Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

New Jersey, United States
13 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
13 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Spatial structure in marine ecosystems

A postdoctoral research associate or more senior research position  in theoretical ecology is available to work with Professor Corina Tarnita at Princeton University (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), and in close collaboration with Prof. Juan Bonachela at Rutgers University (Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources) on projects exploring the causes and consequences of spatial structure in marine ecosystems. 

Marine organisms-from phytoplankton to coral reefs-self-organize in ways that lead to spatial structure, which may have important ecological and evolutionary consequences for these organisms, as well as for the ecosystems they live in. The main directions of research include, but are not restricted to: (i) identifying (e.g., via literature review, novel image analyses etc.) examples that show spatial structure; (ii) developing system-specific models able to replicate the spatial structure at the relevant scales; (iii) extracting general underlying self-organization rules; and (iv) studying the consequences of spatial patterning for ecosystems, including how it might contribute to ecosystem stability in the face of various external stressors (e.g., climate change). The postdoctoral researcher will be actively involved in determining and shaping the specific project(s) together with the PIs.

We are seeking enthusiastic and talented individuals to join this effort. Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. We are particularly interested in candidates with a quantitative training (statistical physics, applied mathematics, computer science, or similar), computing skills, and a strong interest in biology. The appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year based on satisfactory performance. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, and benefits are included. This position is available as early as mid-August ; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. This position is subject to Princeton University's background check policy. 

Applicants should apply online at include a curriculum vitae, a one page statement of research interests, goals and experience, and a cover letter with names and contact information of three referees.

We encourage applications from members of groups underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.