The Morton Arboretum invites applications for a two year postdoctoral researcher to work on an NSF-supported project focused on quantifying species’ geographic range shifts and population sizes using multiple data types. The successful applicant will join an international team of researchers with expertise in mathematics/ statistics, ecology, biogeography, and population genetics. The postdoctoral researcher will collaborate with the project team to develop and implement quantitative methods to make inference about range shifts since the last Ice Age by integrating datasets which have different characteristics and spatial and temporal resolution (environmental, paleoecological, and genetic data).

The project is summarize here:

The Morton Arboretum is a world-class plant science research institute and public botanic garden near Chicago, USA, with strengths in ecology, conservation, informatics, and genomics. The Arboretum has collaborations with scientists at the Field Museum, University of Illinois Chicago, two National Laboratories, Brookfield Zoo, and Chicago Botanic Garden.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or Ph.D. defense scheduled) in a quantitative science (i.e., mathematical biology, statistics, theoretical ecology, or related fields), or in an ecological field with demonstrated experience in quantitative ecology. Experience in one or more of the following is preferred: Bayesian statistics, spatial modeling, state-space modeling, or mathematical modelling. Experience in programming is preferred. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in working at the interface of statistics and ecology.

The position is for two years, with possibility for continuing support pending future funding. The postdoctoral researcher will be based at The Morton Arboretum and will primarily work with Dr. Sean Hoban, Dr. Andria Dawson (Mount Royal University, Calgary), and Dr. Adam Smith (Missouri Botanical Garden). The position will require some travel for project meetings. All travel expenses are covered. The postdoctoral researcher will be provided opportunities for professional development, suited to their interests (e.g. scientific meetings, teaching or mentoring, skill training), for which funding is provided.

Applications may be submitted until the position is filled; applications received by April 15 are guaranteed consideration. A start date of Fall 2019 or earlier is preferred. Applicants must apply at Relevant qualifications and skills should be clearly highlighted in the cover letter and CV.

Inquiries about the position or the application are welcome.
Please contact Dr. Sean Hoban (, Dr. Adam Smith (, or Dr. Andria Dawson (