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Post Doc Research Assistant
Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana
Date Posted 05/15/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Summary

The Park Lab at Purdue University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with a strong quantitative background who is interested in addressing the biogeographic and community-level ecological processes that shape biodiversity through space and time. The postdoc is expected to primarily work on plant systems, but this can include research on plant-animal/fungal interactions. Depending on the skills and interests of the postdoc, there will be opportunities to pursue a broad range of topics including, but not limited to, biological invasions, phenology, and biogeography. Responsibilities include statistical analysis of large datasets, leading and collaborating on scientific manuscripts, assisting in proposal writing, and developing new research ideas. The Lab is supportive of opportunities for professional development (e.g., conferences, workshops), and the postdoc will have the opportunity to develop and pursue his or her own research questions in conjunction with the general interests of the Lab. We strive to provide a flexible, comfortable, inclusive environment for research and professional growth.

The initial appointment will be at 100% time for one year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance. Funding is available for multiple years. Start date is flexible but can be as early as August 2021. Prospective postdocs from under-represented groups and minorities are encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin on June 1st , but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For further information about the position please contact danielpark@purdue.edu .


Minimum requirements/qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in ecology, evolution, systematics/biogeography, statistics, or related fields at time of appointment.         
  • Demonstrated proficiency in R and/or other programming languages (e.g., Python).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.           

Preference will be given to those candidates with a strong publication record and experience in one or more of the following topics:

  • Bayesian hierarchical modeling
  • Machine learning/computer vision
  • Phylogenomics
  • GIS/geospatial analyses

To apply, please submit the following through the application system:

  • A cover letter highlighting relevant research interests, skills, and experience (1 – 2-pages).
  • Recent CV with names/contact information of 3-5 professional references



The postdoc will be based at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue has excellent resources for ecological research, including well-equipped field stations and core facilities for genomics, metabolomics, phenotyping, microscopy, and high-throughput computing. The Lafayette/West Lafayette area is known for its low cost of living and high quality of life and is within an hour's drive of Indianapolis and two hours of Chicago. There is a vibrant community of ecologists at Purdue, spread across several departments, with many opportunities for collaboration outside the lab group.


Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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