Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Position Summary

The Zipkin Quantitative Ecology Lab seeks a Research Associate (postdoctoral) to work with a team of researchers to develop integrated, hierarchical statistical models to estimate and predict monarch butterfly demography across eastern North America.

Project goals include:

  • Tracking dynamics at each life history stage of this unique and iconic migratory species to
    • determine which stage(s) and environmental variables may be driving observed declines
    • predict impacts of climate and resource change on future population abundance.

Data comes from several continental-scale, volunteer-based monitoring programs. Our team has gathered and formatted the monitoring data and a processing platform has been built to extract relevant climate and environmental variables from appropriate databases.

The Research Associate will work collaboratively to develop models, carry out analyses, and write manuscripts. The richness of the datasets allows for ample ability to explore many avenues of research and we seek a researcher with enthusiasm to pursue related projects that interest them.

The position is based at Michigan State University with opportunities to travel to meet with collaborators, attend workshops and conferences, and become involved in other lab projects.

This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position, with reappointment conditional on satisfactory performance.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Ecology or biology

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in ecology or biology and have a MS in statistics by the start of the position. 

Desired Qualifications

Applicants are expected to have a strong background in mathematical and/or statistical modeling, ecology, and experience publishing scientific research.

Knowledge of program R is required.

Candidates with experience in Bayesian hierarchical analysis, integrated models, the BUGS language, and collaborative research are especially encouraged to apply.

Required Application Materials

To apply, please submit:

  • Cover letter (2-pg max) with your research interests and qualifications for the position
  • CV
  • List of three references with contact information who will only be contacted should the department request
  • One recent first-authored publication.
Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on April 23, 2018.




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Job No:
Posted: 4/9/2018
Application Due: 4/23/2018
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