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The Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Program has been funded by the National Science Foundation’s Long-term Ecological Research Program (LTER) for more than 20 years to study the ecology of the metropolitan Phoenix urban ecosystem. We are seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral scholar to conduct interdisciplinary social-ecological research with CAP scholars to explore the drivers and outcomes of ecological patterns/processes across residential and open space landscapes (riparian areas, desert preserves, and/or urban parks) within the CAP ecosystem.

The ideal candidate will develop his or her own research ideas in collaboration with a primary faculty mentor(s) within two of the CAP LTER Interdisciplinary Research Teams (IRTs) that organize our work: Parks & Rivers and Residential Landscapes. Ideally, the post-doctoral scholar will utilize existing long-term datasets (biophysical, land cover, and social surveys) to answer interdisciplinary research questions about the structure and functioning of cities as ecosystems, including possible topics such as: (1) the social-ecological drivers of plant and wildlife community structure and dynamics in cities through time as linked to climate change, management decisions, demographic shifts and/or urban sustainability practices at multiple scales; and/or (2) the spatio-temporal patterns in actual and perceived ecosystem services and disservices associated with residential and open space landscapes in cities.

Essential Functions

Responsibilities of the post-doctoral scholar will include:

  • Developing relevant original research and answering testable questions using long-term CAP datasets
  • Data analysis and manuscript preparation/publication
  • Dissemination of research at national conferences
  • Advising students
  • Working closely with CAP collaborators
  • Other duties as discussed with the post-doctoral mentor(s)


Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will have:

  • A Ph.D. in ecology or other natural resource disciplines, geography, or other interdisciplinary environmental or related areas of study by the start date of the appointment
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • A reasonable record of peer-reviewed publications, highlighting interdisciplinary social-ecological scholarship

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with the LTER Network and/or using long-term datasets
  • Experience integrating different types of datasets (ecological, spatial, and/or social data)
  • Strong background in spatial analysis/ArcGIS, and statistical or ecological modeling
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Commitment to meeting the needs of diverse communities and interacting cooperatively with a range of CAP faculty, students, and staff

Application Instructions

Application Procedure

The application deadline is January 31, 2019, if not filled; reviews will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

To apply, candidates will be asked to submit the following through their Interfolio Dossier:

  • Cover letter outlining qualifications and experience (1 page)
  • Curriculum Vitae, including links to authored publications
  • Research statement (1 to 2 pages) of past and future research experiences and interests. Please include possible research questions of interest to the candidate with reference to specific long-term CAP LTER datasets
  • Name, phone number, address, and e-mail address of three (3) references
  • Unofficial graduate transcripts

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position. Only electronic applications will be accepted. Any inquiries should be addressed to asuwrigleyhr@asu.edu.