New! Postdoctoral position in Tropical Forest Ecology, Trait-based ecology, and Macroecology at the University of Arizona. Starting late 2015/2016

New! Postdoctoral position in Tropical Forest Ecology, Trait-based ecology, and Macroecology at the University of Arizona. Starting late 2015/2016

A two-year post-doctoral position is available (start date flexible, can start as early as Fall 2016) in the group of Dr. Brian Enquist ( in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona as part of an NSF Ecosystems Grant to study impacts of drought and climate change in the Amazon. The post-doc’s main responsibility will be to lead the implementation of new field experiments in the Andes and Amazon in Peru, as well as manage and analyze the data from these experiments. He/She will work closely with other post-docs and PIs on the project from UCLA (Dr. Van Savage), Carnegie Institution (Stanford/Carnegie Insituttion – Global Ecology Labs; Dr. Greg Asner), and the University of Oxford (United Kingdom; Dr. Yadvinder Mahli). As such, work may also involve theory development for trait-based models, analysis of large datasets for plant traits, as well as numerical simulations for how plant traits determine forest dynamics, carbon production. Results from this project will: (1) lead to a deeper understanding of how climate change and individual plant traits influence forests and forest ecosystems and (2) allow for projections of future productivity, diversity, and the functioning of tropical forests.

Candidates are expected to be collaborative yet independent, highly motivated problem solvers who communicate well and enjoy working both in the field and in a laboratory environment. The ideal candidate would have a background in tropical forest ecology, physiological ecology, trait-based ecology, and community/macroecology. Knowledge and interest in theory/mathematical modeling and experience with R or similar programming languages would be beneficial. Previous experience working in the tropics and fluency in oral and written Spanish is also desirable. Applicants with only a subset of these skills are encouraged to apply.

Applications and any questions should be sent to 

The application should include: a Curriculum Vitae that details education, past research, and publications. Applicants should also submit a cover letter that describes their interest in the project and the names of three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, the University of Arizona recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. The University of Arizona is a major research university allowing access to myriad researchers and resources that could be useful to this project. University of Arizona is one of the top national research universities. Tucson is a beautiful city surrounded by the Sonoran Desert and Sky Island forested mountains. The city is vibrant, and diverse with a wide array of arts and culture, including world-class museums, theater, music, and cuisine and culture. The University is located in a growing walkable urban core that offers one of the Wests best up and coming music and social scenes.  There are too many year-round outdoor activities to count, and many of them close at hand. Tucson is often ranked as amongst the best bikable cities in the United States.


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