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Post Doctoral Associate

Requisition Number:



Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

Applications are invited for a two-year postdoctoral position conducting ecological synthesis with Drs. Katharine Suding and Sarah Elmendorf at the University of Colorado Boulder. We are seeking highly motivated applicants interested in the causes and consequences of biodiversity change in high-elevation alpine and high-latitude arctic environments. The research focus is flexible but will likely involve utilizing long-term and multi-site data to understand plant biodiversity responses to climate change, with a particular focus of phenology, other functional traits, and/or temporal and spatial heterogeneity.

Who We Are

 As the University’s oldest institute, lNSTAAR (Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research) has a long history of responding to pressing environmental issues.  Our traditional focus has been on polar and alpine regions, where effects of global change are especially pronounced.  In recent decades, our research has broadened to include environmental challenges that span local, regional, and global scales.  Research topics vary widely and include Quaternary and modern environments, human and ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, landscape evolution, hydrology, oceanography, and climate.

 INSTAAR’s research activities integrate field studies, state-of-the-art laboratory experiments, sample analysis, and numerical and laboratory modeling.  Our field sites are located across all seven continents and the world’s oceans.  Our expertise across disciplines helps us generate influential science that can inform public and policy decisions and move us toward a more sustainable society.  INSTAAR’s national and international research leadership is augmented by exceptional strength in graduate education and bringing undergraduates into the research process.




What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Applicants should have strong analytical skills, including familiarity with advanced statistical techniques and manipulation of large datasets (preferably using R or Python), and a successful publication record.

What You Should Know

The position will be based at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research in Boulder Colorado, with collaborative opportunities with CU’s Niwot Ridge Long-term Ecological Research Program, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Earth Lab.

What We Can Offer

 Salary will start at $52,500.00 annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • PhD in ecology, or related discipline.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV: outlining research experience and quantitative skills.
  2. Cover Letter: a one-page description of research interests. 
  3. List of Publications.

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for 2 references and we will request  letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.  

Review of applications will begin February 22, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.  



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