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Opportunities for Graduate & Professional Students

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Updated 03/30/2020: 

Univerisity of Georgia: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Athens, GA

Provide statistical and technical assistance to the National Park Service’s Inventory and Monitoring Division, with a focus on developing interactive data dashboards for reviewing and analyzing long-term monitoring data for a variety of resources (including but not limited to water, vegetation, cave biota, and amphibians). The postdoctoral research associate will also assist with the review of monitoring protocols (such as power analyses and evaluating data variability and recommending changes to reduce variability); develop methods and tools for quality-control review, analysis, and visualization of data; prepare and provide statistical-support reports; present research results to partners and at scientific conferences; publish in peer-reviewed literature; assist with development of research proposals; and interact with scientists at the National Park Service and the Georgia Cooperative Research Unit and our partners. Other related duties may also be assigned as needs arise (e.g., required training, contribution to general operation of the research unit). Further, lab members are expected to help maintain a supportive collegiate environment.

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Updated 03/24/2020:

QAECO: Postdoc Position

Melbourne, Australia

We are seeking a postdoc to work in QAECO on our work concerning eucalypt trees and the traits associated with distribution along environmental gradients. We have two grants supporting our work over the coming 3 years. Both concern eucalypt trees and the traits that govern performance: distribution along environmental gradients in one grant; and maximum attainable height in the other. Our plan is to recruit one postdoc responsible for statistical modelling1 of existing data, field sampling tree traits, and growth experiments, based in Melbourne. The second postdoc will be based at UNSW with Daniel Falster and will mainly conduct modelling: ecoevolutionary models2, some mechanistic models and some statistical models. We expect a high degree of collaboration with other projects the PIs have. We will also be looking to recruit post grad students.

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Closing Date: April 6th

Updated 03/09/2020:

Northern Arizona University School of Forestry: PhD Fire Ecology Teaching Assistantship

Tuscon, AZ

Northern Arizona University School of Forestry seeks to fill one PhD position, funded through a Teaching Assistantship, focused on changes in structure, pattern and composition related to post-fire recovery and reburns across landscapes in the southwestern U.S.

The position will be supervised by Dr. Andrea Thode

The PhD student will conduct field and remote-sensing based investigations of fire effects and changes in forest structure in southwestern ecosystems.  Reburns will be of particular interest in looking at potential vegetation type conversions.  Work will include the publication of results in peer-reviewed journals, fact-sheets and sharing of results through webinars and conference talks.

The start date is Fall of 2020. The recipient of this position will work 20 hours a week as teaching assistant, and will receive an annual stipend, university health insurance and a tuition waiver. Funding is available until the complete of the degree.

Application Details: Contact Andrea Thode at

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Pennsylvania State University: Postdoc/Tech in Plant-Microbe

State College, PA

The lab broadly studies legume-rhizobia-climate interactions in natural and managed landscapes. PSU has a vibrant, growing community of labs studying plant-microbe interactions.

The Postdoc will work on the functional genomics and evolutionary ecology of legume-rhizobia interactions and contribute to a funded, collaborative NSF PGRP grant “Genomics of strain- and host-specific performance in the legume-rhizobia symbiosis” The Postdoc will use a Select & Resequence methodology to identify plant and rhizobial genes underlying host-strain specificity and be provided the freedom to develop and pursue novel research interests and directions consistent with lab goals (e.g., modeling mutualism evolution, root and nodule morphology and plasticity, leguminous cover crops, and mutualism response to abiotic/biotic stressors). For full job description and to apply:

Please direct questions to Dr. Liana Burghardt (

Note: I would encourage applicants to submit their materials before March 10th because the PSU job application site will be in “view only” mode from March 10th-March 23rd, while HR transitions all applicant information to a new system.

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