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Postdoctoral Researcher in Eco-evolutionary Modeling (id:66549)
University of Maine in Orono, Maine
Date Posted 01/26/2021
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Postdoctoral Researcher in Eco-evolutionary Modeling (id:66549)


School of Biology & Ecology - OSBE



Orono, ME

We seek an enthusiastic researcher to join the EcoEvoMatics lab (principal investigator Dr. Andy Rominger) at the University of Maine as a postdoc.


We are seeking applicants with strong quantitative and computational backgrounds, as well as experience in next-generation sequencing-enabled approaches to studying biodiversity. The postdoc is expected to contribute to the Rules of Life Engine (RoLE) project, specifically expanding the functionality of the RoLE model and testing it across a diversity of datasets. These data come from close collaborators of the project and include impressive quantifications of the biodiversity in systems such as Hawaiian terrestrial arthropods , marine invertebrates in Palau , birds and arthropods in the Brazillian Atlantic Forest , and the entirety of publicly available data provided by the National Ecological Observatory Network .


The EcoEvoMatics lab is jointly housed in the School of Biology and Ecology and the Maine Center for Genetics in the Environment . The postdoc will also join a vibrant community of researchers working together as part of Maine-eDNA and a network of collaborators contributing to the Rules of Life Engine project.


In the EcoEvoMatics lab we value diversity and strive to be a safe and welcoming space for all researchers. Please read more about our lab philosophy on our group website. The anticipated salary for this position is $50,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Complete Job Description

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,200 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus and throughout the state. UMaine is the state land and sea grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System’s flagship university.  As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels.


Further information about UMaine can be found at https://umaine.edu/


The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits  for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.


UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life.  Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. 


Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here .


  • Conferral of a PhD degree before 1 September 2021
  • Experience with scientific computing, ideally including strength in Python, R, Bash, C++
  • Experience with design of UX/UI for scientific software
  • Experience in developing open software as part of a team (e.g. familiarity with Git and an online Git repository such as GitHub)
  • Familiarity with next generation sequencing approaches for the study of biodiversity (e.g. metabarcoding)

Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:


1.) a cover letter discussing your interest in joining the EcoEvoMatics lab and the Rule of Life Engine project; this letter is a space to discuss your research interests, desired outcomes of a postdoc in our group, and your engagement with diversity, equity, and inclusion
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references

You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.


Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: March 1, 2021
Interviews to begin no earlier than: March 15, 2021
Tentative start date: September 1, 2021


For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Dr. Andy Rominger at andrew.rominger@maine.edu .


Appropriate background checks are required.


The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Amie Parker, Interim Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Fiscal Year (12 Months)

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