Postdoc available in quantitative ecology and invasive species


The integrative ecology lab at Temple University is seeking creative applicants for a postdoctoral researcher to collaborate on the analyses of large existing ecological and economic datasets pertaining to the spread of non-native species across Caribbean islands. The precise questions and focus of inquiry are open, and may include questions that test theory on coexistence, community assembly, networks, island biogeography, macrosystems, and socio-ecological systems.

The applicant will collaborate with Drs. Jocelyn Behm and Matt Helmus to develop research questions, conduct analyses, and write up results for publication. Ample opportunities exist for mentoring students and networking with other biodiversity scientists. The position is for one year, with the possibility for renewal upon satisfactory performance and funding. Salary is commensurate with experience and benefits are included. The exact start date is negotiable; the applicant will preferably start Fall 2019 and no later than January 1, 2020. Because the datasets are already in hand, this is a great opportunity for someone looking for a productive postdoc position with high publication potential.

• a PhD in biology, ecology, or a closely related field
• an internationally competitive publication record appropriate for career stage
• strong quantitative skills
• proficiency in R, preferably in tidyverse
• experience in the analysis of large datasets
• research experience in invasion ecology or other applicable subdisciplines

Please send any questions and applications to Jocelyn Behm. For applications, please send as a single PDF:
• Cover letter outlining qualifications, experience, and why you are interested in the position
• Curriculum vitae including links to authored publications
• Name, phone number, and email addresses of three references

iEcoLab believes the crisis in biological diversity can only be addressed by scientists from diverse backgrounds and with diverse viewpoints. We strongly encourage applications from biodiversity scientists with diverse backgrounds. Review of applications will begin August 23 and continue until the position is filled.

The postdoctoral researcher will be housed in the Integrative Ecology lab in the Center for Biodiversity ( at Temple University, located in a new LEED-Gold certified building on Temple’s main campus in historic Philadelphia. The Center provides state-of-the-art biodiversity research facilities along with support staff with expertise in media development, GIS technology, and genetics. Temple University, founded in 1884, is a public R1 university with a diverse student body of ca. 40,000 students. It is the sixth largest provider of graduate school education in the US, is within the top 4% of research institutions in the US, and is in the top ten of the fastest gainers in ranking by the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges.

Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States, filled with numerous attractions (e.g., Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Zoo, Academy of Natural Sciences), amazing food, and a quick train ride to New York City and Washington DC. Philadelphia is nestled within an extensive national/state trail and park system, and is very close to Valley Forge National Park, the Pocono Mountains, the unique Pine Barren ecosystem, and the beaches of the Atlantic shore.

Temple University is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse community.



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