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CTFS-ForestGEO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ecology and Evolution of Tree Communities


Location: CTFS-ForestGEO, National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC


The Center for Tropical Forest Science - Forest Global Earth Observatory (CTFS-ForestGEO) at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute seeks a postdoctoral fellow to join a collaborative research effort to generate and use DNA sequence data of tree communities in large forest census plots to address broad evolutionary, taxonomic and ecological questions. The successful candidate will work with Dr. David Kenfack and Dr. Stuart Davies to synthesize existing DNA sequence data and where necessary develop new DNA sequence data of tree species from across the CTFS-ForestGEO network of plots. The candidate will use these data to address questions on the ecology and evolution of tree communities. Projects might include: studies of trait evolution and coexistence of hyper-diverse genera, tests of species boundaries and cryptic species, community-level studies of functional and phylogenetic diversity, and exploration of the links between phylogenetic diversity and ecosystem function.


Candidates should hold a PhD in evolution, plant systematics, forest ecology or environmental science, have strong skills in DNA sequencing and data analysis, experience in forest ecology, strong writing skills, and demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.


The fellowship will be based at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC and will be awarded the standard Smithsonian postdoctoral stipend. The appointment is for two years. The starting date is flexible; earlier start dates are preferred.


To apply, send a single PDF file containing a cover letter including a statement of research interest, CV, contact information for three references, and two relevant publications or manuscripts to Lauren Krizel, CTFS-ForestGEO Program Assistant,  Rolling review of applications will begin February 15, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.  For further information, contact David Kenfack (