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Position announcement: Eco-evolutionary models
Position Overview: The Department of Biological Sciences invites applications for a post-doctoral researcher to develop a modeling framework for linking genome to phenome to demography processes with the goal of forecasting the adaptive capacity and vulnerability of species under different climate change scenarios.  The post-doc will work with collaborative teams of ecologists, modelers, and geneticists across different institutions. The position will provide a unique opportunity to develop a transdisciplinary research program that addresses the National Science Foundation’s research priority of predicting phenotypes from genetic and environmental factors.

Key Responsibilities: The successful candidate will leverage genomic/genetic, phenotype, and vital rate data from the full cycle phenology project (fullcyclephenology.com) to create an integrated framework for address questions about genetic processes underlying species resilience. In addition, the post-doc will lead and contribute to peer-reviewed publications, present findings at national meetings, and work with partners to extend modeling framework to other systems. Finally, the candidate will participate in professional development activities that may include workshops associated with leadership, developing Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences to recruit and retain a diverse undergraduate workforce, and expanding effective communication skills to engage with diverse stakeholders.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have obtained their PhD by the appointment start date: in mid-late September.
  • Experience generating, analyzing, and/or integrating large datasets – whole genome sequencing, RAD sequencing, or transcriptome sequencing
  • Strong expertise in genomics and its applications to evolutionary questions
  • Previous experience with any of these quantitative areas: population genetics, landscape genetics, agent-based models, integrated population models, size-structured population models, hierarchical Bayesian models.
  • Written and verbal communication skills.
  • The selected candidate must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and to continue working legally for the proposed term of the appointment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of creative problem solving
  • The ability to work well on teams and independently
  • Interest and understanding of ecological genomics, population dynamics, and evolutionary concepts.
  • Interest, experience, and/or ability to promote a climate of inclusion and equity

The successful candidate will be based at Boise, Idaho and have opportunities to interact with collaborators at Idaho State University, University of Idaho, University of California at Los Angeles, the Department of Defense, USGS, US Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. The position is available for more than one year, with annual renewal dependent on performance.  

Salary and benefits:  Salary $54,000-$58,000 and includes a benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, retirement plan, tuition benefits, sick leave, paid holidays, as well as other benefits.

To apply for this this position:  Submit a single PDF by email that includes a cover letter that specifically address the qualifications listed above and a description of work experience, curriculum vitae, date of availability, and contact information for 3 references to the following email address: julieheath@boisestate.edu.  Please put “evo postdoc” in the subject line.  Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted with final deadline of October 25.

About Boise and our University

The City of Boise: Boise is a mid-size city, located on the Boise River near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.  In national polls, Boise has been repeatedly named one of the best places to live because of surrounding natural beauty, access to outdoors, low cost of living, and low crime rates. Our region boasts numerous outdoor activities that include rivers, hot springs, skiing, and hiking. Boise provides residents with access to local wineries, a distillery, craft breweries, diverse dining that features ingredients from local farms and ranches as well as an active local and regional music scene and clubs for live entertainment. Boise also offers a thriving art scene that includes Ballet Idaho, the Basque Center, the Boise Art Museum, Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, nationally-renowned theater and performing arts companies, and cultural hotspots within a few blocks of downtown. To learn more about Boise: http://www.cityofboise.org/ and http://www.boise.org/

Boise State University: Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State at https://go.boisestate.edu/join-our-team/.

Boise State University is committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Boise State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer (see http://hrs.boisestate.edu/resources/eeoaa/), and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. We are a welcoming campus that supports diversity and inclusion.

Boise State works to achieve excellence in computationally and data-intensive research and has established a Research Computing department to support the computing needs of faculty, staff, and students. Support available from Research Computing includes access to and use of on-campus and remote high performance computing resources, provisioning of data storage, assistance with data management, and providing personnel support for research software engineering and development needs.

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