Job Title                      Postdoctoral Research Position in Urban Ecology          

Campus/Location        Campus: Tempe            

Department Name       ASU Wrigley Institute 

Full-Time/Part-Time    Full-time

Job Description            

The Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Program has been funded by the National Science Foundation's Long-term Ecological Research Program (LTER) for more than 20 years to study the ecology of the metropolitan Phoenix urban ecosystem. We are seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral scholar to conduct interdisciplinarysocial-ecological research with CAP scholars to explore the drivers and outcomes of ecological patterns/processes across residential and open space landscapes (riparian areas, desert preserves, and/or urban parks) within the CAP ecosystem. 

The ideal candidate will develop his or her own research ideas in collaboration with a primary faculty mentor(s) within two of the CAP LTER Interdisciplinary Research Teams (IRTs) that organize our work: Parks & Rivers and Residential Landscapes. Ideally, the post-doctoral scholar will utilize existing long-term datasets (biophysical, land cover, and social surveys) to answer interdisciplinary research questions about the structure and functioning of cities as ecosystems, including possible topics such as: (1) the social-ecological drivers of plant and wildlife community structure and dynamics in cities through time as linked to climate change, management decisions, demographic shifts and/or urban sustainability practices at multiple scales; and/or (2) the spatio-temporal patterns in actual and perceived ecosystem services and disservices associated with residential and open space landscapes in cities. 

Essential Functions       

Responsibilities of the post-doctoral scholar will include: 

  • Developing relevant original research and answering testable questions using long-term CAP datasets
  • Data analysis and manuscript preparation/publication
  • Dissemination of research at national conferences
  • Advising students
  • Working closely with CAP collaborators
  • Other duties as discussed with the post-doctoral mentor(s) 

Required Qualifications  

  • The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in ecology or other natural resource disciplines, geography, or other interdisciplinary environmental or related areas of study by the start date of the appointment.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • A reasonable record of peer-reviewed publications, highlighting interdisciplinary social-ecological scholarship

Desired Qualifications 

  • Experience with the LTER Network and/or using long-term datasets
  • Experience integrating different types of datasets (ecological, spatial, and/or social data)
  • Strong background in spatial analysis/ArcGIS, and statistical or ecological modeling
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Commitment to meeting the needs of diverse communities and interacting cooperatively with a range of CAP faculty, students, and staff


Application Procedure

To review and apply to this position, please visit:  The application deadline is January 31, 2019, if not filled; reviews will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. 

To apply, candidates will be asked to submit the following through their Interfolio Dossier:

  • Cover letter outlining qualifications and experience (1 page)
  • Curriculum Vitae, including links to authored publications 
  • Research statement (1 to 2 pages) of past and future research experiences and interests.  Please include possible research questions of interest to the candidate with reference to specific long-term CAP LTER datasets
  • Name, phone number, address, and e-mail address of three (3) references
  • Unofficial graduate transcripts 

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position. Only electronic applications will be accepted. Any inquiries should be addressed to

General Information    

The School of Sustainability is the first of its kind: A comprehensive degree-granting program with a transdisciplinary focus on finding real-world solutions to environmental, economic, and social sustainability challenges (see  Established in 2006, the School is part of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.


"Our mission is to educate a new generation of scholars and practitioners and create innovative modes of scholarship by bringing together people from multiple disciplines, leaders and stakeholders to develop effective solutions to the most pressing sustainability challenges."


The School of Sustainability takes a transdisciplinary approach in its curriculum, addressing a broad spectrum of global challenges, including: 1) energy, materials, and technology; 2) water quality and scarcity; 3) international development; 4) sustainable ecosystems; 5) social transformations; 6) food and food system sustainability, and; 7) policy and governance. 


A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,  religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law (see



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