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Postdoctoral Scientist in Aquatic Ecosystem Modeling

Job Description

The University of Montana Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS) is recruiting a Postdoctoral position in limnology with an emphasis on lake food web analysis and modeling.  One of the major objectives of the position will be to reconfigure an existing biogeochemical model linked to a three-dimensional hydrodynamic model (ELCOM-CAEDYM) to better represent nutrient dynamics and species- or group-specific ecological interactions that are known for Flathead Lake (see Ellis et al., PNAS 108(3)). Publication of scientific results of model validation in the peer-reviewed literature will be required. Prognostic model scenarios may also be considered (e.g., climate warming, species invasions, and fisheries management policies).  The successful candidate will also participate in analysis and publication of the 30-year record of biological and nutrient dynamics of the Flathead Lake-River Ecosystem. Successful writing skills are essential and a background in Bayesian statistics will be advantageous.  The position is renewed annually and is currently funded for two years.  Additional funding for continued research is likely.

About UM and the Department

UM provides a culture that values hard work, intellectual curiosity, diversity, collegiality, innovative thinking and teamwork, making it a great place to grow and develop professionally.  Located at the heart of western Montana’s stunning natural landscape, UM attracts first rate teachers, researchers, and students from around the world. The Flathead Lake Biological Station is an ecological research and education center located in the Rocky Mountains near Glacier National Park.  For over 100 years, we have conducted college courses, graduate programs, and research focused on the Crown of the Continent ecosystem.  The mission of the Station is to conduct basic and applied ecological research with emphasis on freshwater; provide field ecology courses for advanced undergraduate and graduate students; and, provide scientific data, interpretation and outreach to help resolve environmental problems and inform public policy locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.  The FLBS strives to advance understanding of complex linkages between atmospheric, terrestrial, aquatic and human components of watershed ecosystems in a natural-cultural context.  This requires a “genes to ecosystems” approach and therefore the research faculty that we have developed at FLBS over the last two decades is purposefully multidisciplinary (we strive to be a systems ecology group).  Research foci at FLBS include remote sensing of climate-mediated landscape change; water quality and supply in changing landscapes; limnology of Flathead and other large river-lake systems; systems ecology and modeling of large river ecosystems; evolutionary biology of animal and plant populations; processes sustaining salmon and associated species; and influences of invasive species on food webs.

The FLBS is located 90 miles north of Missoula on the east shore of Flathead Lake.  FLBS represents a large interdisciplinary research group including PhD and MS level research scientists, postdoctoral research scholars, and PhD and MS level graduate students.  Website:  www.umt.edu/flbs