Duke University, Statistical Science

Position ID:Duke-StatSci-AGPDA [#24678, 3820]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Statistics
Appl Deadline: finished (2023/04/11, finished 2023/06/08, listed until 2023/10/11)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

We seek a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to work on a US Office of Naval Research-funded project related to spatio-temporal data fusion in marine mammal science. Together our group, comprised of Rob Schick (Duke, Nicholas School of the Environment), Alan Gelfand (Duke, Statistical Science) and Erin Schliep (NCSU, Statistics), builds hierarchical Bayesian models to better understand the impacts of anthropogenic stressors on the marine environment. We focus on fusing the multiple types of data that are often collected in the field, from short term biotelemetry tags, to passive acoustic monitoring data, to aerial and vessel line transect data.

In this project, we have a particular interest in fusing acoustic detection data from calling whales, together with in situ sampling of zooplankton and aerial and vessel-based sightings of whales to provide inference on spatially and temporally explicit distribution and abundance. With continuing evolution of the marine environment, we also have interest in developing data collection design to effectively characterize and monitor distribution.

Postdoctoral researchers are expected to contribute to participate in mentoring of junior laboratory members, laboratory meetings including journal clubs, and presentation of results at ecological and statistical conferences. The successful applicant will join a thriving community of statisticians and quantitative ecologists at the Nicholas School of the Environment along with the Department of Statistical Science at Duke and the Department of Statistics at NC State University.

TERM: 2 years.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicants should hold a PhD in statistics or quantitative ecology. We seek applicants with a solid foundation in Bayesian statistics and demonstrated ability to fit hierarchical models. Experience with spatial statistics and an interest in ecology are ideal, as is effective communication with non-statisticians.

PROJECTED START DATE: The position is available immediately. Start date is flexible for doctoral candidates completing degrees in summer of 2023.

WORK LOCATION: Work takes place in Durham, NC


Interested individuals should include the following materials

  • CV
  • Names and email addresses of 3 references
  • A short cover letter describing your background and career goals
  • A one-page statement of research interests and methodological skills
  • A sample research paper
  • A demonstration of statistical coding expertise (e.g., a github repository, or supplementary code submitted with a publication)

Candidate must be legally authorized to work in the USA. Visa sponsorship is not available.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Questions should be emailed to Corrie Curtice (corrie.curtice@duke.edu)

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
email address
Box 90251, 214 Old Chemistry
Durham, NC 27708