A postdoc position in ecological/evolutionary modeling is available at UC Merced in the Moran lab (https://sites.google.com/site/emilyvmoran/). 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: https://aprecruit.ucmerced.edu/apply/JPF00286.

UC Merced, which opened in September 2005, is the newest school of the 10-campus University of California system (http://www.ucmerced.edu/). 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. 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 http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu

For more information: Please contact Emily Moran ([email protected]) for further inquiries.

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