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PostDoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado





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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology invites applications for a PostDoctoral Associate Position! This two-year role will investigate the importance of life history timing for climate adaptation. The position will be based in Nolan Kane's lab in the Dept of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at CU Boulder, working closely with project team members Sarah Elmendorf (CU Boulder), Brent Hulke (USDA) and Colin Khoury (San Diego Botanical Garden). The postdoctoral researcher will investigate how climate and phenology interact to determine plant performance in a diversity of field conditions. A second related postdoctoral position, to be advertised later this spring, will be focused on genomics and quantitative genetics, and will characterize how the hundreds of genes in the flowering time pathway interact to govern these responses, as part of this project.

Both postdocs will work together along with other collaborators and mentors to examine how genotype-phenotype-fitness relationships change over space and time (decades of plant breeding and improvement). These projects leverage existing data from hundreds of field experiments across almost 5 decades together with thousands of whole genomes and a well-characterized flowering time pathway in sunflowers to address hypotheses surrounding the genetic underpinnings of climate responses in this increasingly important crop and its related wild species.

The findings will ultimately be applied towards improving crop sustainability in the face of climate change, using genomic selection and other sophisticated breeding methods in public and private breeding programs.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

EBIO's disciplinary strengths include ecology, evolution, genetics, behavior, biology education research and systematics. Our research programs have relevance for global change, conservation biology, the spread of diseases, and revealing fundamental mechanisms underlying the structural and functional adaptations of organisms.

Research Areas: Our faculty specialize in many fields of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Interested in learning
more? Visit the various research interests of our faculty.

In the Field: Our faculty, students and researchers travel the world to conduct research in ecology and evolution. Learn more about their experiences and stories in our In the Field articles.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • The primary duties will involve data analysis, including using existing and new bioinformatic pipelines and statistics, for plant genomic and climate datasets; writing papers for publication; and presenting results in national/international meetings. 
  • Some time will also be spent assisting with experimental design and data collection for ongoing and future experiments in the field, lab and greenhouse, mentoring students, and engaging in outreach activities.

What You Should Know

  • The preferred start date is spring of 2024 for this position.

What We Can Offer

The salary for this full-time appointment is $62,400.00 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

  • The minimum qualification is a Ph.D. from an accredited institution in biology, ecology, genetics, biology, or a closely related field.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience analyzing large datasets, strong statistical skills, and experience using R and/or python.
  • A background in climate change ecology, phenology, or quantitative genetics would be beneficial. 
  • Researchers from underrepresented groups in STEM are especially encouraged to apply.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. A CV outlining research experience and quantitative skills.
    • Please include the names and contact information of two references.
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Research Philosophy: A one-page description of research interests.
  4. List of Publications
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources Department using an approved online vendor.  However, if your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version.

During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for a reference. We will request a letter of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until March 15th, 2024.

Note:  Application materials will not be accepted via email.  For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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