Postdoctoral Research Scientist Position

Postdoctoral Position in Quantitative Ecology

I am looking to hire a postdoc to develop integrated species distribution models for aquatic invasive species (AIS) using data collected by AIS professionals and citizen scientists. Funding for this position comes from a research grant provided by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC); a copy of the research proposal can be accessed here.

Job responsibilities will include:

  • Developing an integrated data modeling framework and applying it to Eurasian watermilfoil and starry stonewort.
  • Conducting a simulation study to evaluate different sampling and data integration strategies.  
  • Communicating results to stakeholders and managers working to slow the spread of AIS.
  • Publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals; presenting at professional conferences and at the annual MAISRC Showcase.

Prerequisites:  The successful applicant must have obtained a PhD in wildlife, ecology, statistics, applied mathematics, or a related field. Applicants must have a strong quantitative background and experience developing and applying complex statistical models to real-world data sets. Experience with spatial modeling, integrated data models, and the R-INLA package are highly desired. Candidates should also possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communications skills and have a record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals.

Salary:  Approximately $55,000 per year, plus benefits.  The appointment is funded for up to 2 years. 

Start date: January 1, 2021.  A later start date may be negotiated but would potentially affect the length of appointment.            

To apply: please email the following attachments (preferably in a single pdf) to John Fieberg ( (1) a cover letter outlining your research interests, qualifications for the position, and long-term career goals; (2) a CV; and (3) contact information for 3 references.  Please use an email subject line of, “UMN Postdoc Application.” The University of Minnesota is committed to diversity and inclusion. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply, and there may be opportunities for an extended appointment leveraging additional funding sources.

Screening of applicants will begin on December 1 and continue until the position is filled.