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Post-doctoral Fellowship, Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystem

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 by in The OFI Blog

fig01Post-doctoral Fellowship, Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystem (ETE) Program, Paleobiology Department, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

Closing Date: December 31, 2013

Applications are invited for a two-year Research Fellowship (postdoctoral) in ecological community assembly and disassembly through time. This appointment provides a stipend of $45 K/yr and may be renewable for a second 2 years. The successful applicant will be expected to conduct independent macroecological research as part of an NSF-funded Research Coordination Network, “Synthesizing Deep Time and Recent Community Ecology,” which is investigating patterns and causal processes of animal and plant community assembly and disassembly over geological time and up to the present day. The awardee also will be expected to be involved in the scholarly activities of ETE, including workshops, presentations at professional meetings, etc.

General information about the ETE Program can be found at http://www.mnh.si.edu/ete/ and about the Paleobiology Department at http://www.nmnh.si.edu/paleo//index.html.

The ETE-RCN Fellow will be co-advised by Kate Lyons (www.mnh.si.edu/ete/ETE_People_Lyons.html), Kay Behrensmeyer (www.mnh.si.edu/ete/ETE_People_Behrensmeyer.html) and Nick Gotelli (www.uvm.edu/~ngotelli/homepage.html).  The position will be based at the NMNH in Washington DC.

Priority will be given to proposals that use recent and/or fossil data to understand factors affecting community structure in plants and/or animals. Applicants should have good communication skills, a proven record of research accomplishment, and knowledge of ecology, paleoecology, macroecology, or a related field.  Fluency in R programming, expertise in modeling and spatial and temporal analyses, and a record of working with large databases are highly desirable.  For postdoctoral awards, a Ph.D. is required before 30 November 2013.

To apply, send as a single pdf including: (1) cover letter describing your interest in this post-doctoral position, relevant experience including R coding examples, and preferred start date; 2) proposed research for the initial 2-year interval (maximum of 5 double-spaced pages), (3) curriculum vitae; (4) 3 publications including a pdf of publication or other outlet where R code was used.  In addition, please arrange to have three letters of reference sent to Dr. Kate Lyons (lyonss2@si.edu).

Application materials should be received by 31 December 2013, addressed to:

S. Kathleen Lyons
Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems Program
Department of Paleobiology, MRC 121
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
P.O. Box 37012
Washington DC 20013-7012
Phone: 202-633-1397  Fax: 202-786-2832
lyonss2@si.edu

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