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Postdoctoral position in Forest Ecology & Genomics

The lab of Sean McMahon at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in forest genetics, population biology, and ecology.  This position is funded by an NSF grant to Sean McMahon, Nate Swenson at the University of Maryland, and Stuart Davies, at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.  The project investigates genetic variation in tree growth with an interest in linking climate, demography, functional traits, transcriptomes and ecosystem processes in two temperate forests. The position will be based at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater Maryland.  The position will collaborate closely with the Swenson lab and the CTFS-ForestGEO research network (

Desired qualifications include: a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology, knowledge of modern genetic methods (i.e. transcriptomics, sequence capture, and/or population genomics), excellent quantitative skills and knowledge of bioinformatics, advanced programming skills in R, and strong writing and communication skills.

This postdoc position will begin as soon as December 2016, but the start date can be flexible. Initial appointment is for two years, and is potentially renewable. Salary starts at 48K with benefits.

To apply send a single PDF file containing a cover letter, CV, contact information for three references, and two relevant publications or manuscripts to with "SERC Postdoc Position" in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis until the position is filled.   

Please contact Sean McMahon at with any questions.