sciences. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to potential faculty mentors before developing a proposal for additional guidelines and suggestions. The position does not include research funds so the extent of contributions from the faculty sponsor should be addressed in the proposal. While in residence, the postdoctoral fellow will be expected to lead a seminar, symposium or outreach project that will appeal to Population Biologists across campus. Applications must include a CV, a 1-page description of previous or current research and the description of proposed research. In addition, the applicant must arrange for two recommendation letters from non-UNL faculty, and one from the UNL faculty sponsor (a total of 3 letters) to be emailed to the address below. The expected salary will be $45,000 per year with a start date of August 19, 2018. Priority will be given to applicants who have completed their degree and are new to UNL. Research descriptions for past and current POE postdoctoral fellows can be viewed at Application materials should be emailed to: Dr. Johannes Knops at: The subject line should read “Population Biology Post-doc application”. Applications should be received by March 1, 2018. We anticipate notifying the successful applicant by April 1, with a starting date of August 19 or later in 2018. Posted: 1/4/18.

Population Biology: The Center for Population Biology at the University of California Davis invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Population Biology, broadly defined to include ecology, phylogenetics, comparative biology, population genetics, and evolution. We particularly encourage applications from candidates that have recently completed, or will soon complete, their PhD. The position is for TWO YEARS, subject to review after one year, and can begin as early as July 1, 2018. This position is covered by a collective bargaining unit. It has a starting annual starting salary of $48,216 plus benefits, and $6,000 per annum in research support. The Fellow will be a fully participating member in the Center for Population Biology and will be expected to have an independent research program that bridges the interests of two or more CPB faculty research groups. We strongly encourage candidates to contact appropriate faculty sponsors before applying. We also ask that each Fellow propose a workshop, discussion or lecture series that they could offer to the community of population biologists at UC Davis; faculty sponsors or the Director of CPB, Artyom Kopp, can provide additional input on this aspect of the fellowship. For samples of past workshop abstracts and more information about UC Davis programs in population biology, see CPB postdoc fellowship. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, a short (1-2 page) description of research accomplishments, a short (1-2 page) description of proposed research including potential faculty mentors, a brief (1 page or less) description of their proposed workshop, and copies of two publications, all in PDF format at: Applicants should also provide the information requested for three referees. Once entered, applicants will electronically request letters from referees who will then be prompted by email with upload instructions. Refer to the on-line instructions for further information. For full consideration, applications (including letters of reference) must be received by October 30, 2017. Posted: 9/21/17.

Applied Biological Modelling: CSIRO's Data61 is seeking a talented quantitative researcher for an exciting role, extending and complementing the skill set in our team of statisticians and probabilistic risk assessment practitioners in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. You as the successful candidate will be working primarily on the application and development of models that describe and predict how the synthetic biology products, including gene-drive modified organisms, will spread through a landscape and impact target and non-target organisms. To be successful you will need 1. A doctorate in applied mathematics, quantitative genetics, population ecology or other relevant discipline. 2. Demonstrated expertise in spatio-temporal modelling of population genetics and/or biological populations. 3. High level computational and programming skills, ideally in the R computing language, and a willingness to learn other languages if needed 4. A demonstrated understanding of probabilistic methods and Bayesian statistical inference. We work flexibly at CSIRO Data61, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Applications will remain open until filled, however we encourage you to submit your application by 1st November 2017 as we will interview suitable candidates from that date onwards. Apply at Posted: 10/5/17.

Population Modelling: Dr Daniel Reuman is recruiting into his lab in the University of Kansas Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB). At least 3 years of funding are available to carry out modelling pertaining to spatial population dynamics and analysis of large spatial population datasets. The postdoc will join an interdisciplinary team consisting of Reuman, three postdocs and one student currently in the Reuman lab, collaborators in EEB and in the Math Department at KU, and collaborators at several institutions in the USA and UK. Funding is from the NSF Mathematical Biology program and the James S McDonnell Foundation. In many hierarchical dynamical systems, “synchrony” between multiple fluctuating variables, i.e. correlations or other similarities in fluctuations between variables through time, is more important than the individual variables themselves. For instance, a neuron may fire only when its input neurons fire synchronously. Or the electrical grid may crash only when demands of multiple users become synchronized, producing total-usage spikes. Ecosystems can show this type of dependency on synchrony. Ecosystems include multiple trophic levels, with population signals from lower levels often being spatially aggregated to affect higher levels. For instance, a predator is only harmed if its prey are scarce over its whole hunting area. For systems of this type, it is primarily the synchronous components of signals that matter in the average signal that affects the next level – non-synchronous components tend to cancel in the spatial average. Thus synchrony is very important to ecosystems. Synchrony is found in organisms as diverse as mammals and protists, at distances up to thousands of kilometers. Synchrony relates to large-scale outbreaks and shortages and is important in conservation. In spite of the importance of synchrony in ecology, possible impacts of climate change on synchrony are little studied. Synchrony can also be transmitted through trophic interactions - e.g., a synchronized predator can induce synchrony in its prey. But the extent to which climate-induced changes in synchrony may cascade through species interaction networks via this mechanism, or influence spatial or other branches of ecology, is unknown. The postdoc will perform statistical and/or mathematical population modelling to address these questions, and will investigate connections to extinction risk models and to Taylor’s law, a commonly applied empirical regularity in spatial ecology. The postdoc will be encouraged to develop his/her own projects within the goals of the funding grants. We seek individuals from biological or physical-science backgrounds with skills and demonstrable interests in modelling and related areas. Experience with stochastic process modelling and Fourier or wavelet approaches is a plus. Experience with population models is a plus, as are computational skills, particularly if applied in a statistical or modelling context. A PhD or ABD in a related field is required. Applicants from underrepresented groups are encouraged. See full position details (pdf). Email with questions. A start date during/before winter 2017 is preferred. To apply, send a CV, cover letter, two references, and one publication to Posted: 7/17/17, revised: 7/20/17.

At-Risk Species Distribution Modeling: The Quantitative Ecology & Spatial Technologies Laboratory in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University is seeking a full-time post-doctoral research associate beginning January 1, 2018. The successful candidate will work with MSU researchers, state and federal agencies, and private organizations to conduct species distribution modelling for at-risk species using heritage and collections datasets in the southeastern United States, with numerous deliverables to cooperating organizations. Previous expertise in species-habitat relationships, statistical and/or mechanistic modeling, and spatial ecology and technologies is preferred, particularly as applied to conservation and management. Questions regarding this position should be sent to both Kristine Evans ( and Garrett Street ( See the full job ad for details and to apply. Posted: 8/10/17.

Evolutionary Responses to Environmental Change: The Campbell lab in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of California at Irvine invites applications for a post-doctoral position examining how climate influences natural selection. The project is part of a NSF-funded research program designed to test models for evolutionary rescue and determine if plant populations can adapt quickly enough to environmental change to avoid extinction. The postdoc will investigate impacts of snowmelt timing and summer precipitation on the strength of selection on vegetative and floral traits. The project will involve extensive field research based at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, ideally beginning in spring 2018. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to combine field data with quantitative genetic and demographic modeling and to develop expertise in gas chromatography – mass spectrometry of flower volatiles. The postdoc will also be able to collaborate with a dynamic group of ecologists and evolutionary biologists at both UC Irvine and RMBL. Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in ecology, evolutionary biology, or a related field, demonstrated experience in conducting field experiments, strong statistical skills, and a successful publication record. The ideal candidate will also have expertise in one of the following areas: chemical analysis of plant volatiles, plant ecophysiology, population modeling. The initial appointment is for one year with potential for renewal. Review of applications will begin October 26, 2017. Candidates should submit curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and experience, and names and contact information for three references to: For more information, contact Dr. Diane Campbell at Posted: 10/5/17.

Modelling Plant Species' Response to Environmental Change: University of Zurich, Switzerland. 2-year SNSF-funded position starting January 2018. Deadline for application: 15 October 2017. We seek a strong candidate to model the demographic and evolutionary responses (eco-evo responses) of (plant) species to environmental changes at large geographical scales. The candidate will investigate the ecological and evolutionary conditions leading to species persistence when facing rapid climate/environmental changes. The project will be a mix of evolutionary modelling with the software Nemo, ecological niche modelling, and population dynamics modelling. Strong and documented expertise in one of those fields is required. Preference will go to candidates that have developed strong computational skills and/or a deep understanding of eco-evolutionary processes. With this project, we seek to improve on our current individual-based modelling approach by developing new approaches, for e.g. population-based or multi-species approaches, depending on the candidate's background and motivations. Partners and potential collaborators on this project include Prof Arpat Ozgul (population ecology, UZH), Prof Nick Zimmermann (niche & climate modelling, ETH-WSL), and Drs. Felix Gugerli and Christian Rellstab (tree genetics/genomics, ETH-WSL). The position is available in Prof Frederic Guillaume's lab at the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies. We offer a competitive working environment in the beautiful international city of Zurich, one hour from the closest mountains. The work-related activities are conducted in English. Please send your application package as a *single* PDF to with your CV, publication list, a one-page summary of research interests explaining why you want to join our group, and the contact information of min. two references. Application review will begin October 15th 2017. Direct inquiries are welcome. Frédéric Guillaume ( Posted: 9/25/17.

Plant Species Distribution Modeling: The Stinson lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks a postdoctoral researcher with a background in hierarchical species distribution modeling to generate predictive maps for invasive and allergenic plant species. The position offers an opportunity to work with unique spatial datalayers and extensive presence/absence datasets. The postdoc will interact regularly with scientists in Environmental Conservation at University of Massachusetts as well as two premier field stations: The Harvard Forest and the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab. We are an interactive research team working together on diverse aspects of plant ecology and global change with an interest in the importance of land use history, land cover change, climate, and microhabitat variables as drivers of plant population dynamics and spatial distribution. At least two publications are well within reach for the first year, with an opportunity to develop a new independent project and additional manuscripts for a second year of funding. Position offers broad training in plant ecology, academic writing, and grant development. Candidates should have a strong background in hierarchical approaches to understanding range shifts (i.e., CART, MaxENT), proficiency in R and ArcGIS and an excellent publication record. While modeling is the focus, a willingness to work in high altitude field conditions during summer is preferred. Earliest start date is October 1. Initial position is one year, with a second year contingent on performance. Please send a single PDF file with CV, LETTER OF INTEREST AND names of 3 academic references directly to Posted: 8/8/17.

Risk Modelling Dispersal and Spread of Alien Conifers in New Zealand: The Bio-Protection Research Centre, a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence hosted by Lincoln University is embarking of an ambitious 5-years multidisciplinary research programme examining the ecology, impacts and management of invasive alien conifer species in New Zealand. The research involves researchers at Lincoln University, Canterbury University, Scion and Landcare Research drawing on a wide range of expertise from plant and soil ecology, spatial and economic modelling as well as different management approaches. See the full job ad for details and to apply. Closing date is 15th August 2017. Posted: 7/24/17.

Modeling Tree Population Responses to Climate: The laboratory of Dr. Laura Leites in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking applications for a postdoctoral scholar to investigate adaptation to climate of northeastern forest tree species. The research project involves understanding and modeling adaptation to climate in ecologically and economically important northeastern forest tree species with emphasis in modeling populations’ growth responses to climate. In addition, the project seeks to delineate seed collection zones for the species of interest using multiple methodological approaches and data sources. Qualifications: candidates must have a PhD in Forest Ecology, Forest Science or related field. Emphasis in ecological genetics or quantitative forest ecology is preferred. Candidates are expected to have a solid publication record, demonstrated analytical and statistical modeling skills, as well as strong R programing and GIS skills. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with a possibility of re-funding. Applications should include: curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three references, and a personal statement of background, interests, and skills relevant to the position. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Apply online at Posted: 6/7/17.

Forest Carbon Modeling: The USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station and University of Minnesota, Department of Forest Resources are seeking a Researcher (Researcher 6) to support forest carbon modeling and research for the United States’ National Greenhouse Gas Inventory. This individual will lead research efforts with a team of scientists from the USDA Forest Service and University of Minnesota to address carbon stocks and stock changes in forest ecosystems for national and international reporting instruments. The position is available immediately and includes one and a half years of funding and health insurance. Future funding is contingent on satisfactory progress and success in securing additional funds. Qualifications: PhD in forestry, natural resources, or a closely related field. The ideal applicant will have experience with statistical techniques and employing large datasets such as National Forest Inventory data to address research questions. Applicants should also have a strong work ethic, be able to work independently and cooperatively with researchers and analysts, and have demonstrated writing and quantitative capabilities. Application: Please submit a CV and cover letter to the position announcement at (Job ID 319109). Review will begin on 1 September 2017. For more information, contact Dr. Grant Domke ( and Dr. Matthew Russell ( Posted: 8/11/17.

Modelling Carbon Allocation and Tree Hydraulics: INRA Nancy, France. We are looking for a postdoc to model carbon allocation and tree hydraulics. The position is within the European project ForRisk, which studies the interactions of drought and tree population density on the resistance and resilience of tree growth of Norway spruce (Picea abies) and silver fir (Abies alba). It combines a large dataset from long-term experimental management stands in Germany, France and Switzerland with a mechanistic ecosystem model and a forest succession model including forest management and ecosystem services, yielding economic risk-assessment at different spatial and temporal scales. The postdoc will provide mortality rates for the risk-assessment model ForClim (Rasche et al. 2011) by modelling tree mortality with the ecosystem model MuSICA (Ogée et al. 2003) under different forest management strategies and climate change scenarios. MuSICA is among the most advanced multi-layer soil-vegetation-atmosphere transfer (SVAT) models, based on ecophysiological process representations and includes, among others, species competition for a limited number of resources such as light and water. The postdoc will enhance MuSICA by incorporating carbon allocation including carbohydrate stores, yielding carbon starvation during drought, as well as tree hydraulics, which may lead to hydraulic failure during drought. ForRisk combines researchers from the NFZ.forestnet that connects six research institutions from Nancy (France), Freiburg (Germany) and Zurich (Switzerland). The postdoc will work with the partner institutions, forming the link between the data-centred work packages and the economic risk-assessment tool. S/he will also work closely with the main developer of the ecosystem model in Bordeaux (J Ogée). MuSICA is written in Fortran. Strong programming skills are required. The position is based at INRA Nancy (France) in the Joint Research Unit (UMR 1137) of Forest Ecology and Ecophysiology (EEF). It is for a duration of three years, starting as soon as possible. Salary level will correspond to “Chargé de Recherches, 1ère classe”. Applications to Matthias Cuntz (matthias.cuntz (at) should include a CV, the publication list, a letter of motivation, as well as telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of possible references. Posted: 7/17/17.

Climate Change in Mediterranean Woodlands: A postdoc position is available to study the effects of climatic changes and climate history on the structure, diversity and function of Mediterranean vegetation in the woodlands and shrublands in Israel. The position is for three years, at the Hebrew University, Rehovot campus, Israel. The work will include intensive field work and field surveys throughout the country, big data analysis, and opportunities to combine remote sensing, and global climate modeling (with a possibility to continue a collaboration in the US). Candidates should have a background in ecology (field and quantitative). Driving license and ability to work independently in the field (including managing field assistants) is necessary. Please contact Efrat Sheffer ( for more information. Posted: 8/7/17.

Land Use Change/Sea Level Rise Effects on Coastal Forest Ecosystems: A postdoctoral position is available for a motivated research associate to join a multi-institutional research team (North Carolina State University, Texas A&M University, USDA Forest Service) working on coastal forest responses to climate, land use, and sea level rise. Work focuses on plant and microbial acclimation to environmental forcings, testing and developing ecosystem models, and scaling across spatial and temporal domains. Field work is conducted at three eddy covariance towers in mature and young loblolly pine plantations and a natural bottomland hardwood swamp (AmeriFlux sites US-NC2, US-NC3 and US-NC4, respectively) in eastern North Carolina. Primary job duties include: 1) field maintenance of the eddy covariance towers, 2) coordinating data acquisition and processing with Texas A&M partners, and 3) original research leading to publication of results in peer-reviewed journals. Additional opportunities include: engaging with collaborators, professional development, and teaching and mentoring experience. Active grantsmanship and outreach to stakeholders will be encouraged. Qualifications include a PhD degree in forest ecosystem science or related field, experience with eddy covariance equipment/data, demonstrated research accomplishments, and ability/readiness to travel and conduct field work, sometimes under uncomfortable conditions. The position is available immediately and expected to last for three years, with possible renewal. It includes competitive salary and NCSU postdoctoral benefits described at Screening of applications will begin immediately. Interested persons should send cover letter, CV, academic transcripts (unofficial copies are fine), relevant reprints, and contact information of three references to Dr. John King: Posted: 12/21/17.

Forest Community & Ecosystem Ecology: The Bisbing Forest Ecosystem Science lab at the University of Nevada – Reno (UNR) seeks highly motivated, independent candidates for PhD and post-doctoral work on Great Basin forest stand dynamics and ecosystem response to climate change. Research will investigate woody plant functional trait variation across mountain environmental gradients to identify thresholds of tolerance to climate, disturbance, and extended drought. We will evaluate relationships between species and functional diversity at within- and among-community scales to allow for identification of mechanisms of species’ establishment and success for predicting forest ecosystem dynamics and response to climate change. Long-term permanent plot sampling will be paired with common garden trials, manipulative greenhouse experiments, and predictive modeling to address these research objectives. Sampling will occur along elevational gradients in four Great Basin Mountain Ranges (Spring, Sheep, Snake, and Ruby Mountains). Research will require extensive time in the field at high elevation, across rugged terrain, and in extreme arid environments. The successful candidates must have field experience and be comfortable spending extended periods of time traveling to and from remote field sites and working in the backcountry. Ideal candidates will have experience with dendrochronology, greenhouse work, and/or biogeochemical research. Applicants should have an excellent academic record, a strong interest in forest and landscape ecology, and a desire to improve quantitative and writing skills. PhD Position: The primary responsibilities of the PhD candidate will be establishing field sites, collecting annual ecological data, and maintaining common garden and greenhouse experiments. The successful candidate must apply to the PhD program in Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology. Preference will be given to applicants with a Master’s degree, evidence of success in establishing a scientific study, and strong quantitative skills. Applicants should have a BS and/or MS in ecology, biology, environmental science, or related field. This position is funded through a combination of research & teaching assistantships. Post-Doctoral Position: The post-doctoral scholar will assist in study establishment, training of graduate student researchers, and grant and manuscript writing. Ample opportunities exist for pursuit of independent research questions within the project framework. Anticipated start date of January 2018 but with flexibility up to June 2018. To apply, please send (1) a letter of interest, including: research interests, career goals, and relevant past experiences; (2) a CV; (3) GRE scores (PhD only); (4) unofficial academic transcripts; and (5) contact telephone numbers and email addresses for three references. Submit application materials as a single pdf file to Dr. Sarah Bisbing at Posted: 9/21/17.

Forest Ecology/Fire Ecology: A postdoctoral fellowship is available in the Sewall Lab in the Department of Biology at Temple University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). The postdoctoral fellow will investigate the effects of prescribed fires and other forest management efforts on a target forest community in south-central Pennsylvania. Primary objectives include research to understand the effects of prescribed fires, thinning, and other management efforts on (1) forest communities, (2) wildfire risk, and (3) tree growth rates. Research is focused on both the development of manuscripts for publication and clear communication of results to collaborating forest managers via reports, presentations, and informal consultations. The position will primarily focus on analysis of a rich set of existing data available from the field site, but some field work is also possible. The postdoctoral fellow will also develop and train collaborating professional foresters in effective and feasible protocols for forest and fire monitoring. Opportunities will also exist to collaborate on ongoing applied research on bats, butterflies, and forest and grassland ecosystems that is being conducted at the same site. Work will be based in the Sewall Lab, with regular visits to the field site at Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center, a 17,100-acre area of working landscapes, native eastern deciduous forest, and rare remnant Pennsylvania grasslands. This site is 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia and 22 miles northeast of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Required: - Ph.D. in Forest Ecology, Fire Ecology, Forestry, or related field; - Expertise in statistical analysis of forest data or fire data; - Expertise in sampling designs in forestry or ecological research; - Strong understanding of forestry data collection techniques and the ability to clearly interpret forestry data; - Previous field experience in forestry, forest ecology, or fire ecology; - Expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyses; - Excellent communication skills; - Ability to train professional foresters in protocols for forest and fire monitoring; - Ability to interact in a consistently positive manner and to foster positive relationships with foresters, academic researchers, students, and military personnel; - Have or able to obtain a valid driver’s license. Preferred: - Previous training in Forestry from a program accredited by the Society of American Foresters - Experience working on a prescribed fire or wildfire crew - Experience working on a military installation - Experience mentoring students in research. Terms of Employment - Start date: October 1, 2017 (start date is flexible) - Duration: One year, with extension depending on funding availability - Compensation: $47k+ per year salary. How to Apply - Send via email to Dr. Brent Sewall at the following materials: (1) a cover letter that describes your qualifications for the position, (2) your CV, and (3) a list of contact information of three references - Please put “Forest Ecology Postdoctoral Fellow” in the subject line of the email - Optional: please provide pdfs of your publications relevant to this position. Posted: 8/7/17, revised: 8/29/17.

Mangrove Forest Distribution and Dynamics: A research participation training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD)/National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL). This appointment will be served with the Exposure Methods and Measurements Division (EMMD) in Research Triangle Park, NC. The overall goal of this project is to improve scientific understanding of mangrove forest distribution and dynamics of the world. In 2011, USGS prepared the most comprehensive, accurate, and consistent mangrove database of the world using Landsat 30 m spatial resolution satellite data for the year 2000. The data is freely available from a number of organizations including Google, the World Resource Institute’s Global Forest Watch, UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre, CIESIN, and USGS. The data has been cited more than 700 times since its publication in 2011. The data is being used from local scales to global scales because the data is globally consistent and locally relevant. Although, extremely useful, the 2000 data is becoming increasingly dated. Moreover, information on past changes on mangrove forests and associated changes in carbon stocks and other ecosystem goods and services is of interest. With the availability of free Landsat/Sentinel-2 data, improvement in classification algorithms, and cloud computing, it is now possible to derive such information. For details see Posted: 9/24/17.

Tropical Forest Science: Three Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions - CTFS-ForestGEO, Smithsonian Institution. CTFS-ForestGEO is a global network of forest research plots and scientists dedicated to the study of tropical and temperate forest function and diversity. CTFS-ForestGEO conducts long-term, large-scale research on forests around the world to increase scientific understanding of forest ecosystems, guide sustainable forest management and natural-resource policy, monitor the impacts of environmental change, and build capacity in forest science. The Center for Tropical Forest Science - Forest Global Earth Observatory (CTFS-ForestGEO) invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships in soil-forest interactions, plant-water relations, and tropical forest dynamics. Position: Soil-Forest Interactions The initiative aims to develop a quantitative understanding of the influence of soil nutrient availability on the structure and function of lowland tropical forests. The candidate will use data from forest dynamics plots to link soil nutrients to the biomass, productivity, and diversity of lowland tropical forests. The project requires expertise in geostatistics, including the ability to handle large datasets in R software, and will involve fieldwork in forest dynamics plots. The successful candidate will work within the CTFS-ForestGEO Soils Initiative led by Dr. Ben Turner. Position: Plant-Water Relations & Forest Function The initiative seeks to understand how functional and physiological traits of tree species mediate their distributions, growth, and survival in relation to site hydrological conditions, including episodic extreme fluctuations in soil water availability, with the ultimate aim of understanding carbon and water dynamics of forests and their interactions with the climate system. The fellow will combine collection of new data on plant functional and physiological traits at tropical forest sites with synthesis of existing data on tree species and climate. The ideal applicant has extensive experience with plant water relations physiology, knowledge of forest ecology, and a strong analytical background. The successful candidate will work within the CTFS-ForestGEO Ecosystems and Climate Initiative led by Dr. Kristina Anderson-Teixeira at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia and collaborate closely with Lawren Sack at UCLA. Position: Tropical Forest Dynamics The postdoctoral fellow will conduct analyses of data from the network of large forest plots, and where necessary collect additional supplementary data. Candidates should have a strong analytical background, an established record of research and scholarly publication in forest science. Research topics should include subjects related to the dynamics of tropical or temperate forests, including comparative studies of growth, mortality and biomass change, emphasizing comparative studies among forests. The successful candidate will work within the CTFS-ForestGEO Forest Ecology group at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Candidates should hold a PhD in ecology, forest ecology or environmental science with experience directly relevant to the specific position described above, strong written and communication skills, and demonstrated ability to work in a team environment. Each fellow will be awarded the standard Smithsonian postdoctoral stipend. The appointments are for two years with possibility of extension. The starting date is flexible; earlier start dates are preferred. Positions may be based at one of the following locations: Panama City, Panama; Washington, DC, USA; Front Royal, Virginia, USA, depending on the specific research interests and needs of the candidates and Principal Investigators. To apply, send a single PDF file containing a cover letter including a statement of research interest, CV, contact information for three references, and three relevant publications or manuscripts to Lauren Krizel, CTFS-ForestGEO Program Assistant, Closing date for applications is 15 August 2017. For further information, contact CTFS-ForestGEO Director, Stuart Davies, Posted: 6/28/17.

Silviculture/Applied Forest Ecology: The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley seeks an Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist in silviculture/applied forest ecology. This position is a full time, career-track appointment. The expected start date is after July 1, 2018. For more information about the positions, including required qualifications and application materials, go to: The initial review date is December 29, 2017. Please direct questions to Posted: 12/2/17.

Lecturer in Forestry: The Forestry Program in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) at The University of Vermont (UVM) seeks applicants for a full-time, 10-month position as a Lecturer in the Forestry Program. We seek a dedicated educator with a broad background in forestry science, applications and field skills, committed to delivering training and education to undergraduate students in forestry and related natural resources fields. UVM has a growing, vibrant, and engaged Forestry Program and is looking for individuals who can contribute to our strong commitment to training undergraduate students in forest conservation and management. The successful candidate will teach and develop courses in the undergraduate Forestry Program, including courses such as dendrology, forest mensuration, small woodlot management, and forestry field camp, and contribute to the School-wide Core Curriculum courses. As a 10-month position, there will also be opportunities for the successful candidate to develop, participate, and receive funding for summer research, particularly as part of broader interdisciplinary, school-wide efforts centered on UVM Forests. Other duties will include advising forestry undergraduate students, assisting with forestry student clubs and activities (Forestry Club and Woodsmen Team), field equipment maintenance, and outreach to Vermont state and U.S. Forest Service agencies, the regional non-profit community, private ownerships, and others on issues related to sustainable forest management in Vermont. General teaching expectations are two courses per semester and three weeks as part of Forestry Field Camp. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in forest science, forest ecology, forestry, or a related natural science field (B.S. in forestry preferred); demonstrated excellence in teaching and innovative pedagogy; evidence of strong quantitative and technical skills, especially as they are integrated into classroom or field-based experiences for students; have excellent communication skills, and demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity in educational and research experiences. Candidates with a combination of both academic and professional experience, including demonstrated experience in current forest management practices and forestry operations, relevant to this position are particularly encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin on December 4, 2017. We anticipate a start date of May 2018. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, and contact information for three references to Inquiries may be made to Dr. Anthony D’Amato, Chair, Forestry Search Committee, at Posted: 11/15/17.

Staff Scientist, Tropical Research: The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) has openings for 5 Staff Scientists to pursue independent, internationally recognized research programs in the tropics. Previous tropical experience is not required. We are especially interested in hiring scientists in animal behavior, terrestrial microbial ecology, forest biology and marine science. We will consider exceptional candidates in any of our research areas. Positions are for full-time research and include internal research funds. STRI is headquartered in Panama with modern research facilities and field stations throughout the country, and hosts a vibrant and collaborative scientific community of 30 staff scientists and over 1500 scientific visitors per year. Early- to mid-career candidates are especially encouraged; applicants at all postdoctoral stages will be considered. Annual salary is commensurate with experience, and compensation packages are internationally competitive. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and post-doctoral research experience in a relevant field. Interested candidates should submit the following as PDF files: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research accomplishments and interests, 3-5 publications, and contact information for three references to Please address inquiries in the four focal fields to respective search committee chairs: animal behavior, Dr. Rachel Page, at; microbial ecology, Dr. Kristin Saltonstall at; forest biology, Dr. Helene Muller-Landau at; and marine science, Dr. Mark Torchin at For other research fields please address inquiries to Dr. William Wcislo at Review of applications will begin on 15 November 2017. For more information, see Posted: 8/15/17.

Evolutionary Ecology: The Turcotte Lab at the University of Pittsburgh is looking for PhD students and a postdoc to experimentally test the dynamic interplay between rapid evolution and community ecology in the field. The goal is to disentangle and quantify how ecological and evolutionary processes reciprocally impact each other and understand their importance in nature using robust experiments. The University of Pittsburgh is a leading research university and the Department of Biological Sciences is a dynamic and growing team of enthusiastic researchers and educators. The department also runs the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology, which is equipped with lab space and housing to facilitate field-based research in northwestern Pennsylvania. If you are interested and you are attending ESA please contact me, Martin Turcotte, at See the link above for more details about the lab and applying. Posted: 8/8/17.

Assistant Curator in Botany: The Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, invites applications for an Assistant Curator (equivalent to Assistant Professor), a tenure-track position, who will serve as curator-in-charge of the Herbarium, including supervision of its staff. The successful candidate is expected to conduct a dynamic research program focused broadly on the evolutionary biology of plants. Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. in Biology, Botany, or a closely related field, and demonstrate a record of research and publication focused on the evolution of any group(s) of plants. Candidates should also be willing to collaborate actively, although not exclusively, with the University of Florida’s diverse botanical research programs in the Florida Museum of Natural History, Department of Biology (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), and Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences. Candidates must be capable of leading, promoting, and utilizing an internationally recognized Herbarium (FLAS) that includes more than 465,000 specimens of vascular plants, bryophytes, algae, and moss. The appointee is expected to teach and mentor both undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Florida. Pursuit of external funding is expected. The anticipated start date is no later than August 16, 2018. See the full job ad for details and to apply. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 1, 2017. Posted: 8/31/17.

Plant Systems Biology and Bioinformatics for Designing Feedstocks: A postdoctoral position is available in the department of Plant Biology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in the lab of Amy Marshall-Colon. We are seeking a highly motivated postdoc to work on a DOE-funded project aimed at designing feedstocks for biofuels and bioproducts using the “Plants as Factories” concept. This project takes a systems biology approach to integrate information from feedstock genomes with gene expression, protein, and metabolite data to build interactomes. Network comparisons will identify key genetic targets for engineering. This project is part of the larger Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) project recently awarded to UIUC. Postdocs will work closely with Dr. Marshall-Colon and other members of the CABBI team to receive cross-disciplinary training in metabolomics, transcriptomics, genomics, and network modeling. The duties of the project postdoc will focus on computational biology including bioinformatic and statistical analyses, developing new network modeling approaches, and writing manuscripts. Expertise in some or all of the following areas is desired: Bioinformatics, Statistical modeling, Genomics, Metabolomics, Protein-Protein interactions, and/or network modeling. Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes: - A strong publication record from their PhD (papers published, in press, or submitted). - Creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things. - Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. All candidates must have received a Ph.D. in a relevant field within the past five years. The position is available for 4 years; however, annual renewal is dependent on funding and progress made by the individual. This position includes a competitive salary and full benefits. Application review will begin December 1, 2017. Start date is flexible, but ideally January 2018. All materials should be submitted to the PI for consideration. Applications should include a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references. Please put “postdoc application” in the subject line of your email to Amy Marshall-Colon, Department of Plant Biology, University of Illinois, Any offer for this position is contingent upon your successful completion of a criminal background check. Contact the PI regarding the position or application process. For further information about the Marshall-Colon lab, or the Plant Biology department at the University of Illinois, visit the faculty page. Posted: 10/10/17.

Population Genetics and Computational Genomics: Postdoctoral positions are available in the Human Evolutionary Genetics Unit (Quintana-Murci’s Lab), in the Department of Genomes and Genetics at Institut Pasteur in Paris. The lab combines empirical datasets and computational approaches to study human population genetics. Current work in the lab focuses on a wide range of topics, including (i) the study of the relative effects of demography and natural selection in the shaping of human genome variability using whole genome genotyping and sequencing datasets (with an emphasis on African and Oceanian populations), (ii) the genetic control of gene expression related to immunity-related processes, (iii) the influence of genetic variation and changes in lifestyle and ecologies of human populations on patterns of epigenetic variation. Our lab benefits from the large and outstanding community of researchers in population genetics, epigenetics, microbiology, immunology and computational biology at the Institut Pasteur, providing a working interdisciplinary research environment. Applicants must have a strong background in statistics and computer science and a desire to do research in genetics and evolutionary biology, or a strong background in theoretical population genetics with experience in analyzing genome-wide datasets. Programming skills and proficiency in unix-based computational environments are essential. The applicants will have the freedom to choose their own projects as long and they fit within the general interests of our lab. Informal inquiries as well as applications (including CV, research interests, copies of relevant publications and contact information for at least two references) should be emailed to Lluis Quintana-Murci ( Starting dates are as soon as possible, but are negotiable. Posted: 9/12/17.

Population Genetics of Cycads: A postdoctoral research position is available to conduct research on cycads at the California Academy of Sciences. This position reports to the Associate Curator of Botany within the Institute of Biodiversity Science and Sustainability and the successful candidate is expected to work in this collaborative environment. This is a temporary one year position with the possibility of renewal for up to two years, contingent on research progress. The fellow will conduct research on the population genetics of Australian cycads to examine the roles of pollination and seed dispersal in gene flow to inform cycad conservation. However, applicants with expertise in any area of plant evolution will be given full consideration. The candidate will contribute to the development of herbarium and genomic collections, and bioinformatic resources at the California Academy of Sciences. Additionally, public outreach through in-person and online interactions will be a component of the position. See the full job ad for details and to apply. Closes: 9/30/17. Posted: 8/8/17.

Plant Genetics: Three Postdoctoral positions available in the Ronald Laboratory at the University of California, Davis. We have recently identified and characterized a microbially derived tyrosine sulfated peptide that modulates host immunity and root development in rice, a genetically well-characterized crop that represents monocotyledonous species, and Arabidopsis, a representative dicot. Two of the successful candidates will characterize rice mutants compromised in recognition and response to this peptide, identify amino acid residues regulating receptor/ligand binding, engineer immune receptors with novel specificities and determine the biological function of this peptide in the infection process (see recent work on this topic). A third position is available to use a chemical genetics approach to identify genes that modulate root traits and drought tolerance in rice and tomato (see Nature Biotechnology 34, 95–103 (2016)). The successful candidates must have a Ph.D., a strong record of accomplishment in plant or microbial genetics, molecular biology or protein biochemistry as well as the ability to design and conduct experiments independently; experience in supervising and training students; and excellent communication and writing skills. There are abundant intellectual and training opportunities for postdoctoral fellows in the Ronald lab and at UC Davis in all aspects of agricultural science, modern genomics, proteomics, crystallography and bioinformatics. In addition to the facilities available in the UC Davis Department of Plant Pathology and at the UC Davis Genome Center, the postdoctoral fellow will have access to a wide range of facilities, resources and world-class expertize at the Joint Bioenergy Institute and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The position is available for 1 year, renewable annually. Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae and three letters of reference before August 1 to Shannon Albers: Posted: 7/21/17.

Aquatic Ecology/Modelling: We are looking for a prospective postdoc in aquatic ecology/modelling in a competitive cluster hire at the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. Six postdoc positions are offered, each for 11 months with possibility of further extension. The positions start from 1 June 2018. Deadline for applications is on 5 February 2018. Our aquatic ecology group lead by Jaroslav Vrba and David Boukal is actively seeking candidates with expertise that complements of extends our own focus on consequences of human impacts such as climate change, habitat alteration and eutrophication on freshwater habitats and ecosystems. We combine laboratory and field experiments, long-term field studies and modelling to understand how environmental drivers shape individual life histories, species interactions, population dynamics and community assembly in standing freshwaters ranging from small pools to large reservoirs. Given the relatively short duration of the postdoc, candidates with interest in modelling, analysis of existing data or short-term experiments are preferred. Please send any informal enquiries to and The complete advertisements can be found here and here. Posted: 1/15/18.

Riverine Macrosystem Ecology: The Kansas Biological Survey and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS) are soliciting applications for a post-doctoral position to work in the laboratory of Prof. James H. Thorp as part of a 9-university, 5-country, 2-continent macrosystem ecology project funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation. Approximate Time Commitments: 60% Research: This will be a combination of lab activities (data and GIS analyses) and participation in 2-3 field-team expeditions (each lasting ~1 month) to the USA (Great Plains rivers; probably in Sept. 2018) and/or Mongolia (probably mid-July to mid-August of 2018 and 2019). During the field expeditions, the post-doc will collaborate with various teams studying food webs, fish traits, invertebrate traits, system metabolism, and/or hydrogeomorphology. 20% Manuscript Preparation: Write technical reports and scientific papers for peer reviewed journals and possibly assist in the preparation of research proposals to federal, state, and private organizations. 20% Collaboration: Assist the principal investigator, graduate students, and undergraduates working in our lab in data analysis and manuscript preparation. Start Date: Preferred by June 1, 2018 (a somewhat earlier start date may be possible). Position Length: Up to 24 months. Stipend: NSF starting rate for post-doctoral investigators (~$47k for 12 months). Additional funding will be provided for the post-doc to attend workshops and science conferences. Required Qualifications: • Ph.D. dissertation officially submitted to the candidate’s home institution prior to KU’s official offer of the position; • Demonstrated knowledge of ecology in general; • Strong knowledge of multivariate statistics and R programming; • Proven abilities in GIS; • Publications in refereed journals. Preferred: • Ph.D. dissertation officially awarded by the candidates university; • Demonstrated knowledge of aquatic ecology; • Five or more publications in national and international journals, some of which need to have strong statistics and GIS components. Please send inquiries by email ( to Prof. James H. Thorp Kansas Biological Survey and Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Higuchi Hall, University of Kansas 2101 Constant Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66047-3759 USA. Posted: 1/5/18.

Freshwater Fish Ecology and Habitat Modeling: University of Alaska Fairbanks – Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Responsibilities – Post-doctoral researcher sought to lead a research project to investigate vulnerability of boreal aquatic ecosystems to fire and climate change. Fire is a dominant, natural, and widespread ecological disturbance process in boreal forests, yet fire frequency, size, and severity are increasing in Alaska owing to climate warming. Interactions among fire, climate, permafrost, vegetation, hydrologic, and watershed processes are poorly understood, yet critical for conservation and management of boreal aquatic habitats in a changing environment. The incumbent will be expected to develop an integrated modeling framework by linking spatially-explicit climate, fire, vegetation, permafrost, hydrologic, and stream temperature models parameterized for interior Alaska. Model output will be used to quantify future impacts of fire and climate on boreal aquatic habitats and population vulnerability, and inform fire management scenario development using structured decision making. This position is part of a larger project with goals to develop a better understanding of the effects of fire and climate change on boreal aquatic ecosystem dynamics. Project personnel include aquatic and terrestrial ecologists, hydrologists, climate scientists, graduate students, and support staff including a lab manager and undergraduate field and lab technicians. Qualifications – PhD in fisheries biology, aquatic ecology, or closely related field. The successful candidate will be a highly productive, self-directed, and motivated individual with a strong record of scientific research and publication. Experience working in freshwater ecosystems is preferred. Applicants with interest in ecohydrology, spatial modeling, and vulnerability analysis are desired, and strong quantitative and communication skills are required. Position for 2 years with opportunity to extend. Preferred start date is late Spring or early Summer 2018. Contact – Dr. Jeff Falke, U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, 99775-7020. Office: 907.474.6044; Email: Posted: 11/12/17.

Fisheries - Integrated Analysis of Aquatic Ecosystems: We seek a highly capable and motivated Post-doctoral Fellow to be part of a collaborative research project involving the University of Toronto, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, AMEC Foster Wheeler, Total E&P Canada, and Golder Associates Ltd. The successful applicant will integrate freshwater ecological data collected by the project partners across Canada to research how human activities, climate change, and habitat quality influence fish community composition and productivity in lakes and rivers. The PDF will have strong quantitative skills in modelling, frequentist and Bayesian statistics, and programming to develop approaches that can be used to standardize information across datasets. This project addresses a common challenge in ecological studies, and its success will increase our statistical power to test fundamental questions in aquatic ecology and fisheries. There will also be opportunities to participate in field calibrations of different fish community sampling methods such as hydroacoustics, electrofishing, and netting. The successful applicant will start in Oct 2017, or as soon as possible, in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Interested individuals should submit their CV, and a letter detailing their interest and relevant background to Professors Don Jackson ( and Cindy Chu ( Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but no later than Sept 25, 2017. Please include “Fisheries Post-doctoral Position” in the subject line of your email. For additional information, see the full job ad. Posted: 8/10/17.

Migratory Birds and Climate Change: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center seeks a post-doctoral research associate for a minimum of 13 months to study how land use and system change, including climate change, may affect migratory birds, and how these effects may alter federal strategies for land acquisition and related management decisions. There are a number of national programs that underpin the conservation and management of migratory birds, including the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, and North American Wetland Conservation Act, among others. Public natural resource managers face difficult decisions related to land acquisition and other investment strategies given vast uncertainty related to the spatial and temporal distribution of limiting habitats and changes in land use related to socio-economic needs and changing climate. Recognizing these important decisions and associated uncertainty, the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center convened a workshop with managers of migratory bird habitat and scientists in migratory bird ecology to identify critical uncertainties that affect land acquisition decisions and climate science needs. The postdoctoral associate will articulate and evaluate multiple working hypotheses related to climate and land-use effects on migratory bird populations in a decision analytic framework, and identify research priorities to inform management decision making. The ideal candidate will have a background in ecology and conservation of migratory birds and climate change effects on wildlife, with excellent communication skills, and evidence of success in publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Preferred candidates will also have experience in decision analysis, population ecology, and quantitative ecology. Candidates must be U.S. citizens and have received their Ph.D. within the last 5 years. This position is located in Laurel, MD. If interested, send CV, letter of application, and names and contact information for three references to Drs. Jim Lyons ( and Michael Runge (, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100 Beech Forest Road, Laurel, MD 20708. Closing date: 18 August 2017. Posted: 8/7/17.

Quantitative Ecologist: We seek a postdoctoral researcher to predict changes in suitable habitat for sea turtle species nesting in the southeastern US, using a biophysical niche modeling approach. The researcher will integrate existing future SLR and storm surge models, urban growth models, and landscape change with predicted coastal nesting species distributions under climate change to assess future sea turtle nesting habitat vulnerability across southeastern coastal National Parks. Experience with correlative niche models, biophysical niche models, GIS, and statistical modeling desired. A PhD is required as well as mathematical and programming skills. The candidate should be able to work both independently and collaboratively with the principal investigators and NPS stakeholders. The postdoctoral researcher will be based at the University of Central Florida, as a part of the UCF Preeminent Postdoctoral Program (P3), and will work under the direction of Drs. Betsy von Holle and John Weishampel. The researcher will be expected to prepare results for peer reviewed journals as well as reports. There is the potential for novel, related project ideas to be developed, using the existing datasets and models. Appointment: Two years, contingent upon performance. Salary is $50K a year, plus benefits. As part of the P3 award, the postdoc will receive an additional $5K for professional development or to supplement research activities. To apply: Please send letter of interest including related skills, CV, contact information for three references in a single pdf to Betsy von Holle ( Please include “Quantitative ecologist” in the email subject heading. Review of applications will begin 10/1/2017 and continue until the position is filled. Posted: 9/12/17.

Ocean Biogeochemical Modeling: A postdoctoral scientist position is available at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole. This position is part of a large Simons Foundation collaborative project on Computational Biogeochemical Modeling of Marine Ecosystems (CBIOMES) that involves multiple investigators and is directed by Mick Follows at MIT. The MBL component of the project focuses on developing metabolic network representations of marine microbial food webs and their associated biogeochemistry. The goal of the MBL team is to leverage information gleaned from genome-scale models to improve understanding and modeling of marine ecosystems. Consequently, we are seeking applicants with expertise or familiarity in systems biology modeling combined with marine ecosystem modeling, or individuals with interest in exploring this new area of research. While not required, knowledge of Fortran, thermodynamics, genome-scale models, numerical analysis and/or optimal control theory will be considered advantageous. The successful candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with members of the CBIOMES team. Review of applications will begin 1 Feb 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Funding support is available for up to five years, but performance will be reviewed on an annual basis. Basic Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences, Engineering, Systems Biology or related field is required. Applicants with experience in computer modeling of marine food webs, biogeochemistry or biology will be preferred, but computational modeling in other fields will also be considered. APPLY ONLINE: Posted: 12/2/17.

Modeling Plankton, Fish, and Particle Movement: The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is seeking up to 3 post-doctoral Assistant Research Scientists to work at Horn Point Laboratory on recent and anticipated funded projects that have a common theme of simulating the transport and movement of animals, plankton, or particles (hydrocarbons). The topics are: (1) advancing individual-based modeling of zooplankton coupled with a biogeochemical model as part of using satellite data to estimate zooplankton biomass and productivity in the Gulf of Mexico, (2) simulating fine-scale behavioral movement of fish and how this behavior affects the performance of optical and other sampling methods, (3) advancing a novel model of gene abundance and expression that will simulate the evolution of hydrocarbons and their associated communities in a Lagrangian framework coupled with a biogeochemical model. While each post-doc will focus on a single project, the benefits of a joining a large group working on similar themes include: developing broader research networks, leveraging shared conceptual frameworks, and sharing code. In addition, the appointees will be encouraged to collaborate with scientists across UMCES. A Ph.D. in Marine Science, Ecology, Fisheries, or Oceanography or a related field is required. Working knowledge of programming in one or more computational software languages (FORTRAN, C, R, Python) is preferred. Salary will be commensurate with experience. We welcome applicants that enhance project diversity. The Assistant Research Scientist rank carries full State of Maryland health and retirement benefits, as well as the ability to develop collaborative independently funded research projects. Horn Point Laboratory is located in Cambridge, Maryland on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, with accessibility to Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington DC. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2017 and will continue until position is filled. Applications should include CV, copies of up to 3 publications, one-page summary of Ph.D. thesis, and the names and addresses of three references. For further information contact Kenneth Rose ( or Victoria Coles ( Posted: 11/4/17.

Quantitative Movement Ecology: We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher highly trained in quantitative movement ecology (statistical and mechanistic models) to fulfill a position of Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Florida's Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Davie, Fl. The candidate will work in a large international project funded by the Human Frontier Science Program, investigating the use of infrasound by seabird. The candidate will be in charge of developing a comprehensive movement ecology framework to investigate movement of seabirds in relationship to the infrasoundscape on the open sea using a hierarchy of environmental cues at multiple nested scales. Lead PI is Dr. Samantha Patrick, from the Seabird Ecology Group (University of Liverpool, UK); co-PIs are Dr. Susana Clusella-Trullas (Stellenbosch University, South Africa), Dr. Jelle Assink (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, the Netherlands) and Dr. Mathieu Basille (University of Florida, USA). See below for the general project summary. The candidate will be located at the University of Florida's Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Davie, Fl, under the supervision of Dr. Basille. The project covers 3 years of postdoctoral research in each institution, and all postdoctoral researchers will tightly work together, including several extended stays at collaborators' institutions. The postdoctoral researcher will be primarily in charge of developing statistical and mechanistic models to investigate movement of seabirds in relationship to the infrasoundscape. The postdoctoral researcher will also be largely involved in hiring and supervising a Master's student for this project, as well as training lab members (including graduate students) in state-of-the art techniques in movement ecology. Preferred Qualifications: A PhD is required as well as strong mathematical and programming skills. Advanced knowledge of R and SQL (PostGIS) is expected. Experience in Movement Ecology is highly desirable. Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals in Quantitative Ecology or Biostatistics is highly desirable. Previous experience with Linux systems preferred. To apply: Please follow the instructions at (job number 502790). Deadline extended to 31 August 2017. Posted: 8/7/17.

Quantitative Biodiversity Ecologist: Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment is seeking a postdoctoral associate with experience in quantitative modeling of biodiversity and remote sensing. This position will analyze spatio-temporal dynamics of multiple species and biophysical variables across US NEON sites. The associate will advance generative joint-attribute Bayesian modeling of community response to climate change to predict distribution and abundance of species. Modeling will directly access NASA’s online remotely sensed data storage. The researcher will be responsible for development, implementation, and support of a software application. The candidate must have experience with the R programming language and a background in geospatial and remote sensing analysis. The candidate should be capable of working independently and collaboratively. The researcher will be expected to prepare results for peer reviewed journals. The position will be supervised by Drs. Jim Clark and Jennifer Swenson. Travel to domestic conferences on an annual basis. Qualifications: Applicants should hold a PhD in ecology or similar field. Previous doctoral or postdoctoral research experience should include quantitative analysis of large datasets. Applicants should be fluent in R, and have experience programming in other languages, such as Python or JavaScript. Experience with Git/GitHub, RMarkdown, Shiny, and Jupyter Notebooks is a plus. Preferred: Candidates with 3+ years of experience in Bayesian modeling and/or manipulation of large remotely-sensed datasets. Familiarity with geospatial analysis and remote sensing is preferred. Familiarity with both fine spatial scale measurements (field surveys and remote sensing) and with coarse scale data (remote sensing and geospatial data) is ideal. Initial appointment will be for two years, with possibility to extend to three years. Position is available immediately. Visa sponsorship is not available. For details and to apply, see the full job ad. Posted: 8/14/17.

Quantitative Ecologist, Birds and Conservation: National Audubon Society’s Science Division is hiring another Quantitative Ecologist to join our team. We’re looking for someone with substantial population modeling experience using a variety of approaches, including Bayesian, frequentist, and machine-learning methodologies. Experience designing and developing metrics and protocols for evaluating bird responses to conservation actions is particularly desirable. Apply online. Please contact Nicole Michel, PhD, Senior Quantitative Ecologist ( with any questions. Posted: 7/28/17.

Great Barrier Reef Modelling: The Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, Australia, seeks to appoint the “Queensland Water Modelling Network Senior Research Fellow” to carry out numerical modelling of the ecological functioning of the Great Barrier Reef. This is an opportunity to undertake research to improve model functionality, capability and prediction for the Great Barrier Reef system. This unique system is critically threatened by a number of stressors. The numerical modelling will be used to better understand the interactions of these stressors, particularly those between the catchment and receiving waters, having consideration for the influence of land use/land management. The modelling will also examine climate change and policy interventions to sustain the Great Barrier Reef, address the threats to it, and prevent further loss and degradation of the Reef. Required: - PhD in relevant field, with research experience in water modelling. - Demonstrated knowledge of diverse modelling research approaches and methodologies, with capability in one or more of the following modelling techniques: data assimilation; Monte Carlo simulation; sensitivity analysis; and, advanced visualization techniques. - Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and conduct collaborative research in multi-disciplinary and multi-agency projects. - Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines. - Demonstrated capacity to obtain and successfully manage external research funds. - High-level verbal and written communications skills, including experience in developing research funding proposals and report production. - Experience with supervision of higher degree research candidates. - Well established track record of publication in high-impact, international, esteemed peer-reviewed journals and/or high quality creative outputs. - Demonstrated excellent organisational, interpersonal and negotiation skills as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team to meet competing deadlines. See the full job ad for details. Please contact David Hamilton ( for additional information about this position. Closing date is Friday, 24 November 2017. Posted: 11/3/17.

Quantitative Ecology, reef coral communities: We are seeking candidates with postdoctoral research interests in the long-term ecological dynamics of biological communities. The successful applicant will conduct empirical research into understanding the long-term ecological dynamics of reef coral communities using multiple large data sets at multiple temporal scales. As part of the Marine Palaeoecology Lab in the School of Biological Sciences of The University of Queensland in Australia, the position duties are primarily related to the implementation of novel quantitative techniques applicable to time-series data that test fundamental ecological hypotheses in community ecology. See the full job posting for details. Applications close: 16 Jul 2017. Posted: 6/28/17.

Evolution of Competitive Ability in Phytoplankton: The Narwani lab at Eawag (the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Sciences and Technology) is recruiting a postdoc to work on the evolution of competitive ability in phytoplankton. The goal of this project is understand how competitive traits evolve. We will investigate to what degree the evolution of competitive traits alters the outcome of competition, both in terms of community structure and in terms of species’ relative contributions to ecosystem functioning. To answer these questions we use competition experiments in the lab and in natural lakes. These investigations will have the opportunity to leverage existing resources in my group from prior resource limitation evolution experiments (e.g. descendant populations and whole genome sequences). The position is a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). The anticipated start date is January 2018. Candidates should have obtained their PhD in topics including community, population, microbial or evolutionary ecology, with no more than 2 years of work experience post-PhD. Applicants should have at least two of the following three qualifications: (1) a background in competition and coexistence theory, 2) quantitative data analysis skills including familiarity with statistical and modelling techniques using R, Python or similar platforms, 3) experience with modern molecular methods including DNA/RNA extraction, qPCR and library preparation for next generation sequencing and basic bioinformatics. Knowledge of standard methods in aquatic ecology and algal culturing is an asset. Excellent written and spoken English with a track record of publishing in international journals is required. Eawag offers a high-tech and progressive research and working environment. Applications from women are especially welcome. For additional information contact Dr. Anita Narwani, E-Mail: (will not accept applications directly). The deadline for applications is 12 November 2017. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for 3 references. Apply here. Posted: 10/20/17.

Ecology or Oceanography: NOAA’s Environmental Research Division in collaboration with the University of California Santa Cruz’s Institute of Marine Science is hiring up to two positions in Monterey, CA to start as soon as possible and closing on January 16th, 2018. Our research interests span oceanography to ecology, particularly how data science can be used to sustain healthy marine ecosystems. We are looking for a PhD level scientist with strong programming and statistical skills for help with ongoing projects analyzing top predator distribution and fisheries data relative to oceanographic processes. This position could be an ecologist, modeler, oceanographer, statistician or data scientist. Skills working with remotely sensed or modeled oceanographic data (e.g. NetCDFs) and statistics in R or Matlab are highly preferred. For the Project Scientist, we are looking for someone with a PhD (postdoc or beyond) to lead and collaborate on ongoing research projects. Please see ad here and apply here. Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include a letter of application that addresses how you meet the basic and preferred qualifications, a curriculum vitae, one to three writing samples (of published material), and the names and contact information for at least three individuals who we could contact for letters of recommendation. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Posted: 12/2/17.

Zooplankton Grazing: The Menden-Deuer and Rynearson labs at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography invite applications to fill a Postdoctoral Researcher position focused on investigating both micro- and mesozooplankton grazing as part of the NASA EXPORTS program. Responsibilities and Duties: The postdoctoral associate will be responsible for participating in field research for the NASA EXPORTS program with a focus on micro- and mesozooplankton and their role in transforming organic carbon in the water column. Activities will include dilution experiments at sea, culturing of live plankton, flow cytometry, microscopy and the application of molecular methods to examine both gut contents and regulation of predator metabolic pathways in response to the prey field. Responsibilities also include dissemination of results in publications and presentations. The successful candidate will be required to contribute to the functioning of the lab, assist with graduate or undergraduate student mentoring and develop future research projects. There is no teaching requirement, but teaching opportunities can be provided. Qualifications: Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. degree by January 2018 in Oceanography, Biology or a related field. Candidates must possess demonstrable experience with the application of molecular methods (e.g. PCR, qPCR, sequencing, bioinformatics) and familiarity with cell biology. Prior experience with high-throughput sequencing datasets and statistical skills is preferred. Excellent command of the English language (written and verbal) and quantitative analytical skills are essential. Appointment: The position is for 12-months initially, commencing in late 2017 or early 2018 and renewable depending on funding availability and performance. The successful candidate will receive training in research collaboration, presentation and publication of results, and outreach and mentoring. There will be opportunities for development of additional research projects and proposals. To Apply: Applications must include (1) a maximum 3-page statement of experience, career goals, research vision and interests; (2) curriculum vitae, (3) reprints of relevant publications and (4) names and addresses of three referees willing to write confidential letters of recommendation. All materials should be emailed as a single pdf document to: with ‘EXPORTS PostDoc Application’ in the subject line. Candidates will be selected based on overall excellence, including academic qualifications, letters of recommendation, and prior skills, experience, and research goals that are compatible with the goals of the funded research. Closing date: For full consideration, applications should be received by Oct 17, 2017. Posted: 10/5/17.

Marine Invasion Ecology/Ecophysiology: A 1-year postdoctoral research fellowship with possibility of renewal is available in marine invasion ecology to examine environmental tolerance, survivorship and invasion dynamics of marine invertebrates. Investigating the role of shipping, including conditions experienced by invertebrates during transfer, will be central to this position. The position is based at the Marine Invasion Research Lab, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), Edgewater, Maryland, USA. SERC is a research center of the Smithsonian Institution, located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay, approximately 10 miles south of Annapolis, 40 miles west of Washington D.C., and 40 miles south of Baltimore. The Marine Invasion Research Lab currently has a staff of approximately 40 biologists, who conduct research throughout the country and overseas, in collaboration with researchers from a variety of other institutions. This position is in collaboration with the United States Coast Guard. Starting Salary: $55k plus benefits. Duration: 1 year, with prospect for renewal. To Apply: Please submit current CV, cover letter, as well as contact information (names, phone numbers, and email addresses) for 3 references. Your cover letter should be limited to 2 pages and highlight your specific interests and experience relevant to this position. Application review will begin 10 October 2017. Applications should be submitted to Laura Falsone,, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, P.O. Box 28, Edgewater, MD 21037 USA. Email submission preferred. Environmental Tolerance, Survivorship, Invasion Dynamics of Marine Invertebrates: We currently seek a postdoctoral researcher to examine environmental tolerance of marine invertebrate species as it relates to invasion of coastal bays and estuaries, including how conditions during transit in and on ships affect invasion success. A goal of this research is to understand that capacity of organisms to (a) survive conditions in and on ships during transit and (b) colonize new global regions upon delivery. We anticipate that research will include primarily statistical and modeling approaches to estimate (predict) survivorship and potential geographic range of selected species, but with the opportunity to conduct laboratory experiments that examine the ecophysiology of invertebrate species (e.g., voyage simulation). Use of existing Marine Invasions Lab data with collection and incorporation of newly generated data are expected. Education / Experience: PhD in Marine Ecology, Ecophysiology, Biogeography or related field. Candidates must have (a) a strong background in statistics and modeling, (b) knowledge about marine invertebrate biology/ecology/physiology, (c) background in experimental ecology or ecophysiology with experience conducting lab and or field experiments. Experience working with large, complex datasets, risk analysis, and working with environmental data for aquatic systems is desirable. Applicants must be organized, self motivated, independent and pro-active. Strong communication skills and ability to work as part of a research team are required as is a proven talent to write reports and publications. Some travel may be required. Posted: 10/5/17.

Marine Ecosystem Services and Stressors: We have two postdoctoral fellowships available within the Integrated Ocean Processes group at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST University) in Saudia Arabia. The post-doc positions are for a three year period and include fellowships to study "Multiple stressors in the Red Sea" and "Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Services". The post-doctoral and PhD student would be working with faculty and research scientists with experience in marine ecology, benthic ecosystems, coral reef dynamics, genomics and oceanography. The fellowships are open to candidates with a strong research background across the natural sciences. (1) Post-Doctoral Fellow: Multiple Stressors Effects In The Red Sea Marine Habitats; (2) Post-Doctoral Fellow: Marine And Coastal Ecosystem Services. Posted: 8/10/17.

Marine Ecology: The Smithsonian Institution is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher to help launch an NSF-sponsored collaborative research project exploring the effects of marine grazing and tropicalization on Western Atlantic seagrass beds. The position will commence March 2018, with a duration of two years. The postdoc will take a lead role in coordinating and conducting field research among a network of >10 partners (distributed across the broader Caribbean region). The postdoc will be responsible for establishing and maintaining field sites in Florida, while also providing general oversight and coordination among network partners at other locations. Opportunities to develop independent research interests within the field of seagrass ecology also exist. The position will be based at the Smithsonian Marine Station in Ft. Pierce, FL. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in biology, ecology, marine science, or other relevant field. Extensive experience in field ecology is a must, along with a demonstrated ability to lead domestic and international field expeditions involving SCUBA. The position will also require an advanced statistical / quantitative skillset (e.g. Structural Equation Modeling). Applications should include (1) Curriculum Vitae; (2) brief summary (1-2 pages) of career goals, experience, and interests in seagrass ecology; and (3) names and full contact information of three references. Please submit your applications as a single PDF to The postdoctoral salary is $52k with benefits of group health insurance. Review of applications will begin on 01 September 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. For more information, please contact: Posted: 8/4/17.

Marine Biology and Climate Change: Bowdoin College invites applications for a one-year fellowship as the Doherty Marine Biology Postdoctoral Scholar beginning June 1, 2018. A second year is possible pending administrative approval. The Doherty Scholar’s research and teaching will be based at the Schiller Coastal Studies Center (SCSC) located on a 118-acre property on Orr’s Island, a 20 minute drive from campus. The site offers easy access to nearshore habitats of the Casco Bay region of Maine. Over the last four years, the SCSC has enhanced Bowdoin’s capacity for conducting research that examines the impacts of climate change on coastal systems. This effort includes a new NSF funded experimental seawater laboratory and coastal monitoring platform as well as a recent gift that will significantly expand research and residential infrastructure. We seek applicants who take an inter-disciplinary approach to studying changing chemical environments and the impacts on benthic invertebrates. Additionally, scholars who have primary training in marine biology/physiology and ocean acidification with an interest in incorporating cross-disciplinary tools from geochemistry and paleoceanography are encouraged to apply. The Doherty Scholar will maintain an active research program that synergizes with a 1/3 time commitment to a collaborative ocean acidification project with marine biologists, marine geochemists and paleoceaongraphers funded by Maine Sea Grant. The teaching responsibilities include a course module in the fall Marine Science Semester and the supervision of undergraduate research in the applicant’s specialty during the summer and academic year. The annual stipend for this benefits-eligible position is $50k. Applicants must have received, or anticipate receiving, their Ph.D. between June 1, 2012 and June 1, 2018. Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please visit to submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide a recommendation. Applicants received by February 1, 2018 will receive first priority. Posted: 1/4/18.

Marine/Coastal Scientist: The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory (FSUCML) invites applications for a RESEARCH FACULTY position in Marine/Coastal Science (12-month renewable appointment). We seek a highly motivated scientist with notable research achievements aligned with FSUCML’s mission to conduct pioneering, interdisciplinary research on coastal and marine ecosystems, to mentor the next generation of problem solvers, and to leverage scientific outcomes and expertise through engagement with stakeholders to optimize marine management and conservation. The FSUCML is embedded in an area of rich terrestrial and marine biodiversity with an abundance of complex and interconnected estuarine and marine habitats including tidal salt marshes and flats, seagrass meadows, oyster reefs, and hard- bottom reefs dominated by soft coral and sponge communities. It is expected that the successful candidate will focus on processes related to these local habitats and environments. Applicants must have a Ph.D. with significant postdoctoral experience. The successful applicant will be expected to make a commitment to excellence in scholarship, student mentoring and outreach and to develop a well-funded, independent research program. Salary will be provided at 100% for the first two years and 75% from the 3rd year forward, with the expectation that the remaining 25% of salary will be met through external funding. A competitive start-up package will be offered. Application Content: Applicants are asked to provide a single document in PDF format containing a letter of application, a curriculum vita, a two-page narrative describing their research interests and plans, a brief graduate student mentoring statement, and the contact information for three references. Applicants are encouraged to present their research in a way that is complementary to and can form a basis for integrative collaboration with faculty at the FSUCML and on the FSU main campus. Applications must be sent electronically to Tianna Forbes: Review of applications will begin on December 18, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Sophie McCoy: See also Posted: 11/15/17.

Coastal Ecology: We are seeking a highly motivated scholar to join a multi-disciplinary research team at the University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL) to participate in an NSF Coupled Human-Natural Systems award entitled, “Restoration and Resilience in Coupled Human-Natural Systems: Reciprocal Dynamics of a Coastal Lagoon” (NSF Award #1617374). The project is focused on the impact of community-based oyster reef restoration and living shoreline stabilization on the broader ecosystem and the people of the Indian River Lagoon (IRL). Research is located along the east coast of central Florida in Canaveral National Seashore and directly north of the park boundaries in Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve. Although the IRL is federally listed as an “estuary of national significance”, many now refer to it as an “estuary in peril” due to recent harmful algal blooms, fish kills, and habitat loss. The research team consists of biologists, biogeochemists, engineers, social scientists, and GIS experts collaboratively seeking to understand of the mechanisms by which human engagement in ecosystem restoration promotes beneficial feedbacks within CNH systems to enhance resilience. Applicants should be willing and able to work across traditional scientific boundaries to address coastal questions with intertidal oyster reefs and estuarine shorelines on some or all of the following: integrating system-wide impacts of restoration on the estuary, the role of sea level rise in restoration success, local invasive species and harmful algal bloom ecology, and the impact of restoration on threatened and endangered wading birds and their prey. There is also significant scope for novel, related project ideas. Outreach is essential to the success of this project and it is hoped that applicant is willing to engage with community members at restoration events and preK – 12 educators to share information on the project as well as other aspects of estuaries and restoration significance/success. Examples of community engagement events can be found on Facebook at: UCF Coastal and Estuarine Ecology Lab. Individual should be available to start by November 1, 2017. Funding sources are NSF CNH program plus the new UCF Preeminent Postdoctoral Program. Term of appointment will be for two years, contingent upon continued NSF support and above satisfactory performance and productivity metrics. Stipend will be commensurate with experience and based on available funding. The postdoctoral fellow will devote most of his/her time to collaborative, interdisciplinary research. If desired, a teaching opportunity may be possible later in the postdoctoral appointment (though not required). Qualifications: must have PhD in relevant field (e.g. Biology, Environmental Science, Conservation, etc.) at time of hire as well as excellent quantitative, organizational, communication (written and oral), GIS and field skills. Applicant must be knowledgeable or willing to learn small boat handling skills, and be willing to work collaboratively with faculty, other post-docs, graduate students and undergraduates supported on this award. To Apply: Please send the following information to Dr. Linda Walters via email at as a single pdf document: 1) brief cover letter describing interests, motivations and career goals, 2) CV, 3) names and email addresses of 3 references, and copies of 2-3 peer-reviewed publications. Please include “Postdoctoral Scholar Opportunity” in the subject line and include the applicant’s last name in the file name. Strongest consideration given to candidates that submit applications by 5 PM EST on August 31, 2017. Posted: 8/11/17.

Food-Web Consequences of Controlling Mosquito Vectors of Malaria: The Department of Zoology, University of Oxford (UK) is recruiting two researchers for a project investigating the food-web consequences of controlling the mosquito vectors of malaria. The posts are full time and fixed term for 4 years. The closing date is 31 January 2018. The posts are funded by an award from the Open Philanthropy Project to the Target Malaria consortium to assist it develop and prepare for the potential deployment of gene drive technologies in mosquitoes to help eliminate malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa. Deployment will only occur if it is feasible, ethical, safe, approved by the regulatory authorities, and supported by the affected communities. Part of the award has been allocated to understanding the community-ecology consequences of reducing in density, or eliminating, the particular mosquito species that transmit malaria to humans. Fieldwork in Ghana will seek to understand the ecology of these mosquitoes and use modern molecular techniques (such as DNA “barcoding” and metagenomics) to analyse their position in local ecological food webs. The project will be led by Professor Charles Godfray [Oxford] assisted by Dr Fred Aboagye-Antwi (Accra), Professor Owen Lewis (Oxford) and Professor Frédéric Tripet (Keele). (1) Postdoctoral Researcher and Project Coordinator (Grade 8: £40-47k p.a.) We are looking for an experienced community ecologist to play a leadership role in this project. The position, which will be at senior post-doc/fellow level, will be based 50% of the time in Oxford and 50% in Ghana. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing the detailed plan of the programme with the PIs and then will take a leadership role over the course of the four-year project. The successful candidate will lead a team of field biologists in Ghana and molecular ecologists in Oxford who will construct quantitative food webs of the insect communities within which the vectors of malaria are embedded, and carry out experiments to understand the community level consequences of the elimination of the mosquito species. The work will explore the aquatic niche of the larval mosquito as well the role of the adult as food for other animals and as pollinators of plant species. We are looking for an ambitious field ecologist who has experience with working in the tropics. The successful candidate will be highly motivated and capable of working independently, and will have the personal skills to motivate and lead an international team of young ecologists. While in Oxford, the successful candidate will be asked to take a role in the intellectual life of the Zoology Department appropriate to a more senior postdoctoral fellow. The successful candidate will hold a PhD in the relevant field. (2) Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Grade 7: £31k p.a.) We seek a post doc with molecular biological skills, who ideally has experience in the application of molecular biology to ecological problems (for example, obtaining quantitative estimates of DNA sequences from environmental samples, metagenomics, constructing trophic webs using molecular data). The successful candidate will be based mostly in Oxford and will be responsible for developing molecular techniques to, for example, identify the diet range of predators from gut or excreta samples, the role of mosquitoes in pollination through molecular pollen grain analysis, and the effects of mosquitoes on the microbial flora of their larval habitats. We are looking for a motivated individual who is interested in working across the sub-disciplines of biology. The successful candidate will be a team player and enjoy working collaboratively on a common project. The successful candidate will hold a PhD in a relevant field (or awaiting examination). For further information or to apply, please see or follow the links above. Closing Date: 31-Jan-2018. Posted: 1/15/18.

Mosquito Behavioral Ecology: The Medical Entomology Laboratory at the Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to study the foraging ecology of an invasive mosquito (Aedes albopictus). Topics of interests include: understanding how vector-feeding preferences vary under a diversity of natural host communities; elucidating the influence of physiological state and infection on feeding behavior; and disentangling the selective pressures behind host specialization. The work would entail a combination of field, mesocosm, and lab work, and support the creation and use of mathematical models to explore the evolutionary and epidemiological implications of environmental influences on mosquito behavior. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will develop, direct, and coordinate studies on the behavioral ecology of container-breeding mosquitoes. The applicant will have the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary team of lab, field, and computational researchers focused on the topic of vector-borne disease ecology. The work may involve the supervision of students or hourly workers. The successful applicant will be expected to take the lead on disseminating the project outcomes through peer-reviewed journal publications and presentations at conferences. Qualifications: Applicants should have a Ph.D. (within the last 5 years or by their start date) in a relevant field (e.g., ecology, entomology). The ideal candidate will have 1) prior experience with studies on mosquito ecology, life history, and behavior; 2) previously performed blood-meal identification with PCR-based methods, behavioral assays in olfactometers or mesocosms, and / or studies on parasite/pathogen-infected mosquitoes; 3) a solid foundation in experimental design, statistical analysis, and an ability to finalize projects and publish peer-reviewed papers. The position is available for one year initially with possibility of extension, with a salary of $47k. For full consideration, applications should be received by November 25, 2017. To apply send a current academic curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of three professional references and a cover letter highlighting research interests, qualifications and career goals (2 page maximum) to For informal inquiries, please contact Dr. Chris Stone at For hiring questions, please contact Angela Young, Human Resources Associate, at Posted: 9/24/17.

Plant-Pollinator-Pathogen Interactions: I plan to hire two postdoctoral researcher positions to begin in Jan-March 2017. One of these positions is funded by the USDA to evaluate and develop sunflower pollen as a treatment for pathogens in bumble and honey bees. Interested applicants should have experience working with honey and/or bumble bees in field or lab settings; experience working with bee pathogens and communicating with beekeepers and/or growers is also desirable. The other is funded by NIH from the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID) panel to test models predicting disease transmission via manipulations of bee traits, floral traits, and plant-pollinator network characteristics. Interested applicants should have experience working in plant-pollinator or pollinator-pathogen interactions, and ideally experience conducting experiments with multiple bee species. For both positions, desirable additional qualifications include a strong record of publishing research in quality journals, expertise in R and statistical analysis, and an interest in mentoring undergraduate research. The University of Massachusetts Amherst has a vibrant intellectual community and strong graduate program in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB). These are benefited, full-time positions. Salary no less than $47k annually. This is not an official job advertisement, but I'm posting because I am at ESA in Portland and would be happy to meet with interested applicants here. The official ads will come out in early September. If you are interested, please contact me, Lynn Adler, at Posted: 8/8/17.

Bee Health and Ecology: The Adler Lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass, Amherst) seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to assess how floral, bee and network characteristics mediate bee disease transmission dynamics under the guidance and supervision of the Principle Investigator. This research is part of a larger NIH grant examining trait-mediated bee disease transmission, with collaborators at Cornell, NCSU, and UC Riverside. The appointee is expected to establish some independence in research design and execution, to publish her/his work as appropriate in collaboration with the principle investigator, and to be an engaged member of the lab. There is an opportunity to mentor undergraduates in related independent research, but this is not a position requirement. This is a benefited, full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate position. Initial appointment is for one year; reappointment beyond the first year is contingent upon availability of funding and job performance. Funding is available for at least two years. Primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, selecting and preparing plant, bee and pathogen species for manipulative experiments and conducting research in field tents asking how network characteristics and floral and bee traits affect bee disease transmission. Research will require close contact with bees in tents and in field settings, and training lab personnel in various experimental techniques. The successful candidate is required to have a Ph.D. in biology, entomology, ecology or related field by the time of hire. Highly desirable qualifications include experience conducting research in plant-pollinator interactions; experience with pollination networks, experience working with multiple bee, plant and pathogen species in field and/or lab settings, demonstrated record of publishing research in quality journals, expertise in R and statistical analysis, experience and/or strong interest in plant-insect interactions, and experience and/or interest in mentoring undergraduate research. Inquiries about the position can be directed to Lynn Adler, Postdocs are unionized and receive standard salary and benefits, depending on experience, with a salary minima of $47k. Candidates must apply online, submitting a cover letter, CV, summary of research interests, and the contact details of three references willing to provide letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin October 3, 2017. Posted: 9/21/17.

Honey Bee and Bumble Bee Ecology: We offer a Research Scientist (Postdoc) position at the Department for Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Biocenter, University of Würzburg, Germany for three years with possible extension for further three years. The position builds upon long-term research activities of the group on the ecology of honey bees and bumble bees in the context of land use and climate change and combined risks by pesticides, parasites, and loss of floral resources. The successful candidate (i) will analyse existing data sets on community dynamics, biotic interactions, and seasonal timing of social bees and on environmental risk assessment in honey bees, (ii) will initiate new projects and (iii) contribute to teaching. The candidate is expected to hold a PhD degree in Ecology or a similar discipline with a background in bee ecology. Further requirements are a very good knowledge of ecological statistics (using R) and experimental designs, very good writing and communication skills, ability to work independently and self-motivated, interest to work in interdisciplinary projects, and the willingness to teach undergraduate students and to supervise BSc, MSc and PhD students. Further valued skills are practical experience in beekeeping, DNA-metabarcoding of pollen samples, bee parasites and pathogens, and GIS/landscape ecology. We offer the membership in an ambitious research team, modern facilities and an international research environment. Salary and benefits are according to public service positions in Germany (TVL13, full position). Female scientists are particularly encouraged to apply. Disabled applicants will be preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualification. Planned start date is 1st November 2017. Please send your application as a single pdf file per-email to ingolf.steffan@uniwuerzburg. de and latest until 31th August 2017. Applications should include a cover letter, a short summary of research interests, CV, complete certificates, and the names (with email addresses) of two potential referees. For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Biocenter, University of Würzburg, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg, Germany, by Email (see above), phone: +49 931 3186947. Posted: 7/28/17.

Global Ecosystem Modeling: The Crowther lab at ETH-Zürich (starting on October 1st 2017) are seeking 2 postdoctoral positions to conduct competitive research in quantitative ecosystem ecology at a global scale. The research will aim to improve our understanding of how the physiology or composition of biological communities affects ecosystem functioning (primarily carbon cycling) at a global scale. We seek ecologists who are familiar with Earth System Models that will enable them to identify critical uncertainties that can be addressed through experimental or observational research. ETH-Zürich provides an ideal location to perform this quantitative research. The Department of Environmental Systems Science boasts a highly interdisciplinary group of world-leading experts that provide a good opportunity for collaboration. This will be reflected in this lab, which will bring together experts with highly different skillsets to promote interdisciplinary research. Starting salaries will be CHF 86,300 (~$89k) per annum, or higher depending on experience. Post-docs will have the opportunity to design projects for, work with, and advise PhD students who can help to develop their broader research lines. The candidate must hold a Ph.D. in a related topic. All research will require strong quantitative/analytical stills, with considerable experience handling big datasets and generating models. Experience in Earth System Modeling or complex system analysis will be favorable. The researcher should be driven to lead experimental/observational studies or meta-analyses that generate the empirical data needed to parameterize ecosystem models. Our previous post contained a link to a page that will go live on September 29; in the meantime, please send applications to “” with the subject line “ETH Postdoc ESM”. Posted: 9/22/17.

Spatial scaling of methane emissions in boreal and arctic environments: Stanford University, Stockholm University, and Ohio State University seek a full-time postdoctoral earth scientist in remote sensing, geospatial analyses or biogeosciences to improve spatial scaling of methane emissions in boreal and arctic environments, initially in Canada and the United States. The successful candidate will have expertise in remote sensing and geospatial analysis-to refine mapping of land forms relevant to the methane cycle- with experience in field work on methane emissions or northern soils optional, but desirable. Project investigators include Rob Jackson, Gustaf Hugelius, and Kaiguang Zhao. This international collaboration is part of a larger effort to improve understanding of sources and sinks in the global methane cycle through the Global Carbon Project ( The postdoctoral scientist will have opportunities to interact with other researchers examining wetland and tropical methane emissions on the same grant and to link with other international efforts, including the Permafrost Carbon Network and the new EU H2020 Nunataryuk consortium. There are also potential opportunities to join field campaigns to the Canadian Arctic in 2018 or 2019. Send a CV, statement of interests, and three letters of recommendation to: Stanford is an equal opportunity employer; minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Please apply by February 15th, 2018, for full consideration. Posted: 1/11/18.

Land-Atmosphere Carbon Cycling: The University of California Los Angeles Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) seeks two postdoctoral scholars for positions based in the labs of Prof. Ulli Seibt and Prof. Jochen Stutz. The research area is the observation and modelling of land biosphere fluxes of OCS/CO2/H2O and solar induced fluorescence (SIF). One position focuses on the acquisition and interpretation of field data from flux towers in the rainforest in Costa Rica, agricultural fields in Iowa, and the boreal forest in central Canada. The second position has a stronger focus on numerical modeling activities related to the field data. Combining the various datasets will be a component of both positions. Candidates with experience in biosphere remote sensing, gas exchange measurements, carbon cycle modeling, or related research areas are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences or a related field, proof of effective oral and written communication skills, and strong analytical skills. Applicants should submit (1) a statement of research interests and goals, no longer than one page, (2) a complete CV, including contact information for three references, and (3) at least one first-authored publication/manuscript. The materials should be addressed to Ulli Seibt and Jochen Stutz (, Consideration of applications will begin on Nov 1, 2017. The positions would begin in the Winter of 2018 and are initially for one year, with the option of renewals for up to two years. Posted: 10/9/17.

Terrestrial Carbon Cycle Data Assimilation: A post-doctoral position is available in the Ecological Forecasting lab at Boston University as part of a larger project to develop a terrestrial carbon cycle data assimilation system, focused initially on North America, using the PEcAn model informatics system. This system will employ a formal Bayesian model-data fusion between bottom-up process-based ecosystem models and multiple data sources to estimate key C pools and fluxes. Duties: Candidate will work with collaborators at Brookhaven to iteratively extend the PEcAn data assimilation system to ingest a wide range of remotely-sensed and ground data with the goal of fusing and reconciling multiple data streams into a continental-extent carbon cycle (pools and fluxes) data product. They will be responsible for incorporate new scaling approaches into the data assimilation system itself and extending the assimilation to work with multiple land surface models. They will contribute to analyses assessing the impacts of different data sources and models on carbon pool and flux estimates and uncertainties, with the aim of improving carbon monitoring, reporting, and verification. Finally, the candidate will also assist collaborators at NOAA who will be incorporating the bottom-up assimilation product into the CarbonTracker-Lagrange (CT-L) inverse modeling framework to help reconcile top-down and bottom-up flux estimates. Minimum qualifications are a doctoral degree in a related environmental science (ecology, geography, atmospheric science, earth science, etc.). Experience with R and at least one of the following topics is required (along with interest in learning the others): Bayesian statistics, ensemble filtering approaches (e.g. EnKF), ecosystem or land surface modeling, remote sensing, and ecoinformatics. Three years of funding available. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, CV, and contact info for 3 references to Dr. Michael Dietze (dietze at Posted: 9/21/17.

Trace Gas and Isotope Biogeochemistry: We are looking for a creative post-doctoral scientist with a strong background in instrumentation, isotope biogeochemistry, and/or modeling to join an interdisciplinary “ecosystem genomics” team seeking to discover how microbial community composition and metabolism scale to the ecosystem biogeochemistry of carbon, focusing on a carbon-rich biome critical for understanding feedbacks to climate change. The position will focus on methane cycling across land use types in the Amazon of Brazil. The candidate will manage cutting edge field instrumentation, lead interpretation of resultant data on isotopic composition of fluxes and concentrations of carbon cycle gases, and work as part of an international team studying the molecular microbial ecology of carbon cycling using multiple methods (from metagenomics of microbial communities to ecosystem fluxes). Facility with using a mathematical modeling framework to interpret field observations is desirable, as are original ideas for complementary investigations of microbial community ecology. The position is based at University of Arizona, but will involve significant time commitments at international research sites and collaborator institutions. These are exceptional opportunities to learn new techniques and to make major scientific contributions to problems of both scientific and societal interest using cutting-edge technology. The position requires excellent communication skills and also an ability to take a leadership role for specific project components and collaborate with members of a broad international and interdisciplinary team. Fluency in (or a desire to learn) Portuguese is strongly desired. This is an interdisciplinary research program, and the candidate need not to be familiar with all of the relevant methods, but a strong science background relevant to isotope biogeochemistry, including field instrumentation, and interpretation of data within a mathematical modeling framework, is desired. For details see posting number P20464. Please send inquiries to Dr. Scott Saleska ( or Dr Laura Meredith ( Posted: 11/3/17.

Resilience of Boreal Catchments to Changes in Fire and Permafrost Regimes: A post-doctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Tamara Harms at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, focused on resilience of boreal catchments to changes in the fire and permafrost regimes. The researcher would join a team using instream sensors to characterize carbon and nitrogen cycles of boreal catchments and evaluate temporal patterns as potential indicators of ecosystem stability and impending regime change. Applicants should have research experience and interests in ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry, and expertise with either time series analysis or collection of high-frequency data using sensors. Expected start date is March 2018. Prospective applicants should contact Dr. Harms ( by Jan 15 with a CV and cover letter describing research interests and experience. Posted: 12/2/17.

Nutrient biogeochemistry, catchment hydrology, and limnology: University of Vermont. Vermont EPSCoR is recruiting a postdoctoral associate to join our cutting-edge NSF-funded research on Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE). We are continuing a five-year interdisciplinary research project, which studies Lake Champlain Basin landscape, watershed and lake condition responses to extreme weather events. Policy scenarios for enhancing resilience are tested using our comprehensive Integrated Assessment Model (IAM). As a member of the BREE team, the successful candidate will benefit from unique learning and professional development experiences including science communication through our program with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, grant writing through workshops, and undergraduate mentorship through our summer internship program. Nutrient Biogeochemistry, Catchment Hydrology, and Limnology Postdoc Position ID: PDA#006 We seek a field-oriented postdoctoral researcher with expertise in nutrient biogeochemistry (C, N, P, Fe), catchment hydrology and limnology interested in studying how extreme events cascade through the soil-stream-lake continuum. Research will leverage a heavily instrumented suite of watersheds and lakes in Vermont. The candidate should possess expertise and/or interests related to the processing and transport of nutrients or pollutants across riparian soil corridor, river and in receiving water networks. Elements of interest include carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and iron in both particulate and dissolved forms. Experience working with in-situ sensors as well as advanced statistical analyses requisite for interpretation of large environmental datasets are desirable. The successful candidate will be responsible for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students associated with this large cross disciplinary project, and will be expected to collaborate actively with a large group of natural and social scientists seeking to develop an integrated assessment model of the Lake Champlain Basin. This is a 2-year position with possibility of extension with exceptional performance. Please contact Andrew Schroth ( or Carol Adair ( for more information. A major goal of Vermont EPSCoR is workforce development, which means that the graduate students and postdocs will be mentored for success. The anticipated start date is June 1, 2018. To apply: please send CV, names and contact information for three references, and a cover letter outlining research interests, expertise and availability to and reference Position ID PDA#006. Posted: 10/17/17.

Sediment Biogeochemistry: Large Lakes Observatory, University of Minnesota Duluth. We seek a postdoctoral researcher to investigate sediment biogeochemistry in the framework of a NSF-funded project on the role of benthic communities in coupled C-N-P dynamics in the Great Lakes. A successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of biogeochemists, ecologists, and modelers to investigate how recent large-scale changes in the profundal benthic communities of the Laurentian Great Lakes have affected sediment characteristics, benthic-pelagic coupling and whole-system elemental dynamics. Work will combine extensive offshore fieldwork in Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron with laboratory studies. Applicants should have a demonstrated record of conducting research in a relevant field, including proficiency in analytical techniques, and an excellent record of scholarly publications. They would be expected to conduct independent research, assist with lab and field coordination activities, and participate in supervision of graduate students. Preference will be given to candidates who have excellent written communication skills, experience in limnological or oceanographic work, experience in sediment geochemistry, especially in the Great Lakes, or experience in numerical modeling. The position is to begin between March and June 2018, for a term of up to 2 years. Salary minimum $47k/year. The Large Lakes Observatory, located on the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota, is an interdisciplinary research department dedicated to oceanographic studies of large lakes worldwide and offers excellent professional development opportunities. To apply to the position or to request more information contact Drs. Sergei Katsev ( or Ted Ozersky ( ). Please submit a CV, statement of research interests, and names of three references. Review of applications will begin on December 1. Posted: 10/13/17.

Land Use Change & Biogeochemistry: Multiple PhD and Post-doctoral positions are available in the Hutyra Lab at Boston University. We seek scholars interested in working to connect physiological, ecological, and remote sensing observations of plant productivity. Research applications will particularly focus on better characterizing impacts of land use change, urbanization, and forest fragmentation on ecosystem dynamics. The successful applicant(s) are not required to have expertise in all specified areas, but must be interested in interdisciplinary work and bridging spatial scales to improve ecosystem understand. Post-doctoral candidates should have strong quantitative skills in data analysis, numeric modeling, and programming to develop approaches. Experience working in the field (ecological or spectroscopy) strongly preferred. The successful applicants will start as soon as possible in the Department of Earth & Environment. Interested individuals should submit their CV, and a letter detailing their interest and relevant background to Professor Lucy Hutyra ( Post-doctoral applications will be accepted until the position is filled; PhD student applications are due by December 19. Please include “Land use change and biogeochemistry” in the subject line of your email. Posted: 8/15/17.

Long-Term Earth System Change: A postdoctoral position is available at Kansas State University focused on the temporal aspects of interactions among biogeochemistry, paleoecology, and global change. The postdoc will perform original research on topics in paleoenvironmental change, especially related to long-term biogeochemistry and disturbance, in collaboration with supervisor Dr. Kendra McLauchlan. The primary responsibilities associated with this position are: (1) to assist with coordination of a diverse and broad network of researchers in the U.S. and elsewhere, and (2) to conduct independent research on the biogeochemical consequences of ecosystem change at decadal to multi-millennial timescales. Required minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in a relevant ecological, Earth, or environmental science, and previous experience acquiring and analyzing data in the fields of Earth science, ecosystem ecology or paleoecology. Preferred qualifications include successful production of peer-reviewed publications, and previous experience with microscopy, spectrometry, and/or techniques used in analytical chemistry. To apply, submit ONE pdf file containing a letter of interest, your CV, one reprint of a publication, and a list of three professional references. See the full job description to apply. Screening begins August 21, 2017. Posted: 8/4/17.

Invasive Species Ecology: The Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) at Indiana University (IU) invites applications for a four-year Fellow position in invasive species ecology to begin in Fall 2018. Applicants with interests in range shifts of invasive and native species, mechanisms of invasion, models of spread, and impacts of invasive species on native species and ecosystems are especially encouraged to apply. Potential for using local biological systems and IU’s land resources will be considered assets. A generous research allowance, a rich collaborative environment, and eligibility to serve as PI on external grants makes this an attractive position. The position is part of IU’s Grand Challenge initiative in Prepared for Environmental Change. The successful candidate will join a cohort of twelve Fellows of the ERI and a growing community of colleagues across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities who are engaged in this collaborative program of research and communication about environmental change. Excellent fellow candidates will have experience with and openness toward multi- and trans-disciplinary collaborative research. Applicants must have a Ph.D. prior to employment along with demonstrated research experience invasive species ecology; applicants with prior post-doctoral training will be favored in the review process. Fellows will be expected to develop independent research programs that interface with ERI’s multidisciplinary initiative. Appointment will be for two years initially, with possibility of renewal for an additional two years. While the position is not permanent, Fellows are encouraged to extend the appointment period through external funding. To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by 10/15/17. Interested candidates should review the job description and submit application materials at Questions about the position should be directed to: Keith Clay, Search Committee Chair ( Posted: 8/29/17.

Invasive Plant Modeling: The University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources is seeking a researcher (Researcher 6) to model the distribution and density of invasive plant species across Minnesota. This individual will lead research efforts with a team of scientists and managers from the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota Extension, and MN Department of Agriculture to develop species distribution models for 12 invasive plants across Minnesota. The results of this work will be used to conduct economic analyses of invasive species across Minnesota. The position is available immediately and includes one year of funding and health insurance. Future funding is contingent on satisfactory progress and success in securing additional funds. More information on the project funded through the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (pdf). Qualifications: PhD in natural resources, agriculture, ecology, or a closely related field with coursework in economics, or vice versa. The ideal applicant will have experience with GIS analysis, statistical techniques, and plant databases (e.g., EDDMapS, Forest Inventory and Analysis). Applicants should also have a strong work ethic, be able to work independently and cooperatively with researchers and analysts, and have demonstrated writing and quantitative capabilities. Application: Please submit a CV and cover letter to the position announcement at (Job ID 319117). Review will begin on 1 September 2017. For more information, contact Dr. Matthew Russell ( Posted: 8/11/17.

Fire Frequency and Soil Carbon Dynamics in Boreal Forest: The Forest Ecosystem Science laboratory at the University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation seeks a postdoctoral research associate to work on an NSF-funded project examining how increased fire frequency in Alaskan boreal forests affects vegetation dynamics and ecosystem carbon cycling. The postdoctoral researcher will lead efforts to estimate soil CO2 efflux, linking these estimates to changes in vegetation and soil thaw created by repeat burning. The researcher will join a multidisciplinary (remote sensing, modeling of ecosystem process and permafrost dynamics), with collaborators at multiple institutions (Portland State, Universities of Alaska and Idaho). The postdoctoral research associate will assist in connecting field observations of soil and vegetation C dyamics to the ecosystem process model LANDIS-II. Interested candidates should feel comfortable working in remote locations with a team of colleagues, and there will be some strenuous fieldwork. The researcher will spend the majority of the 2018 and 2019 summer in Alaska, and winters at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Ideal candidates would be available at some point in the spring of 2018, preferably in January. The candidate will have a PhD in biology, soil science, ecology, forestry, or environmental science. The position is available for 2-3 years, with the 3rd year contingent on satisfactory progress toward project goals. The researcher will be mentored by Dr. Jason Vogel, and will join a growing and diverse lab group. Email for more information or call at (979) 846-0879. To apply for this position, visit the full job ad. Closes: 9/30/17. Posted: 9/12/17.

Vegetation Dynamics: The Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab seeks a California and Western US Vegetation Dynamics Postdoctoral Scholar to combine observations, ecological theory, and numerical model development to explore the impacts of and feedbacks between climate extremes and vegetation dynamics for ecosystems in California and throughout the western US. This role will work within a five-year project funded by the Department of Energy’s Regional and Global Climate Modeling program to assess the role of climate extremes in governing tree mortality, disturbance-recovery cycles, changing ecosystem function, and transient vegetation range shifts. What You Will Do: • Explore how plant hydraulic and other traits govern vegetation distributions in California and the western US. • Develop and test process representation within the Functionally-Assembled Terrestrial Ecosystem Simulator (FATES), a demographic, dynamic, vegetation model for use within the land models of the Community Earth System Model (CESM) and the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM). • Test model predictions against a wide variety of observational datasets, including eddy covariance, remote sensing, and forest inventory data. • Use the recent California drought as a test of model predictions of how climate extremes govern vegetation dynamical process rates. • Explore the roles of changing climate extremes over the historical period and future projections in governing ecosystem structure and process. • Explore the role of vegetation dynamics in governing biophysical and carbon cycle climate feedbacks in California and the Western US, using coupled land-atmosphere configurations within an Earth system model. What is Required: • PhD in relevant field (e.g., climate science, ecology, plant physiology, forestry, atmospheric dynamics). • Proficient coding skills in, at a minimum, data analysis languages (Python, R, matlab, etc), and ideally, in compiled languages such as Fortran. • Knowledge of and interest in land surface processes, atmospheric dynamics, and ecological science concepts. • Experience with analysis of both observational and model-derived datasets. • Particularly interested in candidates with experience working with demographic vegetation models, plant hydraulic models, or variable-resolution climate models. • Ability to understand and use state-of-the-art land-surface and coupled land-atmosphere models. • Evidence of ability to publish research results in peer-reviewed journals. For full consideration, please apply by close of business on January 10, 2018. For details, see the full job ad. Posted: 12/6/17.

Palaeo-Vegetation/Ecological Modelling: With the official start of the new ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage ( in July, I am pleased to announce two new CABAH-funded postdoctoral positions (a.k.a. Research Associates) in my global ecology lab at Flinders University in Adelaide (Flinders Modelling Node). One of these positions is a little different, and represents something of an experiment. The Research Associate in Palaeo-Vegetation Modelling is being restricted to women candidates; in other words, we’re only accepting applications from women for this one. In a quest to improve the gender balance in my lab and in universities in general, this is a step in the right direction. The project itself is not overly prescribed, but we would like something along the following lines of inquiry: Quantifying the impact of climate- and human-driven landscape change on megafauna extinction in Australia. The project aims to integrate explicitly the interactions between vegetation dynamics (grazing, climate change) and the effects of fire (natural or human-driven) on environmental change to investigate how first human occurrence, fire frequency, grazing, and climate change interplay until they have driven species extinction events. The second position — Research Associate in Palaeo-Ecological Network Modelling — is open to everyone, and is in the general area of ecological network modelling: The incumbent will construct networks for Australian palaeo-communities to test for cascading extinctions and ecosystem stability by stochastic virtual ‘removal’ experiments. Rapid and widespread extinction of megafauna species across the globe occurred throughout the Late Quaternary and into the Holocene (~ 50,000 to 5,000 years ago). Both human-driven and climate-influenced models have been proposed to explain these massive waves of extinction, but their outcomes have largely ignored complex ecological relationships to date. Genetic data, fossil records and archaeological archives are the primary source of information for understanding the ecology of long-extinct communities, but these datasets are mostly incomplete so that we can never expect to construct complex ecological networks. However, we can build proxy networks based on analogue (modern days) systems and ecologically realistic assumptions validated from present-day ecosystems. You can apply by following this link (Position 17115 and 17116): Closing Date: 18-AUG-2017. Posted: 7/28/17.

Ecological Modeler: Post-Doctoral Position. The Wildland Fire Science Program of Tall Timbers Research Station (Tallahassee, Florida) in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Center for Forest Disturbance Science (Athens, GA) is seeking an ecological modeler for a one year position that can be extended up to an additional 1.5 years (2.5 years total) contingent upon on applicant’s performance and continued funding. The purpose of the project is to model forest landscape dynamics using various modeling techniques, field data, and remote sensing instrumentation. Application reviews will begin Aug. 15, 2017. Details on this position, including how to apply. Posted: 8/7/17.

Ecological Modeling: The Brosi Lab at Emory University is seeking a post-doctoral research fellow focused on ecological modeling. Specific topics include biodiversity-ecological functioning relationships and network structure - function - stability relationships. Much of our lab's work focuses on mutualisms and especially pollination, and we intend for this modeling work to include those systems and well as extensions to other systems. While the focus is on modeling, there is a possibility to conduct field work at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (summer 2018) and / or conduct controlled multi-species resource-based experiments with bees in the lab. There will also be opportunities to interact with collaborators, on both the theoretical and empirical side, from a range of institutions. The post-doc will initially be physically located at Stanford University, where the PI (Berry Brosi) will be on sabbatical in Fall 2017 (preference to begin 1 September). The position will then transition to Emory University in January 2018. For candidates with a strong record of independent work, there may be the possibility to work remotely, particularly after at least some time in residence. The position has an initial duration of one year with the possibility of extending to a second year. The salary for the position is $48k. REQUIREMENTS: - Ph.D. in ecology or a Ph.D. in an allied field (e.g. applied mathematics) - strong experience and skills in ecological modeling - strong publication track record - strong quantitative and programming skills - excellent writing skills - able to work collaboratively in a positive and productive team setting PREFERRED SKILLS: - experience with network modeling, preferably in a population-dynamic framework - experience with dynamical systems theory, including Lyapunov stabilty - use of R for programming is preferred, though other languages may be used - interest in and experience with grant writing To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, and 1-3 representative publications to (please do not email these materials). Get in touch with PI Berry Brosi, bbrosi [at] emory (dot) edu if you have any questions regarding the position. While the deadline of the position is set to mid-August, please apply by 15 July 2017 for full consideration. Posted: 6/28/17.

Multi-Mutualist Community Ecology: The Segraves and Althoff labs at Syracuse University invite applications for a joint postdoctoral position on the community and evolutionary ecology of multi-species mutualisms using a synthetic mutualism lab system based on strains of brewer’s yeast. The goal of the project is to develop and test qualitative and quantitative theoretical predictions of community dynamics by using an easily replicable and fast-growing community of organisms. The project will combine theory with experimental manipulations of community structure to examine the properties of mutualistic communities that contribute to their persistence. This project will involve joint collaborations with the Segraves and Althoff labs as well as with Dr. Chris Moore at Colby College ( and Dr. 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. Preferred start date is Jan 10, 2018 or later. We are willing to delay the start until the summer of 2018 for ideal candidates. Qualifications: A Ph.D. in evolutionary ecology, community ecology, experimental evolution, or theoretical ecology is required. Applicants should have a demonstrated ability to combine theoretical and empirical approaches in species interactions or community ecology 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, but not necessarily required. Please direct any questions to Dr. Kari Segraves ( and view full job description to apply. Application review will begin Nov. 27. Posted: 10/17/17.

Temperature and Microbial Community Stability: Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ offers the following position: Postdoctoral fellowship (limited to 2 years, 100 percent of a full -time employment) “Testing the influence of temperature on community stability and co-existence: a theoretical and microbial model systems approach” Background: Researchers often predict species abundances based on species traits and their associations with environmental conditions. However, in addition to reacting to their environments species also interact with each other. Theory suggests that striking shifts in community composition could arise if environments additionally alter the nature of species interactions (e.g. climate warming alters the outcome of predation or competition), and thus their abundances. Experiments taking into account presence of predators with different prey ranges are thus needed to understand the relative importance of ecological and evolutionary processes. Using theoretical and laboratory microbial model systems, the postdoctoral researcher will test how temperature-driven effects on microbial species traits and species interactions influence community stability and coexistence. To examine mechanisms underlying changes in the outcome of microbial interactions, the researcher will measure phenotypic, physiological, genomic parameters as well as co-evolutionary dynamics of each population, which in a second step will inform a mathematical model. This research forms the foundation for a collaborative microcosm research platform aimed at testing ecological mechanisms underlying species coexistence and stability in the face of global change. Topic/job description: -Assemble simplified microbial model communities consisting of different trophic levels -Describe organisms, interactions and co-evolutionary dynamics under varying temperature conditions with phenotypic, physiological and genomic approaches -Use ecological modeling to predict the outcome of changing environmental context -Publish results in peer-reviewed journals, present results at conferences and meetings -Transfer knowledge to technical staff or students. Requirements: -A PhD degree in microbiology, ecology or related disciplines at the start of the contract -Demonstrated expertise in the area of research -Excellent skills in running lab experiments, microbiological methods, community ecology and statistical tools -Solid knowledge in ecological modeling and molecular biological tools; bioinformatics skills are a plus -Experience in one or more programming languages such as R, Python, Matlab, Julia or C/C++ -Capability to collaborate effectively within a multidisciplinary team of UFZ and iDiv researchers -Very good written and oral communications skills in English -Proven track record of publishing research. We offer you a two -year postdoc position at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, which provides excellent facilities and an interdisciplinary work environment. The project is supervised by Dr. Antonis Chatzinotas (Leader of Microbial Systems Ecology group; Department of Environmental Microbiology) and is strongly linked to the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research –iDiv. Applications are accepted until 01 September 2017. Applicants must hold their doctoral degree at the start of the contract (January 2018). Applications should include: -Cover letter (in English) describing motivation, research interests & relevant experience -Complete curriculum vitae including list of publications, grants and honors -Contact information of former professor(s)/ supervisor(s) who know the applicant -Copy of Master’s and Bachelor’s degree, and Doctoral certificate (if already awarded). Applications are only accepted via Selected candidates will be invited to an interview between 23-27 October, 2017. For queries on the application process, please contact; for research project questions, contact Dr. Antonis Chatzinotas We will also be available to discuss the position in person at ESA in Portland, USA. Please contact Jes Hines Posted: 8/7/17.

Plant-Microbe Interactions: A postdoctoral position is available in plant-microbe interactions in the Russo lab in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. The position is part of a multi-PI NSF-funded project Center for Root and Rhizobiome Innovation (CRRI) investigating plant-microbe rhizosphere interactions in natural grassland and agricultural systems. The postdoctoral fellow will work collaboratively with other project investigators on multi-disciplinary field, greenhouse, and lab-based research to identify how microbial community structure and function influence plant phenotypes using stable-isotope probing, metagenomics, and proteomics and will also have the opportunity to develop independent projects. Members of the Russo lab work broadly in plant ecology and diversity, linking ecophysiology with demography and species distributions. Qualified candidates will be creative, independent, and motivated scientists and have a PhD and a demonstrated track-record of scientific publication in the following or related areas: plant ecology, plant physiology, community or ecosystem ecology, bioinformatics or -omics approaches. Interested candidates should send a single PDF document with a cover letter explaining their interests and experience and a CV listing the names and contact information for three references to Dr. Sabrina Russo ( with the subject line, “Postdoctoral Position”. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For the full ad, see: Posted: 10/23/17.

Plant-soil microbe interactions: Postdoctoral Researcher positions in the study of the ecology and evolution of plant-microbiome interactions are available in the lab of Jim Bever at the University of Kansas. Individual projects focus on (1) the role of AM fungal community dynamics on plant species turnover and coexistence, (2) the role of pathogens in patterns of plant diversity and its benefits (3) microbiome mediation of plant adaptation along a precipitation gradient. 1. AM fungal dynamics. We have found that late successional plant species are more responsive to mycorrhizal fungi (Koziol and Bever 2015), are more sensitive to particular species of mycorrhizal fungi (Koziol and Bever 2016), and generally have less negative soil community feedbacks (Bauer et al. 2015), all of which are consistent with AM fungal community dynamics playing an important role in plant dynamics during succession. 2. Plant pathogens. Accumulating evidence identifies pathogen dynamics as critical to generating negative plant-soil feedbacks, leading to plant species coexistence (Bever et al 2015). We will be testing the extent to which pathogen dynamics drive patterns and benefits of plant diversity. 3. Microbiome influence on plant adaptation. Kansas has a dramatic precipitation gradient. We have found that the AM fungal community in undisturbed grasslands are markedly differentiated along the gradient, but this differentiation is lost with disturbance. We will be testing the extent to which mycorrhizal fungi and other components of the plant microbiome mediate adaptation and resource dynamics along the gradient. Jim Bever and Peggy Schultz share a lab that is generally interested in the ecology and evolution of plant microbe interactions. Much of our work focusses on the feedbacks on plant fitness through changes in microbial composition and the influence of this feedback on plant species coexistence, invasion, succession and community structure. We are also interested in the application of microbial dynamics to restoration of native plant species and overyielding in polyculture. The lab has research emphases on the evolution of species interactions, including the stability of mutualism, the evolution of virulence, and life history trade-offs. We integrate greenhouse and field experiments, environmental sequencing, and theory development. We are located in the Lawrence, Kansas in the Kansas Biological Survey and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The start date for these positions is flexible. Qualifications: 1. Doctoral degree in Environmental Science, Ecology or closely related field. 2. Demonstrated experience with research in the field of Applied Ecology. 3. Record of scientific publications in the field of Ecology and Environmental Biology. Salary: Begins at 47k. Application review begins Nov 1, 2017. Apply to: If you have questions please contact Posted: 10/6/17.

Plant-Associated Microbial Communities: Postdoc examining rhizosphere microbial community ecology, with a focus on bioenergy cropping systems, in the Evans Lab at Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University, Hickory Corners, MI. Position to begin between January and May 2018. Application review to begin January 8, 2018. The postdoc would contribute to two highly interrelated projects. The first is the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, a large multi-PI and interdisciplinary project, of which one part is examining the potential of the plant-associated microbiome to sustainably enhance stress tolerance of plants in degraded lands. The second project, MMPRNT (Microbial Mediated Perennial Rhizosphere Nitrogen Transformations) is a multi-PI DOE-funded project at MSU that examines how the rhizosphere microbiome of perennial grasses influence plant nitrogen availability. In addition to research and career development, a proportion of this position (10%) involves coordination among the two projects (data management, communication, training), and is ideal for a candidate looking for exposure to multi-PI projects, mentoring, and close interactions with several collaborative laboratories (including Shade, Bonito and Tiemann at MSU). Qualifications: A PhD in an appropriate discipline is required, as is demonstration of strong written and oral communication skills. Experience with bioinformatics and statistical analysis of microbial community composition (i.e. amplicon sequencing) data is strongly preferred. Other skillsets relevant to the project, and that the postdoc could apply or potentially learn, are stable isotope probing, high-throughput quantitative PCR, culture isolation and assessment of plant growth-promotion, greenhouse experimentation, and shotgun metagenomic analysis. For full ad and instructions for application, see Posted: 12/21/17.

Plant Microbiota: The Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) in Cologne, Germany invites applications for an genomics. The position is available in the Multitrophic Plant-Microbe Interactions group headed by Dr. Stéphane Hacquard for an initial period of two years, with the possibility of extension. In the Multitrophic Plant-Microbe Interactions group, we aim at understanding the fundamental mechanisms that underlie the structure and the functions of multi-kingdom microbial consortia colonizing plant roots. By combining microbial community profiling data from natural A. thaliana populations, with the use of reference microbial culture collections and gnotobiotic plant systems, we dissect how both host-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions impact microbial community structure and plant health. We are also generating extensive microbial genome resources that will serve as key resources to identify the genetic determinants of microbial adaptation to plant roots and to interpret metatranscriptomic profiles of artificial microbial consortia. The initial project of the selected candidate will include the reconstitution of the microbiota of Arabidopsis roots in gnotobiotic plant systems using genome-sequenced microbial isolates (bacteria, fungi, oomycetes), the development of a protolcol for metatranscriptome profiling of synthetic microbial consortia, and the analysis of the corresponding metatranscriptomic signatures during root colonization or upon perturbation. The project aims at providing novel insights into the molecular mechanisms and the functions that drive the establishment of multikingdom microbial consortia on plant roots. For details, see the link above. Deadline: 10/30/17. Posted: 9/12/17.

Microbial Ecology/Metagenomics: Post-doctoral position available at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. I am seeking a postdoctoral researcher in microbial ecology/metagenomics that will be co-advised by myself (Melissa Cregger) and Chris Schadt. The researcher will be focused in understanding the ecology of plant associated and soil microbial communities as well as their responses to various anthropogenically induced changes (climate, contaminants, land use, etc) in multiple systems. This position will be focused on projects using metagenome information to understand microbial changes induced by warming in a peatland ecosystem as part of the SPRUCE project team and on optimizing microbial nitrogen cycling associated with Populus trees as part of the Center for BioEnergy Innovation. Apply online here. Please feel free to contact me with any questions: Posted: 1/15/18.

Microbial Ecology: A postdoctoral research associate position is available in the lab of Dr. Lisa Tiemann at Michigan State University to work with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC). The GLBRC is one of four national bioenergy research centers funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. There are multiple labs involved in the GLBRC at MSU and the University of Wisconsin and multiple opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations. In particular, this position will work in close collaboration with the MSU Insects and Landscape Ecology lab of Dr. Doug Landis ( The research will focus on the diversity and chemical complexity of root residues and exudates that affect soil microbial community structure, diversity, and function, which in turn influence rates of C accrual via microbial growth and the production and turnover of decomposition by-products. We seek to understand key parts of microbial C cycling as influenced by plant and invertebrate diversity, which will change the timing and diversity of root exudates as well as residues. By processing plant material, invertebrates alter the quality, quantity, and timing of both plant detrital and root exudate inputs to soil microbial communities, with significant implications for C cycling. The position will include some combination of the following activities: Assisting with field work in research sites across Michigan and Wisconsin; conducting and/or coordinating biogeochemical analyses, including 13CO2 stable isotope pulse-chase experiments and stable isotope probing; molecular work including DNA and RNA extraction and sample preparation for sequencing; data analysis and manuscript preparation; presentation of results at national and international scientific meetings. In addition, the research associate will assist with lab organization and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and engage in a stimulating research environment created by multiple researchers working on coordinated aspects of the project. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. with a research focus in soil ecology, soil microbiology, soil science, biogeochemistry, or a closely related field with preference given to those with experience in molecular methods. Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes: A strong publication record from their Ph.D. (papers published, in press, or submitted); creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things; excellent communication skills, both written and oral. The position is renewable annually, contingent upon funding and/or job performance. A start date of January 1, 2018 is preferred, but alternative timelines will be considered and should be noted in the cover letter. All questions about the position and application materials should be submitted to: Lisa Tiemann at Applications should consist of a single pdf file that includes: 1) a brief cover letter (no more than 2-pages) that highlights past research accomplishments, how your previous experience will benefit this project and your future research goals; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) names and contact information for three references. Posted: 10/20/17.

Molecular Microbial Ecology: A postdoctoral position in molecular microbial ecology is available at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole. This NSF-funded collaborative project with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution seeks to identify the nature of microbial predator-prey interactions using laboratory chemostats combined with RNA stable isotope probing, sequencing, and trait-based modeling. We are seeking an individual with expertise in molecular microbial ecology, including those with interests in microbial, viral, and eukaryotic dynamics, microbial food webs, and theoretical ecology. While the primary focus of the work will be in research, the postdoctoral investigator will have an opportunity to participate in educational and outreach activities associated with the project. Basic Qualifications: The successful applicant must hold a Ph.D. in microbiology, marine science, systems biology, or a related field. Expected skills include molecular biology and microscopy with bioinformatics proficiency; chemostat operation and nutrient analyses are considered advantageous, but not necessary. Please submit the following three items with your application: (i) a cover letter describing your research goals and your specific motivation to join our project; (ii) a CV, and (iii) contact information for three references, including your Ph.D. supervisor. (We will contact your references when needed). Please email Joe Vallino ( or Julie Huber ( with any questions about the position. APPLY ONLINE: Posted: 10/7/17.

Microbial Community Ecology: Two postdoctoral fellow positions are available in the Fukami Lab at Stanford University. The successful candidates will use nectar-inhabiting bacteria and yeasts to ask broad questions about ecological and evolutionary community assembly. There will be opportunities to develop independent and collaborative research. Expertise in one or more of the following and related fields is desirable: chemical ecology, pollination biology, and microbial ecology, genomics, and metagenomics. Appointment will initially be for one year and annually renewable for up to three additional years. Start date is preferably October 2017, but flexible. To apply, please e-mail a single PDF including a cover letter, a CV, and the names and contact information of three references to Tadashi Fukami (, with the subject line as "Nectar microbe postdoc (your name)". Review of applications will begin on August 5, 2017 and continue until suitable candidates are identified. Informal inquiries prior to application are welcome. Fukami will attend the Ecological Society of America meeting in Portland, Oregon, on August 7-11, 2017, and are available for informal individual meetings during the conference. Posted: 7/24/17.

Tropical Wood Decay and Carbon Cycling: A postdoctoral position is available in the Zanne lab at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, DC, USA. The postdoctoral scientist will work on joint NSF (with Steve Allison: UCI) and NERC (with Paul Eggleton: NHM London) funded field- and lab-based projects. The goal of these projects is to measure the relative roles of microbes and termites in deadwood carbon turnover in tropical Australia to better inform earth system models. The projects will be based at Lucas Cernusak’s lab at James Cook University (JCU) in Cairns, QLD, Australia. The postdoc will move between the Zanne and Cernusak labs. Motivated applicants with experience working with saprotrophic microbes and/or termites monitoring wood decay and/or gas fluxes are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant field, strong writing and quantitative skills, and a record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Applications will be reviewed as received and the position will be open until 17 September 2017. Applications should include a research statement, including relevant skills for the project and future goals (max: 1-2 pages), CV, and contact information for three references (including emails and phone numbers). Materials should be sent to Amy Zanne ( In addition, candidates should apply directly through Posted: 8/29/17.

Modeling Microbial Processes Under Environmental Change: One full-time postdoctoral position and one graduate student position are available at the University of California Irvine in Dr. Steven Allison’s research group. Successful candidates should have interests in microbial processes, soil carbon cycling, and/or ecosystem ecology and experience in mathematical, computational, or data sciences. A record of publication in peer-reviewed journals is strongly recommended for postdoctoral candidates and encouraged for graduate student applicants. Positions are funded by the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and European Research Council. Potential projects include: · Trait-based modeling of microbial communities and functioning under drought conditions · Modeling of greenhouse gas fluxes in Australian tropical forests · Development and parameterization of microbial-ecosystem models · Model-data integration with soil priming effects. Interested candidates should email a CV and cover letter to as soon as convenient. In addition, postdoctoral candidates should apply at Prospective graduate students should apply through relevant graduate programs in biological sciences, physical sciences, or gateway programs. Note that graduate application deadlines are often December 1. Postdoctoral candidates are encouraged to apply by August 1, 2017. Posted: 5/31/17.

Ecology & Omics of Fungal Endophytes: University of Texas at Austin. The Hawkes lab is hiring a postdoc to work on a USDA-funded project studying how fungal endophytes control plant drought responses in switchgrass, sorghum, and maize. The goal of the project is to develop a mechanistic framework for predicting fungal effects on plants at scale. Candidates should have experience in fungal genomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics, as well as related skills in bioinformatics and phylogenetics. If you're interested and attending ESA, please email me to meet up - Christine V. Hawkes ( For more info, see the link above. Posted: 8/8/17.

Functional Genomics of Disease and Pesticide Susceptibility in Bumble Bees: Postdoctoral Position, Salary $43-47k per yr. Applications are invited to join the Cameron Lab in the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois. Research will focus on experimental studies of the functional genomics and ecological effects on bumble bee health of the fungal pathogen Nosema bombi, and its interactive effects with neonicotinoid pesticides. We are looking for expertise in the laboratory production and bioinformatic analysis of gene expression data (RNAseq, qPCR, etc.). The collaborative research team includes Dr. Ben Sadd, Illinois State University, and James Strange, Utah State USDA Bee Biology Lab. The research includes a series of lab experiments on both declining and stable populations of bumble bees, with the broad goal of understanding causal factors of decline in U.S. bumble bee populations. We will examine how bumble bee species vary in susceptibility to pathogens and pesticides, investigating how these stresses can interact to the detriment of bee viability. An integration of colony-level, whole-organism, cellular, and transcriptomic approaches will address how susceptibility is linked to decline status. The postdoc will play a key role in setting up and analyzing RNAseq data, with an ultimate goal to identify expression and genetic diversity associated with infection and pesticide susceptibility. Major responsibilities will be to interact with the research collaborators to participate in experiments and develop the transcriptome datasets. A strong bioinformatics or statistical genetics/population genetics background with a PhD degree in the relevant areas is required. Communication skills are essential; programming and analytical skills are desirable. To apply, please submit your CV and a Statement of your interest in the position, including discussion of how your skills are concordant with the project's research needs, along with names and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. For informal inquiries please contact Sydney Cameron ( Posted: 8/8/17.

Functional Genomics of Dutch Elm Disease: Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in Louis Bernier’s group at Université Laval in Quebec City (QC, Canada) to work on the functional genomics of the Dutch elm disease fungus Ophiostoma novo-ulmi. The successful candidate will be part of the multidisciplinary Genome Canada-funded BioSAFE project on genomic biosurveillance of alien pathogens and pests. The candidate will participate in the development of an efficient procedure for gene deletion in O. novo-ulmi and in the design and analysis of RNASeq assays of elm-pathogen interactions. Successful applicants should have a PhD degree in biological sciences and extensive experience in molecular biology and functional genomics. Knowledge in phytopathology and plant-microbe interactions is desired. Candidates should have a record of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and be able to communicate and write in English. Fluency in French would be an asset as Quebec City is predominantly French speaking. Salary: CDN$37k per year (including benefits). Duration: 2 years (starting no later than 1 November 2017). Applicants should forward their CV, a cover letter and the names and contact information of three references, no later than 21 August 2017, to: Professor Louis Bernier ( Posted: 8/7/17.

Crop Disease Management in Haiti: We seek a Postdoctoral Research Associate for a project at the University of Florida that will provide excellent experience in working with an interdisciplinary team, and an opportunity to impact food security in Haiti. The project addresses crop disease management in Haiti, in collaboration with a team of scientists addressing components of Haitian agriculture. The Research Associate’s responsibilities will include evaluation of a new plantain disease, approaches for improving plant disease diagnostics and information systems, and Haitian systems for plant disease management more broadly. This is an opportunity to discover the etiology of an important disease and contribute to improvement of crop disease diagnostics and integrated pest management in Haiti, as an example for how to improve these systems throughout the region. The project will provide valuable experience in international development for agricultural programs, and will support improved livelihoods for smallholder farmers. The Research Associate will work with Dr. Karen Garrett in the Plant Pathology Department at University of Florida as part of the new Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, and with a team of scientists working in a USAID-funded project addressing improvement of agriculture in Haiti. The Research Associate is expected to contribute to an environment that fosters diversity and cooperation. Work will begin Fall 2017. The project will last at least 2.5 years, dependent on acceptable performance and continued funding. Screening of applicants will begin October 18. Required: 1. A recent Ph.D. degree in plant pathology, entomology, ecology, horticulture or related field; 2. Demonstrated publication record, quality of work, and ability to design and conduct independent experiments with a strong commitment to achieving goals; 3. Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to work in a team-based, multicultural, collaborative environment; 4. Authorization to work in the United States for any employer; 5. Demonstrated ability to work in challenging field environments. Preferred: Research and familiarity with plant disease systems in the lab and field is desirable, but candidates with research experience in other biological systems and a desire to apply that knowledge are encouraged to apply; Fluency in French and/or Haitian Creole would be very useful, but not necessary; Experience working in Haiti is desirable, but experience in similar agricultural systems is also useful; R programming experience is desirable, but other programming language experience is also useful. To apply, please submit (1) Cover letter explaining research interests and experience, qualifications for the job, and timing of availability, (2) Curriculum Vitae, and (3) Three references, including: names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses. Apply here. Posted: 10/13/17.

Plant Disease Ecology: The Flory Lab at the University of Florida (UF) is recruiting a postdoctoral research associate for a project that seeks to improve understanding of how pathogen emergence and accumulation is affected by, and in turn affects, interactions among invasive and native plant species. The collaborative project is funded by the NSF/USDA/NIH Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease program. Our focus is on the widespread invader Microstegium vimineum, co-occurring native grasses, and their associated pathogens in eastern US forests. We have published on emerging pathogens and their potential ecological consequences for the invader (e.g., Stricker et al, 2016, Ecology Letters; Flory and Clay, 2013, Journal of Ecology, Flory et al, 2011, Ecosphere) and now seek to determine the long-term outcomes for invaded plant communities. The postdoc will work closely with Luke Flory (UF Agronomy), Erica Goss and Phil Harmon (UF Plant Pathology), Bob Holt (UF Biology), and Keith Clay (Indiana University). A Ph.D. in ecology, environmental science, plant pathology, or a closely related field is required. Ideal candidates will have broad field ecology experience and peer-reviewed publications, and will be familiar with plant disease ecology, but we encourage all interested candidates with some field ecology experience to apply. The successful candidate will have excellent demonstrated writing, presentation, and statistical analysis skills, and have experience managing large field projects. The postdoctoral researcher will be integrally involved in the design and implementation of field and greenhouse experiments, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and presentations at conferences. This postdoc position is available as soon as September 1, 2017 but start date is flexible. Renewable annually for up to three years. Salary is $48k plus benefits. For full consideration please submit application materials by August 15, 2017. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Send CV, a brief statement of interest, copies of relevant publications, and names of three references in a single PDF file to: S. Luke Flory (, 352-231-2376). Candidates attending ESA in Portland should contact Luke to set up a time to meet and discuss this postdoc opportunity. Posted: 7/25/17.

Amphibian Disease Ecology: The Richards-Zawacki lab at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to participate in collaborative, federally funded projects investigating the effects of climate and climate change on amphibian disease dynamics. The successful applicant will collaborate on projects aimed at clarifying the impacts of climate on the (1) distribution and virulence of Batrachochytrium pathogens and (2) the development of amphibian immune responses. The position will involve field work in Pennsylvania and possibly also Louisiana, as well as laboratory-based experiments. Much of the work that takes place in Pennsylvania will be based at the University of Pittsburgh's Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology in Northwest Pennsylvania though laboratory work will mostly take place in Pittsburgh, PA. The incumbent will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the PI on a K-12 outreach program focused on climate change impacts on ecosystems. The successful applicant will have (1) a Ph.D. in ecology, biology, or a related field, (2) the ability to organize and lead field studies, (3) strong writing skills, (4) the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and (5) a strong record of mentorship and outreach. Candidates with experience with microbiology, immunology and molecular techniques will be preferred. Funds are available for one year with the possibility of additional years pending satisfactory progress. Starting salary is dependent upon experience. The position is available starting April 2018 (negotiable). Review of applications will begin February 19, 2018. To apply, please send (1) a cover letter, (2) CV, (3) statement of research interests/experiences, and (4) names and contact information for three references to Dr. Corinne Richards-Zawacki ( Posted: 1/15/18.

Disease Ecology, Amphibians: A postdoctoral research position in the fields of infectious wildlife diseases, microbiome ecology and conservation biology is available in the laboratory of Dr. Gui Becker in the University of Alabama Department of Biological Sciences. This position will explore the integrative mechanisms that underlie host-pathogen-microbiome interactions in amphibians. The ideal candidate is a talented researcher that is hardworking, creative, and, above all, competent with manuscript writing. Responsibilities will include laboratory work involving fungal culturing, molecular analyses, planning and supervising experiments, student mentoring, data management and analysis, manuscript preparation and submission, and animal care. The candidate could be interested in conducting fieldwork in the tropics and/or working with existing datasets on amphibian chytridiomycosis. Candidates must have received a Ph.D. in a relevant field by the start date. Funding is available for two years, with annual renewal dependent on performance evaluation, and will include a competitive salary and full benefits. The University of Alabama offers a range of professional development opportunities. Application review will begin November 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is negotiable, but the successful applicant should be able to start in the January 2018 semester. Applicants interested in the position should contact Dr. Gui Becker ( Applicants must apply by submitting an application to the Fall 2017 Biological Sciences Departmental postdoctoral pool at (requisition number 0810628). Materials should include: 1. Cover letter stating your application for the disease ecology position, a brief description of research accomplishments and interests, and career goals. 2. The names and contact information for 3 references. 3. Curriculum vitae. 4. Two representative publications. Posted: 10/10/17.

Disease Ecology: A postdoctoral position is available to work in the Elderd lab at Louisiana State University (LSU), Department of Biological Sciences. The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for investigating the effects of plant defenses on insect-host pathogen interactions using quantitative approaches by combining data analysis with mechanistic models. Specifically, this work involves using experimental data to create Bayesian models of spatial and temporal disease outbreaks. The individual will also be responsible for supervising students and preparing manuscripts based on the research. Additional opportunities exist to research novel means of transmission in insect host-pathogen systems. The ideal candidate for this position would have experience in both empirical and quantitative ecology. The position is available for one year with the possibility of extension. Interested individuals -- please email me a CV and contact information at Posted: 9/24/17.

Historical Ecology of Infectious Disease: The Wood Lab in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington seeks a post-doc to study the historical ecology of infectious disease. Competitive candidates will be on track to complete their PhDs in the upcoming academic year (by August 2018), will specialize in parasite ecology or historical ecology of marine or freshwater ecosystems, and will be able to show evidence of research independence and high scholarly productivity. Please e-mail Chelsea Wood at with a brief summary of your dissertation research and attach your CV. Posted: 9/24/17.

Theoretical/Quantitative Disease Ecology: A postdoctoral position is available in the Turner Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences, University at Albany, State University of New York. Funding is available for one year (renewable), to study the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, focused on environmentally-transmitted pathogens. The successful candidate will integrate statistical and theoretical modeling techniques to generate hypotheses and test ecological theory. Potential research areas include disease transmission, pathogen virulence-persistence trade-offs, and host-pathogen coevolution for environmentally-transmitted diseases. Duties will include conducting research; writing publications, grant proposals and reports; providing technical assistance to the PI and graduate students; assisting the PI in management of the lab; maintaining communication with the PI and collaborators; opportunity for international travel to meet with collaborators and collect data; opportunity to design/conduct experiments to parameterize models in a wildlife anthrax disease system in Namibia. Career development will be emphasized. Start date is September 1st, 2017 (negotiable). Questions can be directed to Dr. Wendy Turner ( Qualifications: Ph.D. degree or equivalent in ecology and evolutionary biology or in a related field; strong interest in disease ecology; quantitative skills to confront models with data (programing, statistical modeling, and/or theoretical modeling); excellent oral/written communication; leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills; an ability to work with colleagues of diverse cultural backgrounds. Apply online. Closes: July 13, 2017. Posted: 6/22/17.

Evolution and Eco-Physiology of Fungus-Farming Ants: A two-year postdoctoral fellowship is available from June 1, 2018 in the Section for Ecology and Evolution within the Department of Biology at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. The fellowship will be part of a 5-year research project financed by an ERC Starting Grant. Led by Assistant Professor Jonathan Shik, the project will be based in the thriving research environment of the Centre for Social Evolution, and will involve fieldwork in the Panamanian tropical rainforests at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. The successful applicant will have experience and interest in ecology, evolution, physiology, microbial ecology, and molecular techniques. The project will focus on the remarkable lineage of leafcutter ants (genus Atta) that harvest fresh vegetation and use it as compost to produce domesticated fungal crops in huge underground nests that feed massive super organismal colonies with millions of workers. We will explore how leafcutter ants have managed to grow a single cultivar lineage from Texas to Argentina, thriving across extreme contemporary rainfall and temperature gradients and across diverse climates over millions of years. Projects will combine field experiments in Panamanian rainforests and integrative laboratory studies of cultivar gene expression to resolve the mechanisms governing the resilience of industrial-scale fungus farming in ants within diverse tropical insect communities. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2018. For further details and information about how to apply, visit: Posted: 1/4/18.

Community Phylogenomics of Ants in Madagascar: The three-year NSF-funded (DEB-1655076) Postdoctoral Fellow will investigate community structure and diversity patterns, as well as potential drivers of community assembly and species endemism, in ants in Madagascar. The postdoc will assemble a phylogenomic dataset of ultraconserved elements (UCEs) for 1300 species of Malagasy ants and combine this data with over 100,000 curated specimen records with climatic niche data to model species distributions for all Malagasy ants. The postdoc will lead analyses to characterize the phylogenetic patterns of ant community structure and diversity in Madagascar based on these phylogenomic and community datasets. This a collaborative project between Brian Fisher, California Academy of Sciences, and Bonnie Blaimer at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC [previously Smithsonian]. This study bridges genomic techniques with ant biogeography and ecology across multiple scales, from local communities to the whole Malagasy region. See the full job ad for details and to apply. Questions: Contact Brian L. Fisher ( or Bonnie Blaimer ( Posted: 6/28/17.

Quantitative Amphibian Ecology: During the late 1980’s scientists recognized that amphibian populations were declining globally (Wake 1991). These declines have continued and amphibian extinction rates have been elevated (Stuart et al. 2004, Wake 2012). In response to this crisis, USGS developed an Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) in order to obtain inferences about North American amphibian populations. The ARMI program has led to much useful research, and inferences include reduced occupancies of N. American habitats over the last decade. The success of the ARMI program has resulted from collaboration between field scientists and statistical ecologists. We seek a postdoctoral researcher who will engage in research that will support the ARMI program. The research will include developing new statistical methodology, as well as tailoring existing methods to specific ARMI uses. This includes assistance with nonstandard statistical problems that arise during their analyses. In addition, we will suggest 1-2 research topics that focus on statistical and applied ecological issues in amphibian population dynamics and ecology, depending on the interests of the postdoc, which may include developing goodness of fit tests for occupancy models, methods to improve estimation of demographic rates from combined data models, improving estimation of community dynamics, and improving models for use in resource management decisions. The work will be conducted in collaboration with the leadership of the USGS ARMI program (current head is Mike Adams). Drs. Evan Grant and James Nichols at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Dr. David Miller, Pennsylvania State University, are the primary collaborators. All USGS researchers associated with the ARMI program are potential collaborators as well. Qualifications 1. Ph.D. in quantitative ecology, wildlife ecology, or related fields. 2. Knowledge of amphibian ecology, modeling, statistics, decision analysis. 3. Excellent verbal and written communication skills to facilitate a collaborative research environment and dissemination of results in scientific outlets. The salary range is ~$50-60k depending on qualifications and other factors. This is a one-year time-limited appointment with potential for extension based on the scope of the applicant’s interests and contingent on funding. Application: Send CV with names and contact information for three potential references to Evan Grant (; subject: ARMI postdoc application). I encourage applicants to submit materials by 07 July 2017. Posted: 6/28/17.

Quantitative Conservation Ecology: Climate smart connectivity for Southern California wildlife -Biology Department, San Diego State University. We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in species distribution modeling and familiarity with population and connectivity modeling. A PhD is required as well as strong mathematical and programming skills. The candidate must be fluent in R and GIS; familiarity with Python is preferable. The candidate should be able to work both independently and in a collaborative setting with project stakeholders at the Department of Fish and Wildlife and Climate Science Alliance – South Coast. Familiarity with the Southern California ecosystems is desirable. Start date is as soon as possible. The postdoctoral researcher will work on a project funded by California’s Wildlife Conservation Board and a State Wildlife Grant to identify and prioritize corridors to promote population resilience for five focal Southern California wildlife species under threat from climate change, land use change, and altered disturbance regimes. The project combines traditional habitat niche modeling, recent advances in connectivity modeling, and spatially-explicit demographic dynamics for populations undergoing disturbances and/or management actions. The postdoctoral researcher will be based at San Diego State University (SDSU) and will work under the direction of Rebecca Lewison (SDSU) and Megan Jennings (SDSU) and with external collaborator Erin Conlisk (Pt Blue Conservation Science). The project may require travel within California. Model development and analysis will include: 1) providing habitat suitability ensemble forecasts for five focal species, 2) using least cost path and resistance connectivity modeling to identify corridors, 3) constructing population models that incorporate (1) and (2) to explore species resilience under different corridor scenarios, and 4) using decision support tools to prioritize corridors. The researcher will be expected to prepare results for peer reviewed journals. Appointment: 75-100% time appointment for one year from start date, with the possibility for additional year(s) of funding contingent upon performance. Salary is $43k a year plus benefits. To apply: Please send your letter of interest, CV, contact information for three references and any inquiries to Megan Jennings at Please put “Quantitative Postdoc” in the email subject heading. Application review will commence on July 7, 2017. Posted: 6/28/17.

Wildlife Responses to Anthropogenic Noise: Postdoctoral Fellow, Colorado State University, Department of Fish, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with CSU and National Park Service (NPS) scientists. The CSU scientists (PI’s: Dr. George Wittemyer, Dr. Lisa Angeloni, and Dr. Kevin Crooks) are part of a collaborative research team investigating noise impacts on wildlife. The NPS partners (PI’s: Dr. Kurt Fristrup and Dr. Megan McKenna) are part of the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division (NSNSD), within the Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate (NRSS) located in Fort Collins, Colorado. The direction of this research position will be crafted to take advantage of the applicant’s expertise, the capabilities of the CSU and NPS science team, and existing NPS datasets. Possible research directions include: 1. Integrate camera trap, GPS tracking, acoustic, and light data to gain understanding of the influence sound and light on species occupancy and behaviour; 2. Perform a meta-analysis of existing NSNSD datasets to understand bioacoustic conditions in park units, the effects of noise on wildlife, and means to forecast future conditions; 3. Investigate temporal responses of wildlife to noise pollution to understand behavioural responses to disturbance and time courses to recovery; 4. Develop threat maps of noise pollution for integration into conservation planning tools for mitigating human disturbances. For full consideration submit application by December 15, 2017 to: For inquiries, please contact Dr. George Wittemyer ( via e-mail with “Acoustic Postdoc” in the subject line. Posted: 11/7/17.

California Conservation Science: The University of California Los Angeles La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science invites applications for its annual Postdoctoral Fellowship in California Conservation Science. Consistent with our mission, we seek one or two postdoctoral scholars who simultaneously conduct innovative research and interface with the conservation and management agencies that direct and lead California conservation. For our 2018 competition, we are specifically seeking one, or possibly two postdoctoral candidates who will lead a broad, conservation genomics analysis of multiple co-distributed species across Los Angeles and Southern California. Our goal for this targeted call is to determine such issues as the contribution of protected lands to the conservation of genetic diversity, the ability of species to traverse the urban landscape of Los Angeles and surrounding regions, and genetic resilience to future climate change. Work on any taxa can be appropriate. We are particularly interested in fellows who develop a taxonomically broad, multi-species approach to comparative landscape genomics. The fellows will be co-funded by the La Kretz Center and the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, working together to conduct molecular lab work and GIS-intensive analyses. We will consider candidates who have recently completed their PhD, or will have completed it by summer, 2018. For more information, download the full PostDoc Announcement (pdf). Deadline: 10 February 2018. Posted: 1/15/18.

China Wildlife Conservation: The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is offering a 2-year Fellowship in wildlife conservation centered on wildlife and landscapes of the giant panda reserves in Southwest China. Fellow must have published record of wildlife conservation work in China and experience dealing with nature reserves and the appropriate agencies and NGOs in China. Fellow would be stationed at SCBI in Front Royal, Virginia but make frequent trips to China to establish new projects, inspect current projects, and network with conservation partners, potentially spending up to half the year in China depending on project needs. Research funds are available for joint projects with SCBI Conservation Biologists working in China. Requires PhD in wildlife, forest, or landscape ecology; with preference given to applicant fluent in Mandarin and English with advanced education in US. A stipend of $55k per year plus health benefits is available for 2 years, with the position starting early in 2018. Review of applications will start December 15 (extended). Send Letter of Interest, CV, transcripts, and contact information for three references to Dr. Qiongyu Huang at Posted: 10/31/17, revised: 12/2/17.

Biodiversity Genomics: Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS), Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The INHS is seeking a Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Biodiversity Genomics to develop, plan, conduct, and direct an independent research program of significance on any of a broad range of topics using genome scale data to address questions in the biodiversity sciences. Scientist is expected to apply techniques in next-generation sequencing, genomics, transcriptomics, metagenomics, and bioinformatics to topics in biodiversity and systematics to understand mechanisms of diversification, including phylogenomics, speciation, adaptation, and population-level processes. Requires a Ph.D. in a scientific discipline relevant to the mission and goals of INHS and the ability to establish an independent research program that incorporates analyses of Big Data. Position may become a regular, non-visiting position at a later date. Applications must be received by December 11, 2017. For additional information, including instructions on how to apply, please visit or contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Prairie Research Institute at Posted: 11/7/17.

Conservation Biology and Population Genomics: The Meek Lab at Michigan State University is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral scholar to study population and conservation genomics in fish and other species. The lab uses field studies and next-generation sequencing to address fundamental ecological questions that are directly relevant to the conservation and management of threatened species. We study biodiversity at the level of the genome, transcriptome, and epigenome. Some major questions being addressed in the lab are: 1. What is the genomic basis for thermal tolerance and local adaptation? We aim to understand if there are differences in gene expression patterns among fish from populations with different thermal histories, and if so, what are the regions of the genome associated with differences in phenotypic response to thermal stress. The information gained from this study will be invaluable for understanding the molecular basis for local adaptation and its relation to climate change resiliency planning, and in designing management actions that sustain imperiled species into the future. 2. How do human activities affect genetic diversity and local adaptation? We are interested in understanding how anthropogenic forces, such as hatchery propagation, fishery stocking, and habitat alteration, are influencing diversity patterns and fitness in the wild. This understanding will allow us to better design propagation techniques and target habitat restoration activities to protect the genetic diversity needed for populations to persist into the future. 3. What controls complex life history patterns? Salmonids are an excellent model for looking at the molecular control of life history, due to their variation in migration timing and propensity to migrate. We are integrating across genetic, transcriptomic, and epigenetic pathways in steelhead and Chinook salmon to understand the molecular basis for this life history diversity. Please look at our website to get a more complete picture of the work we do. The post-doc will have the opportunity to work on one or several of the ongoing projects in the lab, based on interest and fit. There is also potential for developing new projects, based on the candidate’s interests. We are a very interactive lab and are looking for an excellent scientist, who cares about conservation, and is a good collaborator. The Meek lab strives to be a safe space and support diversity in STEM. The initial hire is for one year with an additional year of funding contingent upon satisfactory progress. The position will be based in the Department of Integrative Biology. Start date is negotiable. *Qualifications* Applicants should have a PhD in ecology, evolution, genetics, bioinformatics, or related fields. We are looking for a creative and talented scientist with a good publication record and excellent organizational and communication skills. We are especially interested in candidates with a strong computational background and previous experience with next-generation sequencing data analysis. Experience working in the Unix environment is essential and familiarity with one or several programming languages is highly desirable. Interested candidates should apply through the full job ad. Please feel free to email ( before applying to ask questions, putting “Postdoctoral opportunity” in the subject line. Required application material: 1) Brief cover letter describing research interests and motivation 2) CV 3) Names and email addresses for 3 references 4) 2-3 published papers or manuscripts in preparation. Review of applications will begin on August 16, 2017. Posted: 8/8/17.

Belowground Effects of Invasive Conifers: Post-doctoral fellowship available on "Belowground effects of invasive conifers: tipping points and reversibility" at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. This fully funded, 3-year position is a great opportunity to be part of a multi-agency collaboration (Landcare Research, Scion and two universities) using cutting edge approaches to solve one of the most pressing ecological problems. Position details and application instructions here: job ID = 5133; Learn more here; Closing date for applications is 15 October (NZ time!). Posted: 10/5/17.

Microbial-Explicit Soil Biogeochemical Modeling: Stuart Grandy and Serita Frey’s collaborative research programs in soil microbial ecology and biogeochemistry have an open postdoc position at the University of New Hampshire. The postdoc will advance the capabilities of microbial-explicit soil biogeochemistry models, including the Microbial Mineral Carbon Stabilization Model (MIMICS). A key feature of MIMICS is the representation of two microbial functional types (MFTs) that are based on physiological tradeoffs that occur between microbial carbon use efficiency (CUE) and microbial growth rates (MGR). These microbial groups with unique kinetics and decomposition capacities are represented in both the original C-only version of MIMICS (Wieder et al. 2014; 2015) as well as a newly developed version of MIMICS with coupled soil C and N cycles. Using new data from microbial genomes and laboratory studies, the postdoc will improve model parameterization of microbial physiology across variable environments, and ultimately explore the potential responses of forest and agroecosystem responses to climate change. While this position’s focus is on modeling, the postdoc will also have opportunities to lead or collaborate on experimental work examining the genomic basis for CUE and MGR, determining how physiology varies with environments and substrate quality, and assessing the broader implications of variations in microbial physiology for C and N cycling in forest and agroecosystems. Candidates are expected to be highly motivated, possess strong oral and written communication skills, and have demonstrated ability to publish high quality papers. Candidates must be experienced modelers capable of independent work, with a background that encompasses microbial ecology, biogeochemistry or related disciplines. The position will be housed in Stuart Grandy’s Lab, which examines how soil organisms interact with their environment to regulate agroecosystem productivity and ecosystem processes such as nutrient cycling, organic matter turnover, and trace gas emissions. Serita Frey’s Lab will co-advise the position, and is interested in how anthropogenic stressors (e.g., climate change, nitrogen deposition, agricultural management, invasive species) affect the composition and diversity of soil microbial communities and microbial-mediated carbon and nitrogen cycles. The postdoc will also be expected to engage with UNH graduate and undergraduate researchers and network among project collaborators that include Will Wieder at NCAR, Seeta Sistla at Hampshire College, and Kristen DeAngelis at the University of Massachusetts. To apply please send your CV with the names of three references and a 1-2-page statement of research interests and career goals to Stuart Grandy ( Applications will be considered until the position is filled, or until February 15, 2018. Posted: 1/15/18.

Soil Viral and Microbial Ecology: The Emerson Lab at the University of California, Davis is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to lead a new project in soil and/or rhizosphere viral and microbial ecology using omic approaches, particularly metagenomics and/or metatranscriptomics. A strong bioinformatics background is preferred, but soil and virus experience are not necessary. The start date is flexible. Studies in aqueous systems have shown that viruses are abundant members of microbial communities with significant impacts on local and global microbial ecology and biogeochemistry. While similar viral impacts on soil and plant-associated ecosystems are expected, approaches for studying viral community ecology and virus-host dynamics in these systems have only recently emerged. We are looking for a postdoc to dive into this exciting new field. The research project(s) will be bioinformatics-focused but will also include field and laboratory components, and there is funding available for the postdoc to develop his/her own research interests in collaboration with the PI. The postdoc’s primary project(s) can be tied to a variety of soil and plant types, including natural and agricultural soils and crops, field-scale experimental sites, and greenhouses in and near Davis, CA. For more information and to apply: Questions? Please contact Dr. Joanne Emerson, Posted: 10/5/17.

Agricultural and Soil Ecology: We seek a postdoctoral scholar for a one-year position to conduct research for a new project assessing how crop rotational diversity affects the rhizosphere microbiome and soil health, and in turn contributes to the stability and resilience of key ecosystem services, particularly crop yields. The postdoc will be based in the Bowles Agroecology/Sustainable Agriculture Lab at the University of California, Berkeley; in addition to working with PI Timothy Bowles the successful candidate will work closely with Co-PIs Mary Firestone (UC Berkeley) and Stuart Grandy (University of New Hampshire). This project brings together collaborators from a large set of long-term experiments in the Central U.S., offering a unique opportunity for accessing long-term datasets and field sites across a wide climate gradient. The anticipated start date for this appointment is late Fall 2017. The initial appointment is for one year, with renewal for up to 2.5 years based on performance and funding. For details and to apply, visit: Next review date: October 10th, 2017. Posted: 9/24/17.

Biodiversity Research: We seek applicants for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in the University of British Columbia Biodiversity Research Centre. The next application round begins November 1, 2017. The Centre is made up of over 60 faculty members with interests in ecology, evolution, systematics, biodiversity and conservation. Preference will be given to candidates with bold ideas, demonstrated research ability, and strong communication skills. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct original research on core problems in biodiversity, foster interactions within the Centre, run a seminar series, and organize a retreat. Postdoctoral fellows funded by the Biodiversity Research Centre typically interact with several lab groups. Candidates are welcome to contact potential collaborating labs in the Centre to inquire about current and potential research activities, but it is not necessary to apply to work with a specific faculty member. Starting date: 1 September 2018. Salary: $48k per yr. Research stipend: $7k per yr. Application requirements: curriculum vitae, a statement of overall scientific goals and interests (approximately 2 pages), and the names and contact information for three references. The statement of goals and interests is free form but we should be able to determine both the general interests and specific projects that the candidate will engage in over the post-doc period. All of the material should be submitted to as a single PDF (please name your file using this format: Lastname_Firstname_PDF2017.pdf). The deadline is January 12, 2018. Late applications will not be considered. Posted: 11/3/17.

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health: The Environmental Monitoring and Science Division of Alberta Environment and Parks is looking for 4 experienced scientists recognized as experts in their field to fill the following positions: -Aquatic Invertebrate Scientist -Ecotoxicologist -Landscape Disturbance Scientist -Fish Ecologist. To apply visit: and search for JOB ID: 1045074. Closing Date: October 10, 2017. All 4 positions require: -A PhD in biological science with specialization in the field of aquatic invertebrate ecology, ecotoxicology, fish ecology, or landscape disturbance (as per the relevant position description); -Demonstrated expertise in one or more additional fields listed above, plus more than one of the following areas: biostatistics (study design and data analysis), community ecology, landscape ecology, and the ecology of plant and animal populations in terrestrial, aquatic, and wetland ecosystems. -A minimum of 5 years' experience in design and implementation of biodiversity and ecosystem health monitoring and research programs; -A record of publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals commensurate with established peers with a similar level of experience (for example, assistant or associate professors at Canadian academic institutions); -Extensive knowledge in advanced numerical analysis of large environmental data sets, application of appropriate models or other means to predict local, regional and cumulative impacts of a broad range of development and activities; -Extensive knowledge in new and emerging methods related to assessing the status and trends in Alberta's biodiversity and ecosystem health from field surveys laboratory analysis, and remote sensing; and Equivalencies will be considered. Note: Candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered at a lower classification. Posted: 9/26/17.

Tree and Soil Biodiversity: Post-doc position on the relationship between tree and soil biodiversity at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Umeå. We seek a post-doctoral researcher to investigate tree-soil diversity relationships utilizing a European network of tree diversity plots across climatically contrasting European forest types and as well as in two climate manipulation experiments. The tasks that this project involves include the establishment of a functional trait matrix of soil fauna communities, testing statistical relationships among below-and aboveground diversity indices across trophic levels, and evaluation of the extent to which soil organism diversity can be predicted by tree diversity. We anticipate that the post-doctoral researcher will carry out sampling and analysis of soil mesofaunal communities and use multivariate and structural equation modelling approaches to analyze the relationships among above- and belowground diversity and environmental factors.The position is fully funded for 2 years. The supervisors for the post-doctoral researcher will be Paul Kardol (SLU, Umeå), David Wardle (Nanyang University, Singapore & SLU, Umeå), and Matty P. Berg (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam). See the full job ad for details and to apply. Deadline: September 10, 2017. Posted: 8/29/17.

Biodiversity and Global Change: Several positions starting fall/winter 2017/18 are available associated with the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change, Map of Life and the Jetz Lab. To apply please send, in one pdf, a short cover letter, CV and contact info for three referees to For questions or associated PhD opportunities contact The final selection process will begin on 18 Aug 2017, but applications before this date are welcome and will be reviewed as received. # Postdoc: Integrated models of biodiversity distributions and change. We are seeking a postdoc (2-3y) addressing questions and research opportunities surrounding uncertainty-assessed models of species (co-)occurrences over time. Project work would benefit from range of carefully curated biodiversity data sources and novel remotely sensed layers from associated NASA projects. Contingent on funding, the position may address specific GEO BON use cases in support of Species Populations Essential Biodiversity Variables. We are open to a candidate’s preferred taxa, regions, and questions and animal/plant and terrestrial/marine/freshwater expertise – qualifications and vision are more important than a specific system. We seek someone with as strong quantitative background and ability to traverse community- and single-species perspectives and spatial scales. # Postdoc: Mountain biodiversity change. A postdoc position (1-2y) is available to address questions surrounding spatial patterns and temporal changes in global mountain biodiversity. This position will build on the data and infrastructure collaboration of the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment and Map of Life. Targeted work aims to document the evidence base and causes behind geographical mountain biodiversity patterns and to integrate information about change and protection in support of Target 4 of Sustainable Development Goal 15. The successful candidate will have excellent spatial biodiversity modelling skills and statistical background, first-hand experience with observational field data collection, knowledge of global change scenarios and models, and a passion for mountain biodiversity. # Postdoc: Global macroevolution and macroecology. We are seeking a postdoc (2-3y) to work on questions of species and trait diversification and the evolution of niche-relevant traits in geographic space and across spatial scales. Focal taxa include vertebrates, but we are open to work on invertebrate or plant taxa. The candidate should have a strong background in phylogenetic comparative methods and rate-based diversification analyses and ideally prior experience in the assembly of phylogenies, geospatial analyses, and a solid natural history background. Familiarity with R, python, and bash is desirable, as are strong writing and verbal communication skills, a successful track-record of publications, and strong team-working skills. Posted: 7/28/17.

Biodiversity, Conservation & Extinction: University of Minnesota A post-doctoral position is available for research on issues related to species diversity, habitat destruction and fragmentation, extinction and/or other conservation issues. Research may be conceptual, theoretical or experimental; regional or global; and might focus on human-caused extinction risks (such as agricultural land clearing, bush-meat hunting) and their prevention; design of protected areas; causes of multispecies coexistence in foodwebs; or other diversity, extinction and conservation issues proposed by an applicant. Starting date is negotiable and may be anytime within the coming year. Work location may be either site where David Tilman is a professor (St. Paul, Minnesota; Santa Barbara, California). Position is annually renewable for up to three years. All applications submitted by July 25 2017 will be fully considered. To apply, submit a CV, a cover letter stating your research interests, and up to three reprints or manuscripts to (Job ID# 317491). Three letters of recommendation should be sent to David Tilman (; or Posted: 5/23/17, revised: 6/28/17.

Dryland Hydrology, Erosion, and Restoration: The post-doctoral research associate is responsible for overseeing erosion field measurements (wind tunnel, rain fall simulator, silt fences, passive dust traps, and others) at biological soil crust restoration experiments (Jornada Experimental Range and Hill Air Force Range) and grazing experiments (Grand Junction, CO). The person will be employed with the University of Colorado Boulder (supervised by Nichole Barger), but will work out of the Canyonlands Research Station USGS office with Mike Duniway and live in Moab, Utah. This position requires expertise in field methods, lab methods, and modelling approaches to understanding erosion processes in dryland ecosystems. The incumbent will work closely with project scientists and USGS staff in project planning, data collection and analysis, and reporting results. The incumbent will have four general classes of major duties: 1) lead field and lab data collection, 2) implement existing soil erosion models, 3) data preparation and analysis, and 4) preparation of reports & scientific papers. Field work involves heavy exertion; withstanding both extreme heat and potential hypothermia conditions; climbing; walking over rough, rocky, or uneven terrain; lifting and carrying equipment and supplies; long hours; driving a 4WD vehicle on unimproved roads. This is a 40-hour a week appointment with flexibility to allow for extensive field work periods. Salary is $49k/year. A start date of fall/early winter 2017 is preferred. Application: If you are interested, please send a CV to Nichole Barger ( and Mike Duniway ( Posted: 8/19/17, revised: 8/22/17.

Hydroclimatologist: The Environmental Monitoring and Science Division of Alberta Environment and Parks looking for a Hydroclimatologist that is a recognized scientific expert to lead our provincial hydrometric and climatological sciences monitoring programs. To apply visit: and search for JOB ID: 1045097. Closing Date: October 10, 2017. The position requires: • A PhD in hydrology or climatological science with expertise and demonstrated experience in at least one of the following areas: surface hydrology, climatology, ecohydrology, terrestrial hydrometeorology, climate-mediated and anthropogenic landscape changes, climate dynamics, and nonlinear dynamics systems; • A minimum of 2 years' experience in design and implementation of watershed science monitoring programs; • A record of publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals commensurate with established peers with a similar level of experience (for example, Assistant Professors at Canadian academic institutions); • Extensive knowledge in advanced numerical analysis of large environmental data sets, application of appropriate models or other means to predict local, regional and cumulative impacts of a broad range of development and activities; • Extensive knowledge in new and emerging methods related to assessing the status and trends in Alberta's surface water resources, and current and emerging provincial and national hydrological issues; • In-depth working knowledge of relevant environmental legislation, regulations, and management frameworks. Equivalencies will be considered. Note: Candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered at a lower classification and salary range. Posted: 9/26/17.

Freshwater conservation and eco-hydrology: We seek a postdoctoral researcher to join an interdisciplinary team of ecologists, hydrologists and engineers on a two-year project funded by the Great Plains LCC and the South Central Climate Science Center. We aim to identify conservation strategies for navigating trade-offs between societal water usage and ecosystem outcomes in the Red River. Research activities will include: forecasting stream fish distributions under future climate and water availability scenarios; collaborating with hydrologists and computer scientists to delineate trade-offs between societal needs for water and instream flows; and working with conservation practitioners to identify cost-effective conservation strategies that balance societal water needs and ecosystem outcomes. Applicants should have a genuine interest in agency/NGO outreach, as well as a desire to make contributions to conservation science that are transferable to other ecosystems. Applicants should be fluent in R and have experience with manipulation of large geospatial datasets. The postdoc will be based in the Dept. of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma and supervised by Drs. Thomas Neeson and Hernan Moreno, and will collaborate with the Systems Realization Laboratory and South Central Climate Science Center at OU. To apply, please email a CV, statement of interest and contact info for three references to Deadline: Sept. 15, 2017. Posted: 8/28/17.

Stream Hydro-Ecology: University of California, Berkeley. We are inviting applications for a postdoctoral scholar to investigate environmental controls on the abundance and survival of endangered coho salmon in the Russian River basin, California, USA. The candidate will be responsible for modeling hydro-ecological dynamics in intermittent stream systems. Primary goals will be to quantify limiting factors to fish habitat and over-summer survival and writing papers. There will be opportunities for independent lines of inquiry involving field work or retrospective data analysis. The successful candidate will work with a team of researchers, including UC faculty as well as management and conservation partners. This is a full-time appointment in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, and will be jointly supervised by Drs. Carlson and Grantham. Full details on the position, including the submission portal, can be found here: Final review date: July 31, 2017. Posted: 7/5/17, revised: 7/17/17.

Ecohydrology: Michigan Technological University is seeking applications for a post-doctoral researcher in broad areas of ecohydrology, biogeochemistry, and watershed hydrology and the position is located at School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. We seek both field- and modeling-oriented postdoctoral researcher in greenhouse gas biogeochemistry and ecohydrology interested in studying how forest disturbance affect greenhouse gas emissions and ecohydrological processes. The position is for one year, with subsequent yearly appointment(s) subject to successful review and anticipated funding. The research will focus on synthesizing, modeling, and publishing several years of field measurements related to the impacts of emerald ash borer (EAB) on black ash wetland systems. Focus areas include hydrology, carbon and nitrogen fluxes, and vegetation responses of small watersheds under simulated EAB infestations. Some field work in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan will be required, and additional travel to field sites and to meet with collaborators in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota is anticipated. Preferred qualifications: a PhD in forest hydrology, ecology, ecosystem science, biogeoscience, soil science, or a closely related field; the ability to synthesize and model complex field studies for peer-reviewed and management-focused publications and presentations; and database management and statistical analysis of environmental data. Desirable ability: GIS and remote sensing; coding with R; expertise in ecological and ecohydrological modeling; excellent written and oral communication skills and experience in publishing at professional journals. Annual salary of approximately $47k plus benefits. Applicants should submit a 2 page cover letter, CV, transcripts, up to three examples of published work, and the names and email addresses of three references. The cover letter should address the candidate’s research interests and experiences and a vision for how the results can be communicated to and applied with the greatest impact to land management. These materials should be submitted as a single pdf to Fengjing Liu at or Randall (Randy) Kolka at Review of applications will begin on January 3, 2018. Posted: 11/12/17.

Hydrology: The Mountain Hydrology Research Group at University of California, Merced and the University of California, Los Angeles seek applications for a postdoctoral scholar research position in hydrology and water resources. The successful candidate will carry out hydrologic modeling of Sierra Nevada watersheds, with particular emphasis on the American River basin. The modeling work that will be undertaken is intended to lead to improved understanding of how climate, vegetation, soil, and geologic characteristics control and modulate critical zone processes across a wide range of temporal and spatial scales (e.g., from headwater to river basin). The successful applicant will be expected to assemble historical and real-time hydroclimatic observations, in-situ field measurements, and remote sensing data that will be used to constrain numerical hydrologic models (including USGS/PRMS) that are increasingly important in prediction and forecasting of hydrologic processes. The successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary group working at UC Water Security and Sustainability Research Initiative and Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory. The scholar will meet with stakeholders and water managers, prepare manuscripts and reports based on the research. This position will be located at the UC Merced and UCLA campuses – the primary location can be either Merced or Los Angeles, depending on the applicant’s preference. Qualifications: Ph.D. in hydrology, water resources engineering or closely related field. The candidate must have hydrologic modeling experience as well as the ability to write and understand codes in Fortran with working knowledge of Python, MATLAB, and R. Prior experience in hydrologic modeling (advanced hydrologic prediction methods such as PRMS, DHSVM, VIC, and/or LPJ-DGVM/MC1) is essential. Experience with fieldwork is desirable. The successful candidate will have the ability to work with guidance from principal investigator and collaborators, have excellent written communication skills, good organizational and interpersonal skills. The selected candidate should have the ability to work in a team environment and interact with a broad range of colleagues. Initial review date: December 29, 2017. To Apply: Interested applicants are required to submit through 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae 3) statement of research and 4) a list of three references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address. For more information: Drs. Martha Conklin -, Dennis Lettenmair - and Mohammad Safeeq – Posted: 11/7/17.

Computational Ecology / Ecohydrology: The Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory seeks a postdoctoral researcher with experience in computational ecology and/or ecohydrology to support a newly funded project aimed at exploring how plant traits and the hydrologic environment co-vary to form ecosystem function. Responsibilities will be to develop, calibrate, and evaluate coupled models of trait-based ecosystem function and hydrology, and then use those models to advance the field’s understanding of how plant traits and the abiotic environment interact and co-evolve. This is a multi-disciplinary team of investigators including experts modeling and observing plant traits, plant hydraulics, and soil hydrology, who are developing and evaluating numerical models coupling a fine-scale hydrologic model to a model of plant demography and competition. The successful applicant will develop hypothesis-driven numerical experiments, bringing data and ecosystem process understanding together with models to evaluate these hypotheses, lead manuscript development and shape how ecosystem function is modeled in next generation Earth System Models. The position is for up to 24 months, contingent on successful performance and continued funding. Formal job listing: Contacts: Ethan Coon ( and Anthony Walker ( End Posting Date: 2/01/2018. Posted: 11/15/17, revised: 12/1/17.

Watershed Hydrologic Modeling: A postdoctoral position in watershed hydrologic modeling is available in the lab of Dr. Jason Knouft in the Department of Biology at Saint Louis University. This two-year NSF-funded position focuses on developing contemporary and future climate change-based estimates of streamflow and water temperature in watersheds across the United States and Canada. The overall goal of the project is to develop the ‘HydroClim’ dataset, which will be integrated with biodiversity data to provide a widely available resource for researchers and water resource managers to investigate the potential impacts of climate change on freshwater resources and biodiversity. The successful candidate will be expected to develop GIS-based Soil & Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) hydrologic models on high-performance parallel computing systems. In addition to having experience with SWAT, applicants should have experience with programming languages such as R, Matlab, or Python as well as working in Linux. The postdoc will also be encouraged to develop independent lines of research and will have the opportunity to collaborate with biologists, hydrologists, and informatics specialists at Saint Louis University, Indiana University, and Tulane University. Additional information at A Ph.D. in a related research field is required by the starting date of employment and experience with the SWAT model is preferred. The position is available for two years contingent upon satisfactory annual reviews. The earliest start date is January 1, 2018; however, a later start date through June 1, 2018 is negotiable. Applications must include a cover letter with a statement of research experience and interests, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Please send versions of these files to Dr. Jason Knouft at Posted: 10/7/17.

Watershed Hydrologic Modeling: The Department of Geography at Indiana University – Bloomington is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral position in watershed modeling in the lab of Dr. Darren Ficklin. The overall goal of the National Science Foundation funded project is to develop techniques that integrate citizen science-derived streamflow and stream temperature data with a Boyne River hydrologic model. Specifically, this research is designed to fully integrate citizen participation in the development of a real-time stream discharge, temperature, and aquatic species habitat modeling framework. Through the use of citizen-based observations of streamflow and stream temperature, this approach will demonstrate how citizen-derived observations can contribute to forecasts of stream discharge, stream temperature, and identification of freshwater fish habitat. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a GIS-based Soil & Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) hydrologic model on high-performance parallel computing systems. In addition to having experience with SWAT, applicants should have experience with Linux and programming languages such as R, Matlab, or Python and also be able to measure streamflow discharge in the field. The postdoc will also be encouraged to develop independent lines of research and will have the opportunity to collaborate with ecologists, hydrologists, and sustainability specialists at Indiana University, Saint Louis University, and the University at Buffalo. Additional information can be requested by emailing Dr. Darren Ficklin at The position is available for 1.5 years. The earliest start date is November 15, 2017; however, a later start date is negotiable (but no later than January 1, 2018). All applications must be made online and include a cover letter with a statement of research experience and interests, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references at: In addition, please send versions of these files to Dr. Darren Ficklin at with the words “Watershed modeling position” in the subject line of the email. For full consideration, submit all application materials by October 1, 2017. Posted: 8/29/17.

Hydrologic Modeling for Ecosystem Services: The Natural Capital Project at Stanford University seeks a creative and application-oriented hydrologist to support the assessment of hydrologic ecosystem services and targeting of land management and development choices. The focal hydrological services are water regulation (flood mitigation, baseflow regulation) and sedimentation. The postdoc will support development of a parsimonious flood risk model and application of existing watershed hydrology models in innovative ways to support two studies on the valuation and prioritization of land management activities to support ecosystem services. The position will be based in the lab of Dr Gretchen Daily (Natural Capital Project founder and faculty mentor), and will be co-supervised by project leads Dr Adrian Vogl and Dr Perrine Hamel, and Prof David Freyberg (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering). The postdoc will: (i) develop or refine models to link land use change with flood risk and inundation change in selected case study areas, (ii) develop or refine models to link land management with sedimentation and seasonal water regulation in the Himalayas (Nepal and Pakistan), (iii) simulate different watershed management and green infrastructure solutions to estimate their likely impacts on hydrologic services, and inform optimization/prioritization of watershed investments. Start date: Sep 15, 2017 Duration: 12 months, with possibility of extension. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and we expect to make a decision by Aug 31. For details see Posted: 7/25/17.

Ecological/Ecohydrology Modeling: The Plant Ecology Group at the University of Tübingen is searching for a Post-Doctoral Researcher. The position is part of the interdisciplinary research consortium DRIeR, coordinated by the University of Freiburg, which addresses the ecological and societal impacts of extreme droughts in South-West Germany. The role of the Post Doc in this project will be to utilize existing data and data from a recently established field drought experiment to develop and parameterize an ecohydrological simulation model. The model will address plant community structure and plant trait composition, incl. ecosystem service values, as a function of management, drought intensity, duration, and frequency. It shall be further expanded to connect to hydrological models within DRIeR with the goal of developing scenarios for vulnerability of biodiversity and ecosystem services to extreme drought. In addition to the modeling, the candidate is should continue an extensive ecological field experiment designed to investigate the impact of extreme droughts on European grasslands and forests. We are seeking for an independent researcher with excellent knowledge in modeling ecological and/or hydrological systems on local to regional scales. In addition, the candidate should be familiar with conducting and analysing ecological field experiments and s/he should be willing to work in an interdisciplinary setting. The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in ecology, geoecology, hydroecology or in a related field. Furthermore, the candidate should have excellent writing and presentation skills. Knowledge of German is welcome but not essential. The position will be paid according to the German pay scale E13 TV-L. It is scheduled for a period of three years, starting January 1st, 2018. The University seeks to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified female academics to apply for these positions. Disabled candidates will be given preference over other equally qualified applicants. Please send your application including a letter of interest, CV and a list of publications as a single pdf-file to Prof. Dr. Katja Tielbörger ( to whom also inquiries should be addressed. Please also make sure that two letters of reference will be sent to the above address independently. Deadline: October 1st, 2017. Posted: 8/29/17.

Ecohydrological Modelling: We are inviting applications for a postdoctoral research fellow in ecohydrological modelling. The post forms part of the project VeWa: Vegetation effects on water flow and mixing in high-latitude ecosystems", funded by the European Research Council (ERC). VeWa is an interdisciplinary project which investigates water and plant interlinkages and consequent water availability in ecosystems to understand future responses to change. We are assessing the role of plants in moderating water stress and possible climate change in low energy environments. The post is designed to conduct coupled hydrological/ecohydrological modelling. Qualifications for this position include a Ph.D. in hydrology, ecology, soil science, or a related field of environmental science. The successful candidate will be dynamic and motivated and have experience in the development and application of numerical models for various scales and environmental science contexts. The successful candidate should be experienced in combining process-based understanding with strong numerical / computational skills. Experience with programming is essential. Expertise in remote sensing & data assimilation and / or incorporation of tracers into hydrological models would be advantageous. Other advantageous background includes experience in working in interdisciplinary research projects, and working well in a team environment. Strong English language skills both in oral and written communication are also required. The post is based at the Leibniz Institute in Berlin, Germany, but involves close collaboration with international project partners (in Scotland, Canada, Sweden, US). The successful candidate will be part of an exciting international team. The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) is the largest freshwater ecology research institute in Germany. It is a member of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. and the Leibniz-Association. IGB offers excellent laboratory and field facilities for interdisciplinary research, large-scale experimental facilities, and long-term research programs and data sets. Application deadline is 23/07/2017. The position has to start at the 01/10/2017 and is limited to one year. Enquiries or questions should be directed to Professor Doerthe Tetzlaff Please apply online. Posted: 6/28/17.

Precision Restoration Scientist: The Nature Conservancy is hiring a 2.5 year term full time position in Burns, Oregon. The Precision Restoration Scientist (PRS) will work with a team of researchers who are focused on increasing success of native perennial vegetation restoration on annual grass invaded sagebrush rangeland. Improved seed and seeding technologies are a means to increase success of seeded native perennial plant species. Increased seeding success would help to mitigate expansion of non-native annual grass species and associated increased fuel continuity and fire frequency across tens of millions of acres of western U.S. rangeland. The Precision Restoration Scientist (PRS) will work with Conservancy staff and external partners (e.g., USDA-Agricultural Research Service) to develop and test seed technologies across environmental gradients in the sagebrush ecosystem. The PRS will use geospatial information to identify and prioritize treatment areas, design and implement experiments to test seeding efficacy and relationships with key environmental variables, and lead development of predictive modeling of seed technology cost-effectiveness across a range of environmental conditions on western rangelands. For details on the position and how to apply, see TNC Careers (job ID 45818). Deadline: 11/5/17 @ 8:59 PM PST. Posted: 10/23/17.

Grassland Ecosystem Restoration: The Nature Conservancy is hiring a full-time Ecosystem Restoration Scientist at The Nachusa Grasslands in northern Illinois. The Ecosystem Restoration Scientist (ERS) will be the on-site lead for providing technical and scientific support for habitat management and restoration at Nachusa Grasslands, a 4,000-acre landscape of native and restored prairies, savannas, streams and wetlands in north-central Illinois. Nachusa Grasslands has emerged as the premier location for ecological restoration and management. The success of the project has also attracted significant scientific interest from faculty and students from numerous universities throughout the country as well as state and federal agencies. The ERS ensures that the most beneficial, applied science is conducted and that it is executed in a manner that maximizes its value to Nachusa Grasslands and TNC over the long term. For details on the position and how to apply, see TNC Careers, Job ID 45753. Deadline: 11/17/17. Posted: 9/26/17.

Remote Sensing and Data Assimilation: The Terrestrial Ecosystem Science and Technology (TEST) group at Brookhaven National Laboratory is seeking a post-doc interested in reducing uncertainty in the modeling of the terrestrial carbon cycle through remote sensing and data assimilation approaches. This position is part of a larger project to develop a terrestrial carbon cycle data assimilation framework, focused initially on North America, using the PEcAn model informatics system (PEcAn). This system will employ formal Bayesian model-data fusion between bottom-up process-based ecosystem models and multiple data sources, including remote sensing data, to estimate key carbon pools and fluxes. More information. Posted: 10/25/17.

Remote Sensing of Forest Ecosystems: Northern Arizona University seeks a postdoctoral researcher to participate in research projects focused on mapping, monitoring and modeling forest ecosystems, incorporating climate, land use, and disturbance dynamics. The successful candidate will work closely with the principle investigator and collaborators, using remote sensing observations, biodiversity data, and models to analyze the influence of multiple factors on forest ecosystem dynamics. The position will require processing multi-sensor imagery, primarily satellite-based but also airborne remote sensing, to derive geospatial products characterizing ecosystem properties (e.g. canopy 3D structure, composition, habitat, biomass, regrowth dynamics). The research will advance analyses of disturbance and drivers of change through time. Exploration of state-of-the-art techniques to quantify relationships between structure and diversity in tropical environments is desirable. Ability to synthesize complex information and develop structured analyses in written and visual form is essential. The qualified candidate should have a PhD in Environmental Science, Remote Sensing, Computer Science and/or a related discipline. Relevant qualifications include experience working with earth observation imagery, lidar data, large databases, geospatial software/ tools and advanced scripting. A strong publication record and familiarity with principles of ecosystem dynamics and macroscale conservation is highly desirable. Duration: Two years, full-time. How to apply: Apply online (Job ID 603439). Deadline: January 1, 2018. Posted: 10/10/17.

Patterns of Foliar Traits/Hyperspectral Remote Sensing: The Townsend Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking a post-doc interested in the study of patterns of foliar traits as derived from imaging spectroscopy (hyperspectral remote sensing). Over the last several years, our group has been using field data and hyperspectral imagery to map foliar biochemical/physiological traits, such as nitrogen, leaf mass per area, pigments, in a range of ecosystems for several projects. We are now interested in synthesizing some of these data from many locations to better understand generalities in the hyperspectral data as well as in ecological relationships. This work will be collaborative, and work with data from multiple sensors. The position requires strong quantitative skills (R and/or Python are our primary tools), experience with remote sensing data, and a background in ecology or environmental sciences. Studies to be synthesized include data from forests, grasslands, and agro-ecosystems in the eastern US, at NEON domains, on the Indian subcontinent, and in California as part of NASA’s HyspIRI airborne project. Responsibilities: - Collaboration with Townsend Lab team members and our collaborators to develop, validate and compare vegetation trait models from imaging spectroscopy data - Synthesis of biochemical/physiological trait maps and trait models across multiple ecosystem types - Testing new quantitative methods for mapping traits and analyzing their patterns - Analysis of ecological patterns from trait maps derived across many sites and systems - Contribute to and write papers based on the analyses. Prospective candidates should have: - A Ph.D. in-hand in geography, biology/ecology, ecosystem or environmental science, or a related discipline, - Experience with remote sensing data and its analysis, and - Strong statistical background, and preferably related experience programming in R or Python. Applicants must have excellent English writing and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to work and lead a research team, are essential. The start date for the position is September or October, 2017, but is flexible and can be sooner. The position is available for two years, pending satisfactory performance. Further years are contingent on funding. Applications received before September 1 will be given full consideration. The position is open to both US citizen and international candidates. To apply, send the documents listed below to Dr. Phil Townsend compiled together in ONE PDF named YourSurname.pdf with “Foliar Traits Postdoc Application 2017” in the email subject line. - Letter outlining research interests, academic and professional background - Resume or CV - Copies of transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable) - Names and contact addresses of three references Questions should be directed to Dr. Phil Townsend ( Posted: 7/25/17.

Remote Sensing of Ecosystem Services: We’re hiring a postdoc with remote sensing expertise at the University of Minnesota! - Gillian Galford, Becky Chaplin-Kramer, and Kate Brauman. This postdoc will support a series of three workshops that will bring together the earth observation and ecosystem services communities. The postdoc will provide critical intellectual input to identify linkages between Earth observation (EO) products and ecosystem service models, develop proof-of-concept products for more easily attainable integration, and facilitate collaboration and grant development for cutting-edge projects. This is a one-year position. There is the possibility for an extension of the position to execute a related project focused on grassland productivity in Mongolia. The ideal candidate has extensive experience using EO data and is well-versed in the extent of data products as well as about their limitations. The candidate must be interested in developing users for EO data and in the theoretical as well as practical challenges that non-experts face in integrating EO for applications. Interest in ecosystem services is critical; experience with specific ecosystem service assessment is beneficial not but required. The primary role of this position will be to produce two peer-reviewed papers. One will focus on concrete examples of how EO products could be used in existing ES valuation tools, providing examples and demonstrating varying levels of difficulty of this integration. A second will be more theoretical, laying out the different ways that EO could be used in ES valuation and providing a framework for development of novel ES valuation approaches designed with EO as an integral part. Both of these papers will provide guidelines to the wider community on how best to go about integrating EO into ES valuation. This postdoc will also provide meeting support, including working directly with potential participants in both the remote sensing community and the ecosystem services community. This provides an excellent opportunity to expand your network, but it does require talking to people and organizational skills. More information and application instructions at Posted: 6/7/17.

Water Quality Research: The National Center for Water Quality Research (NCWQR) of Heidelberg University in Ohio seeks a highly motivated scientist with experience relating watershed export studies to human land use, including nutrient dynamics in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The new staff member will be an integral member of the NCWQR and will collaborate with other personnel on multiple ongoing NCWQR projects. An initial focus will be to assist in the data analysis and project management of a 4R nutrient stewardship grant examining how 4R practices may reduce nutrient export and influence stream metabolism. The staff member will also help manage a new paired watershed study examining the effectiveness of agricultural BMPs on nutrient runoff. Approximately 70% of the research scientist’s time initially will be devoted to these two grants. The remainder of the individual’s time, and 100% of their time after completion of the above grants, will be devoted to other programs and projects of the NCWQR that are funded through a variety of sources. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience and qualifications, including: a. Completion of a PhD in the Natural Sciences, Engineering, or a related field. Postdoctoral research experience is preferred. b. Experience in writing and publishing scientific articles. c. Experience writing proposals seeking external funding, preferably with multidisciplinary collaborators. d. Presentation experience to both scientific and lay audiences. e. Experience in statistical approaches to examining long-term and high frequency data sets is preferred. For consideration, or to obtain additional information, please visit In addition to a cover letter and current CV, candidates should upload a research statement, up to three recent peer-reviewed publications on which the candidate is the senior author, and the contact information for three references. Review of candidates will begin February 1, 2018. Posted: 1/4/18.

Lake Water Quality Forecasting: A new position for a postdoctoral research associate to collaborate with a vibrant, interdisciplinary research team working in freshwater science is available in the Carey Lab at Virginia Tech. This position is part of a recently-funded NSF project that will develop a water quality forecasting system for a drinking water supply reservoir and Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) site. As part of the project, we are combining high-frequency sensor monitoring, modeling, ecosystem forecasting, and data-intensive analytical approaches from ecology, computer science, engineering, and social science. This project is unique because it combines theory and application: we will be developing new, generalized approaches to forecasting that will be directly applied to managing the drinking water reservoir. We are seeking a creative and quantitative Ph.D. with significant research experience in freshwater science, especially the implementation of sensor networks and modeling. The specific start date is flexible and could begin as soon as January 2018 or as late as May 2018; review of applications will be rolling with a deadline of October 1, 2017. The position is for two years, contingent upon a successful one-year review. Apply at: Posted: 8/22/17.

Global Synthesis of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions: Applications are invited for a 2-year position as a Postdoctoral Research Associate as part of a newly NASA-funded interdisciplinary project titled “The Global Land Rush: A Socio-Environmental Synthesis”. This project will conduct an integrated global synthesis of large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs), a growing phenomenon in the global South as governments and transnational investors seek to secure access to land in developing countries to produce food, bio-fuels, and non-agricultural commodities. Consequences of LSLAs vary widely across the globe, ranging from land improvement and creation of new livelihood opportunities to land degradation and dispossession of land from local inhabitants. The project brings together researchers at the University of Maryland and University of Alabama, and offers an exciting opportunity for a rising scholar to engage in globally impactful, interdisciplinary research. Qualifications: Candidates must have a PhD in one or more disciplines associated with Land System Science (e.g., geography, natural resource economics, sociology, political ecology, remote sensing). Proficiency with the management and analysis of geospatial data in geographical information systems (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.) and experience with acquiring, managing, and harmonizing heterogeneous data types are required. Preferred candidates will also have experience with spatio-temporal statistical analysis (e.g., spatial regression, survival analysis), synthesis methods (e.g., meta-analysis, archetype analysis, qualitative comparative analysis (QCA)), and/or familiarity with remote sensing data and time series analysis. This position is based in the Department of Geography at the University of Alabama located in Tuscaloosa, AL. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position with a start date of January 15, 2018, but that is flexible. Review of applications will begin July 1, 2017. See full details and how to apply. Please direct questions about this position to Dr. Nicholas Magliocca ( Posted: 6/7/17.

Cluster Hire: Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation: Cluster Hire: 9 Postdoc positions. The Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) — a new U.S. Department of Energy-funded Bioenergy Research Center — is seeking dedicated postdoctoral researchers to help grow, transform, and market biofuels and other bioproducts. CABBI research teams will integrate recent advances in genomics, synthetic biology, and computational biology to increase the value of biomass crops. This holistic approach will help reduce our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, thus increasing national security. CABBI research is divided into three main themes: Feedstock Production (growing the right crops in which biofuels, bioproducts, high-value molecules, and foundation molecules are synthesized directly in plant stems); Conversion (developing a versatile, automated biofoundry for rapidly engineering microbes to produce biodiesel, organic acids, jet fuels, lubricants, alcohols, etc.); and Sustainability (determining which feedstock combinations, regions and land types, market conditions, and bioproducts have the potential to support the ecologically and economically sustainable displacement of fossil fuels). Positions in all three themes are available at the lead institution — the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — as well as at some of the 17 partner institutions across the United States. Current openings include 8 postdocs at UIUC and 1 at the University of Florida. Read about all openings and the recruitment process at Review dates vary, but most are Dec. 1, 2017. Posted: 11/15/17.

Natural enemies and ecosystem services in cucurbit production systems: Post-doctoral Research Associate in Entomology/Applied Ecology – two-year appointment in the Department of Entomology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The successful candidate will evaluate ecosystem services provided by natural enemies in cucurbit production systems. This will include determining key natural enemy/pest interactions using combinations of field experiments and lab bioassays to measure pesticide exposure and predation/parasitism/pathogens with contemporary field, laboratory and molecular techniques. This research is part of a regional team effort working on the compatibility of cucurbit pest management practices and pollinator health. A highly motivated recent Ph.D. in entomology or related discipline with a background in applied insect ecology, IPM, statistics and familiarity with molecular diagnostics. Experience using state-of-the-art techniques to elucidate trophic interactions/food webs, working in agricultural cropping systems -especially vegetables, peer-reviewed publications, successful grantsmanship, and strong communication skills is considered a plus. She/he must be able to work independently, contribute to a team effort, and plan and execute hypothesis driven research that leads to peer-reviewed publications. A valid driver’s license is required. Position available January 1, 2018. Send letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the names of three references to: Steve Yaninek at Posted: 10/9/17.

Urban Nature Research: The Urban Nature Research Center (UNRC) at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA) invites applications for its 2018 POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP in URBAN NATURE RESEARCH. The UNRC at NHMLA is a cutting edge, urban biodiversity research group that studies how species are responding to urbanization in Southern California. Most of our research focuses on the Greater Los Angeles Area, although we will consider a focus on urban faunas elsewhere. Ongoing research efforts examine the taxonomy, distribution, ecology, evolution, and behavior of native and nonnative species. Because traditional methods of surveying biodiversity often cannot be applied in highly urbanized areas, we use citizen science to crowdsource data collection. Currently, our citizen science projects include Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California (RASCALs), Snails and Slugs Living in Metropolitan Environments (SLIME), the insect-oriented Biodiversity Science: City and Nature (BioSCAN) project, Los Angeles Spider Survey (LASS), and the Southern California Squirrel Survey. The UNRC is an outreach-oriented center that frequently communicates with the public and works closely with the Museum’s Citizen Science Office. This research position is available for two years, subject to review after the first year. Future announcements for this fellowship are expected every other year. The expected start date for 2018 is January, although an earlier start is possible and encouraged. For 2018, the UNRC is specifically looking for a postdoctoral researcher who will analyze urban insect diversity data accumulated through the BioSCAN Project over the past four years. Thus, applicants with experience in urban ecology, community ecology, analysis of large-scale biodiversity datasets, and/or entomology are especially encouraged to apply. Full job ad. Posted: 10/20/17.

Tropical Urban Ecosystem Services: The Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher in tropical urban ecosystem services, to begin on 1 January 2018 or soon thereafter. The position will be for a period of 2 years, subject to performance review. The successful applicant will be part of a major new project on the topic of ‘Assessing Singapore's Natural Capital’. The Postdoctoral Researcher will have expertise in working on urban ecosystem services, or similar environmental issues. S/he will be responsible for overall coordination of a work package dealing with terrestrial ecosystems, including overseeing the implementation of the project work plan. The Postdoctoral Researcher will take a significant lead in research relating to terrestrial ecosystem services quantification in Singapore, largely through integrating field and remotely-sensed datasets. Statistical modelling and GIS experience are highly regarded, and fluency using the R statistical programming language is preferred. Experience in remote sensing would be an advantage. The Singapore-ETH Centre was established in 2010 by ETH Zurich and Singapore's National Research Foundation, as part of its CREATE campus. The vibrant hub for research aims to provide practical solutions to some of the most pressing urban problems. More information on the position, including how to apply, can be found at Posted: 10/6/17.

Food Waste Modeling: Deadline: December 14 (CVs and research statements for pre-screening approval). The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) [University of Maryland] and Research Triangle Institute (RTI) invite applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship opportunity, focused on modeling the environmental and ecological impacts of food waste in the United States. The Fellow will work in residence at SESYNC in Annapolis, MD and will join a cohort of Postdoctoral Fellows at SESYNC and take part in the SESYNC Postdoctoral Immersion Program. This opportunity is open to applicants who have completed their PhD in a relevant field (e.g., environmental economics, agricultural economics, ecology, environmental engineering, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences) within the last four years (no later than July 31, 2018 and no earlier than June 30, 2014). Applicants are expected to propose ideas for a data synthesis or modeling project that contributes to our understanding of the environmental, ecological, and economic impacts of food loss and waste across the U.S. food system, taking into consideration all sources of impacts from input sourcing in agricultural production through landfill disposal of waste. Posted: 12/2/17.

Socio-Environmental Synthesis: Deadline: December 14 (CVs and research statements for pre-screening approval). The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) [University of Maryland] and Georgetown University invite applications for two postdoctoral fellowship opportunities. The Fellows will work a minimum of three days a week at SESYNC in Annapolis, Maryland and two days a week at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C and will join a cohort of Postdoctoral Fellows at SESYNC and take part in the SESYNC Postdoctoral Immersion Program. This opportunity is open to applicants who have completed their PhD in a relevant field within the last four years (no later than July 31, 2018 and no earlier than June 30, 2014). Ecological Connections: Climate and Health. The Postdoctoral fellow will co-develop a project designed to address critical research gaps on the relationship between the changing environment and children’s respiratory health by building a model based on the synthesis of multiple data sets and a wide range of variables. The successful applicant will demonstrate innovative approaches to studying impacts on climate change, air quality, and health impacts, building on established evidence and co-develop the project with the collaborating mentor. Check out for more information. Coping with Disaster in a Warming World. The Postdoctoral fellow will co-develop a project designed to address critical gaps in our understanding of how societies cope with the sorts of natural disasters that are expected to become more frequent and more devastating in coming decades. The successful applicant will demonstrate innovative approaches to studying how societies cope with unexpected natural disasters, building on established evidence and co-develop the project with the collaborating mentor. Posted: 12/2/17.

Modeling environmental and ecological impacts of food waste: The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and Research Triangle Institute (RTI) invite applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship opportunity, focused on modeling the environmental and ecological impacts of food waste in the United States. The Fellow will work in residence at SESYNC at the University of Maryland in Annapolis as a full participant in SESYNC’s Post-doctoral Immersion Program, and will work with Dr. Mary Muth of RTI as their primary Collaborating Research Mentor. This opportunity is open to applicants who have completed their PhD in a relevant field (e.g., environmental economics, agricultural economics, ecology, environmental engineering, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences) within the last four years (no later than July 31, 2018 and no earlier than June 30, 2014). Applicants are expected to propose ideas for a data synthesis or modeling project that contributes to our understanding of the environmental, ecological, and economic impacts of food loss and waste across the U.S. food system, taking into consideration all sources of impacts from input sourcing in agricultural production through landfill disposal of waste. The intent is to incorporate food system, environmental, and economic datasets into a modeling effort that will provide information for prioritizing public and private food waste reduction initiatives. CVs and research statements for pre-screening approval are due December 1. More details. Posted: 10/31/17.

Socio-Environmental Modeling: The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) seeks two Assistant Research Scientists, one with expertise in agent based modeling, and the other with expertise in system dynamical modeling. These are two-year, research faculty positions through the University of Maryland. Effort in each will be equally divided between conducting independent synthesis research and contributing to SESYNC’s programs and activities. The incumbents will have freedom and responsibility to design and conduct their own independent research program, applying ABM or system dynamics approaches to understand aspects of sustainability and address pressing problems in socio-environmental systems. It is expected that publications in scholarly outlets will result from this research, and the incumbents may apply for grants and generate additional types of scientific products (e.g., databases, models, white papers). Half of the incumbents’ time will be dedicated to supporting and furthering SESYNC’s institutional goals. This includes activities of both an administrative nature, such as planning, organizing, leading, and managing SESYNC programs and activities, as well as more research-oriented support, such as applying and sharing scientific expertise to assist SESYNC’s scholars and teams when relevant. Qualifications: - Ph.D. in computational, natural, or social science and peer-reviewed publications in outlets relevant to scholars using ABM or system dynamics approaches, respectively; - More than two years work experience in academic, NGO, or governmental research setting; - Experience working both independently and as part of a team of researchers; - General knowledge of socio–environmental or sustainability literature & research methods; - Strong organizational skills and the ability to initiate and manage multiple and diverse projects and activities; - A professional demeanor and exceptional written and oral communication skills as well as a desire to actively engage with and serve a variety of individuals in various settings. See the full job ad for details and to apply. Deadline: Oct 2, 2017. Posted: 8/15/17.

Subarctic Data Synthesis, Water Resources: The Northern Water Futures (NWF) consortium in collaboration with the Wilfrid Laurier University -Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Partnership invite applications for two Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Subarctic Data Synthesis. One will be located in Waterloo, Ontario and the other in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (NWT). For more details of the position please go to: Posted: 7/25/17.

Water Sustainability: Heinz Postdoctoral Water scholar. The Pittsburgh Collaboratory for Water Research, Education and Outreach in the Department of Geology & Environmental Science at the University of Pittsburgh seeks candidates for a distinguished postdoctoral position in fields of study relevant to water sustainability. The Postdoctoral Scholar will be housed within the newly created Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory, whose aim is to catalyze creative solutions to Western Pennsylvania’s water challenges by facilitating collaborations between University of Pittsburgh researchers, water practitioners, and communities. Postdoctoral Scholars will devote their appointment to research activities, but are also expected to lead outreach efforts, mentor graduate students, and help coordinate multiple research projects among affiliated faculty under the direction of Dr. Emily Elliott, Director of the Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory. Potential research areas of interest include, but are not limited to nutrient pollution, harmful algal blooms, stable isotope biogeochemistry, green infrastructure effects on water quality, nutrient watershed modeling, or greenhouse and trace gas emissions from aquatic systems. The Postdoctoral Scholar will interact with Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory faculty (affiliated Collaboratory faculty include Drs. Daniel Bain, Brian Thomas, and Eitan Shelef) with expertise in a wide variety of water-related disciplines including green infrastructure, trace metals, soil moisture, remote sensing, statistical hydrology, topographic analyses, and drainage network formation. Appointments will have a term of one year starting in January 2018 or soon thereafter and are renewable contingent upon funding. The Scholar will receive a salary of $50k, plus benefits and a discretionary fund of $7k/year for relocation, travel, and research expenditures. Requirements for the positions include a Ph.D. in a field of study relevant to water and water sustainability, experience and/or interest in science outreach and community-embedded research, ability to take initiative and work independently, a high level organizational skill, and experience and interest in contributing to a dialog across disciplinary boundaries. To apply, please submit the following items to Cindy Niznik ( by October 31, 2017 as a single pdf document: 1) a cover letter describing your interest in the position and how the position relates to your career goals, 2) a recent C.V., 3) a research statement (1500 words maximum) describing past and future research interests and goals, and 4) contact information for three references. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Emily Elliott, Director of the Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory, Posted: 10/5/17.

Sustainable Fisheries & Coastal Resilience: The Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks talented applicants for a permanent 12-month, non-tenure-track appointment as Extension Assistant Professor in Sustainable Fisheries & Coastal Resilience. This faculty will be based at the UMass Gloucester Marine Station in close proximity to North Shore communities and State, Federal and non-governmental collaborators. Earliest appointment date is October 2, 2017. Review of applications will begin August 28, 2017. Candidates should have a Masters degree with a minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience or a Ph.D. degree in coastal environmental management, fisheries or marine sciences, or closely related field. Candidates should understand the critical link between applied research and extension in fulfilling the mission of a land grant institution. The candidate is expected to develop and lead outreach and extension programming in the broad fields of community resilience, and adaptation-related actions to mitigate impacts of changing fisheries and/or natural hazards in coastal Massachusetts communities. Examples of relevant foci include, but are not limited to: (1) development of sustainable harvesting practices for commercial fisheries stocks, (2) integration of new fisheries products into the supply chain, (3) socioeconomic impacts of a changing environment, (4) coastal conservation and habitat restoration, (5) adaptation to sea-level change and other climate-related impacts, (6) community engagement in emerging coastal issues, such as wind energy, and (7) improving the integration of marine science into K-12 classrooms through development of curricula incorporating research and modern technologies. For more details and to apply, see the full job ad. Posted: 7/28/17.

Sustainable Governance of Transboundary Environmental Commons: As part of a major research project entitled Sustainable Governance of Transboundary Environmental Commons in Southeast Asia and funded by the Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC), the Department of Geography and Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore (NUS), invite applications for the following research positions: 1) Senior Research Fellow - for two years in the first instance, extendable by up to an additional two years. 2) Two Postdoctoral Research Fellows - both for two years in the first instance, extendable by up to an additional two years. 3) Two PhD research scholarships - both fully funded for four years. More details about the positions, including deadlines for applications, the application procedure and expected start dates for successful applicants. Deadline: 1 August 2017. Posted: 5/9/17.

Community-Based Natural Resource Management, Tropical Fish: The Tropical Fish Ecology Lab (PI Alastair Harborne) at Florida International University (FIU) is looking to hire a post-doctoral researcher to work on an exciting new project examining community-based natural resource management in Indonesia. The project is in collaboration with Conservation International, Rare, Wildlife Conservation Society, and World Wildlife Fund (the Alliance for Conservation Evidence). The work at FIU will synthesize existing marine protected area (MPA) monitoring data from across institutions and geographies to examine how and why MPA status, trends, and impacts vary across Indonesia. In so doing, the project will accelerate national-level marine spatial planning, strategic prioritization, and MPA implementation. The position is for 20 months at a competitive salary, and the successful candidate must be able to start by late March 2018 and attend a US-based initial project meeting in April. The position will include multiple visits to Indonesia to attend project workshops and work with project partners. Required skills: • Experience with ArcGIS, statistical analyses, and management of large and diverse data sets • Experience of social science research, particularly relating to marine conservation • Ability to work and live in south Florida and travel repeatedly to Indonesia • Track record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Desirable skills: • Experience of marine community-based natural resource management, particularly in tropical areas • Experience of working in south-east Asia • Experience of disseminating research results to a range of stakeholders. To apply: Please contact Dr Alastair Harborne at (subject ‘ACES position’), and attach a covering letter addressing each of the required and desirable skills, plus a full CV including the names of at least two references. The deadline is Feb 2nd 2018, with interviews soon afterwards. Posted: 1/18/18.

Natural Resources: Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources seeks candidates for 1-2 post-doctoral positions for its annual recurring competition for post-doctoral scholars in natural resources science or management. The department has a broad environmental scope with nationally ranked doctoral programs, emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches across a spectrum of research areas including ecology, genetics, forest biology, forest measurement and assessment/GIS, wood products, wildlife, fisheries and aquatic sciences, and natural resources social science ( Departmental faculty members actively participate in interdisciplinary initiatives including the Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Center for the Environment, Purdue Water Community, Purdue Interdisciplinary Center for Ecological Sustainability, Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, Tropical Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, Center for Global Soundscapes, Center for Regional Development, Purdue Climate Change Research Center, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, and the Natural Resources Development Institute. Requirements for the position(s) include a Ph.D. in natural resources or related discipline, evidence of initiative, independence, and productivity, and a commitment to conservation of natural resources. The program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. Positions will be 2-year appointments at a salary of $47k, plus benefits and a discretionary fund of $5k/year in addition to any research funds that are provided by mentors. Application Process: Before applying, interested individuals should contact prospective postdoctoral mentors in the department to discuss project ideas. List of faculty mentors. Mentoring may be sought from individual faculty or by faculty teams, whichever is more appropriate to successfully conduct the proposed work. To apply to the Natural Resources Scholars program candidates must submit a) names of one or more faculty who have agreed to serve as mentors for the proposed project, b) a curriculum vitae, c) a proposal describing the work to be undertaken, d) two letters of reference, and e) a 1-page statement of support from the proposed mentor(s). Materials should be submitted as PDF files via email to with the subject line “Application: Postdoc Scholars in Natural Resources”. Letter writers should submit their recommendations directly using the email address above. The deadline for receiving completed applications is October 16, 2017. Applicants may propose projects that complement, extend, or synthesize existing efforts and interests of the faculty. The proposal should identify the issue to be addressed, summarize the current level of knowledge as it relates to the issue, describe the objective(s) of the proposed work, provide the study design and methods used to meet the objective(s), explain expected results and deliverables, and highlight their scientific and broader significance. The proposal is limited to a 300-word summary page and 3 single-spaced pages, not including references, using one-inch margins and a minimum 11-point standard font. Applications will be judged on overall quality including prior performance, support letters, and the scientific and technical merit and feasibility of the proposal. For additional information, please contact Douglass Jacobs, Fred M. van Eck Professor and Associate Department Head of Research ( Posted: 10/5/17.

Environmental Postdoctoral Fellowships: The Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, offers several Postdoctoral Fellowships annually to outstanding early career scientists. The Smithsonian’s distinctive combination of field research facilities, museum archives, and expertise in ecology, biological conservation, systematics, and paleobiology provides opportunities for synthetic, big-picture insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species. Scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland conduct environmental research in temperate, tropical, and polar ecosystems across the globe. Recent research has highlighted the separate and interactive impacts of multiple global change factors on populations, communities, and ecosystems, including climate change, biological invasions, biodiversity loss, nutrient loading, trace element pollution, and habitat alteration. Insights gained in these studies will be crucial to developing science-based conservation plans that allow human societies to thrive while protecting our finite natural resources. Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellows receive an annual stipend of $50k plus health, relocation, and research allowances. Each position is expected to run for two years, with the second year of funding contingent upon satisfactory progress. Applicants are encouraged to coordinate with a SERC scientist prior to submitting an application for this competitively-awarded fellowship. Applications are due December 1st. See for details. Please contact Professional Training Coordinator Daniel Gustafson at, or 443-482-2217, for further details. Posted: 10/5/17.

Environmental Fellows Program: The Harvard University Center for the Environment created the Environmental Fellows program to enable recent doctorate recipients to use and expand Harvard's extraordinary resources to tackle complex environmental problems. The Environmental Fellows will work for two years with Harvard faculty members in any school or department to create new knowledge while also strengthening connections across the University's academic disciplines. Approximately six fellowships will be awarded for the 2018 cohort. The Center will organize a co-curricular program to ensure that the fellows get to know each other and each other's work. All fellows will attend biweekly dinners with their colleagues, faculty members, and guests. The Award: The fellowship includes a salary of $66k per year, employee health insurance eligibility, up to $2,500 reimbursement for relocation expenses, and a $2,500 allowance for travel and other professional expenses. Program Requirements: See the full list of requirements and FAQ. Please complete the online application form and attach the listed relevant supporting documents as PDFs. If you have questions about the fellowship or application process, please contact: Jean Gauthier (, Harvard University Center for the Environment, 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge MA 02138, 617-495-0368. APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 17, 2018 by 5 p.m. (EST). Posted: 9/12/17.

Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellow: Two-year Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to exceptional scholars who want to pursue research with faculty at Rice University in any field. Rice Ecology and Evolution faculty interested in mentoring scholars. The standard stipend for a Rice Academy Junior Fellow is $60k. Academy Junior Fellows will also be provided with $5k/year in a research fund, and access to university resources. Applicants should submit a Research proposal (three pages maximum), CV, a sample publication, names of 2 Rice faculty mentors, and 3 letters of recommendation. Applications are due January 10th, 2018. Posted: 10/5/17.

Science Integrator: The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) invites applications for a Science Integrator. The successful candidate will work with an established and dynamic team at the Integration and Application Network (IAN). IAN’s mission is to accomplish positive environmental change through scientific synthesis, engagement, and communication. Effective science communication is fundamental to all aspects of IAN’s work. This position will be located in Cambridge or Annapolis, Maryland, based on the needs of the team. The job announcement is listed at: Posted: 10/6/17.

STEM Education Research: Three Post-Doctoral Research Associates The Automated Analysis of Constructed Response (AACR) Research Group in the CREATE4STEM Institute at Michigan State University will be seeking candidates to fill three one-year, 12 month (with possible additional years) Research Associate positions for research on assessment of STEM learning. We are an interdisciplinary team of Discipline-Based Education Researchers (DBER) from Biology, Genetics, Chemistry, Engineering, Education, and Statistics who are investigating computerized analysis of students’ writing in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses to model students’ thinking. We are expanding our NSF-funded project to develop resources for analyzing undergraduate learning in the field of physiology. The selected Research Associate will participate in NSF-funded research projects in collaboration with MSU faculty in the Colleges of Education, Natural Science, and Engineering and will provide liaison to our partner institutions. Our research group has a strong post-doc researcher mentoring program and an excellent placement record of our researchers. Applicants should have completed a doctoral degree in the life sciences or STEM education with experience in discipline-based education research (DBER) in biology. You should have a strong commitment to undergraduate STEM education and interest in working with a leading group of interdisciplinary STEM education researchers. Successful candidates will have a mix of some set of the following skills, which will enable the Research Associates to make unique contributions to the project team: - disciplinary expertise in physiology - disciplinary expertise in biology - STEM education research - assessment of learning - learning progressions - qualitative research methods - statistical analysis - machine learning - publishing and presenting research findings - database development - web site development - mentoring of undergraduate researchers. Excellent communication and organizational skills are required. You will be expected to participate in the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate research assistants. A complete application package will consist of a cover letter, CV, copy of transcripts, two samples of scholarly writing and names and email addresses of three references. The review of application materials will continue until the positions are filled. At SABER, talk with Kevin Haudek ( or Mark Urban-Lurain ( about your interest or possible candidates. To apply, go to: and search for AACR or position 451270 or 438349 Applicants for either posting will be considered for all three positions. Posted: 7/25/17.

Lecturer in Microbiology: The Department of Biology at the University of Portland invites applications for a full-time lecturer position (non-tenure track) in Microbiology beginning August 2018. The candidate will be expected to teach Microbiology (lab and/or lecture) for nursing majors, with a teaching load of approximately 4 courses (12 contact hours/week) per semester. Qualifications: A Ph.D. in microbiology or a related field is preferred but an M.S. is acceptable. The ideal candidate will have a documented record of teaching effectiveness and the ability to manage a microbiology laboratory environment. Please submit a single PDF file consisting of (1) a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) expected letters of support and the contact information for those references, (4) a statement of your teaching philosophy, including your approach to supporting the success of students of diverse backgrounds, and (5) recent teaching evaluations from relevant courses--including a concise, quantitative summary of evaluations via HireTouch (full job ad). In addition, please submit the contact information for three references; the HireTouch system will request that those references send reference letters to the HireTouch system. All application materials are due Oct. 1, 2017. Posted: 8/28/17.

Lecturer in Terrestrial Ecology and/or Environmental Management: The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University-Bloomington seeks applications from accomplished professionals from the practitioner and/or academic ranks, for one non-tenure-track teaching position in the general field of environmental science with a specific focus on terrestrial ecology and/or environmental management. Experience with applications of GIS to environmental science is also desirable. The selected applicant will teach graduate and undergraduate courses on topics that may include Environment and People, Terrestrial Habitat Analysis, GIS, Environmental Management, Conservation Biology, or Applied Ecology. We anticipate that the successful applicant will start in August 2018, with a teaching load of 3 courses per academic semester. Limited summer teaching may be possible, either for additional remuneration or in exchange for semester teaching. Lecturer and Clinical faculty are not eligible for tenure, but will be considered for promotion and/or long-term contracts no later than the fifth year of appointment. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. SPEA-Bloomington is a leader in environmental-affairs education; its graduate program in environmental policy and management is ranked #1 in the US. Undergraduate environmental degrees include a BS Public Affairs in environmental management, a BS in Environmental Science, and a BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies (delivered jointly with the College of Arts and Sciences). Masters degrees include Masters of Science in Environmental Science, Masters of Public Administration, dual MPA-MSES, and Masters of Environmental Sustainability. Minimum qualifications include a Master’s degree in a relevant environmental science. For applicants whose terminal degree is a master’s degree, significant prior professional experience in environmental science, management of natural resources, environmental planning, or a related area of science-based environmental work is essential. SPEA offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Please submit a letter of application, current vita, complete contact information, and three letters of recommendation to The letter of application should address professional qualifications in the relevant fields; teaching, training, and/or presentation experience; and teaching interests, At least one letter must address experience in teaching, training or presentation. For best consideration, applications must be received by January 1, 2018. Questions regarding the position or application process may be directed to Dr. Vicky Meretsky at 1315 E. 10th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405 or to . Posted: 11/7/17.

Ecology and the Environment (teaching): The Evolution, Ecology and Behavior program at the University at Buffalo invites applications for a Clinical Assistant Professor. The instructor who will take primary responsibility for teaching an undergraduate ecology course, an undergraduate laboratory course in ecological research methods and specialized courses in the areas of ecology and the environment. The instructor will also assist in the advisement of undergraduate students interested in degrees in the broad areas of ecology and environmental sciences and undertake additional responsibilities in support of the degree programs in Evolution, Ecology & Behavior; Environmental Geosciences; and Environmental Studies. The initial 10 month appointment begins on August 24, 2017, and is renewable for two additional years. Apply at Posted: 6/7/17.

California Ecology and Conservation Lecturer: The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department of the University of California, Santa Cruz invites applications for a qualified instructor to teach an entirely field based upper-division course in ecological methods and conservation: California Ecology and Conservation. The course will be offered in the spring, summer, and fall quarters. Each course offering consists of 7 weeks entirely in the field at UC Natural Reserves, which constitutes a full -time appointment. Outstanding candidates with experience in teaching university -level courses in ecology, biology, botany, field methods, zoology, natural history, and /or field -based courses in the natural sciences are encouraged to apply. Minimum annual salary $62k. Apply at Review date: November 6th, 2017. Posted: 10/13/17.

Lecturer in Plant Ecology: Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) invites applications for a full-time three-year faculty teaching position, with possibility of renewal, at the rank of Lecturer beginning in August 2018. We are seeking a candidate with expertise in plant ecology to support our programs in Conservation and Restoration Ecology and/or Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture. The successful candidate will be expected to teach introductory environmental science for both majors and non-majors, and to teach upper-level courses in plant ecology, restoration ecology, soil ecology, sustainable agriculture, bioremediation, and/or Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Candidates who approach these fields from diverse perspectives – for example by exploring social and policy dimensions – are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in ecology, environmental science, or another relevant field. Candidates must have demonstrated success working with diverse populations of students and should have experience teaching undergraduate courses as the instructor of record. Full description and application instructions: Posted: 10/13/17.

Lecturers in Ecology: The Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia invites applications for a full-time Lecturer (non-tenure track) to contribute to instructional offerings in our B.S. and A.B. undergraduate degree programs in ecology and to provide support for administering these programs. We seek candidates who are passionate about quality undergraduate education and who can contribute to advising and mentoring of students interested in either traditional ecological science careers (through the B.S. degree), or in careers focused on translation of ecological science into policy, management, and other applications (via the A.B. degree). Applicants must show evidence of excellence in teaching, an ability to collaboratively support a growing undergraduate academic program, and excellent organizational skills. To apply, candidates must have a PhD or terminal degree in ecology or a related field, such as sustainability, conservation biology or environmental policy. This posting is for a 9-month academic position with 1-month of summer support provided (i.e., 10 months of salary) with responsibility for teaching 4 courses per year, including an introductory course in either ecology or environmental science, a service-learning course focused on environmental management or policy, a course in science communication, and other courses to be developed based on the expertise of the successful candidate. This position will contribute to administrative duties including advisement of undergraduate students for registration, facilitating undergraduate program assessment, coordinating undergraduate internships, publicizing the degree programs, updating website materials, and participation in orientation and commencement activities. Lecturers at the University of Georgia are eligible for rank promotion as per UGA guidelines. To apply, candidates should electronically submit their application at Applicants should submit, in PDF format, the following items: a) cover letter indicating career goals b) curriculum vitae c) 2-page statement of teaching philosophy and experiences regarding undergraduate instruction and mentoring d) name and contact information (address, email and phone) for three professional references who can address the candidate’s qualifications. A separate file with evidence in support of teaching excellence can also be uploaded, but should be limited to 10 pages (items included could be course syllabi, letters from students taught, peer teaching evaluations, or excerpts from student evaluations). Applications should be received by 18 Sep 2017 to ensure full consideration. Note that a second lecturer position (12-month appointment) in the Odum School of Ecology is being advertised, and applicants interested in both positions must apply separately: Questions about both positions may be directed to Search Committee Chair Dr. John Wares ( Posted: 8/8/17.

Lecturer, Natural Resources and Environmental Science: The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks to hire a continuing Lecturer to contribute to and help further develop the Department’s curricular programs. The successful candidate must have demonstrated excellence in teaching and deep commitment to STEM education practices, with interest and ability to help Departmental faculty maintain and develop innovations in teaching methods and student engagement. This faculty member will be heavily involved with student engagement in the Department, which will include student advising and activities relating to student recruitment, retention, and learning. The successful candidate must be qualified to teach topics related to environmental policy (e.g. environmental law and the National Environmental Policy Act) and environmental sciences or natural resources. Strong candidates will have experience integrating scientific writing and critical thinking skills into course curriculum. Candidates should have received at least one higher-education degree in a Natural Resources or Environmental Science discipline, and while a formal degree in science education is not necessary, candidates must have experience with innovative science education approaches and best practices in preparing students for successful careers in the Natural Resources and Environmental Science. See the full job ad for details and to apply. Close Date 2/16/2018. Posted: 1/18/18.

Lecturer in Applied Ecology and Resource Management: The School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada) seeks to fill a teaching position in Applied Ecology and Resource Management at the Lecturer rank. This is a continuing, non-research, teaching appointment beginning December 1, 2017. Applicants must have a Ph.D. (as of the application deadline) and demonstrated excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level using experiential learning techniques and innovative pedagogies. The successful applicant will develop and teach primarily undergraduate courses addressing natural resource management issues of local, national, and international significance. (1) Suitable candidates will have a strong background in applied ecology and resource management with expertise in areas such as conservation biology, forest ecology and management, landscape ecology, ecosystem-based management, wildlife ecology and management; (2) The successful candidate is expected to foster an interdisciplinary approach to teaching REM topics such as applied ecology and resource management, global change, forest resource management, system dynamics and modelling, and possibly advanced graduate courses on similar topics; (3) Preference will be given to applicants with experience in advanced quantitative methods. Applicants should send a Curriculum Vitae, sample course syllabi, a brief (2 page) teaching philosophy, prior (official) student course evaluations (if available) and the names of three referees. Reference letters will only be requested from short-listed candidates. Applications must be received no later than July 31, 2017. Please submit your application in a single PDF formatted document to: Dr. Sean Cox, Director, School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University, Room 8405 TASC 1 Bldg., 8888 University Dr., Burnaby, B.C., CANADA V5A 1S6. TEL: 778-782-3074; FAX: 778-782-4968; E-mail: Posted: 5/23/17.

Lecturer in Environmental Science: Arrupe College, a new two-year undergraduate college of Loyola University Chicago, invites applications for a non-tenure-track renewable appointment as a Lecturer of Environmental Sciences position beginning July 1, 2018. Arrupe College is located on the Water Tower Campus of Loyola University Chicago. In addition to an attractive compensation package, this position comes with the opportunity to help build a college that is at the forefront of improving access to liberal education. As a new institution, Arrupe College offers faculty an opportunity to experiment and develop initiatives that advance our educational mission. We seek to develop basic environmental literacy and proficiency in our students, for some of this century’s most pressing environmental issues, including the loss of biodiversity, global climate change, nitrogen cycling, ocean acidification, and diminishing natural resources. Over the course of 12 months, the selected individual will teach introductory level courses in Environmental Sciences and participate in the college’s advising process. The individual selected for this position will demonstrate commitment to serving a diverse student body, including underserved, minority, and first-generation college students. The successful candidate will exhibit experience with active-learning teaching methods and enthusiasm for and commitment to undergraduate teaching and mentoring as well as a willingness to engage students beyond formal classroom experiences. Candidates with experience teaching in community colleges are encouraged to apply. A doctorate in biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, or geology is preferred, but a Master’s degree is required, with at least five years of teaching experience, working with diverse student populations. The successful candidate must provide evidence of excellent and innovative teaching at the introductory levels and show dedication to program development. The successful candidate will provide documented evidence of co-curricular mentorship experiences with students of this age group. Review of applications will begin January 1, 2018. Position will begin July 1, 2018. Applicants are asked to submit (1) a letter of interest, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a teaching statement, and (4) the names and contact information of three individuals prepared to provide professional references. Quick link to posting: Candidates may forward inquiries and additional materials related to their qualifications to: Jennifer R. Boyle, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Arrupe College, Loyola University Chicago, Maguire Hall, Suite 366, 1 Pearson Street, Chicago, IL, 60611. Posted: 11/15/17.

Lecturer in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management: The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a pool of part-time, non-tenure track lecturer positions (including summer sessions) to teach courses in Environmental Science and related topics. Screening of applicants begins immediately and will continue as needed. Applicants will be typically selected from this pool for one semester; some appointments will begin in the spring 2017 semester. The number of positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the Department. See this job posting online: The posting will remain open until November 30, 2017. Posted: 3/20/17.

Lecturer – Introductory Biology: The Department of Biology and Marine Biology at The University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for a full-time lecturer to teach introductory biology courses beginning in August 2018. Preference will be given to candidates with prior teaching experience in the areas of cellular/molecular biology and genetics. The successful candidate may also develop additional courses and inquiry-based learning experiences, as determined by candidate strengths and departmental needs, and be expected to take an active role in departmental service. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Biology at the time of appointment. The Department of Biology and Marine Biology has an excellent record of faculty development and mentorship, and is committed to assisting new faculty to succeed. The department is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their teaching and service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. To apply for this position, please visit (Position #6283). Application materials must include a cover letter, CV, copies of (unofficial) graduate transcripts, and statements of teaching philosophy and diversity. Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Ms. Debbie Cronin (, while questions regarding the position can be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Tom Lankford ( The priority consideration date is December 1. Posted: 10/17/17.

Division Director for Earth Sciences: The National Science Foundation is seeking applicants for the position of Division Director for Earth Sciences (EAR) in the Geosciences Directorate. We are using every possible avenue to ensure this vacancy announcement is widely advertised and attracts a very diverse pool of highly qualified candidates. We encourage you to consider this potential opportunity to serve as the leader of the EAR Division at NSF, and for application details refer you to: full job ad The closing date is January 31, 2018. It’s important to note that the federal employment application process is different than that in academia, therefore in addition to your resume and general application, it is strongly recommended that you provide a written narrative to address the itemized Executive Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications as outlined in the application materials available at the USAJobs link above. If this opportunity does not fit your current professional or personal situation, but you have recommendations of colleagues whom you believe would be strong candidates, please encourage them to apply. We also encourage you to pass along your recommendations to the Search Committee (listed below), and we will contact potential candidates directly. Members of the Search Committee are also available to answer questions you may have. Thank you for any assistance you can provide us in ensuring NSF selects the most highly skilled and visionary leaders. Sincerely, Search Committee Chair: Rick Murray (, Irene Qualters (, Greg Anderson (, Jennifer Wade (, Jonathan Wynn (, Dena Smith ( Posted: 1/15/18.

Program Scientist, Terrestrial Ecology: Program Scientist, NASA Terrestrial Ecology Program Location: NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC Requirements: PhD or equivalent in Terrestrial Ecology or closely related discipline plus at least five years of research experience. Knowledge of terrestrial ecology and the principles and practice of airborne and satellite remote sensing of terrestrial ecosystems. Start Date: May to August, 2018 Duration: Two years, renewable up to six years Description This full-time position as Program Scientist for the NASA Terrestrial Ecology Program is located in the Earth Science Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. The principal responsibility of this position is to support the Terrestrial Ecology Program Manager in managing NASA’s research program in this discipline area. The Terrestrial Ecology Program is part of the Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems (CC&E) Focus Area, which is one of the six interdisciplinary science focus areas that makes up NASA’s Earth Science research and analysis program. The CC&E Focus Area also includes programs in Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry; Land Cover and Land Use Change; and Biodiversity, all of which work together in implementing a common research vision. This position will add to the Terrestrial Ecology team at NASA Headquarters which otherwise includes a Program Manager, a Program Scientist, and occasional support by contract personnel. The successful candidate will support the Program Manager for Terrestrial Ecology in (i) developing solicitations for research in the areas covered by the program, (ii) conducting the evaluation of proposals by organizing and implementing peer review panels as well as reporting the results to NASA management, (iii) monitoring the performance of researchers who are selected for funding, (iv) supporting the planning and implementation of the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE); (v) supporting NASA satellite missions that are pertinent to the Terrestrial Ecology Program (e.g., GEDI, GeoCarb) whether they be in formulation/pre-formulation, development, and operation, (vi) supporting the implementation of Decadal Survey recommendations that are pertinent to Terrestrial Ecology; (vii) providing oversight to the Carbon Cycle and Ecosystem Office (CCEO) at NASA Goddard; (viii) supporting data archiving activities at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Data Active Archive Center (DAAC); (ix) assuring interagency and international coordination of the program with those of other entities such as the Global Change Research Program (GCRP), Interagency Arctic Research and Policy Committee (IARPC), the National Academy of Science (NAS), and the Committee of Earth Observation Systems (CEOS); (x) assisting CC&E Focus Area personnel in their reporting requirements of research activities. He/she will also interact closely with the terrestrial ecology research communities in the US and abroad. This is IPA (Intergovernmental Personnel Act) position. The IPA Mobility Program provides funding for the temporary assignment of personnel between the Federal Government and state and local governments, colleges and universities, Indian tribal governments, federally funded research and development centers, and other eligible organizations. The successful IPA will continue as an employee of their original institution while in residence at NASA Headquarters. IPA positions are for two year increments, renewable up to a maximum of six years. This position requires occasional travel both domestic and international. Application: Please provide a cover letter describing your scientific experience and your career objectives. Please also provide a curriculum vitae and the names of three references before February 14, 2018 by email to: Hank Margolis, Program Manager, NASA Terrestrial Ecology Program, Earth Science Division, NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20546. Email:, Tel: (202) 358-4760. Posted: 1/4/18.

Assistant Director for Biological Sciences: The National Science Foundation is initiating a national search for the Assistant Director for Biological Sciences (BIO). We seek your assistance in the identification of visionary candidates to lead the Directorate during the coming years. Dr. James Olds has served in this position with distinction since October 2014. He has worked with his colleagues on new initiatives in Understanding the Brain, the Rules of Life, from genome to phenome, and continental-scale ecology. The next Assistant Director will have similar opportunities to shape future research and education in the biological sciences as well as ensure that BIO is a key participant in NSF's expanding efforts to support convergence research. The Assistant Director, BIO, manages a budget of approximately $750M and a portfolio comprising the various fields of biology, including the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB), the Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI), the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS), the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB), and the Emerging Frontiers Office (EF). [Not] Attached is a PDF version of this letter, which includes an information sheet that summarizes the Directorate's activities and the responsibilities of the position, together with the criteria that will be used in the search. Employment may be on a temporary or permanent basis in the Federal Service or by temporary assignment under provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act. We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Roger Beachy, National Science Board member and Professor at Washington University in St. Louis will Chair the Search Advisory Committee. Both the Committee and I [France A. Córdova, Director, NSF] seek your help in identifying candidates with the following qualifications: outstanding leadership; a deep sense of scholarship; and a grasp of the issues facing the biological sciences, especially in the areas of education and fundamental research. Candidates must also have the ability to serve effectively as a key member of the NSF senior management team, teaming with the NSF Director and other Assistant Directors on cross-directorate activities and interactions with executive and legislative branches of government. When opportunities arise, the candidate must be able to communicate effectively with leaders of business and industry as well as the philanthropic community. Recommendations of individuals from any sector — academic, industry, or government — are welcome. Please send your recommendations, including any supporting information which you might be able to provide, to the AD/BIO Screening Committee via e mail ( or at the following address: National Science Foundation, Office of the Director, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA, 22314. We would appreciate receiving your recommendations by November 10, 2017. Posted: 10/25/17.

Executive Director: The Ecological Society of America (ESA) - the largest community of professional ecologists in the world - invites nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director. Following more than two decades of dedicated leadership from outgoing Executive Director, Katherine McCarter, ESA is poised to enter a new era of service to its members and to society. With 9,000 members globally, ESA is the flagship organization for one of the youngest, most energetic scientific fields today, with an extremely broad disciplinary scope and important policy relevance. The Society connects scientists across multi-faceted disciplines and promotes ecological science through high-quality publications, events, and educational programs. It works to infuse ecological knowledge into national dialogue and to garner federal support for ecological research. The Executive Director oversees a staff of 26 and an operating budget of $5.4 million. The position calls for a dynamic leader and spokesperson who brings proven managerial and organizational leadership skills and outstanding abilities in communication, collaboration, and customer service. While scientific credentials and/or professional experience in ecology would be an asset, ESA is open to strong candidates from a range of professional backgrounds. Informed passion for ecology and the role of science in society is essential. An eight-member search committee has been established to conduct this search on behalf of ESA's Governing Board. The search committee is assisted by Isaacson, Miller, Inc., a national executive search firm. Additional information, including a full position profile, can be found at Applications received by November 1, 2017, will be assured full consideration. Posted: 9/24/17.

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