By Barnabas Daru | February 13, 2023

Postdoctoral Position in Biogeographic Inference Tools (2 years)

A 2-year postdoctoral position in developing analytical methods and tools for evolutionary biogeography and macroecology is available in the lab of Barnabas Daru ( in the Department of Biology at Stanford University. This position is part of a collaborative, NSF funded Division of Biological Infrastructure project titled “phyloregion, computational infrastructure for biogeographic regionalization and macroecology in the R computing environment.” The position is 100% research.

The responsibilities are to: (1) Develop new methods for analyzing biome evolution; (2) Develop new tools to visualize patterns of biogeography, macroecology and evolution; and (3) Develop new tools for conservation that reflect the key dimensions of phylogenetic diversity including richness, divergence, and regularity (

The Daru Lab is supportive of opportunities for professional development (through Stanford Office of Postdoctoral Affairs). The postdoc will also have the opportunity to participate in a users workshop on biogeographic methods held at Stanford Hopkins Marine Station and Turtle Cove Field Station, Louisiana. We strive to provide a flexible, comfortable, inclusive environment for research and professional growth.

Essential qualifications:
Applicants should have a PhD in ecology, biology, evolution, biogeography, statistics or a related field, and have demonstrated expertise in spatial analysis and programming in the R computing environment. Prior experience with GIS/geospatial analysis, R package development, Git, and/or reproducible research would be an asset. Prospective postdocs from traditionally under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply..

Applicants should electronically submit a single PDF containing the following:

  1. a 2-page cover letter detailing your research interests and skills that match the position;
  2. a CV (with 3-5 references listed at the end)

Please submit applications before March 14, 2023 via
Direct any questions to Dr. Barnabas Daru at The start date is May 2023, with flexibility.

Terms of employment:
Salary, health insurance, and other benefits are included. This position is based at Stanford University, and it is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.


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