Postdoctoral Researcher in Spatial & Movement Ecology

Bill Fagan's ecology lab at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD, has a new opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Spatial & Movement Ecology. This dynamic lab group, which currently includes two research assistant scientists, three postdocs, four graduate students, and numerous undergraduates, is pursuing a wide variety of research efforts across empirical and theoretical applications in spatial ecology drawing upon GIS, mathematical modeling, and statistical analyses. For examples, see

This advertisement is for a postdoctoral position in an NSF-funded project focusing on the analysis of animal movements with a particular focus on bridging the gap between individual movements and population patterns. The candidate should have expertise in the statistical analysis of animal relocation data. In addition, good computational skills with knowledge in various programming languages (e.g., R, Python) are required. Experience in using remote sensing data for habitat and species distribution models as well as handling of large spatial databases & GIS software is desirable. Experience in approaching animal movement data from perspectives of multivariate stochastic processes, hierarchical spatial models, and/or time series analyses would be particularly helpful.

The successful candidate will have a PhD, likely in quantitative ecology, geography, or a related field. Prior postdoctoral experience is beneficial, but not required.

The initial appointment will be for one year, but funding is already in place for up to two additional years pending good performance. Efforts to secure substantial long-term support via collaborative grant proposals would be encouraged and, when successful, could lead to appointment at the level of research assistant scientist. Benefits are included and pay will be commensurate with experience. The start date is negotiable, but could be as early as November 2013.

Review of applications will begin 1 October 2013, and will continue until the position has been filled. To apply for the position, please email a CV and the names and email addresses of three references to:

Bill Fagan
Professor of Biology
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

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