Post-Doc/Early Career job opportunities, w.o. 27 December

Post-Doc Positions:

1. EPA. Duluth, MN. Population level risk assessment for wildlife exposed to pesticides. Due 29 January 2016. link.

2. Jena, Germany. Three post-docs in Biodiversity/Ecosystem functioning. Due 31 January 2016. link.




1.  SESYNC Synthesis Research opportunity for Graduate Students. Annapolis, MD, USA. Due 5 Jan 2016.  link.

2. Loewy Fellowship. Mohonk Preserve. Due 15 February 2016. link.

Research Fellowship: Optimal management of multiple threats

Dr Joslin Moore is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated post-doctoral researcher with excellent mathematical modelling skills and optimisation skills to develop frameworks for the optimal management of interacting threats. The opportunity is funded via the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub and is available for full time (with a one year extension subject to funding and performance). The position is also available on a part-time basis.

Project description

As the Research Fellow, you will lead the development of decision frameworks for allocating resources to manage multiple threats and work with managers to apply the framework/s to address current management issues. This will involve:

  1. working with managers to identify management objectives, threats and feasible management actions;
  2. developing models that describe the dynamics of the system and its response to management;
  3. parameterising these models using a combination of direct observation, literature review and expert elicitation;
  4. using appropriate optimisation and analysis tools to identify optimal strategies that account for uncertainty and are feasible for managers to implement.

Two case studies have been identified that will form the initial basis of the work: managing plant invasions across the Australian Alps and managing multiple threats to EPBC listed alpine Sphagnum bogs. The research fellow will have scope to develop additional case studies as appropriate.

Skills and qualifications

Applicants should have the following skills and qualifications:

  1. A PhD in ecology, conservation biology, decision analysis or related discipline. Applications from candidates nearing completion of postgraduate studies (thesis to be submitted prior to appointment) will be considered.
  2. Excellent mathematical modelling and optimisation skills including experience using command line computer programs and developing code to build models and/or undertake analysis.
  1. Ability to effectively work in a team including the capacity to work with managers to identify management objectives and available actions and find practical solutions to resolve management obstacles;
  2. Excellent written communication and verbal communication skills with proven ability to effectively analyse information and produce clear, succinct reports and documents which requires interaction with others;
  3. A keen interest in developing a research program in conservation management that includes working with managers to develop tailored solutions to solve current problems. Previous experience using structured decision making to engage with managers is an advantage

Expressions of Interest

Interested candidates should send an expression of interest to Joslin Moore by Sunday December 13th. Please include:

  1. A cover letter outlining your skills and qualifications, your interest in the project and a brief outline of your research program and goals (3 pages max).
  2. A CV including a list of publications and the contact details of three referees.

Research Fellowship: Regional scale models of seed dispersal

Dr Joslin Moore is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated post-doctoral researcher with excellent mathematical modelling skills to develop landscape-scale mechanistic models of seed dispersal by wind. The opportunity is funded via a 3-year ARC Linkage grant: New multi-scale seed dispersal models for improved regional weed management.

As the Research Fellow, you will lead the development of a spatially explicit decision framework for effective control and surveillance of wind-dispersed invasive plants using Salix cinerea (grey sallow willow) in NE Victoria as a case study. The Research Fellow will:

  1. Measure high frequency, fine scale wind statistics at specific locations across NE Victoria;
  2. Integrate these local-scale wind measurements, fine-scale models of seed escape from the canopy, and weather models to characterise how wind dynamics at multiple scales determine large-scale dispersal patterns in real landscapes; and
  3. Collaborate with land-managers to create a spatially-explicit decision framework that allocates control and surveillance effort across the landscape, accounting for dispersal, habitat suitability, management objectives, costs, and benefits.

Full details including the selection criteria are available at


Joslin Moore,

Postdoctoral position: Modeling Atlantic salmon and NW Atlantic ecosystem change

Postdoctoral Research Associate at Gulf of Maine Research Institute,

Portland, ME


The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is seeking applicants for a
full-time postdoctoral research associate position modeling
relationships between Atlantic salmon and Northwest Atlantic ecosystem
change. This is a 12-month position that will be based at the Gulf of
Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine beginning in the spring of
2016. The position may be extended contingent upon satisfactory
performance and project funding.

The postdoctoral research associate will be mentored by Dr. Katherine
Mills and based in the Ecosystem Analysis and Prediction Lab, which
conducts a wide range of research to understand how climate and
ecosystem change affect fish populations, communities, and fisheries;
evaluate adaptation strategies to support resilient fisheries and
marine ecosystems; and provide information to support decision-making
in the context of environmental variability and change. He/she will
also routinely collaborate with colleagues at NOAA’s Northeast
Fisheries Science Center.

The successful candidate will undertake analyses and modeling to
investigate how changing ecosystem conditions are affecting Atlantic
salmon marine survival and the potential role of growth as a mechanism
mediating these relationships. He/she will help analyze relationships
between ecosystem characteristics, Atlantic salmon marine growth, and
marine survival. In addition, he/she will play a major role in
developing models to evaluate how ecosystem changes are affecting
energy available to and needed by Atlantic salmon in the marine
environment, and the impacts of these changes on salmon growth,
survival, and productivity.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in fisheries science, marine ecology,
oceanography or a related field. The position requires strong
mathematical, statistical, and computational skills, and ideally
previous experience with ecological models, such as bioenergetic,
individual-based, or population dynamics models. Candidates should be
proficient in the R and/or MATLAB programming languages. Experience
working with large, diverse data sets—such as satellite or other
geophysical data sets—is desirable. In addition, candidates are
expected to have a demonstrated ability to work independently as well
as strong organizational and communication skills. The successful
applicant will be expected to lead and contribute to working papers,
journal articles and other written materials as well as presentations
to stakeholders and scientific audiences. He/she should be willing
and able to travel domestically and internationally.

To apply:

Please find full details of position and application instructions at:
Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2016, but the
position will remain open until filled. Questions should be referred
to jobs

postdoctoral researcher position

The following postdoctoral researcher position is now open:

This position contributes to research and development of the
atmospheric component of the Model for Prediction Across Scales (MPAS)
and its implementation and use within the Community Earth System Model
(CESM) for climate and regional climate applications. The research
conducted focuses on evaluating the nonhydrostatic atmospheric component
of MPAS for global variable-resolution regional-climate applications,
specifically at meso-scale and convective-scale resolutions. This
position requires working with NCAR scientists and scientists at the
Department of Energy (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
working under the Water Cycle and Climate Extremes Modeling (WACCEM)
Scientific Focus Area (SFA).

For further information:

Post-Doc/Early Career job opportunities, w.o. 30 November

Post-Doc Positions:

1. American Museum of Natural History. Postdoctoral Fellowships in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Due 15 Dec. link.


Early Career Positions:

1. Assistant Professor of Biology. Tenure track faculty position at the rank of assistant or associate professor of Biology. Rolling deadline begins Dec 1. link.

2. School of Environmental and Forest Sciences – Assistant Professor. University of Washington. Rolling deadline begins 16 Jan. link.



1. Research Grant Opportunity. Socio-Environmental Synthesis Research for Graduate Students. SESYNC. Due 5 January. link.

PostDoc in Invasive Species Modeling


The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University invites applications for a post-doctoral position in invasive species modeling. The incumbent will conduct research on a NSF funded project to study the distribution and dispersal of invasive plants in the eastern U.S.

Job Title: Post doctoral – Invasive Species Modeling and Analysis

Required Qualifications: We seek a highly motivated, well-organized person with strong quantitative skills to work on an interdisciplinary project that involves modeling of invasive species distributions and dispersal with the consideration of invader traits, characteristics of recipient systems, and socioeconomic drivers. Ideal candidates will excel in a fast-paced environment where the postdoctoral associated is given a leadership role of managing small groups of graduate students on tasks directed toward the development of an overarching modeling framework of invasive dynamics at subcontinental scales. The postdoc will be hosted in the Fei lab (

A PhD in ecology, forestry, geography, or biology is required with expertise in invasion ecology, modeling, and spatial analysis. Experience with R programming, GIS, and other analytical tools are highly desirable. Ability to work with researchers across a variety of disciplines is required.

Date of Appointment: Available immediately

Review Date: Review of application materials will begin on January 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

Duration of Appointment: 18 months

Salary: Purdue University will provide a $41,000 annual stipend plus health care benefits.

To apply, please send statement of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references to:

SongLin Fei, Ph.D. Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University 715 W. State St. West Lafayette, IN 47907-2033 Email: Office phone: 765-496-2199

Nebraska Post-doc in Population Biology

From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news [ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU] on behalf of Chad Brassil [cbrassil@UNL.EDU]
Sent: Wednesday, 25 November 2015 10:01 AM
Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Nebraska Post-doc in 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 single, coherent 2-year research proposal to be completed under the guidance of a faculty member in the Ecology, Evolution & Behavior (EEB) section in the School of Biological Sciences. 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 a 2- 3 page description of proposed research. Additional proposal guidelines and suggestions should be obtained from the proposed faculty sponsor. 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 late August 2016. 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. Gwen Bachman at: The subject line should read “Population Biology Post-doc application”. Applications should be received by January 22, 2016. We anticipate notifying the successful applicant by February 12, 2016. We strongly encourage applications from women and members of minority groups. The University of Nebraska is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers. We assure responsible accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.