Dynamic Energy Budget Modeling of Dreissenid Mussels in the Great Lakes

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How to Apply

Applications are welcomed and encouraged from all qualified individuals regardless of background and identity. To apply, please complete the application on the U-M Careers site.

Applicants should provide the following materials as part of their application:

  • Cover letter describing your qualifications related to the position and research accomplishments 

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Contact information for three professional references

  • Two representative publications

Incorporating these materials as a single PDF file is preferred, but additional files may be emailed to Casey Godwin, cgodwin@umich.edu.


A postdoctoral fellowship is available for a highly qualified individual to join the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR, https://ciglr.seas.umich.edu/). CIGLR is a collaboration between the University of Michigan and NOAA that brings together experts from academia and government research labs to work on pressing problems facing the Great Lakes region. The successful candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team at CIGLR and the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) to improve models of how invasive dreissenid mussels shape the lakes’ food webs. In particular, the candidate will develop a dynamic energy budget model for Dreissena that predicts net growth of mussels, including changes in energy storage, structural tissues, maturation, reproduction, and nutrient cycling. This model will build upon a rich history of studies conducted at CIGLR, GLERL and elsewhere related to mussel feeding and excretion, population dynamics, growth, and size structure. In addition to model development, the candidate will assist with planning and overseeing experiments required to parameterize the model. 

The successful applicant’s appointment will be with CIGLR, which is part of the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The fellow will spend the majority of their time at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor. Postdocs will be expected to maintain strong records of scholarly publication, as well as records of presentation at scientific conferences and public meetings.

The University of Michigan is consistently ranked among the top American public research universities, and Ann Arbor is routinely ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. due to its natural beauty, preservation of wooded areas, vibrant arts program, and lively downtown.

This position offers a highly competitive salary plus benefits.

Term Limited: The initial appointment is for one year, with an opportunity for extension based on performance.

SEAS is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment that respects diverse experiences, promotes generous listening and communications, and discourages and restoratively respond to acts of discrimination, harassment, or injustice. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is deeply rooted in our values for a sustainable and just society.

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off

  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting

  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance

  • Life insurance

  • Long-term disability coverage

  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

Required Qualifications*

  • A Ph.D. in natural sciences or engineering with research experience in limnology, ecological modeling, or a similar field 

  • A strong background in deterministic modeling

  • Familiarity with data analysis and visualization in a scripting environment using R, Python, or similar software 

  • Demonstrated ability to lead the development of manuscripts for refereed journal publication 

  • Strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work both as a team and independently

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with dynamic energy budget models, or similar bioenergetic models 

  • Experience with developing parameter estimates from experiments or existing sources 

  • Experience conducting experiments with live organisms 

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze data, quantify uncertainty, and publish results in a timely manner

Additional Information

Salary will be determined based on experience.

Remote and flexible work agreements may be made to support partial off-site work at a remote location.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

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

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