Postdoctoral Researcher in Ecological Modeling and Global Change

Job Summary: The Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut, in collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill and Georgetown University, invites applications for a multi-year NSF-funded Postdoctoral Fellow to work on spatio-temporal patterns and ecological consequences of phenological mismatch across three trophic levels. Funded by NSF’s Macrosystems Biology program, the project seeks to quantify ecological patterns of phenological asynchrony between plants, Lepidoptera, and birds, and to explore demographic consequences of mismatch. The Fellow will join a highly collaborative and dynamic group of researchers across 8 North American institutions. For further information, see <>.

Primary responsibilities will include: building spatio-temporal models of phenological events across North America; using mark-recapture data in an integrated modeling framework to explore demographic responses to mismatch of phenophases; collaborating closely with climate, vegetation, and insect teams across multiple institutions; and assisting in curation of data products and associated bioinfomatic resources. All project data would be available to the postdoc to develop their own analyses for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals in accordance with project goals. The postdoc would report to Dr. Morgan Tingley and would be hosted at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in biology or a closely related field, experience in ecological models of occurrence, abundance, and mark-recapture, and expertise in statistical analyses using R. Preferred candidates will additionally have: experience with ecological “big data”; advanced statistical and programming skills including the creation of R packages, and knowledge of python and SQL; demonstrated commitment to reproducible and open science; prior success in Team Science scenarios; and a strong track record of peer-reviewed publication.

Application Details: This position is based at the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut and includes competitive salary and health benefits. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position, with an initial 3-month probationary period. Reappointment is available for up to 3 years, conditional on satisfactory performance. The position will begin on or after 1 June 2018. Interested candidates should send (1) an email describing their research interests and qualifications along with (2) a CV, (3) 1-2 representative publications, and (4) a list of 3 references to Morgan Tingley (morgan.tingley[AT]

The University of Connecticut (UCONN) has been one of the nation’s leading public institutions since its founding in 1881. Located in Storrs, UConn’s main campus is situated in the picturesque rolling forests and fields quintessential of New England, yet is only 30 minutes from Hartford, and has close connections to Providence, Boston and New York. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology consists of over 30 faculty and 60 graduate students with research spanning nearly all major groups of organisms. The Department maintains close ties with the Departments of Physiology and Neurobiology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Marine Sciences, and Natural Resources Management and Engineering, as well as the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering, which together comprise one of the largest groups of biologists in the Northeast. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.