Opportunities for Students and Postdocs

Postdocs

Two Postdoctoral Positions in Theoretical Ecology & Evolution (Posted 8/2/18)

1) Evolution of microbial metabolic networks

A postdoctoral position is available in the Litchman and Klausmeier labs at Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station. The postdoc will participate in a NASA Exobiology funded project in collaboration with researchers from France and Germany on modeling the evolutionary emergence of diverse microbial metabolisms. We are looking for a quantitative modeler who uses cellular metabolic models such as Flux Balance Analysis, Elementary Flux Mode Analysis and others to interface them with the models of ecological interactions. Experience with eco-evolutionary modeling would be advantageous and the manuscript writing skills are essential.

The position is for one year initially, renewable depending on performance and continued funding. Start date is as soon as possible. Interested applicants should apply through careers.msu.edu (job posting 520342) and include a cover letter describing motivation, research interests and relevant experience, CV, and the names and contact information of three references. Review of applications will begin August 20, 2018 and continue until filled. For questions on the position, email Elena Litchman (litchman@msu.edu).

2) Eco-evolutionary theory

A postdoctoral position is available in the Klausmeier and Litchman labs at Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station. The postdoc will participate in a collaborative NSF-funded project on the origin and maintenance of intraspecific trait diversity in phytoplankton. We are looking for a modeler to develop eco-evolutionary models of trait diversity. A familiarity with plankton systems would be advantageous but not required.

The position is for one year initially, renewable depending on performance and continued funding. Start date is as soon as possible. Interested applicants should apply through careers.msu.edu (job posting 520388) and include a cover letter describing motivation, research interests and relevant experience, CV, and the names and contact information of three references. Review of applications will begin August 20, 2018 and continue until filled. For questions on the position, email Chris Klausmeier (klausme1@msu.edu).

Graduate Students

There are openings for graduate students in both the Klausmeier and Litchman labs. Students enroll in either the Department of Plant Biology or the Department of Integrative Biology, and typically join the interdepartmental Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior. Students typically live on campus for the first year or two of their studies to take classes, then move to KBS for the remainder of their program.

We are looking for students with interests in understanding aquatic ecosystems and addressing fundamental ecological questions using plankton or other microbes as a model system. Students can work on an independent project or take charge of one of ours. Research interests of our lab members are very diverse and include trait-based approaches to community organization, game theory approaches to ecology, harmful algal blooms and global change, thermal niches of marine and freshwater phytoplankton, invasive microbes, size selection in bacteria and phytoplankton, among others.  Potential students could have an undergraduate training in biology/ecology or in mathematics/physics/computer science/engineering, with a desire to apply these quantitative skills to ecological questions.

If you have interest in doing your Ph.D. studies with us, contact us before December 1 to ensure adequate time for the application process. Late applications may be considered if possible.

Undergraduates

Undergraduates at MSU or other institutions can contact us to arrange possible summer or school-year research in our labs.

Last updated: August 2, 2018