PhD and postdoctoral positions in metapopulation dynamics and population genomics

PhD and postdoctoral positions in metapopulation dynamics and population genomics

One postdoctoral position and one PhD position are available in the Pinsky Lab at Rutgers University to study demography and metapopulation dynamics in clownfishes. The research is based in the Philippines and builds from six years of demographic and population genomic data. Key themes across both positions include understanding mechanisms of persistence in ecological networks by integrating massively parrallel DNA sequencing with ecological field studies. Both positions will also work closely with Will White at U. North Carolina – Wilmington on theoretical and modeling aspects of the research. Research in the Pinsky Lab broadly uses empirical data, mathematical models, and population genomics to study global change in the coastal ocean.

One (1) postdoc position is open:

1) Metapopulation dynamics postdoc: The postdoc will lead data analysis, integration, and modeling to test hypotheses about self-persistence and network-persistence in coral reef fishes. The research will be based primarily around existing data from mark-recapture studies, parentage studies, ecological surveys, and other sources, though opportunities also exist to collect new data. This position has two years of funding.

One (1) graduate assistant position is open, preferably for a Ph.D. degree:

1) Metapopulation dynamics graduate assistant: The GA will lead research on marine demography using field observations and experiments combined with population genomics. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, dispersal, density-dependence, reproduction, survival, thermal physiology, species interactions, and landscape ecology. Projects could involve a mix of field work, genomic wet lab work, bioinformatics, and ecological modeling. This position has five (5) years of guaranteed funding.

Across both positions, the ideal candidates will be skilled with data analysis, statistics, ecological modeling, and databases (or a strong aptitude for learning these skills, in the case of the GA). Applicants with evidence of creativity, productivity, strong oral and written communication abilities, and enthusiasm are especially encouraged to apply, particularly those that bring a new perspective, new ideas, or a new skillset to the team. For postdoctoral applications, a promising record of publication is highly valued. The successful applicants will be independent, motivated problem solvers who communicate well and enjoy working in a collaborative setting. Rutgers and the surrounding area provide an exciting intellectual environment, including the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources; the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences; the Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; the Genome Cooperative; the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab; the Princeton Environmental Institute; the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science; and beyond.

**Application process**
The postdoc start date is flexible and the position is open until filled. The GA will begin in summer or fall 2017. Review of postdoc applications will begin on October 1, 2016 and will continue on a rolling basis. Review of GA applications will continue on a rolling basis until December 2016.

Interested postdoc candidates should submit: 1) a one-­page cover letter that describes which position(s) they are applying for (and preferred position if applying to more than one) and their preferred start date, 2) a two-­page research statement describing their relevant background and anticipated research approach to the problem they would be addressing, 3) a CV, and 4) the names and contact information of three other scientists familiar with their work.

GA applicants should include a 1-2 page cover letter describing their interests, CV, a recent transcript, GRE scores, and contact information for three references. Qualified GA candidates will be contacted and encouraged to apply to the graduate program in either Ecology & Evolution (http://ecoevo.rutgers.edu/) or Oceanography (http://marine.rutgers.edu/main/IMCS-Academics/Graduate-Program-in-Oceanography.html), depending on student interests. Ph.D. applications to Rutgers are due in December.

Please submit all materials to malin.pinsky@rutgers.edu with “Postdoc application 2016” or “Graduate application 2016” as the subject.

Malin Pinsky
Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
USA

Multiple PhD and postdoctoral positions in climate change ecology and evolution

Multiple PhD and postdoctoral positions in climate change ecology and evolution

Three postdoctoral positions and one PhD position are available in the Pinsky Lab at Rutgers University to work on climate change ecology and evolution in marine ecosystems. The positions represent an exciting expansion of research efforts in this area. Broadly, research in the Pinsky Lab uses empirical data, mathematical models, and population genomics to study global change in the coastal ocean.

Key themes across all new positions include understanding the ecological and evolutionary processes that determine how climate variability and climate change filter through ocean communities to affect human behavior and the success or failure of conservation efforts. Postdocs and students will join an international network of collaborators across conservation, marine science, climate science, economics, sociology, and policy, including Josh Abbott (Arizona State U.), Daniel Schindler and Andre Punt (U. Washington), Dan Holland and Melissa Poe (NOAA), William Cheung and Daniel Pauly (U. British Columbia), Jorge Sarmiento (Princeton), Carl Folke (Stockholm U.), and Pat Halpin (Duke).

Three (3) postdoc positions are open:

1) Coupled Natural Human (CNH) systems postdoc: The postdoc will take the lead on a research project investigating the causes and consequences of ecological synchrony in the California Current large marine ecosystem. Key questions include how portfolio effects emerge in open systems and how oceanographic processes and fishing interact to affect population dynamics. The postdoc will also be part of a broader NSF-funded team studying coupled social-ecological dynamics and feedbacks from physics to fish to people.

2) Nereus Fellow: As part of the Nereus Program (http://www.nereusprogram.org), the Fellow will design and lead empirical research to understand the consequences of climate change and shifting species distributions for human behavior and adaptation in marine ecosystems. Resources for the research include large datasets of fishing vessel behavior over decadal time-scales, as well as other datasets on environmental changes and ecological states.

3) Eco-evolutionary dynamics postdoc: The postdoc will develop models and theory to understand the extent to which ecological turnover and evolutionary rescue could preserve coral reef function over the coming centuries, and whether conservation efforts can facilititate the adaptation process at the landscape scale. Application of the theory to case studies in three geographies will also be part of the research.

All postdoc positions are two years.

One (1) graduate assistant position is open, preferably for a Ph.D. degree:

1) CNH Graduate Assistant: The GA will use statistical and process-based models to understand the mechanisms linking climate variability to marine animal population dynamics in the California Current large marine ecosystem, including recruitment and distribution. The GA will also be part of a broader NSF-funded team studying coupled social-ecological dynamics and feedbacks from physics to fish to people.

Across all positions, the ideal candidates will be skilled with data analysis, statistics, and ecological modeling (or a strong aptitude for learning these skills, in the case of the GA). Applicants with evidence of creativity, productivity, strong oral and written communication abilities, and enthusiasm are especially encouraged to apply, particularly those that bring a new perspective, new ideas, or a new skillset to the team. For postdoctoral applications, a promising record of publication is highly valued. The successful applicants will be independent, motivated problem solvers who communicate well and enjoy working in a collaborative setting.

The positions will be based at Rutgers with extensive opportunities for research visits across campuses, including U. Washington, U. British Columbia, and NOAA offices. Additional opportunities are available to interact with scientists at  the Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab; the Princeton Environmental Institute; the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science; and beyond.

**Application process**

The postdoc start dates are flexible and the positions are open until filled. The GA will begin in summer or fall 2017. Review of postdoc applications will begin on October 1, 2016 and will continue on a rolling basis. Review of GA applications will continue until December 2016, when applications to Rutgers graduate programs are due.

Interested postdoc candidates should submit: 1) a one­-page cover letter that describes which position(s) they are applying for (and preferred position if applying to more than one) and their preferred start date, 2) a two­-page research statement describing their relevant background and anticipated research approach to the problem they would be addressing, 3) a CV, and 4) the names and contact information of three other scientists familiar with their work.

GA applicants should include a 1-2 page cover letter describing their interests, CV, a recent transcript, GRE scores, and contact information for three references. Qualified GA candidates will be contacted and encouraged to apply to the graduate program in either Ecology & Evolution (http://ecoevo.rutgers.edu/) or Oceanography (http://marine.rutgers.edu/main/IMCS-Academics/Graduate-Program-in-Oceanography.html), depending on student interests. Ph.D. applications to Rutgers are due in December.

Please submit all materials to malin.pinsky@rutgers.edu with “Postdoc application 2016” or “Graduate application 2016” as the subject.

Malin Pinsky
Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
USA

We’re hiring a population genomics postdoc

Post-Doctoral Position in Population Genomics

The Maslo and Pinsky Labs in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources at Rutgers University are seeking a post-doctoral researcher to participate in a United States Fish and Wildlife Service-funded project examining whether bat populations infected with White-nose Syndrome are experiencing a disease-induced selective sweep. Our approach includes quantification of the standing genetic variation that exists within and among natural bat populations and comparison of genomic signatures of bottlenecks and natural selection.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in ecology, evolution or related field with strong skills in genomics and bioinformatics. Experience with demographic modeling is preferred. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and proven capacity to publish in peer-reviewed journals are also strongly preferred. The successful candidate will receive training in professional development, research collaboration, presentation and publication of results, and interaction with regulatory agencies.

The preferred start date will be Fall 2016. The position is initially for 1 year, but with the ability to extend contingent up on a performance review. The position includes a competitive salary and health insurance.

Applicants should submit: 1) cover letter describing research interests/experiences; 2) CV; and 3) names and contact information for 3 references. Send full application packages as a single PDF file to Dr. Brooke Maslo at brooke.maslo@rutgers.edu.

 

Screening of applications will begin on April 22, 2016.

Ph.D. position open in coral reef metapopulation dynamics

IMG_1011_modWe’re looking for good Ph.D. applicants! We have a Ph.D. position open to research marine metapopulation dynamics using field work combined with population genomics. Our research group has interests in marine ecology, population genetics/genomics, climate change, biogeography, dispersal, and fisheries. Student projects will generally overlap with these areas, but independent thinking and new ideas are strongly encouraged.

Potential projects include (but are not limited to) questions of metapopulation dynamics, demography, dispersal, local adaptation, thermal physiology, and implications for marine reserve design. We do extensive fieldwork in the Philippines with clownfish, and excellent opportunities exist to build from four years of existing data. Projects would likely involve a mix of field work, genomic wet lab work, bioinformatics, and ecological modeling. Enthusiasm, drive, excellent written and oral communication abilities, and strong quantitative skills are necessary. Scientific diving certification is encouraged, but training can occur during the graduate program.

Interested candidates should send an email to malin.pinsky@rutgers.edu describing their motivation and research interests along with a CV, GPA, GRE scores (if available), and three references. In-progress applications to external fellowships are viewed favorably. Qualified candidates will be contacted and encouraged to apply to the graduate program in either Ecology & Evolution or Oceanography, depending on student interests. This is a funded position, though Ph.D. students will be encouraged to apply for external fellowships.

Position open for a postdoctoral researcher

The Pinsky Lab at Rutgers University is hiring a postdoc on a four-year, National Science Foundation-funded project that examines the coupled responses of marine species and human communities to climate change using long-term ecological, social, and environmental datasets. This project’s goal is to understand how climate and fishing interact to affect the long-term distribution and sustainability of marine communities and the ecosystem services they support. The research has a focus on, but is not limited to, the continental shelves of the northeast U.S.

This postdoc will lead the analysis of ecological responses to the cumulative impacts of fishing and climate change, while also contributing to or leading interdisciplinary projects that integrate ecological, economic, and social understandings of climate adaptation. Co-PIs on the project include Simon Levin (Princeton), Bonnie McCay (Rutgers), Eli Fenichel (Yale), Kevin St. Martin (Rutgers), Mike Fogarty (NOAA), and Julie Olson (NOAA). The postdoc position will include extensive opportunities for collaboration with these and other partners.

**Background**
The patterns, geographic ranges, and capacities of fish species and fishing communities are changing in response to climate change at speeds that often surpass those of terrestrial systems. The project uses the tightly coupled social-ecological system of marine fisheries to explore the dynamics of rapid change, feedback, and adaptation within the system and in response to changing climate. The project aims to assess the dynamic distribution of fish species and fishing community territories across North American continental shelves, determine the impacts of climate change and fishing activities on these patterns, and understand how these changes interact with the choices and practices of fishing communities. To address such issues requires a committed interdisciplinary approach, and investigators include an ecologist, economist, anthropologist, geographer, theoretician, and
fisheries scientist. The research also integrates multiple research methodologies, including ecological and economic modeling and data analysis, qualitative GIS, and community-based interviews.

**Qualifications**
The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in ecology or related field, a strong background in statistics, excellent written and oral communication abilities, a promising record of publication, and evidence of creativity and enthusiasm. Experience with Bayesian analysis is a strength. Experience with marine ecosystems is not required.

**Application process**
The position is open until filled. Interested candidates should send an email describing their research interests and qualifications along with a CV, two representative publications, and three references to Malin Pinsky (malin.pinsky@rutgers.edu). The position is open until filled.

 

Malin Pinsky
Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
USA

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Postdoctoral position in quantitative climate ecology

We are seeking an outstanding postdoc to study the responses of marine communities to climate change and climate velocity using long-term ecological and environmental datasets. The research will aim to quantify community change across North American continental shelves, determine the impacts of climate change and variability on these patterns, and understand how these factors alter the emergent properties of communities and food webs. Topics will include the processes of community assembly and disassembly, the appearance of non-analog communities, and changes in potential species interactions and food web dynamics. The research will build from an existing, four decade-long ecological dataset for the continental shelves of North America (e.g., Pinsky et al. 2013 Science) and will integrate statistical analysis with ecological modeling. There will also be opportunities to apply the research to conservation and applied fisheries questions through existing partnerships with governmental and non-governmental organizations.

**Qualifications**
The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in ecology or related field, a strong background in statistics using R, excellent written and oral communication abilities, a promising record of publication, and evidence of creativity and enthusiasm.

**Application process**
Interested candidates should send an email describing their research interests and qualifications along with a CV and two representative publications to malin.pinsky@rutgers.edu. Strongly qualified applications will be encouraged to apply for the IMCS Postdoctoral Fellowship, due December 15, 2013 (http://marine.rutgers.edu/main/).

We’re looking for a lab tech!

Laboratory Researcher IV, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

The Pinsky Lab in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural
Resources is searching for an organized, enthusiastic, and skilled
individual to work as a population genomics technician in our new
research lab. We use population genetics and genomics to study the
ecology, evolution, and conservation of marine species around the
world.

The technician will assist the PI in managing the lab and conducting
research. Specific duties will include ordering and maintaining
equipment and supplies, processing genetic samples, preparing DNA and
RNA libraries for genotyping and next-generation sequencing,
performing basic data analysis, training students, and maintaining an
organized, safe, and productive laboratory environment. We offer an
exciting and interdisciplinary work environment, opportunities to be
involved in a wide range of ecological and evolutionary projects, and
the potential for co-authorship on scientific manuscripts.

Minimum Qualifications
– A bachelor’s degree in a related scientific field or an equivalent
combination of education and relevant experience in population
genetics, molecular biology, or molecular ecology
– Experience preparing reagents/buffers, gel electrophoresis, and PCR
– Exceptional organizational skills and strong ability to accomplish
tasks independently
– Ability to master detailed laboratory procedures
– Excellent communication and computer skills
– The ability to lift at least thirty pounds

Preferred Qualifications
– Previous experience working in a lab performing next-generation
sequencing, particularly on the Illumina platform
– Familiarity with scientific computing languages such as R, MATLAB,
Python, or Perl
– Knowledge of marine biology or ecology
– Master’s degree in a related scientific field will be
viewed positively

To apply, please visit the Rutgers University Jobs website
http://uhrapps.rutgers.edu/jobs/ and search for Posting #13-002239.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and names and contact
information for three (3) references. Please  highlight your previous
experience in the laboratory. Applications are due by September 18.
Interviews will occur in late September, and the position will ideally
begin in October.

This is a full-time position, initially appointed for a period of 12
months at a yearly salary of $39,229 – $44,000 (depending on
qualifications), plus benefits. The position can be extended for at
least one year depending on performance.

More information about the Pinsky lab can be found at
http://pinsky.marine.rutgers.edu. Please contact Malin Pinsky
(malin.pinsky@rutgers.edu) if you have any questions.