Post-doc - School of Biological Sciences

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Job No: 511463
Work Type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois

Title: Post-doc in freshwater biodiversity research - School of Biological Sciences

Employee Classification: Postdoctoral Resident

Division Name: Academic Affairs

College/Unit: College of Arts and Sciences

Department: School of Biological Sciences

Campus Location: Normal, IL

General Summary

The laboratory of Dr. Lise Comte ( in the School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University is seeking a motivated postdoctoral research associate to examine the spatio-temporal patterns and drivers of freshwater fish diversity across the world. This position is offered as part of a collaboration with the research groups of Dr. Xingli Giam ( in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Dr. Julian Olden ( in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington, and working with a broader international consortium of scientists with interests in freshwater fish conservation. This collaboration aims to advance our understanding of the current trends in freshwater fish biodiversity to better inform global conservation efforts.

The Post-doc will leverage a global database of freshwater fish community time-series (RivFishTIME; Comte et al. 2021 Glob Ecol Biogeogr 30:38-50) to develop and test cutting-edge questions that advance freshwater macroecology. Recent papers that have utilized this dataset include Erős et al. 2020 Ecography 43:1156-1166, and Larsen et al. 2021 Ecol Lett 24:791-801. The dataset will be analyzed to assess temporal trends in freshwater fish species across various regions of the world and to develop indicators of the state of global freshwater fish biodiversity. The methodology will draw upon state-of-the-art time-series analysis, meta-analytical and trait-based approaches, and from recent advances in biodiversity and threat indices. There will be ample opportunities to develop independent lines of inquiry (e.g., trends in taxonomic and functional diversity), mentor undergraduate and/or graduate students, and interact with the other members of the international consortium.

Required Qualifications

PhD in ecology, conservation biology, or related disciplines by start date of position

Desired Qualifications

1. Strong background in biodiversity research and data science.
2. Excited about global change ecology and freshwater conservation.
3. Demonstrated proficiency in the compilation and analysis of large ecological datasets in the R statistical environment and GIS.
4. Strong track-record of research publication and communication to diverse audiences.

Work Hours

Monday through Friday (typically 9am-5pm) . Daily core work hours will vary depending on the research projects but may include evenings. Duration 12 months - Full-time

Functional Expectations

Must be able to complete the following with or without a reasonable accommodation:
1. Remain at a workstation for extended periods
2. Move about in various locations on and off campus as needed to complete day-to-day work
3. Effectively communicate on a daily basis

Proposed Starting Date

August 2021

Salary Rate / Pay Rate

$45,000 - $48,000 / year based on experience

Required Applicant Documents

Resume / C.V.
Cover Letter
Reference List

PLEASE NOTE: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

Initial application review will begin immediately and continue until June 25, 2021. To ensure full consideration, all application materials must be received by June 25th.

All application materials must be submitted online. Application materials submitted via fax, email, or mail will not be accepted.

Please prepare in advance separate documents representing a cover letter, reference list (specifically, the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of at least three professional references), and resume/C.V. to attach to this application.

Contact Information for Applicants

Lise Comte
[email protected]

Important Information for Applicants

If this position is Security Sensitive or if you are subject to a criminal background investigation based on University policy, employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

Application Opened: 06/03/2021 09:00 AM CST
Application Closes: 06/25/2021 05:00 PM CST




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Posted: 6/4/2021
Application Due: 6/25/2021
Work Type: Full Time