Postdoctoral Fellowship in Niche Modeling of Brazilian Biodiversity

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
27 Sep 2016
End of advertisement period
25 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area OEB

Position Description

We are seeking a 2-year postdoctoral fellow to undertake a study of niche evolution and endemism in Cerrado habitats of Brazil. The fellowship is supported by a grant from the Lemann Brazil Research Fund at Harvard University. The project is entitled “Prioritizing biodiversity of birds and butterflies in Cerrado habitats of Brazil using geographic and phylogenetic information systems”. The main goal is to generate several hundred niche models of birds and butterflies in Cerrado and to combine these with previously published phylogenetic analyses to develop a prioritization scheme for Cerrado biodiversity. The focus will be on prioritiziation of species and lineages, as well as identification of geographic subregions within the Cerrado exhibiting high levels of endemism and phylogenetic distinctiveness.
The postdoctoral fellow will be based both at Harvard and at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. At Harvard the fellow will be in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB) and the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ). At the University of São Paulo the fellow will be in the Instituto de Biociências, Departamento de Genética e Biologia Evolutiva. Funds for travel between the US and Brazil are included for the postdoc, the PIs and other participants on the grant. Time spent in either location is negotiable and flexible. Our hope is that the postdoctoral fellow will facilitate collaboration between the Harvard team (Drs. Scott Edwards and Naomi Pierce) and the USP team (Dr. Cristina Miyaki).

Basic Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates from Brazil. The successful applicant should have a PhD by the spring of 2017 and should have a strong background in ecology, evolutionary biology, biodiversity informatics, or related fields.

Special Instructions

Salary and benefits are competitive, and the successful applicant will be paid through Harvard University. Review of applications will begin September 30, 2016. Please send a CV with a list of three individuals who may be asked to supply references; a cover letter outlining your interests and suitability for the position; and up to three publications or manuscripts in a merged pdf file to Scott Edwards at sedwards@fas.harvard.edu. Harvard University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

Contact Information

Scott Edwards, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. sedwards@fas.harvard.edu; Naomi Pierce, OEB/MCZ, naomi.pierce@gmail.com; and Cristina Miyaki, Departamento de Genética e Biologia Evolutiva, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade de São Paulo cymiyaki@ib.usp.br

Contact Email sedwards@fas.harvard.edu

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are 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.