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Postdoctoral Fellow – Ecological Modeling

Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton

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Position Summary:

Dr. Valery Forbes’ Laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science is seeking a highly motivated and collaborative postdoctoral scholar with strong quantitative and modeling skills to develop and evaluate population models that can inform risk assessments of pesticides and other stressors to populations of threatened and endangered freshwater mussel species. The models will also be used to evaluate the relative effectiveness of different risk mitigation strategies and conservation practices to support recovery plans for mussel populations.

The project is co-funded by Syngenta Crop Protection and Florida Atlantic University, and the postdoctoral fellow will be co-supervised by Dr. Valery Forbes (FAU) and Dr. Maxime Vaugeois (Syngenta). The project is entirely model-based; there will be no collection of empirical lab or field data, though existing datasets will be used for model development and evaluation. Collaboration with relevant government agencies is anticipated.

The position term is for 2 years and is annually renewable depending on performance and availability of funding. The successful candidate will receive training in professional and personal development, research collaboration, presentation and publication of results, outreach, and mentoring. The position includes a competitive salary and health insurance.

Informal inquiries can be addressed to: Dr. Valery Forbes ( review of applications will immediately and will continue until the position is filled. A near-term start date is desired.

The College of Science at Florida Atlantic University seeks scholars who are committed to supporting the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds and to thoughtfully engaging all communities in higher education. Florida Atlantic University embodies a culture of strategic and collaborative community engagement that results in mutual benefit to the institution and the various internal and external communities that it serves.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must possess an earned doctorate in a discipline relevant to the research theme (e.g., biology, ecology, mathematics, computer science, or a related discipline) by the time of appointment. Demonstrated experience with mathematical or simulation modeling and/or computer programming is required. Familiarity with agent-based modeling is desirable.



College or Department:

College of Science


Boca Raton

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Special Instructions to Applicant:

This position is open until filled and may close without prior notice.

This position is subject to funding.

All applicants must apply electronically to the currently posted position on the Office of Human Resources' job website ( by completing the required employment application for this recruitment and submitting the related documents.

Required Documents:
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Final candidate will be required to have official, sealed transcripts and original NACES evaluation, if applicable, sent from their educational institution to Human Resources prior to the start of employment.

Background Screening:
Selected candidates must successfully complete and pass all employment screenings prior to the start of employment. Employment screenings may include a criminal background check (level I and level II), motor vehicle check, credit check, reference checks, alcohol, and drug screening check.

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