July 2012
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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral Research Position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Tue, 10 Jul 2012 08:48:35 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Center for Climatic Research and Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology

The Effects of Extreme Weather on Bird Populations and the Role of
Habitat Refugia in Adapting to Climate Change

We are investigating the effects of extreme weather
events---particularly droughts, heat waves, and springtime cold
snaps---on bird populations and how climate change may affect these
relationships. A second goal is to determine the role of National
Wildlife Refuges and National Forests as refugia and to identify
management actions to enhance this function.

The successful candidate will perform in-depth data analysis of climate
model output to assess the relationship between extreme weather events
and avian demographics. S/he must have strong scientific writing and
programming skills with an ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals.
The successful candidate will work closely with scientists and faculty
members in the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research and the
Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology.

A Ph.D. in climatology, atmospheric science, or a related field is
preferred. Training in quantitative or computational ecology is a
secondary preference. The ideal candidate will have experience with
performing quantitative analysis of large data sets using computer
software packages, experience in interpreting the meteorological factors
associated with extreme weather events and climate change, knowledge of
climate model output formats (netCDF, GRIB, etc.), statistical analysis
skills, and the ability to transform map projections of model output
(GIS experience desirable).

This is a three-year, full-time position. Salary is competitive and
commensurate with experience. Full benefits, including health insurance,
are provided. The starting date is flexible, but the project is already
underway, so we hope to hire soon.

We seek candidates who work well in a collaborative setting, have
excellent verbal and written communication abilities, and possess
creative problem-solving skills.

This NASA-funded project is a collaboration among participants at the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Forest
Service, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Nevada, Reno,
and Stony Brook University.

To apply, please send us a cover letter summarizing your research
interests and background, a CV that spells out this experience, and the
contact information for three references. This material should be sent
to Dr. Stephen Vavrus (<>) at the University of

Dr. Stephen Vavrus
Senior Scientist
Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1225 W. Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53706

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