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How to Apply

Applicants should send a CV, contact information for two references, and a cover letter outlining their interest in the position and their relevant skills and experience to Brian Weeks (  Review of applications will begin on May 15, 2019, with an expected start date of September 1, 2019.

Job Summary

A working group (Brian Weeks, Benjamin Winger, and Kathleen Bergen) at the newly-formed Institute for Global Change Biology at the University of Michigan is hiring a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. The Fellow will work on predicting the limits to adaptive shifts in range and migration phenology in migratory birds, with a focus on the interaction of these phenomena with concomitant changes in morphology and allometry. While past efforts to predict shifts in species’ ranges and phenologies have focused largely on projecting changes in climatic niche envelopes, the extreme physiological demands of migration may impose constraints on these adaptive strategies in migratory species. In particular, the observation that many migratory birds are getting smaller as temperatures increase, suggests that morphological adaptation may be a key dimension of climate change adaptation. Understanding how morphological change may facilitate or inhibit adaptive shifts in range and phenology through changes in optimal migratory dynamics as well as relationships to landscape/habitat change is the goal of this position.

The position will begin Fall 2019, is based at the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, is for 2 years, and comes with a competitive salary and benefits. The postdoc will be supervised by Weeks, Winger, and Bergen.

Mission Statement

The School for Environment and Sustainability’s overarching mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth’s resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. Through research, education, and outreach, the faculty, staff, and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.  The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Required Qualifications*

The position requires a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology or a related field. The ideal applicant would have research experience related to bird migration, strong quantitative and modeling skills, and demonstrated success in publication of original research. Familiarity with GIS/remote sensing is a benefit.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.