Post-Doc Position: Plant Community Ecology, University of Maryland

One postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Nathan Kraft in the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland in College Park. The lab seeks applicants interested in plant functional ecology, community assembly and coexistence. While the specific research topic is flexible, the successful applicant will develop a research plan that compliments ongoing interests in the lab, including the interplay between functional diversity and community assembly, tropical forest diversity and neighborhood dynamics, and plant biogeography. Opportunities exist to develop projects focused on experimental annual plant systems, long- term forest observational data, and/or large-scale biogeographic datasets.

Qualifications:  Applicants must complete a PhD in ecology or a related field prior to appointment. Candidates should bring strong quantitative skills as well as excellent written and verbal communications skills. A strong background in plant community ecology, a working facility in coding with R or other languages, and experience working in open, collaborative research environments are desired.

The position offers competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience, as well as a range of mentoring and professional development opportunities and access to campus postdoctoral associations.  The University of Maryland College Park is located in the Washington DC metro area, and therefore offers ample opportunity for interaction with scientists at the Smithsonian, SESYNC, and a number of area research universities.

To apply: Candidates should combine a CV, a 1-2 page statement of past accomplishments and future research interests, and the names and contact information for three references into a single pdf file and email them to Nathan Kraft nkraft@umd.edu.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately, and to guarantee full consideration please apply before September 1, 2013. The start date is flexible, though ideally the position would begin before January 2014.  A contract will be offered for 1 year with an extension to a second year (or possibly longer) given satisfactory performance.

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