We seek a postdoctoral scholar to participate in a project funded by the National Science Foundation Rules of Life program focused on detecting and predicting the relative contributions of fecundity and survival to fitness in changing environments. The project is a collaboration between the labs of Lauren Buckley at the University of Washington (quantitative physiological ecology and evolution), Sean Schoville at the University of Wisconsin (molecular ecology and genomics), and Caroline Williams at the University of California Berkeley (physiology). The project will leverage historic and recent survey and specimen data for an assemblage of grasshopper species found along a montane elevation gradient near Boulder, Colorado, USA. Field reciprocal transplant experiments will assess whether local adaptation and plasticity moderate fecundity and survival constraints along the environmental gradient. The transplants will use physiological and genomic biomarkers to test the hypothesis that survival constraints predominate at low elevations, while fecundity constraints predominate at high elevations. Lab common garden experiments manipulating environmental attributes that vary with elevation (temperature, temperature variability, photoperiod, radiation, hypoxia) will test physiological mechanisms that underlie fitness constraints. Model building will integrate these physiological mechanisms to predict responses to the elevation gradient. Then, historic survey and specimen data will be used to test whether these models successfully hindcast patterns of genetic, physiological, phenotypic, and demographic responses to 50 years of climate warming.
We anticipate the postdoc will lead the field and lab components of the project and participate in physiological and genomic analysis and/or modelling. The postdoc should be prepared to spend extended periods in the field and visiting collaborating labs. The project offers opportunities for education and outreach activities related to climate change responses.
Qualifications: A doctoral degree in a relevant subject and experience conducting field or laboratory research is required. Familiarity with physiological ecology and evolution, genomics, and / or modelling is desirable. Applicants with evidence of creativity, strong quantitative reasoning and communication skills, and engaging in open and reproducible science practices are particularly encouraged to apply.
This position is based at the University of Washington and includes a competitive salary and benefits. The initial appointment will be for one year with a possible reappointment for at least one additional year conditional on performance and funding. In the Department of Biology, we continue to strive for an inclusive and welcoming departmental culture that recognizes and encourages individual differences, that fosters the constructive expression of ideas, and that promotes shared values such as intellectual curiosity, creativity, collegiality, and sense of mission. Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.
Applicants should submit a single PDF file containing a cover letter that describes their expertise, experience, and interest in the position; a Curriculum Vitae; and contact information for three references Lauren Buckley (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications will begin February 15, 2021 and will continue on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to candidates who can start approximately mid May to participate in the 2021 field season, but plans may be re-evaluated due to the pandemic. Please contact one of the PIs with any questions.