Join Us!

The Moeller Lab is always looking for technicians, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars interested in acquired metabolism to join in our work at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology.

We are committed to maintaining a supportive, inclusive atmosphere that fosters a diversity of ideas and approaches in community ecology, biological oceanography, and theoretical ecology.

For Interested Graduate Students:

1. Check out what we do! As you’ll see from our recent publications, our lab’s work involves combining mathematical models and lab experiments to test hypotheses generated by observations in the field. We’re recruiting graduate students who are broadly interested in community ecology and interested in approaches ranging from purely mathematical models, to primarily empirical studies. We study a wide (and expanding!) range of systems, from terrestrial plant-microbe mutualisms, to kleptoplastidic marine plankton. Students interested in this list of projects are particularly encouraged to apply.

As a graduate student, you will be expected to get involved in the lab’s mathematical modeling. Not every thesis chapter has to include a model, but quantitative approaches are de rigueur. Students with backgrounds in applied mathematics, physics, etc., are especially encouraged to apply.

2. Still interested? Please write to Dr. Moeller at Please include:

  • A brief description of your research interests and, in particular, how they overlap with the lab’s focus;
  • A summary of your mathematical background and relevant research experience;
  • A CV which includes your GPA, professional references, and GRE scores; and
  • Whether or not you are eligible to apply for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (deadline Oct. 23). I ask all prospective graduate students who are eligible to apply; I’m happy to discuss research ideas, comment on application drafts, etc.

3. Check out the entry requirements and deadlines for the two UCSB graduate programs through which we accept applicants: the Department of Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology (deadline Dec. 15), and the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science (deadline Dec. 15).

For Postdoctoral Scholars:

The postdoctoral years are some of the most exciting and rewarding in your career: You’re free of the deadlines and paperwork that come with a Ph.D. program, have yet to shoulder the logistical burdens of a faculty position (or other permanent job), and can dedicate your whole working life to the scientific questions that are most fascinating to you. My role as a mentor is to facilitate your transition from graduate student to fully independent scholar, providing scientific and professional guidance and resources that will assist you along a path to success in whatever career you choose. I expect our professional relationship to be a collaborative one: We’re both bringing skills and research interests honed by years of experience as scientists to bear on problems of mutual interests.

If you’re interested in studying acquired metabolism, in all its many forms, as a postdoctoral researcher, please contact me at Tell me about yourself and your interests, and please attach your CV (with references) as well as one or two relevant scientific publications (or manuscripts).

For Prospective Technicians:

We are sometimes seeking technicians with experience in marine algal cultivation and/or molecular techniques (e.g., DNA extraction and amplification, qPCR, etc.). Please write to to introduce yourself. Include a summary of your relevant research experience, and please attach a CV with references.