Funded Research Opportunities

Ecoinformatics researchers are currently looking for undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and professional research staff to work in their labs. Below, we have listed current funded opportunities.

(Updated April 2, 2021)

Postdoc Opening (vacancy number 605292) in the Ogle Lab

Post-doctoral Scientist in Statistical Ecology with a focus on Integrated Population Models

Dr. Kiona Ogle (Northern Arizona University) and Dr. Jamie Sanderlin (USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station) are seeking candidates for a postdoctoral position to develop integrated population models (IPMs) for management applications in ecology. The primary objectives for this position are to: 1) Develop and analyze existing long-term study data on nest density, nest survival, occupancy, productivity, and home range size within an IPM for white-headed woodpeckers; 2) Assess study design effort for each data source in relation to monitoring objectives; 3) Incorporate the IPM into an adaptive management framework. Candidates must have a PhD in statistics, ecology, or closely related field by the start of employment; should have demonstrated experience publishing scientific papers in the areas of statistics, quantitative ecology, or ecology; and should have the ability to develop and implement Bayesian hierarchical statistical models. Candidates should have a background in one or more areas related to population demographic models, data-model integration, IPMs, and avian or wildlife biology. Experience using R, JAGS, OpenBUGS, STAN, or NIMBLE software is desirable. This is a 1-year position with the possibility to extend to 2-years contingent on funding and performance. Application materials include: 1) CV, 2) cover letter, and 3) contact information for 3 professional references. For more details and to apply, go to the NAU Careers Page Link (, and search “Staff openings” using the vacancy number 605292. For further information, contact: Dr. Kiona Ogle ( or Dr. Jamie Sanderlin ( For full consideration, all materials must be received by April 30, 2021.

Postdoc Opening in the Richardson Lab

The Richardson Lab (Terrestrial Ecosystems and Global Change) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher who will work on modeling and analysis of PhenoCam data, and quantifying the role of phenology in land-atmosphere interactions and coupling. The postdoc who joins the project should be a data scientist and ecological modeler. The position is available immediately. A start date of February 1, 2021 is expected.

You can find details in the listing, please go to
Then select staff openings, and search for position 605150

All applications must be submitted through the NAU HR web page,

Graduate Fellowship Opportunity

Our T3 option, funded through a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) award, aims to train students in team science and science communication as they gain expertise in Ecological and Environmental Informatics, and to prepare trainees for a diverse range of career paths. Fellowships ($34,000/year stipend, tuition benefits, health insurance, for 1-2 years) are available for outstanding applicants; we strongly encourage applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups. Exceptional early applicants may be eligible for supplemental funding through NAU’s Presidential Fellowship. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the final (Graduate College) deadline on January 1, 2021. For full funding consideration, we recommend applying during the Fall 2020 semester; prospective students should apply to the Informatics and Computing (INF) program, and explicitly indicate interest in the EEI T3 program within the personal statement. We strongly encourage interested students to contact prospective faculty mentors or the T3 Program Coordinator (Dr. Kimberly Samuels-Crow,

Complex Systems Informatics Laboratory (Ben Ruddell)

Undergraduate software developers for flood information and hydrology server and application development

Undergraduate or hourly Master’s mechanical engineer to develop manufacturable microclimate sensing systems

PhD Student or Postdoc to support Dr. Nick McKay and Dr. Ben Ruddell for analysis of paleoclimate and modern infrastructure

Postdoctoral scholar to investigate the driving factors behind adaptation of snowmelt-irrigated agricultural communities in the western US.

Students and staff at all levels to support FEWSION project data analytics on US supply chains.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities: Stable Isotopes

Drs. Kimberly Samuels-Crow and Kiona Ogle are seeking an undergraduate research assistant who is interested in supporting work related to our NSF-funded project  “Ecohydrological controls on evapotranspiration across a semi-arid elevation gradient.” The student worker will provide lab support (as possible with COVID-19 restrictions along with support in conducting literature searches and writing code. This is a paid position.

Please contact Dr. Samuels-Crow directly for more information.

Additional Opportunities

Please review Ecoinformatics research groups and contact PI’s directly to determine if there are additional opportunities not listed here.

Additional Faculty, Staff, and Post-doc positions are available via the NAU HR website.