Paleonet: Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems Postdoctoral Fellowship

Kate Lyons lyonsskate at
Fri Apr 11 17:50:28 GMT 2014

*Postdoctoral Fellowship, Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystem (ETE) Program,
Paleobiology Department, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of
Natural History, Washington, D.C. *

*Application Deadline: May 15, 2014*

Applications are invited for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in
ecological community assembly and disassembly through time. This
appointment provides a stipend of $45 K/yr and may be renewable for a
second 2 years. The successful applicant will be expected to conduct
independent macroecological research as part of an NSF-funded Research
Coordination Network, "Synthesizing Deep Time and Recent Community
Ecology," which is investigating patterns and causal processes of animal
and plant community assembly and disassembly over geological time and up to
the present day. Duties will involve data management and analyses and
involvement in the scholarly activities of ETE, including workshops,
presentations at professional meetings, etc.  In addition, the awardee will
be encourage to lead one or more group projects that align with their

General information about the ETE Program can be found at and about the Paleobiology Department at  More information about the ETE -
RCN can be found at

The ETE-RCN Fellow will be co-advised by Kate Lyons (, Kay Behrensmeyer ( and Nick Gotelli (  The position will be based at the
NMNH in Washington DC.

Priority will be given to applicants who use recent and/or fossil data to
understand factors affecting community structure in plants and/or animals.
Applicants should have good communication skills, a proven record of
research accomplishment, and knowledge of ecology, paleoecology,
macroecology, or a related field.  Fluency in R programming, expertise in
modeling and spatial and temporal analyses, and a record of working with
large databases are highly desirable.  Knowledge of SQL is a plus.  Applicants
must have a PhD before starting the fellowship.

To apply, send as a single pdf including: (1) cover letter describing your
interest in this post-doctoral position, relevant experience including R
coding examples, and preferred start date; 2) a brief statement of research
interests (3) curriculum vitae; (4) a pdf of publication or other outlet
where R code was used.  In addition, please arrange to have two letters of
reference sent to Dr. Kate Lyons (lyonss2 at

Application materials should be received by *15 May 2014*, addressed to:
lyonss2 at

The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

S. Kathleen Lyons
Research Scientist
Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems Program
Department of Paleobiology
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution [NHB, MRC 121]
P.O. Box 37012
Washington DC 20013-7012
*Phone: 202-633-1397  Fax: 202-786-2832
cell:  773-841-6521
lyonss2 at
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