Post-doc Opportunity: Quantitative Ecology and Data Science at the University of Wisconsin Madison

The Zuckerberg Lab at UW-Madison is recruiting a post-doctoral associate to lead a collaborative project advancing the study of extreme weather and climate in species distribution modeling. Applications are due August 10th, 2018.

Date published: 2018/07/30

Location: Madison, WI

Salary: $60,000-65,000/year plus benefits

Start Date: September 2018 (negotiable)

Term: 2 years

Project Description

This project will involve the development and application of models to produce accurate predictions and conduct statistical inference on the vulnerability of bird species to future climate change. The post-doc will have access to data from the citizen science project eBird, one the fastest growing biological inventories in the world, as well as freedom to develop research questions within the broader objectives of the project.

This is collaborative project between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The postdoc will be advised by Drs. Benjamin Zuckerberg (Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison) and Dr. Daniel Fink (Cornell University). The position will be primarily hosted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but the post-doc will be expected to visit and spend significant time at the Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY.


We seek motivated candidates with training in quantitative ecology, excellent statistical or machine learning skills (e.g. high dimension regression, Bayesian hierarchical modeling), and experience or interest in species distribution modeling. Previous experience working with spatial databases (climate, land cover) and large biological databases is highly beneficial. Strong computing skills, especially in R, and experience using Linux in high-performance computing and cloud environments are desirable. The candidate should have demonstrable ability to produce quality manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and experience working in collaborative research environments.


Please submit your application here.

Note that submitting an application includes filling out a small survey, and uploading a cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts (both undergraduate and graduate, compiled into one file).

After reviewing all applicants, we will ask for reference letters from top candidates.

The position is open to both U.S. citizens and international candidates. UW-Madison will assist with visa applications as necessary once an offer is made.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the positions will remain open until suitable candidates are found. Applications received by August 10, 2018 are guaranteed full consideration.

Questions regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Benjamin Zuckerberg via email.

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