Postdoctoral Associate

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Work type: Post Doc Associate
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Arts/Museum, Research/Scientific/Grants

Classification Title:

Postdoctoral Associate

Job Description:

The AI for Biocultural Diversity Lab in the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida is seeking a full-time postdoctoral researcher in computational modeling of past socio-environmental systems. The Lab seeks to generate spatially-explicit reconstructions of global population and land use throughout the Holocene to uncover long-term trends in coupled climate and human dynamics, assess their roles in global biogeophysical and biogeochemical cycles, and measure their persistent impacts on contemporary biodiversity.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent research program integrating paleodemographic, paleoclimatological, and paleoenvironmental models and data from the past 12,000 years. Primary responsibilities for this position include ongoing development of a suite of general-purpose R packages for past socio-environmental systems, as well as proof-of-concept applications to select regional case studies (open to the candidate’s interests and experience, current case studies include Southwest North America, the Mediterranean, and East Asia). The successful candidate will also gain experience in proposal writing, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and museum-based public outreach.

Expected Salary:

The salary for this position is $54,840/year.

Initial hire will be made for two years, additional years beyond initial two-year appointment may be available depending on funds and performance. Remote work options are available based on candidate background and experience.

Minimum Requirements:
  • PhD in Geography, Anthropology, Earth System Science, Biology, or related discipline.
  • Intermediate to advanced experience with one more scientific programming languages (e.g. R, Python, Julia).
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in interdisciplinary research through publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at academic conferences involving one or more computational approaches (e.g. statistical and machine learning, numerical simulation, Earth-system modeling, agent-based modeling, network analysis).
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in data assimilation, deep learning, and/or open source software development.
  • Experience working with diverse paleodata on regional to global scales (e.g. paleoclimate proxies, climate model outputs, archaeological sites, natural history collections).
  • Experience working in scalable/high performance computing environments.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload CV including list of peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations, cover letter including description of research interests, contact information for two references.

This is a time-limited position.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: No


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