Daniel S. Park Ph.D.

Plant Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity in the Anthropocene


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[Postdoc opportunities]

The Park Lab at Purdue University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with a strong quantitative background who is interested in addressing the biogeographic and community-level ecological processes that shape biodiversity through space and time. The lab is highly collaborative and employs a combination of lab, field, and big data approaches. The successful candidate will have opportunities to interact closely with a large group of biodiversity scientists, modelers, informaticians, and ecologists.

The postdoc will be affiliated with the EEB group in the Department of Biological Sciences as well as the Center for Plant Biology. The successful candidate is expected to primarily work on plant systems, but this can include research on plant-animal interactions. Depending on the skills and interests of the postdoc, there will be opportunities to pursue a broad range of topics including, but not limited to, biological invasions, phenology, and biogeography. There are opportunities for candidates with experience and skills in quantitative analyses as well as more lab-based research (e.g., DNA extractions, PCR, analyzing sequence data). Responsibilities will include statistical analysis of large datasets, leading and collaborating on scientific manuscripts, assisting in proposal writing, and developing new research ideas. The lab is supportive of opportunities for professional development (e.g., conferences, workshops), and the postdoc will have the opportunity to develop and pursue his or her own research questions in conjunction with the general interests of the lab.

The initial appointment will be at 100% time for one year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and funding. The start date is flexible but can be as early as August 2022. We strive to provide a flexible, comfortable, inclusive environment for research and professional growth, and prospective postdocs from under-represented groups and minorities are encouraged to apply. Purdue has excellent resources for ecological research, including well-equipped field stations and core facilities for genomics, metabolomics, phenotyping, microscopy, and high-throughput computing. Purdue offers competitive benefits and the Lafayette/West Lafayette area is known for its low cost of living and high quality of life and is within an hour's drive of Indianapolis and two hours of Chicago. There is a vibrant community of ecologists at Purdue, spread across several departments, with many opportunities for collaboration outside the lab group. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For further information about the position please contact danielpark [at] purdue [dot] edu.
Minimum requirements/qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in ecology, evolution, systematics/biogeography, statistics, bioinformatics, or related fields at time of appointment.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in R and/or other programming languages (e.g., Python).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (English).
  • Ability to conduct independent quantitative research, articulate scientific questions and findings, and publish in scientific journals.

Preference will be given to those candidates with a strong publication record and experience in one or more of the following topics:

  • Bayesian hierarchical modeling
  • Phylogenomics
  • Machine learning
  • GIS/geospatial analyses

To apply, please submit the following to: danielpark [at] purdue [dot] edu.

  • A cover letter highlighting relevant research interests, skills, and experience, and your preferred start date (1 – 2-pages).
  • Recent CV with names/contact information of 2-3 professional references.
  • Any other materials you wish to share that would help us evaluate your suitability.

 [Ph.D. opportunities for 2023]

We are seeking highly motivated Ph.D. students to join the Park lab at Purdue University, in Fall 2022. The lab studies plant biodiversity at the intersection of ecology and evolutionary biology. We combine experiments, observations, citizen science, big data, artificial intelligence, statistical models, and biological collections to address key hypotheses in ecology and evolution and examining how global change is affecting natural communities. Topics of interest include – but are not limited to – biological invasions, phenological responses to climates change, biogeography, and large-scale biodiversity informatics. Please see our website for more information about the lab: https://www.bio.purdue.edu/lab/park/index.html

You can apply to become a graduate student in our lab through:
Before applying in an official capacity, we encourage prospective students to contact us at danielpark [at] purdue [dot] edu and explain why you are interested in joining our lab and what your research interests are. Please also attach your current CV or resume. Successful candidates will have the freedom to choose their study systems and develop their own research projects during their graduate studies. Competitive stipends are provided in the format of research and teaching assistantships, and graduate fellowships. December 7 is the deadline for all applicants for FALL 2023. Feel free to contact us with any questions.