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Post Doctoral Position in Ecological Modeling - Marine Science Institute

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 29th, 2019
Next review date: Friday, Aug 23, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral scholar to engage in research using Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) models as part of a large collaborative project on predicting ecological and evolutionary consequences of environmental-energetic-epigenetic linkages (

The project uses metabolically complex reef building corals as a model system to test the connections between the environment, energetics, and epigenetics, but the proposed modeling aims to make predictions at ecological levels of biological organization. The appointee will be based at UCSB working with Drs. Holly Moeller and Roger Nisbet (both UCSB) and with Dr. Ross Cunning (Shedd Aquarium, Chicago).

The starting point for the research will be a published DEB model of the symbiotic interaction between reef building corals and their symbionts. Immediate priorities are to expand the model to include calcification and thermal responses and to parameterize the model for selected corals in Moorea, French Polynesia, by linking experimental molecular profile data into DEB models to quantify energetic and growth responses.

Basic Qualifications:
Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD except the dissertation at the time of application. The PhD should be in theoretical ecology and/or evolution, mathematical biology, environmental modeling, systems biology, or closely related disciplines.

Additional Qualifications:
PhD by time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications:
-Research experience in one or more of the following areas: theoretical ecology and/or evolution, mathematical biology, environmental modeling, systems biology, or closely related disciplines.
-Prior experience with bioenergetic models (including DEB models)

The duration of the initial appointment is 12 months; reappointment for an additional year(s) is possible. Start date is negotiable but ideally be before January 2, 2020. Salary is competitive, commensurate with the applicant’s qualifications. Postdoctoral benefits are included (

Applicants should submit a CV, a short (1-2 page) statement of research experience and interests, and the names, affiliations and e-mail addresses of three references to:

For primary consideration apply by August 23, 2019

Position will remain open until filled.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to this position.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara, California


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research - A short (1-2 page) statement of research experience and interests

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)