Postdoctoral Scholar, Natural Resources and Environmental Science (Quantitative Ecology) – University of Nevada, Reno, United States

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Job Description

The University of Nevada, Reno is recruiting a postdoctoral scholar in quantitative ecology and ecological forecasting. This position is located UNR Main Campus in the labs of Robert Shriver and Joanna Blaszczak.

The postdoctoral scholar will develop models to test novel hypotheses about how abiotic conditions and species interactions drive algal population and community dynamics that lead to harmful algal blooms in rivers using Bayesian modeling approaches and diverse datasets. The ultimate goal of this research is to better forecast when benthic harmful algal blooms will occur. The position is funded by a National Science Foundation Rules of Life grant to understand the mechanisms governing the proliferation of benthic harmful algal blooms in rivers in collaboration with Dr. Ramesh Goel (U. Utah), Dr. Rosalina Christova (George Mason University), and Dr. Hari Sundar (U. Utah). There will also be opportunities to assist fieldwork in the coast range of Northern California or Zion National Park in southern Utah. The postdoctoral scholar will collaborate with an interdisciplinary research team including ecologists, environmental engineers, phycologists, and computer scientists.

The position is 100% research with flexible start date in 2024. The position is currently funded up to two years.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will be part of a growing community of postdocs in the Dept. Natural Resources & Environmental Science and Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Program, and have many opportunities for professional development including funding to attend meetings and workshops.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Ecology or a related field.
  • Experience in ecological modeling approaches as evidenced in their publication record.
  • Completion of a doctoral degree in the appropriate discipline is required.
  • The doctoral degree must have been completed within the five years immediately preceding the first date of appointment as a postdoctoral fellow at the University.
  • The individual cannot have held previous positions in the professional ranks.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates with experience in Bayesian modeling or population modeling are encouraged to apply.

Schedule and Travel 

The position will require 2 to 3 weeks of travel per year.

Compensation Grade
Postdoctoral Scholar

To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules. Salary is competitive and commensurate with related education and experience.

Perks of Working at UNR!

  • Health insurance options including dental and vision – Health Insurance
  • E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers an annual or semester membership and family membership options.  E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center
  • Reno is proud to be a University town! Many local businesses offer discounts to WolfCard holders
  • Mountain EAP supports employees (and eligible dependents) through life’s difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues.
  • Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate. Diversity Groups
  • No state income tax!

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program

Department Contact

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Joanna Blaszczak ( and/or Bob Shriver (



Full-Time Equivalent


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Attach the following attachments to your application

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three Professional References

Full Consideration
For full consideration, applications must be received by May 1, 2024

This posting is open until filled

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

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Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

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