Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environment and Society: Molecular Ecology/Conservation Biology
Location: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Position Description: The Kartzinel Lab at Brown University is seeking a postdoctoral research associate in molecular ecology and conservation biology to collaborate on studies of the ecology and evolution of animal diets, especially in African savannas (http://www.kartzinellab.com/). The postdoctoral project will emphasize conceptual and analytical advances in our understanding of plant-herbivore, predator-prey, and/or host-microbe interaction networks using DNA- based analyses. These results will be placed in the context of manipulative field experiments, broad geographic gradients, and different land use histories in order to illuminate the biological processes that determine population and community dynamics in a changing world. The postdoc will have ample opportunities to integrate both field and lab-based research on wildlife in Kenya, and other potentially relevant field sites. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Institute at Brown for Environment and Society are home to a diverse community of scholars and world-class scientific resources.
Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a recent Ph.D. and relevant experience in molecular ecology, such as environmental DNA analysis, microbiome analyses, DNA (meta) barcoding, metagenomics, or related approaches. A strong interest in community ecology and conservation is required, and prior field experience is a plus. Responsibilities include: helping develop and coordinate laboratory and field research activities; data management; analysis of ecological and molecular data; publication of manuscripts and dissemination of results. Candidates should demonstrate strong communication skills and an ability to work both independently and collaboratively with groups from diverse backgrounds.
Applicants should submit: (1) a cover letter describing research interests, qualifications, and motivations, (2) a CV, and (3) contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed starting May 12, 2017, and accepted until the position is filled. The ideal start date is September 2017, but flexible. The initial appointment will be for one year with an opportunity for extension based on satisfactory performance. Please contact Tyler Kartzinel directly with any questions.
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