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Opportunities for Graduate & Professional Students

Updated 01/20/19: 

Tufts University: Future of Food & Nutrition Graduate Student Case Competition

Boston, MA

The Future of Food and Nutrition Conference attracts presenters from a wide range of disciplines and offers excellent opportunities for attendees to learn from research outside of their primary focus area. We understand that the conventions for abstract writing may differ between fields. However, we ask that all submissions observe the following guidelines. If you have any questions, please contact

Application Details
Closing Date: January 31st

SUNY-ESF: Ph.D Assitantship in Arid-land Riparian Ecology & Ecophysiology

Syracuse, New York

We are seeking a motivated graduate student with interests in riparian forest ecology, ecophysiology, dendroecology, and statistical analysis for a project investigating drought and its impact on riparian ecosystems in the Southwestern USA (Arizona and California). The position is at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, New York. The research project will assess the impacts of water limitation on riparian trees using tree-ring analysis, stable isotope methods, field surveys, and geospatial approaches. The position is part of an interdisciplinary collaboration with University of California at Santa Barbara and University of Cardiff, and is funded by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) of the US Department of Defense.
This position is for a Ph.D. assistantship in the Graduate Program in Environmental Science ( and includes a full tuition waiver, stipend and benefits for a minimum of three years. We welcome applications from motivated, curious students with ecological research experience. Ideal candidates will have a MS in ecology, environmental science, or a related field; strong quantitative and writing skills; the ability to work in remote field settings; and interest in riparian forest ecology and tree ecophysiology in dryland regions. The position starts in late Spring or Summer 2019.
Applications should include a brief statement of interest and experience, CV, transcripts, GRE scores, English proficiency scores (if applicable), and a research writing sample, if available. Send email inquiries to John Stella, SUNY-ESF; 

Updated 01/13/19:

Yale Center for Biodiversity & Global Change: Postdocs in Global Biodiversity Science & Conservation

Yale University

Focal groups: mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, bees, epiphytes

Several positions are available associated with the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change (BGC Center), theMax Planck – Yale Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change (MPYC), Map of Life, and the Jetz Lab. Target start date is spring/summer 2019.

We are seeking innovative thinkers with a strong quantitative background who are interested in addressing ecological questions at large spatial scales. Qualifications for the position include a PhD in ecology, conservation, (bio-)geography, or biological informatics, combined with experience in spatial biodiversity analysis and inference. The preferred candidates will have a strong interest in the model-based integration of large, disparate biodiversity and environmental data, a dedication toward conscientious work in a team, attention to detail, and strong communication skills. An ability to traverse ecological, evolutionary, and conservation perspectives and to address processes at different spatial and temporal scales are particularly welcome. We expect strong analysis and scientific writing skills. Experience in several scripting languages, database management, taxonomic name management, remote sensing, and/or biodiversity informatics are highly welcome.

The positions offer broad thematic flexibility, and focal research questions may be macroecological, macroevolutionary, biogeographical, or conservation-focused. There is also openness regarding the preferred taxonomic study systems. Our current funding has a particular emphasis on mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, bees, and epiphytes, and we are especially (but not exclusively) interested in applicants who have experience in one of these groups. We ask candidates to briefly describe their preferred area of activity in the cover letter. Several junior or senior positions are available, with a typical contract length of 2-3 years.

The positions will be based at Yale University, with close collaborative links to our partners worldwide. The Yale BGC Center connects biodiversity scientists from across campus and hosts a range of speaker and workshop events. It supports research and training around the use of new technologies and data flows for model-based inference and prediction of biodiversity distributions and changes at large spatial and taxonomic scales. Flagship Center projects include Map of Life and associated activities supporting the Half-Earth Map and the development of the GEO BONSpecies Population Essential Biodiversity Variables. For animal movement data we are partnered with the Icarus initiative, a space station-based near-global GPS animal movement observation system, and Movebank, which supports the management and integration of movement data. For camera trapping data we are members of the Wildlife Insightsinitiative. Other Center initiatives include the integration of phylogenetic information with spatial distributions (e.g.,VertLife), and the NASA-supported development and application of remote sensing-informed layers for biodiversity modelling (EarthEnv).

Yale University offers researchers and staff competitive salaries and a generous package of benefitsYale has a thriving and growing community of young scholars in ecology, evolution and global change science in the EEB Department, theYale Institute for Biospheric Studies, the Peabody Museum, and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The town is renowned for its classic Ivy League setting, 75 miles north of New York City.

Application Details: in one pdf, a short motivation (i.e. cover) letter, CV and names and contact information for three referees to, subject “BGC Postdoc” For questions contact

Closing Date: January 20th

Postdoctoral Researcher:  Division of Social-Ecological Interactions in Agricultural Systems

University of Göttingen, Germany

The position is integrated into a project funded by BiodivERsA/Belmont Forum: „ENVISION An inclusive approach to assessing integrative scenarios and visions for protected area management“. ENVISION aims to develop an inclusive approach to the conservation of protected areas in Europe and the United States, which will combine participatory scenario modelling, multi-narrative platforms, and knowledge co-creation processes. The position is based in Göttingen (Germany) but requires traveling and extended research stays in Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the US.

for a period of three years. Payment is according to salary scale 13 TV-L (100%).

Application Details

Closing Date: February 14th 

Research Associate: Social-Ecological Interactions in Agricultural Systems

University of Göttingen, Germany

65% of the regular weekly working time (currently 25.87 hours / week) is limited in time for the Department of Social-Ecological Interactions in Agricultural Systems of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Duration of 3 years to occupy. The fee is charged according to salary group 13 TV-L .

The position serves to co-operate in the joint project “Small Private Forest and Biodiversity: Conservation through the Use of Resources (KLEIBER)”. The project aims to identify conservation values ​​in the small-scale private forest against the background of increased and further increasing demand for raw wood and to secure them as part of a profitable use of wood. Social-ecological studies illuminate the values ​​and concrete management practices of small private forest owners as well as their view on problems and perspectives regarding nature conservation measures.

Closing Date: February 14th 
University of South Dakota:The Department of Sustainability & Environment  Dakota
The Department of Sustainability & Environment at the University of South Dakota is accepting applications for the graduate program in Sustainability for the Fall 2019 semester. A graduate assistantship is available for a student with an appropriate background to coordinate the university’s new and expanding recycling program. Thesis research topics may include life cycle assessment, cost-benefit analysis, student perceptions of recycling, or any associated topic in sustainability. This position includes a 12-month assistantship stipend of $18k per year. The student would coordinate USD’s recycling program, including overseeing and training student workers, and help plan for an expanding recycling program on campus. Applications for the M.S. degree are preferred. Applicants should be detail oriented and have leadership experience. Knowledge of recycling or past experience with recycling is preferred.
Closing Date: February 1st

Updated 11/18/18: 

UF: Bayesian Statistics Applied to Environmental Sciences/Malaria Epidemiology 

Gainesville, FL

Dr. Denis Valle, Assistant Professor in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida (UF), is seeking a MS/PhD graduate research assistant with strong interest in statistical modeling applications.  Dr. Valle is affiliated with the Tropical Conservation and Development program ( and the Emerging Pathogens Institute ( at UF.  Research in Dr. Valle’s group focuses on tackling important applied problems in environmental sciences and malaria epidemiology by creating and using innovative Bayesian statistical models. Examples of ongoing research projects can be found at Given the wide range of problems tackled by this group, there is considerable flexibility regarding the specific scientific application. Nevertheless, this position will involve the development and
application of novel Bayesian models and interactive tools to aid decision-making.

Application Details: please email the items listed below to One page cover letter describing prior research experience (if any), career goals and interests, and how they align with those from the Valle lab. Letters that explicitly provide evidence for high motivation and reliability are strongly preferred. CV with contact information and contact information for three academic references
GRE scores

Closing Date: January 30th

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