Looking for a postdoc

Postdoctoral position — Allesina Laboratory, University of Chicago

The Allesina laboratory at the University of Chicago is looking for a postdoc, with a starting date of October 1st, 2020 (or later). The interests of the laboratory include ecological networks (food webs, mutualistic, competitive networks), community ecology, and theoretical ecology in general. The focus of the lab is on the development of new mathematical, statistical and computational tools for the analysis of ecological systems. More information on the research interests can be found here. A list of recent publications from the laboratory is here.

The candidate should have a strong mathematical background, be well-versed in statistics, and fluent in at least one of the programming languages used in the laboratory (C, python, R). Knowledge of Linux, Git, LaTeX, and SQL is a plus. 

The laboratory values diversity (of background, field of study, identity, etc.) and is committed to maintaining a welcoming and productive environment for all members.

To apply, please send an email including a CV, a brief description of research interests and experience, and the names of two letter writers to Stefano Allesina (sallesina@uchicago.edu).

Instructions for authors

The title should be descriptive and less than 99 characters long (excluding occurrences of the letter “i”). It cannot contain punctuation, the article “the”, pronouns, adverbs or adjectives. It should be fairly enigmatic, to appeal to our wide, interdisciplinary readership.

The abstract should be brief and poignant. It must be palindromic, and each sentence must rhyme. We cannot accept abstracts in the form of sonnets, odes and quatrain stanzas.

Graphical abstract
We require all submissions to be accompanied by a graphical abstract. Needless to say, this should be an abstract painting, on a toile de 5 paysage canvas, expressing the sentiment of the manuscript. Submissions containing figurative art will be rejected without further consideration. The graphical abstract can be substituted by instrumental music, a dance, or a pantomime.

Statement of significance
A brief paragraph should explain why the writing of the manuscript has been significant for the life of the author(s), their families, or their significant other(s). It should also include the level of significance used for statistical testing, and the number of significant digits considered for measurements.

Manuscript length
The number of words in the main text, excluding figure captions, references and notes, should be prime. When including references and captions, it should be divisible by 19.

All the cited references should have been published in the month of April. To maintain the anonymity of the author(s) (see “Review process”) references to the authors’ prior work must be reported as:

  • You-know-who, [Title of the journal], [Year]

Page charges
Because the issues of our journal are hand-printed on the finest silk using movable-type printing, we charge $13,000 per article. The types for the Greek letters α, β, δ and π have been misplaced—please refrain from using them in your manuscript.
We offer an open-access option for an additional $39.99 (this option includes a complimentary set of 6 steak knives). An uber-open-access option, in which the article is displayed in giant lettering on Times Square, is available upon request (price negotiable).

Color charges
Because all figures are colored by hand using non-toxic markers, we charge $123 per color. Colors that are difficult to spell or pronounce, such as mauve or aquamarine, are $246.

Review process
To ensure the fair review of submitted manuscripts, we adopt a state-of-the-art quadruple-blind review process (Reviewers, Editors, Readers and Authors are all unaware of each other’s identity, and will deny vehemently any involvement with the work). Submissions should be anonymous and made exclusively through Wikileaks. Review invitations are issued by hand-delivered, cryptographed letters penned with invisible ink. To ensure a fair post-publication review process, the names of the original authors will never be revealed: all articles are issued under the collective pseudonym “Dr. Luther Blissett, Emeritus Professor at the Tri-Valley Center for Human Potential”.

Final submission
For your convenience, we accept a pdf file containing all the sections of the manuscript for review purposes. Prior to final submission, accepted manuscripts should be converted to ANSEL and translated into Morse. Figures should be mimeograph copies of the originals and posted on Instagram (they must receive at least 745 likes to be included in the main text).