Postdoctoral Openings

Postdoctoral position in Theoretical Ecology (one year with the possibility for renewal a second year)

A postdoctoral position is available in the Bonachela lab, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources (Rutgers University), to investigate ecological transitions. Specifically, the scholar will join a project exploring systems in which catastrophic ecological transitions occur in order to understand the mechanisms underlying the transitions, their ecological consequences, and the possibility to alter/reduce their catastrophic character. Building on recent theoretical ideas (see Villa-Martin, Bonachela, Levin, Munoz, PNAS 2014), the successful candidate will compile examples of natural systems in which ecological transitions have been reported; quantify the transitions with available data; and then develop mathematical and statistical models to test different ways to anticipate the transition and/or engineer the ecosystem to reduce damaging consequences associated with the transition. These model predictions will potentially be tested experimentally in collaboration with other research groups.

We are looking for independent, creative, and motivated individuals with a strong quantitative and computational background. The ideal candidate will have a theoretical biology background (or, equivalently, physics or mathematics with a strong record and interest in biology). In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to plan and develop their own research, disseminate results in international conferences and journals, and keep building a network of academic contacts. The Bonachela lab is highly multidisciplinary and highly collaborative, and the candidate will be expected to contribute to (and benefit from!) such an environment. The New Jersey area and, specifically, Rutgers and the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, offer a vibrant academic life and multiple opportunities for personal and professional development.

To apply for the position, please follow the instructions on . Deadline 15/June/2018.

For informal enquiries or more information, contact juan.bonachela AT, or visit

If you are recent PhD or a postdoc, and are interested in any of the other topics described on this website, please contact us to discuss about your research plans and potential funding opportunities. 

PhD Openings

If you are recent graduate, and are excited about our research topics, you can apply to join the lab through either the Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution, or the Graduate Program in Oceanography. Please make sure that you contact us a few months in advance so we can discuss the details, including research interests and alternative sources of funding.