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Postdoctoral scholar in physiological ecology and evolution
University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
 
 
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Date Posted 03/09/2021
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Position Overview

School / Campus / College: College of Arts and Sciences

Organization: Biology

Title: Postdoctoral scholar in physiological ecology and evolution


Position Details
Position Description

We seek a postdoctoral scholar to participate in a project funded by the National Science Foundation Rules of Life program focused on detecting and predicting the relative contributions of fecundity and survival to fitness in changing environments (https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1951356 ). The project is a collaboration between the labs of Lauren Buckley (https://www.biology.washington.edu/people/profile/lauren-buckley ) at the University of Washington (quantitative physiological ecology and evolution), Sean Schoville at the University of Wisconsin (genomics), and Caroline Williams at the University of California Berkeley (physiology). The project will leverage historic and recent survey and specimen data for an assemblage of grasshopper species found along a montane elevation gradient in Colorado, USA (trenchproject.com). Field reciprocal transplant experiments will assess whether local adaptation and plasticity moderate fecundity and survival constraints along the environmental gradient. The transplants will use physiological and genomic biomarkers to test the hypothesis that survival constraints predominate at low elevations, while fecundity constraints predominate at high elevations. Lab common garden experiments manipulating environmental attributes that vary with elevation (temperature, temperature variability, photoperiod, radiation, hypoxia) will test physiological mechanisms that underlie fitness constraints. Model building will integrate these physiological mechanisms to predict responses to the elevation gradient. Then, historic survey and specimen data will be used to test whether these models successfully hindcast patterns of genetic, physiological, phenotypic, and demographic responses to 50 years of climate warming.

The postdoc will be expected to lead the field and lab components of the project and participate in physiological and genomic analysis and/or modelling.  Opportunities for education and outreach include the TrEnCh project (trenchproject.com), which focuses on developing and sharing computational and visualization tools to Translate Environmental Change into biological impacts, and The Beetle Project, which offers hands-on modules to study climate change responses.

More information regarding the lab and department can be found here: https://www.biology.washington.edu/people/profile/lauren-buckley . If you have questions about the position please contact lbuckley@uw.edu.

All candidates must address their commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity as part of their diversity statement. This statement can discuss your experience(s) as an individual from a traditionally underrepresented group in higher education; your actions on issues related to diversity, inclusion, and equity; or any topics related to these themes.

This position is based at the University of Washington and includes a competitive salary and benefits. The postdoc will also interact with and likely visit the collaborating labs. The initial appointment will be for one year with a possible reappointment for at least one additional year conditional on performance and funding.

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.


Qualifications
  • A doctoral degree in a relevant subject and experience conducting field or laboratory research is required.
  • Familiarity with physiological ecology and evolution, genomics, and / or modelling is desirable.
  • Applicants with evidence of creativity, strong quantitative reasoning and communication skills, and engaging in open and reproducible science practices are particularly encouraged to apply.

  • Instructions
  • Applicants should submit a single PDF file containing a cover letter that describes their expertise, experience, and interest in the position; a Curriculum Vitae; and contact information for three references through Interfolio.
  • Review of applications will begin 15 March 2021 and will continue on a rolling basis. The start date is flexible, though a start date of approximately 1 June 2021 is preferred. 
  • Please complete a diversity statement with the following information. All candidates must address your commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity as part of their diversity statement. Your statement can discuss your experience(s) as an individual from a traditionally underrepresented group in higher education; your actions on issues related to diversity, inclusion, and equity; or any topics related to these themes.
  • Please contact Lauren Buckley (lbuckley@uw.edu ) with any questions.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
    qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
    religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
    gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.


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