Postdoctoral Research Associate I
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Tucson, AZ 85719
Position Information Title
Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (0420)
A Two-Year Post-Doctoral Research Associate Position in Eco-Evolutionary Modeling and Statistical Inference at the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ, USA).
A post-doctoral fellowship is available to work on an NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity-funded project to develop statistical inference tools for eco-evolutionary dynamics, and apply these tools to analyze the eco-evolutionary drivers of toxic algal blooms. The general aim of the project is to bridge eco-evolutionary theory and empirical data-ecological, genomic and phylogenetic. The specific aim is to construct and analyze mathematical eco-evolutionary models for bloom dynamics of the toxic haptophyte alga Prymnesium parvum in Eastern U.S. lakes, and test alternate hypotheses about eco-evolutionary feedbacks via statistical inference and model selection in a Bayesian framework using ecological time series and massive genomic and transcriptomic data generated by the project co-investigators.
The position is based in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona, and associated with the Ecosystem Genomics Initiative-a nexus for coalescing University of Arizona strengths in environmental science, ecology, genome-enabled science, and bio-computational research to address the grand challenge of scaling biology from genes to ecosystems. The university of Arizona-based, NSF-supported cyberinfrastructure CyVerse will provide exceptional computational means and support. The position also involves opportunities for traveling to collaborators institutions, nationally (Purdue and Penn State) and internationally (Paris, France), and attending major international conferences (e.g. Ecological Society of America annual meeting).
The position is for two years with a reappointment at the end of the first year based on satisfactory performance. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Duties & Responsibilities
The post-doc will work under the supervision of Dr. Regis Ferriere (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona) to (1) develop general methods for inferring eco-evolutionary feedbacks using eco-evolutionary dynamics models and statistical methods such as particle MCMC and Approximate Bayesian Computation, (2) develop eco-evolutionary models specifically targetting the empirical system (P. parvum toxic blooms), (3) apply the newly developed statistical inference tools using ecological time series, ’omics data and phylogenies from natural lakes and laboratory mesocosm experiments. The work will be done in close collaboration with Principal Investigator Dr. Jennifer Wisecaver (Purdue University) and Collaborator Dr. William Driscoll (Penn State University at Harrisburg).
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Applicants should have a PhD in Biological sciences, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, or a related quantitative field.
The successful candidate will have a background and/or strong interest in computational ecology, statistical inference, data assimilation and modeling in a Bayesian framework, dynamical system modeling, and/or computer science (e.g., writing MCMC samplers). Experience working with large ecological and/or genomic datasets or databases, strong writing skills and associated publications in peer-reviewed literature, communication skills, and mentoring and collaboration skills are also strongly valued.
Full Time/Part Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week
Yes – Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay
Type of criminal background check required:
Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Posting Detail Information Posting Number
Number of Vacancies
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees
Contact Information for Candidates
Open Until Filled
Review Begins On
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