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Postdoctoral Researcher in Data Science and Fish Ecology
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date Posted 09/17/2020
Postdoctoral-Computer Science
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

How to Apply

Applications are welcome and encouraged from all qualified individuals regardless of background and identity. Applications should include a cover letter and 1-2 page research statement (detailing past research accomplishments and current research interests pertaining to the position), a curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three professional references. Email a single PDF of the application to Dr. Alofs (kmalofs@umich.edu). Please include “Postdoctoral Position” in the subject line of your email.

Job Summary

With funding from the Michigan Institute for Data Science the CHANGES: Collections, Heterogeneous data, and Next Generation Ecological Studies project is an interdisciplinary collaboration which aims to develop novel methods for integrating and analysing historical ecological data. Data science approaches to curating and analysing high-dimensional, heterogeneous and noisy data are necessary to advance research into the impacts of environmental change. We seek a postdoctoral researcher to contribute to developing such approaches via analysis of climate change impacts on inland lake fish communities across Michigan, drawing on more than a century’s worth of data and the Institute for Fisheries Research (IFR), which is a cooperative unit of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Division and the University of Michigan and specimens archived at the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology (UMMZ).

The postdoctoral researcher will work with Karen Alofs in the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) and an interdisciplinary team including Andrea Thomer (School of Information), Hernan Lopez-Fernandez (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Museum of Zoology), Randy Singer (Museum of Zoology), Justin Schell (Library, Shapiro Design Lab), Kevin Wehrly (IFR and MDNR). The postdoctoral researcher will model changes in freshwater fish distributions incorporating lake-scale data on fish sampling, habitat structure, water quality, and management actions to examine changes in the factors controlling species distributions over time. In addition to research, the postdoc will have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate and graduate students and work with the project team to develop future grants.

The position includes a salary of $50,000 per year and full benefits, including employee health insurance eligibility. The position will begin January 2021. Appointment is for one year with renewal for a second-year possible following performance evaluation and dependent on funding. This position can be performed remotely given a reliable internet connection and regular engagement with the project team.

Mission Statement

The School for Environment and Sustainability (https://seas.umich.edu/) is a collaborative and interdisciplinary school. Our mission includes contributing to the protection of environmental resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. We accomplish this by generating and sharing knowledge, contributing to policy and engaging managers and stakeholders. The University of Michigan is a top-ranked public university with excellence in research and teaching. Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan, is a town known for arts, culture, parks and restaurants.

SEAS is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment that respects diverse experiences, promotes generous listening and communications, and discourages and restoratively respond to acts of discrimination, harassment, or injustice. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is deeply rooted in our values for a sustainable and just society.

Required Qualifications*

  • PhD in ecology, environmental science, fisheries, natural resources, computer science, data science, information science or related field is required

  • A keen interest in collaborative interdisciplinary research and applied ecology

  • Strong statistical and quantitative analysis background

  • Demonstrated record of peer-reviewed publication including lead authored papers

Desired Qualifications*

  • Expertise in R (highly desirable), OpenRefine and/or experience with regular expressions

  • Experience working with large datasets and integrating heterogeneous data

  • Knowledge of current species distribution modelling methods, Bayesian hierarchical models and related literature

Application Deadline

Application deadline is *October 15th* but applications will be reviewed as they are received. Please contact Dr. Alofs (kmalofs@umich.edu) with questions regarding this position.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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