2 Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions in Fish Ecology and Data Science

Location(s): UC Davis, partner institutions or possibly another location.

Background Info: A research team including Andrew Rypel (UC Davis), Daniel Reuman (University of Kansas), and Jonathan Walter (University of Virginia) seeks applicants for two postdoctoral research associates, both for two-year terms. The work is being supported by a recent award from the California Delta Science Program and the US Bureau of Reclamation. The successful candidates will help execute and guide a collaborative data synthesis project aimed at understanding the causes and consequences of movement synchrony in native California fishes. Both candidates would have the opportunity to interact extensively with resource biologists and scientists via a series of working groups and as part of a larger collaborative team. More on the project:


Position 1: The ideal candidate for Position 1 has a background in fish ecology, movement ecology, and/or fisheries management, and would be based in the Rypel Lab (https://sites.google.com/view/rypel-lab/home) at UC Davis.

Position 2: The ideal candidate for Position 2 has expertise in data science, quantitative ecology, mathematics, or theoretical ecology. This person would be an employee of UC Davis but could choose to be primarily based at one of the partner institutions, or possibly another location.

We are especially interested in candidates for both positions with a passion for open science and for connecting their work to decision makers, the public, and the broader ecological community. Postdocs and PIs will gather roughly twice per year in California for stakeholder meetings and workshops.

Responsibilities: Engaging stakeholders, Experimental design, Code development, Data analysis and interpretation, Review of relevant literature, Preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, Presentation at professional conferences.

Minimum qualifications: PhD in ecology, fisheries, data science, mathematics or another relevant field.

Preferred qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with 1) expertise in data science, fish ecology, movement ecology (especially acoustic telemetry), and natural resource management; 2) strong communication and organizational skills; 3) can code in R and have an interest in transparent and reproducible science; and 4) strong publication records, or the potential for developing one. Our team believes in and values the power of diversity, thus applicants from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application: Interested candidates should submit:

a) a one‐page cover letter,

b) your CV, and

c) names and contact information of at least two references familiar with your work.

Please submit materials to Andrew Rypel ([email protected]), with « Fish Ecology and Data Science Postdoc application » in the subject. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive, and the position will remain open until filled. Email any questions to Andrew Rypel ([email protected]). Positions will remain open until filled with a preferred start date of July 1, 2019.

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