The Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences at the University of Iowa seeks a qualified and motivated postdoctoral researcher to conduct research in the field of biogeography. The research will contribute to an NSF-funded project that aims to characterize the change in the factors determining plant community composition on a gradient of spatial scale. Data from plots in alpine plant communities in Europe will be analyzed. The relative importance of habitat, climate and spatial variables for that differentiate plots at different distances will be determined. Generalities on the changes with spatial scale will be derived. Additionally, the postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to pursue additional research, substituting traits for species identities in a similar analysis and to conduct independent research related to the goals of the project. The project is part of a larger team effort with colleagues in Europe, and interaction with them is expected. Additional work on an outreach workshop and webinar on spatial analyses is required. Travel to Europe and to conferences is required.
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.