Applications are invited for a post-doctoral specialist to participate in systems-based research for evaluating ecological impacts of manufactured chemicals. The overarching aim is to use Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) models to inform ecological risk assessment by determining how the effects of exposure to chemical stressors are expressed across levels of biological organization. Specific projects include: (i) determining how genomic data on two model organisms (the waterflea Daphnia and the estuarine fish Fundulus) experiencing combined food and chemical stress relate to parameters in DEB models; (ii) predicting organismal and population “tipping points” caused by failure of physiological and population regulatory processes; (iii) developing individual and population models of adaptation to stress in chronically polluted environments. The person appointed would work on one or two of these projects.
The research is part of a recently funded project led by Dr. Roger Nisbet (UCSB), working in collaboration with Dr. Erik Muller (UCSB) and Dr. Andrew Whitehead (UC Davis). UCSB is renowned for its quantitative ecological research and has a number of faculty involved in ecotoxicological research projects. There will be opportunity to interact and collaborate with researchers in the University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (www.cein.ucla.edu).
Applicants must possess a PhD and have research experience in one or more of theoretical ecology, environmental modeling, systems biology, or closely related disciplines. The position is for 2 years, contingent on funding. Start date: 1 January 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.
If you encounter anyone at ESA (or know of anyone) who might be interested, please encourage them to email me. Dr. Nisbet's email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org