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Advancing macrosystem phenology modeling and forecasting post-doctoral position at UW-Milwaukee

A research team affiliated with the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN) seeks a post-doctoral scholar interested in advancing understanding of phenological coherence and seasonal predictability across North America through development of more accurate and diverse models of spring plant growth stages, as part of a National Science Foundation-sponsored project.  In this one-year position, available starting in January 2021 (with potential for renewal for two additional years), the post-doctoral scholar, under mentoring of Dist. Prof. Mark D. Schwartz (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and the team co-PIs, will conduct independent research aimed at developing a suite of spring phenological models which can accurately represent the variations of driving factors such as temperature, precipitation and light levels on spring plant development across a wide array of different species at continental-scales, using data collected by USA-NPN and the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON).  Additionally, the scholar will assist in applying these models to important questions related to macrosystem theory and the impacts of accelerating global environmental change, as well as help adapt them for use in assessing the potential predictability of spring plant development on seasonal to decadal time horizons.  

A Ph.D. in environmental science, ecology, geography, or a closely related relevant area is required by time of appointment.  Required qualifications include extensive experience working with R or Python, combining diverse data sets, modeling, and time series data analysis.  Strong written and oral communication skills are also required.  Desired qualifications include prior experience working with large data sets, high performance computing, statistics, and extensive ecological model development/evaluation, as well as familiarity with phenological research methods.  This is an exciting opportunity to be a key part of a major research project, with significant potential for high-impact publication and visibility of your research.  Our team is committed to strong post-doctoral mentoring, career and leadership development, and recruitment of diverse candidates, especially from underrepresented groups.  Due to the on-going pandemic, we look to be quite flexible in approaching how tasks and responsibilities will be accomplished in this position, including the expectation that work can begin remotely.


To apply:  Please send an email to Prof. Mark D. Schwartz ( with subject line:  “Application for phenology modeling postdoc” that includes your CV, list of contacts for three references, and a short cover letter (1 page) highlighting your qualifications and interest in the position.  Review of applications will begin October 12, 2020.

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