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Monday, November 30

Postdoctoral Researcher – Spatial Ecology, Oregon State University

Position Summary
The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society in the College of Forestry is soliciting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work as part of a collaborative effort between the laboratories of Dr. Matt Betts (http://www.fsl.orst.edu/flel/) and Dr. Jim Rivers (http://people.forestry.oregonstate.edu/jim-rivers/). This position will assist with research projects that are investigating space use, habitat selection, and population ecology of the endangered Marbled Murrelet in western Oregon. The anticipated start date for this position is January 4, 2016; support is available for a minimum of 2 years subject to adequate performance review after 12 months.

Position Duties
The postdoc will work with existing data (e.g., LiDAR, Landsat TM, at-sea counts, nesting sites) and use species distribution modeling to integrate nesting data with at-sea observations to produce several high quality peer-reviewed publications. Publications will address several objectives that include but are not limited to:

1.     Determining the spatial scale(s) that predict murrelet occurrence and nesting, with a focus on the degree to which habitat amount and fragmentation influence occurrence and nesting.
2.     Evaluating the extent to which changes in terrestrial habitat adjacent to the ocean influences murrelet at-sea population densities.
3.     Using state-space models to understand movement of tagged birds using landscape and seascape data.
4.     Using data on distributions of murrelet nest predators to improve prediction accuracy of species distribution models.

Minimum/ Required Qualifications
-       Ph.D. in wildlife ecology or a closely related field
-       Computing skills including statistical software (e.g., SAS, R), spatial software (e.g., ArcGIS, Spatial Analyst, Erdas Imagine, Google Earth), and database programs
-       Professional competence in planning, designing, executing, and coordinating research
-       Demonstrated proficiency for independently writing scientific publications for submittal to peer-reviewed journals
-       Strong communication skills that allows for working effectively as a member of a large research team

Preferred Qualifications
-       Previous research with spatial ecology of seabirds (especially alcids)
-       Knowledge and experience with forest management practices of the Pacific Northwest
-       Lead-author on publications using species distribution models
-       Experience with state-space models

Application Instructions
Applicants should create a single PDF file that contains (1) a cover letter addressing your qualifications as they relate to the specific duties and qualifications described in the position description; (2) a full-length curriculum vitae (CV); (3) the names and contact information (email, telephone, and mail) of three referees who may be contacted; and (4) two examples of peer-reviewed publications; this document should be emailed to Dr. Matt Betts (matthew.betts@oregonstate.edu) with “Seabird Spatial Ecology Postdoc Position” in the subject line. For additional details about the position, including how to apply, visit the application web site (http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/) and search for posting #0016471. For full consideration, apply byDecember 1, 2015. Applications will continue to be accepted after this date until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.

Oregon State University commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.  

Monday, November 23

Summer Research Opportunity Project (SROP)


Research is an excellent opportunity to become more engaged in your field of study and interact with faculty members in prospective graduate schools. The University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) offers outstanding undergraduates underrepresented in their field of study the opportunity to conduct intensive research. The goal is to prepare students for graduate studies at U-M.

SROP Participants work with faculty mentors either on an individual basis or as part of a research team. In addition, all participants engage in a series of academic, professional, and personal development seminars, and culminate their experience by presenting their work at a research symposium. SROP helps build strong professional and personal networks that facilitate the transition to the graduate community.

The application for the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) at the University of Michigan is now open! 

For more information about the program’s requirements, benefits and online application, please visit our site: http://www.rackham.umich.edu/srop

If you are interested in applying for a SROP research project in Engineering please apply at the Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) website.

Please contact us at srop.rackham@umich.edu if you have any questions. We look forward to your application. 

Rackham SROP Team
University of Michigan
915 E. Washington St. 
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

USGS-NSF Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is partnering with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to offerinternship opportunities for current NSF Graduate Research Fellows through the NSF Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP).  All USGS GRIP opportunities are posted onhttp://bit.ly/1MMEFPO.  Applications are due December 4, 2015.  

Carrie Givens' lab at the USGS Michigan-Ohio Water Science Center in Lansing, MI, has an available  GRIP opportunity listed under the project title "Development of methods distinguishing live and dead cell DNA for qPCR detection and quantification of pathogen genes in environmental samples for quantitative microbial risk assessment."  We are looking for an intern with three or more years of microbiology education or with at least one year of independent qPCR experience. Basic microbiological culturing experience and aseptic technique are essential. The intern should have experience designing and optimizing qPCR assays, interpreting qPCR analysis and maintaining lab QA/QC.  More information about our opportunity can be found at the link above or in the email attachment.  If you are interested in this opportunity or would like more information, please contact Carrie Givens at cgivens@usgs.gov

Marian University Assistant Professor in Biology

Marian University invites applications for a full-time, tenure track faculty position at
the rank of assistant or associate professor of Biology, beginning August, 2016.
Primary responsibilities include teaching courses in undergraduate Ecology,
Vertebrate Zoology, Invertebrate Zoology, introductory courses in biology, and an
upper level course as appropriate to degree specialization. Normal teaching load is 12 credits per semester. Additional responsibilities include academic advising, supervising undergraduate research and department, school, and university-wide
service and committee work.

A Ph.D. in Biology with specialty in Animal Ecology, Vertebrate Zoology,
Invertebrate Zoology and/or Wildlife Management and a minimum of 2 years of
successful experience in post-secondary teaching is required. Willingness to
support the Mission and Core Values of Marian University.
Review of applications will begin December 1, 2015 and continue until the position
is filled. For consideration, please view the job posting under Employment
Opportunities on the Marian University website, and apply via the provided link.
Submit a letter of application addressing your qualifications, curriculum vita,
transcripts, three letters of reference, and a statement of teaching and research

Marian University is a Catholic applied liberal arts community that welcomes
diverse spiritual traditions. Sponsored by the Congregation of Sisters of St.
Agnes, Marian University engages students in the education of the whole person.
We embrace justice and compassion and transform lives for professional service
and leadership in the global community.

Developing Potential, and enriching lives through teaching and learning – united
in service for a just and humane world.
Any offer of employment will be contingent upon the receipt of criminal
background and reference check information; and the determination that
the candidate remains eligible and suitable for employment.

Friday, November 20

STEM funding and research opportunities on PathwaysToScience.org

Once again, we are enlisting your help in connecting students with STEM funding and opportunities -- such as paid summer research, graduate fellowships, and graduate programs. 
Please announce these opportunities in any classes or at presentations you may be making, and forward or post the links below in this email -- as you deem appropriate. 
Paid Summer 2016 Undergraduate Research Placements: 
Over 800 programs -- NSF REU, NASA and other paid summer research opportunities for undergrads 
For Financial Support in Graduate School: 
Fellowships and graduate programs in a wide variety of STEM disciplines: 
For tips on applying and associated resources: 
For opportunities specifically in the Ocean Sciences: 
For opportunities specifically in Engineering: 
Thanks and best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving, 
Liv Detrick 
Institute for Broadening Participation 
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IBP’s mission is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. We design and implement strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on reaching underserved communities and diverse underrepresented groups. www.PathwaysToScience.org makes it easy for faculty and administrators to access resources that can assist them in their efforts to reduce barriers to participation, create environments rich in the positive factors that support student success on the STEM pathway, and conduct outreach to underserved communities and underrepresented groups by implementing recruitment and retention strategies that broaden participation and increase diversity. 

Scholarships - NECSI Winter School

January 4-15, 2016
NECSI Winter School

Scholarships for Winter School on Complex Systems

We have funding for a limited number of partial scholarships for the NECSI Winter School courses on complex systems, to be held January 4-15, 2016 in Cambridge, MA.

Week 1:  Complex Physical, Biological and Social Systems
Lab:  Computer Programming and Complex Systems
Week 2:  Complex Systems Modeling and Networks

Applicants should send an email to programs@necsi.edu and include a few sentences about background, interests, and academic affiliation. Please also indicate which course(s) you are interested in attending.

Scholarship applicants will be considered on a first come, first served and need basis. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.

Members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information and registration:

New England Complex Systems Institute
210 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-547-4100
Fax: 617-661-7711

Monday, November 16

2016 CIC-Smithsonian Institute Fellowship

CIC Smithsonian Institution Fellowship  http://www.cic.net/students/smithsonian-fellowship
The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) invite fellowship applications for one-year fellowships to support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities. Fellowships carry a stipend of $32,700.  All fields of study that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Smithsonian Institution are eligible. 
How it Works
Under this fellowship program, the Smithsonian Institution and the Fellow’s university share the cost of support. Students enrolled at CIC member universities apply directly via the Smithsonian’s Online Application System (SOLAA). 
Students are to log in to the solaa site, then: Add New ApplicationàProgramType=Fellowshipàcheck Office of FellowshipsàSmithsonian Fellowship Program - Predoctoral.   The Smithsonian will 
All unfunded applications will be eligible for consideration in the general Smithsonian Institution competition.  Review of applications for the general competition begins on January 15, 2016.
Students must have completed all course work for their programs, and must have been admitted into doctoral candidacy and satisfied all requirements except completion of the dissertation in order to qualify. Only students enrolled at CIC institutions are eligible to apply.
The stipend is $32,700 for one year, and fellows are eligible for tuition and health insurance benefits in accordance with their university policy. Fellows are eligible to receive allowances for related expenses and for temporary relocation to the Smithsonian.

Application Instructions
See Program Guide for full details. The application materials must be submitted electronically before December 1, 2015 at 5 PM through https://solaa.si.edu.

Conference for Minority Graduate Students

Dear Bridges Community,

A week from today many of us will be traveling to East Lansing to attend the Michigan AGEP Alliance Fall Conference. The Michigan AGEP Alliance strives to support underrepresented minority graduate students on the path to the professoriate. Several of our own U-M students and faculty/administrators will be presenting at this event. This one-day conference provides a wonderful networking opportunity for us all. I have attached the full program for you to review and I strongly encourage you to register and join us. There are sessions for everyone!!! Participants will be gathering from Wayne State, Western Michigan and Michigan Tech. Please REGISTER HERE.

To make this even easier, we have hired a bus so that you can get some work done on the drive back and forth. If you would like a ride, please sign-up HERE.

I am happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Take care,

Now Accepting Math Grader Applications for Winter 2016

We are now accepting applications for Math Grader positions for Winter 2016.

Please read carefully before you apply:

1. We no longer accept paper applications.

2. Anyone who wants to apply must create a new application. We will not review a previous term’s information.

3. We do not hire graders for Math 105, 115, 116, 215, or 216.

4. Be very careful to answer every question, and to fill out the form completely before you press submit (once you submit you cannot change anything)!

5. Information about the application: The application itself is in two portions. The first is just to get some general information from you, once you press “create record” it will save that information for you to use on future applications. The second portion is where you can indicate the course preferences you have. Please only enter the course numbers (i.e, just put 450 if you want to grade Math 450). The form will allow you to enter multiple courses. If you do not have a preference, please just type “no preference”.

7. We will not be reviewing applications until late July/early August, and we’ll be making decisions a week before the term begins. This means there is a long period for you to wait. Please be patient, we will send you our decision once it is made.

Apply to be a Math grader here: 

Please apply by Sunday, December 6th, 2015.  Please let me know if you have any problems or questions.

Dissertation Writing Groups Winter 2016

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Dissertation Writing Groups
Winter 2016

Please forward to interested graduate students.

In collaboration with the Rackham Graduate School, the Sweetland Center for Writing coordinates several student-led writing groups for graduate students writing their dissertations.  These interdisciplinary writing groups provide structured support in a facilitated peer-based setting to aid dissertators working through long-term projects.  Dissertation Writing Groups typically consist of four – five members including a group leader.  Participants must be in the writing phase of their dissertations and available to meet eight times per semester to workshop group members’ writing on a rotating basis.   Each group will determine meeting schedules and expectations.  Groups will begin meeting mid-January, 2016.

Those interested in becoming group leaders must provide additional information with their applications.  Group leaders attend a facilitator training workshop and mentor meetings through the term.
Applications must be emailed to Laura Schuyler at schuyler@umich.edu by Friday, December 11, 2015.  

Thursday, November 12

Biological Station Teaching Opportunities 2016

Dear Colleagues,

The Biological Station is seeking a tenure track/tenured faculty member, lecturer, research scientist, or postdoctoral researcher to teach one of two summer term field ecology (EEB 381) sections during our 2016 Summer Term (June 25 to August 20).  Click on the 'General Ecology' box at this link for the course description: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/umbs/students/courses

We are also seeking to fill a Spring Term (May 22 to June 18) teaching vacancy in Ethnobotany (EEB 455).  Course description can be viewed at the same link as above.

If you are interested, please feel free to contact me or Associate Director Karie Slavic(slavic@umich.edu).

Please feel free to pass this on to others you think may be interested and qualified, and

Thank you for considering,

Knute Nadelhoffer
  Director, University of Michigan Biological Station
  Professor, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
   email: knute@umich.edu
   May-Aug: (231) 539-8408 / (231) 539-8785
   Sep-May: (734) 763-4461 / (734) 763-4461
    Nadelhoffer Lab Site:   http://sites.lsa.umich.edu/nadelhoffer-lab/ 
    UM Biological Station: www.lsa.umich.edu/umbs
    Dept Ecol & Evol Biol:  www.lsa.umich.edu/eeb

Focus groups for graduate students - Career Center

You are invited to attend one of three focus groups aimed at engaging PhD students in conversations on careers, your campus experiences with career support, the career options you perceive available, and the resources you believe you need to achieve your goals.  These are being hosted by The Career Center and we highly encourage you attend to help secure the support you need for your career and professional development.

Tuesday, November 10

Science Policy Opportunity for Graduate Students

Applications now being accepted for the AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award
Please share this announcement with interested graduate students
Are you a science graduate student looking to make a difference in science policy and funding? The American Institute of Biological Sciences will recognize the science policy accomplishments of graduate students currently pursuing a degree in the biological sciences or science education. Award winners receive a free trip to Washington, DC to meet with congressional policymakers about funding for the biological sciences. Participants also receive policy and communication training.


U-M COP21 delegation seeking Ground Control team

Hello again, climate enthusiasts!

Still looking for a way to connect to global climate negotiations, but missed our first meeting?  This message is a notification/reminder that the Ground Control team associated with U-M’s UNFCCC-COP21 delegation will hold its second general meeting Wednesday 11 Nov, 17:00-1800, in Dana 3038.

Ground Control sub-teams are already hard at work on projects including developing a delegation agenda/interview schedule, building connections with U-M and Ann Arbor community groups, and planning what output will be generated.  This week, we’ll communicate across sub-teams and make sure our goals align.  We’ll also talk about the official launch to U-M’s COP21 participation.

New student members are welcome at Wednesday’s meeting, or can contact Lizz Ultee (ehultee@umich.edu) for more information.  

Faculty and staff interested in learning more about the negotiations or the delegation’s involvement are encouraged to contact community connections coordinator Samantha Basile (sjbasile@umich.edu).

See you Wednesday!
All the best,
U-M COP21 delegation

Monday, November 9

Erb Institute Work Study Opportunity

Research Assistant I
Click here to apply for this job
Job ID31814
Job Funding SourceWork-Study
EmployerNatural Resources & Environment, School of
Job DescriptionThis position is a part-time support position to the Faculty Director of the Erb Institute (erb.umich.edu), and to Erb staff. The selected individual will provide research assistance to the Erb Institute Director, and a full range of moderate to complex administrative work assignments for Erb Institute staff. The selected individual will interact with a wide range of university staff, students, alumni and community leaders to support community cohesion. Work in the Erb Institute often involves front line contacts with a variety of campus and community individuals requiring active problem solving and effective interpersonal skills.
Educational ValueThe Erb Institute conducts research and provides thought leadership in the area of sustainability. The selected work study student will have an opportunity to learn about sustainability from the perspective of business professionals, researchers, and applied practitioners.
Job RequirementsMajor Duties - ?Erb Faculty Director: - Conducting literature and information searches in support of the Erb Faculty Director's research program. Depending upon the selected individual's performance and experience, data collection and analysis may also be included in the job portfolio. Major Duties - ??Marketing and Communications: - Routine updates to marketing tools and email lists - Assistance with photo collection tool through photo upload and categorization - Update bulletin boards in Ross and SNRE - Other duties as assigned ?? Major Duties - ??Student/Alumni Affairs: - Routine database updates to CRM tool - Assistance with student and alumni relations projects - Routine job postings to community job board - Other duties as assigned??
Hourly Rate$10.00/hour to $19.75/hour
Hours10.0 hours per week
Time FrameFall/Winter
Start DateTuesday, September 8, 2015
End DateThursday, April 21, 2016
Primary ContactJoe Arvai
Primary Contact's EmailJLArvai@umich.edu
Work LocationAnn Arbor Main Campus

Tuesday, November 3

Assistant Professor—Biology, Southern Connecticut State University Specialization: Biology Education

Brief Description of Duties/Responsibilities: This position seeks an individual with a passion for science education. The candidate should have a strong interest in biology pedagogy and is expected to advise biology teaching certification students as well as assist in conducting program reviews for the biology department. The position is expected to teach some combination of the following: non-majors and/or majors introductory courses (including labs) in genetics, zoology, botany, microbiology and/or human biology; and/or upper level majors or graduate courses in their area of specialization. Position will have a role in coordinating labs for non-majors and service courses. The candidate will advise all biology certification education majors.
The successful candidate must be committed to teaching within a vibrant public liberal arts and sciences environment, and demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching, mentoring and research with undergraduates. All faculty at SCSU share in academic advising and participate in department/university service. Nominal teaching load is 12 credit-hours per semester.
Tenure-track faculty at SCSU are expected to conduct creative activity/research in their area of expertise.  These activities include, but are not limited to research leading to publication of books and/or articles in academic and professional journals, performances in the fine and performing arts, efforts to seek funding in support of research and teaching needs, and contributions to workshops and conferences.
Required Qualifications: A Ph. D. in Biology or an Ed. D. in Biology Education is required. Candidates must have experience teaching at the college/university level, and should have experience with pedagogical research in the biological sciences (K-12 and/or higher education).
Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to those applicants with experience teaching at a university of similar profile in the United States with one or more years of postdoctoral experience. However, applicants with recent publications and grant funding will be considered if ABD, but must have an earned doctorate by May 2017. A record of scholarship, recent external funding for research, and experience teaching genetics and microbiology will be highly ranked. One or more years experience with teaching and/or outreach to K-12 students will also be valued in a candidate.
Application Process:
Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and research philosophy, copy of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and the names and contact information of four references to
Biology Search Committee Chair:BIOsearch1@southernct.edu. All application materials must be submitted electronically. In order for your application to be given full consideration, materials must be received by Monday, November 30th, 2015. Position will remain open until filled.

Two open positions in Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School

A job posting sent to Trisha Wittkopp:
I’m writing to ask for your help in identifying excellent candidates for two Assistant Professor positions in my Department, listed here: https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/6429.  The search is an open one, but I’m personally keen to find people working on quantitative aspects of evolution, especially of gene regulation.  Given your amazing research in this area, I am hoping that you can either pass on this message to someone who would be appropriate, or forward me information on a candidate whom we should encourage to apply.  I am also happy to answer questions from potential candidates. 

Our Department is an excellent place to work and to do interdisciplinary research.  Almost all groups in the department include both a “wet” and a “dry” component, leading to a high level of general understanding of mathematical and computational approaches, coupled with a drive to answer biological questions in a quantitative way.   We are located in the heart of Harvard Medical School, with outstanding experimental facilities, and share a graduate program with the Harvard University undergraduate campus, providing connections to the quantitative scientists in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the FAS Center for Systems Biology. 

We are also a friendly and supportive department (especially compared to Harvard’s general, not entirely deserved, reputation!) and we do our best to support faculty with families.  We are very keen to identify both female and minority candidates, and we would very much appreciate it if you would put extra thought into the question of whether you know anyone qualified in either of these categories.

Hope we run into each other again soon.  

All the best,
Angela DePace, PhD
Department of Systems Biology
Harvard Medical School
(617) 432-7410

200 Longwood Avenue
Warren Alpert 452
Boston, MA 02115

Monday, November 2

Math GSI Position Available

We have a GSI position available for Winter 2016: Math 489-Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers. 

Math 489 is the second in a required two-semester sequence taken by all prospective elementary education students. The course will have two sections; section one meets MW 12:00-1:30; section two meets MW1:30-3:00. The students are a diverse group and their needs are intense. It is anticipated that the GSI will work closely with the instructor on all facets of the course in order to help meet student needs.

Duties include but are not limited to the following: review instructor's syllabus and plans for each lesson; help to construct exams; attend all classes, assist as necessary; prepare and deliver some lessons; hold one office hour per week; grading of homework and exams; meet with instructor regularly; administrative tasks (copying, etc.)

This is a 50% GSI position. The anticipated workload is 16.5 -20 hours per week. You can find more information on qualifications and view/apply to the position here: http://umjobs.org/job_detail/117467/math_489_grad_stu_instr_winter_term

NECSI Winter School - Guest Lecturers

NECSI Winter School
Guest Lecturers - Sandy Pentland and Blake LeBaron

NECSI is pleased to welcome two guest lecturers to the upcoming Winter School held January 4-15, Sandy Pentland from MIT and Blake LeBaron from Brandeis University.

Alex 'Sandy' Pentland is the Toshiba Professor of Media, Arts, and Sciences at MIT where he directs the MIT Human Dynamics Lab and the Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program. He is among the most-cited computational scientists in the world, and is a pioneer in computational social science, organizational engineering, wearable computing, image understanding, and modern biometrics. In 2012 Forbes named Pentland one of the 'seven most powerful data scientists in the world', along with Google founders and the CTO of the United States. His research has been featured in Nature, Science, and Harvard Business Review, as well as being the focus of TV features on BBC World, Discover and Science channels. He is the author of Social Physics: How Ideas Turn Into Actions and Honest Signals: How They Shape Our World.

Blake LeBaron is the Abram L. and Thelma Sachar Chair of International Economics at the International Business School of Brandeis University. He is also a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. He builds artificial stock markets with simulated computer traders. His research has concentrated on the issue of nonlinear behavior of financial and macroeconomic time series. He is a specialist in high-technology finance and his research involves empirical and theoretical studies of asset market behavior including domestic and international financial markets. At Brandeis, his courses include risk management and forecasting. He is the co-author of Computational Finance (MIT Press).

Both speakers will be guests during the 1st week, CX201.


The schedule of the winter school is as follows:

Week 1: January 4-8 CX201: Complex Physical, Biological and Social Systems

Lab: January 10 CX102: Computer Programming and Complex Systems

Week 2: January 11-15 CX202: Complex Systems Modeling and Networks

Early Registration Discount Until November 16http://necsi.edu/education/school.html.

Open position at Cal Berkeley



Postdoctoral Scholar Position Available in the Department of Plant and

Microbial Biology-Evolutionary and Ecological Genetics

There is an opening for a postdoctoral position available in the lab of Dr. Benjamin Blackman. The aims of the position will be tailored to the expertise of the successful applicant and complement the Blackman Lab's broad interests in the genetic basis of adaptation and domestication, the ecology and evolution of plant development, and mechanisms of organism-environment interaction.

Applying tools from evolutionary genomics, molecular genetics, and field ecology in sunflowers (Helianthus) and monkeyflowers (Mimulus), our research addresses the following questions: How do plants cope with daily and seasonal environmental fluctuations? How and why do these response evolve along environmental gradients?

How are multi-trait adaptations assembled over evolutionary time? Current NSF-funded work is focused on following the history and function of sunflower domestication alleles with ancient DNA and gene expression studies as well as the genetics of natural variation in solar tracking. Additional lab and field work in wild sunflowers and monkeyflowers centers on the genetic changes and ecological pressures contributing to clinal variation in developmental plasticity, with an emphasis on responses to seasonal cues.

The postdoc will work closely with the PI, collaborators, and lab personnel to design and lead research in the lab and field. The position also involves preparing grant proposals and manuscripts, data management and dissemination, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

Basic Qualifications:

Candidates must have completed all degree requirements except the dissertation or be enrolled in an accredited PhD or equivalent degree in Biology or related field at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree in Biology or related field by appointment start date.

 Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to integrate across biological disciplines, identify and troubleshoot promising new methodologies independently, and use the appointment to develop and pursue novel, exciting questions. Demonstrated expertise in evolutionary genetics and evolutionary ecology is essential. Expertise in analysis of genomic or transcriptomic datasets, programming for bioinformatics, biostatistics, selection analysis, QTL mapping, or gene expression studies is desirable.


The targeted start date for this position is mid-January 2016. The initial appointment is for one-year, however, appointment may be renewed for an additional one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance. This is a full-time appointment.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on UC Berkeley Postdoc salary scales.

The salary range for this position is $42,840 to $50,112. Generous benefits are included


To Apply:


Interested individuals should include a 1-2 page cover letter that summarizes research interests and professional goals, along with a current CV and the names and contact information of three references. Letters of reference may be requested for finalists. It is optional to include a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

This position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this recruitment can be directed to Dr. Benjamin Blackman at bkblackman@berkeley.edu.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e. dossier service or career center) to the UC Berkeley Statement of Confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html ) prior to submitting their letters.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


The Department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research or teaching.

The University of California, Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family.