Post-doctoral position in Paleoecology, University of California, Merced

A postdoctoral position is available to work in the lab of Dr. Jessica Blois at the University of California, Merced. Funding will be to develop paleo-species distribution models of fossil pollen and mammals across eastern North America, as part of a broader project focused on developing and testing new methods for incorporating both biotic interactions and climate change into macro ecological models. Ongoing projects in the lab use species and community level modeling, genetic and paleoecological tools to understand the ecological and evolutionary forces shaping mammal and pollen communities during the late Quaternary.

Requirements: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in paleoecology, biogeography, macro ecology, ecological modeling or related fields. Expertise in species distribution modeling, R programming, and paleoecology is strongly preferred. The successful candidate will have excellent quantitative skills and evidence of strong scholarship including peer reviewed publications in high-ranked journals.

To apply: submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae 3) a list of three references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.  The cover letter should include a very brief description of research interests, experience and emphasize the candidate’s ability to finish projects and the unique skills the candidate might bring to the lab.

Deadline: Review of applicants will begin August 12, 2013. Position will remain open until filled,  Anticipated start date is no later than January 2014. Online applications can be submitted here.

For additional information, contact Jessica Blois (

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