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Postdoctoral Scholar: Quantitative Conservation Ecologist—Understanding climate change vulnerability

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School / Campus / College: College of the Environment

Organization: Environmental and Forest Sciences

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar: Quantitative Conservation Ecologist—Understanding climate change vulnerability

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Position Description

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work with an interdisciplinary team on an innovative study that explores potential drivers of climate-change vulnerability for relatively poorly studied species. This position will be an initial 24-month appointment. 

The successful candidate will undertake quantitative analysis and data syntheses to develop models and typologies that assess climate-change vulnerability. They will lead or contribute to studies that 1) use spatial and quantitative modeling to identify and assess the general factors that influence species risk of climate-driven population decline and redistribution, and 2) develop a classification of species’ adaptive capacity and sensitivity to climate change. Additional areas of research could include evaluating the accuracy of trait-base vulnerability assessments and exploring approaches for imputing missing data in trait-based assessments. The incumbent will lead collaborative efforts to publish the results of the work as peer-reviewed articles and to produce one or more agency reports.

This project will result in the co-production of actionable science in support of federal agencies and funding partners. It will require the successful candidate to work in collaboration with project partners at Colorado State University and the USGS.

Duties and responsibilities will include the following.

  • Organizing and processing large data sets
  • Building statistical models and conducting analyses
  • Preparing figures
  • Writing and publishing peer-reviewed papers
  • Writing reports
  • Meeting with collaborators and stakeholders
  • Presenting results at meetings


The salary range for this position will be $65,600 to $68,000 per year, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.

The University of Washington (Seattle campus), a leader in undergraduate and graduate education and one of the world's premiere research universities, offers rigorous academic programs, outstanding faculty, and diverse cultural and social opportunities in a stimulating intellectual environment. The College of the Environment, including its six Schools and Departments and multiple programs, institutes, and centers, connects educators, researchers, students and citizens, cultivating communities who work with and learn from each other while tackling critical environmental challenges. The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences is dedicated to generating and disseminating knowledge for the stewardship of natural and managed environments and the sustainable use of their products and services through teaching, research and outreach. Our Seattle location is ideal, with access to a multitude of collaboration opportunities in a vibrant urban location with the allure of the mountains, forests and islands within 45 minutes of campus.

The University of Washington (UW) is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries. The UW is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (see

The UW and School of Environmental and Forest Sciences promote diversity and inclusivity among our students, faculty, staff, and public. Thus, we are strongly seeking candidates whose experiences have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion and have given them the confidence to fully engage audiences from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

Postdoctoral scholars at UW are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.



Candidates must hold a PhD and have no more than three years of total postdoctoral experience at the time of appointment. The successful candidate for this position will have strong spatial and quantitative modeling skills and a broad understanding of terrestrial animal ecology, climate change impacts, and climate change vulnerability assessments. They will have experience handling large datasets, expertise in GIS, and strong coding skills. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required, as is the ability to work well in a team that includes interdisciplinary scientists, managers, and modelers. The person in this position will be expected to collaborate with project investigators as well as other researchers and stakeholders from state and federal agencies. 


To apply for this position, please submit an application via Interfolio. Applicants must submit:

  1. A statement of research interests and relevant skills and experiences
  2. A CV
  3. A representative example of your scholarly work/s
  4. Names, addresses, emails and telephone numbers of three references

Questions regarding potential disability accommodations during the application process can be directed to

Position open until filled. Review of applications begins 9/11/2023.

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