Postdoctoral Associate at CareerBuilder

Posted in Other 12 days ago.

Location: Miami, Florida

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The Postdoctoral Associate supports research activities at the University, under the supervision of a faculty member, in order to advance their knowledge and/or be documented by scientific publications.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
* Works and collaborates on studies related to field of study.
* Ensures the design, development, execution and implementation of scientific research and/or development in collaboration with a research team.
* Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and theories to potential inventions and products.
* Maintains substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories.
* Contributes to scientific literature and conferences, when appropriate.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must have excellent communication skills, oral and written.
Must be detail oriented.

Education Requirements (Essential Requirements):
Doctoral degree or equivalent in their specialty.

Work Experience Requirements (Essential Requirements):
No work experience is required.

Duties related to the College of Arts & Sciences:

Drs. Michelle Afkhami and Christopher Searcy are interested in hiring a postdoctoral associate in Ecological Niche Modeling in the Department of Biology at University of Miami (Miami, FL).

The postdoctoral associate will work on a project funded by an NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity grant. The postdoc's task will be to construct ~10,000 niche models for species across the angiosperm phylogeny. This data will then be paired with data collected by collaborators on the same species to investigate whether association with fungal seed endophytes (known to play roles in nutrient acquisition, herbivore deterrence, and drought resistance) has expanded the environmental niche of flowering plants. Co-authorship on a major publication resulting from this work is expected.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, or a related discipline, and experience building ecological niche models using high-throughput pipelines is preferred. Particular preference will be given to candidates who have experience with Maxent and the 'dismo' package in R. Other important qualifications are a strong work ethic, problem-solving and time management skills, a track record of publications, and independent research experience.

This is a three-month appointment with a start date of May 15, 2021. Candidates will have the option of pursuing this research remotely, but will be expected to meet with project PIs on a weekly basis throughout the project period.

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