Postdoc: Modeling plant responses to global change

A postdoc position in ecological/evolutionary modeling is available at UC

Merced in the Moran lab ( Our
research focuses on the ecological and evolutionary responses of plants to
climate change. The aim of this postdoctoral project would be to develop an
individual-based forest model incorporating both species differences and
genetic differences in environmental responses, in order to investigate the
importance of evolutionary responses relative to species range shifts under
different scenarios of climate change and disturbance. We have already
parameterized SORTIE with average growth, mortality, and dispersal
parameters for Sierra Nevada tree species. The next steps will include
fitting species-level climate response functions using a 30-year dataset,
and incorporating heritability of climate responses. Our group will also be
collecting field data with which will aid in further parameter refinement.

The initial appointment will be for one year and is renewable, depending on
performance and availability of funding. The salary and benefits package
associated with the position are based upon those established by the
University of California.

Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in biology, ecology, modeling, or
similar discipline, and have experience programming in C++. Experience
with forest models would be particularly valuable. Experience with Bayesian
modeling is also desirable. The candidate must also be creative,
self-disciplined, and motivated. Additional desirable skills include
experience with statistical methods and/or R programming.

Applications will be evaluated based on past research productivity,
alignment of applicant experiences and interests with the goals of the lab
group. The top-ranking applicants will be invited to interview by Skype,
phone, or in person.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salaries Scale.

To Apply:
Review of applications will begin February 2, 2016. To ensure full
consideration please apply before February 8. Ideally, the start date will
be in March.

To apply, please submit 1) a cover letter explaining your interest in and
qualifications for the position, 2) academic CV, and 3) contact information
for three references. Applications must be submitted via this website:

UC Merced, which opened in September 2005, is the newest school of the
10-campus University of California system ( The
university is still small (6,300 students, 270 faculty), but is diverse and
rapidly growing. Merced is a town of 80 thousand people located in the
central valley. It is conveniently located 1 hour north of Fresno (the
closest airport), 2 hours east of Berkeley and San Francisco, 2 hours south
of Davis and Sacramento, and 2 hours west of Yosemite National Park. Cost
of living is relatively low. ] – ecolog style. The University of California,
Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong
institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty,
staff, and students.

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke
and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free
policy is available at

For more information: Please contact Emily Moran (emoran5) –
for further inquiries or to meet with me during the 2014 Ecological Society
of America meetings in Sacramento.