Utah State University

Postdoctoral Fellow II - Plant Population Biology - EC

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 9 months ago(4/29/2022 1:22 PM)
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Quinney College of Natural Resourcs
Ecology Center
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience and qualifications, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The post-doc will join a multi-institution NSF project focused on predicting the effects of climate change and variability on population dynamics of the invasive annual grass Bromus tectorum across western North America (https://bromecast.wixsite.com/home).  Our goal is to determine the relative value of data on genetic variability, physiological tolerances, demographic rates, and interspecific interactions for ecological forecasting at the regional scale.


The project combines genetic sequencing with four intensive common garden experiments and over forty less intensive distributed experiments. This position, in Peter Adler’s lab at Utah State University (https://qcnr.usu.edu/labs/adler_lab/), will lead synthetic data analyses and modeling studies based on all these different data sources. The successful applicant will work closely with Mevin Hooten (https://mhooten.github.io/) and Jesse Lasky (http://www.personal.psu.edu/jrl35/psu/index_JRL.html) and their respective post-docs. The position is funded for two and a half years at a salary of $52,000 per year and can begin as early as Sept. 1, 2022.


The position is 100% research. The post-doc will assist with data collection and sample processing, lead data analyses, build statistical and simulation models, prepare and submit manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals, and present research at national and international meetings. The post-doc will also have the option to participate in outreach activities.


Minimum qualifications:

  • PhD in ecology, biology, statistics, or related field
  • A record of publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrated skills in scientific computing
  • Data analysis experience, specifically fitting dynamic models to empirical data

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience programming in R
  • Experience with both frequentist and Bayesian statistics
  • Background in plant ecology

Further information:

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Names and email addresses of three references
  3. Cover Letter to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
  4. Statement of Research Interests to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience and qualifications, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

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