Postdoc position in Long-Lived Vertebrate Demography (UC San

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Postdoc position in Long-Lived Vertebrate Demography (UC San

Postby roxannebeltran » Tue Aug 15, 2023 11:03 am

Hi folks,

My lab group is searching for a new postdoc! Please circulate to anyone you think might be interested in working on life history trade-offs or fitness consequences of environmental change using an incredible long-term mark-recapture dataset on elephant seals. The position is summarized below and here's a link to the full ad (review date 8/24): Postdoc will be based at the Coastal Science Campus at UC Santa Cruz.

Thank you!

The Beltran Lab ( in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Demography of Long-Lived Vertebrates. Under the direction of Assistant Professor Roxanne Beltran, the postdoctoral researcher will collaboratively analyze elephant seal mark-recapture data to complement ongoing Beltran Lab research on ecology, physiology, and behavior. Research questions, developed in partnership with Dr. Beltran and the lab group, may include life history trade-offs such as current/future reproduction and survival, or fitness consequences of environmental variation. The position is flexible around the unique needs and skills of the successful candidate. In collaboration with Dan Costa, available data include >320,000 sightings of 51,000 unique, known-age elephant seals across six decades, along with offspring size data for thousands of pups born to known-moms.

We seek a candidate with extensive mark-recapture modeling experience and advanced coding skills in R. An established track record of publications in vertebrate demography is desired. The ideal candidate is highly motivated, demonstrates creativity, is compassionate and patient with others, communicates clearly, and can take constructive criticism well. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing marginalized groups in higher education, especially candidates who have experience in building equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching, mentoring, and other professional activities. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic Serving Institution with a high proportion of first-generation students. In addition to leading this project, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with a variety of lab members (e.g., graduate students, technicians, and undergraduate student field assistants) to learn the wildlife system, develop mentoring relationships, and benefit from engagement in relevant manuscripts. Additionally, the postdoctoral researcher will be encouraged to engage in professional development with our vibrant research community and teaching center on campus. Opportunities for participation in field data collection are available.
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