We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow interested in applying empirical and process-based modeling approaches to tackle policy-relevant environmental issues in aquatic systems to join our team in the Scavia Lab (http://tinyurl.com/klr6gog) at the University of Michigan.

The post-doc will be part of an inter-disciplinary team working on a range of projects, including a recently funded project aimed at integrating environmental and socio-economic modeling to understand and predict the ecological and societal impacts of harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the Great Lakes.

The post-doc will work with researchers from multiple institutions to:

  • develop geostatistical modeling approaches to integrate in-situ and remote sensing long-term datasets of HAB intensity
  • build and calibrate empirical and process-based models to predict HAB dynamics as a function of multiple environmental drivers
  • link HAB models to watershed and climate models developed by collaborators to quantify the influence of nutrient loading and climate on HAB formation

The post-doc will also have opportunities to develop independent research and/or work on other ongoing modeling efforts, such as modeling of hypoxia dynamics in lakes and coastal systems.

Required skills:

  • background in aquatic ecology
  • statistical modeling of ecological datasets and/or process-based ecological modeling, with a focus on aquatic systems
  • experience with Bayesian hierarchical and/or geostatistical modeling
  • ability to work in a collaborative, inter-disciplinary setting

The position is available for 1 year, with potential for renewal contingent on funding availability and performance. Preferred start date September 2016.

Applications and questions should be sent to scavia@umich.edu. The application should include a CV, a cover letter describing research interests, and a list of three references.

At the Graham Sustainability Institute, our dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our mission of engaging,empowering, and supporting faculty, staff, and students to foster sustainability solutions includes ensuring that each member of our community thrives. We believe that diversity is key to individual empowerment and the advancement of sustainability knowledge, learning, and leadership.

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