October 2014
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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral and PhD Positions at Michigan State University (USA)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Thu, 9 Oct 2014 18:35:45 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

Postdoctoral Associates and PhD Students: Complex effects of climate
change on nature reserve networks

LOCATION: Michigan State University

Two postdoctoral associates and two PhD students are sought to
participate in an NSF-funded interdisciplinary project on complex
effects of climate change on nature reserve networks. One postdoctoral
associate ("climate postdoc") will lead the efforts in analyzing current
climate conditions and climate change scenarios, while the other
postdoctoral associate ("network postdoc") will oversee the field data
collection across the giant panda geographic range in China and lead the
efforts in assessing the effectiveness of nature reserve networks. One
PhD student will focus on the plant component (e.g., establish current
distribution and future projections of understory bamboo and tree
species), while the other PhD student will focus on the wildlife
component (e.g., analyze current and future panda habitat).

Both postdoctoral associates and PhD students will collaborate and
participate in data collection, data analysis and interpretation,
manuscript writing, and other professional activities. They will have
opportunities to mentor undergraduate students and interact with leading
researchers and stakeholders in the USA, China, and some other
countries. They will be based at the Center for Systems Integration and
Sustainability at Michigan State University. Furthermore, the climate
postdoc will be affiliated with the Department of Geography, while the
network postdoc and two PhD students will be affiliated with the
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. All positions can also be
affiliated with the university-wide Environmental Science and Policy
Program and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program.

Application materials include: (1) letter of application, (2) statement
of professional goals, (3) CV or resume, (4) list of 3-4 references
(names and contact information), and (5) up to three representative
publications if any. For the climate postdoc position, applicants should
describe in the letter of application their experience with analyzing
large data sets, including simulations from global climate models and
remotely-sensed temperature and precipitation observations, and their
programming skills. Applicants for the PhD student positions also must
submit (6) transcripts, (7) GRE scores, and (8) TOEFL scores (for
non-native English speakers only.) (Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and
transcripts are OK initially.) Applicants are encouraged to submit their
application materials as soon as possible.

Applications for the network postdoc and PhD student positions should be
emailed to Dr. Jianguo (Jack) Liu (<>) and Dr. Andres Vina
(<>), and applications for the climate postdoc should be
emailed to Dr. Julie Winkler (<>).

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