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Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas
Date Posted 02/24/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled


KS Biological Survey

Position Overview

The individual selected for the position will conduct research developing and using statistical tools and mathematical models to study spatio-temporal and community population dynamics of giant kelp and other species. The individual may also spend time analyzing fish movement data and engaging in other related research projects. Work is located at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, or, under appropriate circumstances, via remote connection.

Job Description

40% Conduct research in the scientific areas of spatio-temporal population ecology, community ecology, and movement ecology, using quantitative and theoretical approaches.

30% Prepare and present updates on ongoing research, provide written reports on research progress and publish results in scientific journals. Participate in group research meetings and travel for purposes of collaboration and to present results. Present seminars to scientific community when asked.

20% Maintain and utilize in the research an up-to-date file of current literature pertinent to the ongoing research project.

10% Assist with supervision of graduate students with their research. Provide leadership to students and train them on proper procedures for research and safety regulations.

Position Requirements

Due to COVID restrictions, this position will likely begin teleworking and may transition to on-site work when deemed safe.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD of ABD in biology or related discipline
  • Strong history of quantitative research in biological processes
  • Excellent communication skills as evidenced by application materials and past research outputs
  • ​NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed 6-months.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Substantial experience working as a member of a research team
  • Substantial experience with the creation of R software and the analysis of ecological data using R, and with statistical and theoretical approaches to ecological data
  • Substantial experience with the scientific publication process
  • Supervisory experience in a research setting

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Daniel Reuman, reuman@ku.edu

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    A complete application will includes online application form, CV, cover letter and contact information for three professional references.

    Application Review Date: March 24, 2021 and will continue until a successful candidate is identified.
    Estimated Start Date: Prior to autumn 2021 is preferred.

    Advertised Salary Range

    $47,476 - $60,000 - commensurate with qualifications

    Application Review Begins


    Anticipated Start Date


    Primary Campus

    University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Work Schedule

    Standard work week, to be determined by employee and supervisor

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding, Limited Term

    Work Location Assignment



    The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

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