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Postdoctoral Researcher
Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Date Posted 02/25/2021
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Recruitment/Posting Title Postdoctoral Researcher
Department FASC - Biology
Salary Commensurate With Experience
Posting Summary

Postdoctoral Researcher in Ecology or Paleoecology

The university is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow with strong quantitative background to work on a three-year NSF-funded project on spatial and temporal patterns on soil arthropods and climate change at Rutgers University, NJ. The project aims to integrate paleoecological data, isotope geochemistry and community ecology to assemble, describe, and analyze the long-term responses (i.e., ~50 kyr BP years to present) of soil arthropod communities to changes in climate (i.e., precipitation).
In this project we will sample and study arthropod fossil remains from rodent middens in the Atacama Desert as well as modern arthropod communities. These middens provide unparallel opportunities for long-term and large spatial scale studies of patterns of diversity and community structure of soil arthropods throughout the thousands of years. Exploratory samplings of rodent middens have provided information about the extraordinarily rich fossil assemblage from the Atacama Desert. The project aims to (i) reconstruct and describe temporal and spatial diversity patterns of ancient and modern soil arthropod communities; (ii) relate arthropod diversity patterns to changes in rainfall and plant productivity across spatial and temporal scales; and (ii) establish community-level baselines, and test for local to regional fidelity of modern, centennial and millennial-scale arthropod remains. In addition, this project will develop a toolkit for analyses of arthropod communities in paleoecological research.
The successful candidate will spearhead exciting projects integrating neoecological and paleoecological approaches to understand the responses of soil arthropod communities to climate change. More specifically, the postdoc will lead field work efforts in Chile. The postdoc will also lead data analysis and manuscript preparation, and mentor graduate and undergraduate students. The position will allow for multiple professional development opportunities, including training in highly interdisciplinary science, collaborations across institutions, mentorship toward scientific writing, presentation, and professional development, and interactions with graduate and undergraduate students.

Posting Number 21FA0183
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Physical Demands and Work Environment

Rutgers University–Camden is a diverse, research-intensive campus of more than 7,400 undergraduate and graduate students and 1,100 faculty and staff members located in Camden, N.J., directly across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. The campus thrives with a supportive culture that helps students achieve their goals and fosters collaboration among employees. The university is recognized as a national model for civically engaged urban universities and was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its Community Engagement classification. Washington Monthly magazine consistently ranks Rutgers University–Camden among its “Best Bang for the Buck” universities and best national research universities. Recently, Rutgers–Camden earned Carnegie classification as an R2 research university.


The Faculty of Arts and Sciences are the largest academic unit at Rutgers–Camden, delivering a wide array of degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and fine arts. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences includes three schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, University College, and the Graduate School.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Quick Link to Posting https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/127357
Campus Rutgers University-Camden
Home Location Campus Rutgers University-Camden
Location Details

The González research group is located in the Joint Health Science Center associated to Rutgers University in Camden NJ. Rutgers Camden campus is located with walking distance (or by subway) from the city of Philadelphia, PA.

González lab website: https://agonzalez.blogs.rutgers.edu/
Rutgers University-Camden campus: https://camden.rutgers.edu/new/
Center for Computational and Integrative Biology https://ccib.camden.rutgers.edu/

The qualified candidates will work at Rutgers University under the supervision of Dr. Angélica L. González. There will also be strong collaboration with Dr. Claudio Latorre (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), Dr. Olivier Dézerald (INRAE, France), Dr. Julio Betancourt (USGS and University of Arizona), and Mario Elgueta (Museo Nacional de Historia Natural Chile).

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