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Postdoctoral Application Form: Fire-Vegetation-Climate Interactions in Savanna Ecosystems


Dr. Jennifer Marlon at Yale University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position on fire-vegetation-climate dynamics in Africa. The postdoc will join a newly funded Hutchinson cluster (PIs: Carla Staver, Jennifer Marlon, Vanessa Ezenwa) at the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies (https://yibs.yale.edu/hutchinson-fellows) focused on understanding the diversity of trophic interactions that influence African savanna ecosystems. The candidate in this position will develop independent research exploring interactions between fire, vegetation, climate, and human activities using paleoenvironmental data and will work with other faculty and postdocs in the cluster to develop and implement collaborative, interdisciplinary projects.

The Yale School of the Environment provides an inclusive and collaborative community to support scientific and career development. The successful candidate for this position will have: (i) a PhD degree in ecology and evolutionary biology, anthropology, geography, meteorology, natural resource management, or a related discipline; (ii) a track record of creativity in research and research productivity; (iii) substantive experience working in Africa; (iv) strong quantitative skills; and (v) the ability to work independently and as part of a team.


Interested candidates should submit a 1-page cover letter; a CV including contact information for three references; a 2-page statement of research interests and goals; and a copy of a first-authored publication. Informal inquiries about this position are welcome and can be sent to Jennifer Marlon (jennifer.marlon@yale.edu). 


Postdoc budget:
Starting salary of $62,000/year - One year, with possibility of renewal for a second year (but not more). Up to $10,000 per year per postdoc for research, travel, etc.
Student/visitor budget:
Additional budget will be available to bring international visitors to Yale, including travel and any necessary housing and living expense supplements.


Applications are due by January 15, 2022. (The start date for this position is August-September 2022) 

The Hutchinson program will NOT replace the Donnelley postdoc program.

For any questions or concerns regarding the application process, contact: 

LaToya Sealy Cotto
(203) 432-9857

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Applications are due by January 15, 2022.