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The Fitzpatrick Lab (www.swfitz.com) at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University is seeking to fill a postdoctoral research associate position to assist with a recently funded project through NSF’s ‘Bridging ecology and evolution’ track. The research aims to test how variation in recent evolutionary history predicts stress tolerance, adaptive potential, and population dynamics, and to determine the genomic mechanisms underlying those processes. The primary responsibilities associated with this position will be to coordinate a large-scale mesocosm experiment using eastern mosquitofish (i.e., lead data collection, management, and analysis), mentor post-baccalaureate interns, contribute to broader impact and outreach activities, and write/contribute to manuscripts.

The position will be largely based at Archbold Biological Station (ABS) in central Florida, but travel funds will be included for several visits to W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) per year. The successful candidate will have opportunities to interact with vibrant intellectual communities at ABS, KBS, MSU’s Departments of Integrative Biology, and with members of MSU’s Ecology, Evolution & Behavior (EEB) program. The Fitzpatrick Lab is committed to postdoctoral research career development, providing postdocs with opportunities to gain experience in mentoring, teaching, and other professional skills.

The position is for one year initially, renewable depending on performance. Start date is as soon as possible, with some flexibility. Salary is $50,000 USD plus benefits

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Ecology, Evolution, Wildlife Biology, Co

Minimum Requirements

  • Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, Wildlife Biology, Conservation Biology or a related field
  • Demonstrated expertise in demographic and/or genomic data collection and analysis
  • Ability to work independently and under limited supervision as well as collaboratively
  • Excellent writing ability and communication skills

Desired Qualifications

Applicants should have some combination of the following skills: (1) expertise in the analysis of capture-mark-recapture data, (2) statistical modeling experience, (3) bioinformatic expertise, (4) experience working with live vertebrates (ideally fish) in lab or field settings, (4) database management, (5) experience mentoring undergraduate students.

Required Application Materials

Cover letter describing research interests and motivation, including a discussion of how your skills are aligned with the needs of the project described above


Names and contact information for three references

1-2 published papers or manuscripts in preparation

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