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The Gill Lab at the University of Maine invites applications for a two-year, full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate to join an NSF-funded project reconstructing ice age food webs from Project 23 fossil deposits at the La Brea Tar Pits. The goal of this position is to conduct paleovegetation research through the analysis of fossil pollen and plant macrofossil data coupled with simulations using the dynamic global vegetation model LPJ-GUESS, to inform reconstructions of paleo food web models. This postdoc will join a dynamic team, including PIs and researchers at UMaine (Dr. Jacquelyn Gill), UC Merced (Dr. Jessica Blois and Dr. Justin Yeakel) and the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum (Dr. Emily Lindsey, Dr. Luis Chiappe), with opportunities for cross-training in paleontological methods, food web modeling, museum outreach and citizen science. This project also involves a strong citizen science component; the postdoc will have the opportunity to work with a research fellow at the La Brea Tarpits to develop classroom kits to identify micro-fossils informing food webs. The postdoc will also have the opportunity to develop independent research related to the overall project goals. The Gill Lab is committed to diversity and accessibility, science communication and outreach, and mentoring the next generation of scientists for academic and nonacademic career paths.
- Community analyses of pollen and plant macrofossil data identified from Project 23 deposits. Skills in palynology and/or plant macrofossil identification are strongly preferred, to assist with ongoing paleovegetation reconstructions as needed.
- Simulate past vegetation and net primary productivity using the DVGM LPJ-GUESS.
- Assist in integrating paleovegetation data with mammal fossil and climate data to reconstruct past community dynamics.
- Assist in the supervision and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students involved in the project.
- Communicate both verbally and in writing with team scientists and stakeholders, including outreach efforts in classrooms, our project blog and Twitter.
- Participate in weekly lab meetings, project team meetings, and UMaine departmental events as appropriate.
- Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned.
- PhD in paleontology, ecology, biology, geography, or a related discipline.
- Experience with paleovegetation proxies and quantitative data analysis.
- Ideal candidates will have experience with dynamic vegetation modeling, or a demonstrated track record of working with and learning new models.
- Familiarity with California flora is preferred but not required.
- Strong written and oral communication skills are required.
Located in Orono on the northern border of beautiful Downeast Maine, the University of Maine,is the flagship campus of the University of Maine System. It is the state’s land grant and sea grant university, enrolling 12,000 students, with strengths in the natural sciences, conservation, and climate change research. Cultural amenities, excellent public schools, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. The University of Maine is located just 60 miles from the beautiful Bar Harbor area and Acadia National Park, two hours from Portland, and four hours from Boston, offering access to a wealth of outdoor activities and a thriving restaurant scene.
Appropriate background checks are required.
All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment.
Materials must be submitted via “Apply For Position”. You will need to create a profile and application; upload a cover letter (which should describe your background and how you meet the requirements listed above, plus any potential research projects of interest), and a resume/curriculum vitae; and provide contact information for three professional references. You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin on May 1 and continue until the position is filled. This position has a flexible starting date, ideally no later than September 1, 2017.
The University of Maine is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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