Career Opportunities


Title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Position
Institution: Cornell University
Department: Lab of Ornithology
Field: evolution
Ithaca, NY USA

General Information: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology encourages applications to our competitive postdoctoral program ( that supports innovative, independent research by early career scholars of exceptional promise. Two or more named positions are available annually, with applications due on September 8.

These postdoctoral opportunities support individuals pursuing cutting-edge scholarship, while fostering intellectual interaction with two or more of the Lab's programs. Any area of inquiry related to the Lab's mission to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds may be appropriate. Potential applicants are encouraged to learn more about our activities and opportunities, including our formal programs in Bioacoustics, Bird Population Studies (avian ecology), Citizen Science, Conservation Science, Communication, Education, Evolutionary Biology, Information Science, Macaulay Library (animal behavior), Multimedia Productions, and Public Engagement in Science. Research or activities involving several of these areas are particularly appropriate, and therefore each postdoctoral scholar may be co-mentored by two senior Cornell scholars. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact relevant faculty and staff at the Lab to brainstorm about areas of mutual interest and synergistic projects. We are especially interested in supporting the independent research of individuals who can bring new ideas and approaches to the Lab, while simultaneously leveraging our existing tools, data, and expertise in science, education, and communication.

Each Postdoctoral Scholar will hold a two-year appointment at the Lab. Located at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity in the 220-acre Sapsucker Woods sanctuary, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a vibrant unit within Cornell's University's College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. More than 200 faculty and staff work at the Lab within our 10 mission-driven programs. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work, and our Board leadership includes faculty from Cornell and other universities, successful entrepreneurs and managers from the business and non-profit sectors, and conservation-minded citizens from the United States and beyond.

These appointments provide a competitive salary, standard Cornell health and other benefits, and funds to help support the Scholar's research and professional travel needs. Start dates are flexible between February and September of the year following the application.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and in Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Diversity and inclusion have been and continue to be a part of our heritage. Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator.

Qualifications: Exceptional accomplishment and promise. Postdoctoral Scholars must have received their PhD before beginning their postdoctoral appointment at Cornell.

Responsibilities: Responsibilities are tailored to the specific project of each postdoctoral scholar.

Instructions: The application package consists of a cover letter, CV, two page research proposal, pdfs of up to three representative publications, and names and contact information for three references. Postdoctoral Scholars must have received their PhD before beginning their postdoctoral appointment at Cornell. Application materials should be sent as a single pdf file to the attention of Sue Taggart ( Applications for the two positions available in 2014 will be accepted until September 8. The selection committee is chaired by Dr. Irby Lovette (, Professor and Associate Director for Academic Affairs at the Lab.

ContactN: Sue Taggart
Reviews Start: 09/08/2014
Apps Close: 09/08/2014


Title: Plant Evolutionary Genomics
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Position
Institution: University of Vermont
Department: Plant Biology
Field: Evolutionary Genomics
Burlington, VT USA

General Information: A postdoctoral position is available in the Preston lab at the University of Vermont, Burlington to work on an NSF-funded project using genomic, phylogenetic, and functional analyses to trace the evolutionary origin(s) of vernalization responsiveness in pooid grasses. The position is full-time for two years subject to satisfactory performance in the first year. Further extension may be available subject to funding availability and performance. The start date is flexible, but preferably before January 2015. Further details on the position can be discussed in person at the Botany meeting in Boise, Idaho or via email.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a PhD in evolutionary biology or developmental genetics, experience with bioinformatics/functional genomic analysis and computational analysis of RNA-seq data, and molecular biology skills. He/she should be highly motivated, independent, and a team player.

Responsibilities: The postdoc will be involved in all aspects of the project, from data collection to publication, and will be actively encouraged to pursue side projects of his/her own interest. He/she will also be involved in undergraduate mentoring.

Instructions: Interested applicants should send a single PDF containing their current CV, the name and contact details for two referees, and a a brief description of research interests and experience to Dr. Jill Preston (

ContactN: Jill Preston
Reviews Start: 08/01/14
Apps Close: 08/15/14


Title: Evolutionary Ecology of Plants or Fungi
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: Oregon State University
Department: Botany & Plant Pathology
Field: Evolutionary Ecology
Corvallis, Oregon USA

General Information: The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology ( seeks applicants for a 9-month, full-time (1.0 FTE), tenure-track faculty position in Evolutionary Ecology of Plants or Fungi.

Qualifications: Required qualifications include a PhD with research experience relevant to Evolutionary Ecology of Plants or Fungi, and a commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity. Postdoctoral experience is strongly preferred. Other preferred qualifications include potential for developing an interdisciplinary research program and effective teaching.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to establish an innovative and competitive research program that pursues scholarly work in the area of Evolutionary Ecology. The research specialization within evolutionary ecology is open and includes, but is not limited to: plants, fungi, or plant-fungal interactions (e.g., mycorrhizae, endophytes, pathogens, etc.). Emphasis is placed on research that integrates across multiple levels of inquiry and combines field, experimental, laboratory and/or computational approaches, and is relevant to natural resources and/or agriculture.

The candidate will also contribute to undergraduate and graduate education in introductory courses and/or in area of expertise; mentor and serve as research advisor to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in their advanced degree programs in Botany and Plant Pathology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Environmental Science or related programs; and act as advisor and research mentor to undergraduate students.

Instructions: To review the position description and apply, go to posting #0012761 at OSU is an AA/EOE. For full consideration, apply by 09/15/14 when review of applications will begin. Closing date is 10/15/14.

Compensation: commensurate with experience
ContactN: Joseph Spatafora
Reviews Start: 09/15/2014
Apps Close: 10/15/2014


Title: Postdoctoral Researcher in Plant Genomics/Bioinformatics
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Position
Institution: University of Connecticut
Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Field: evolutionary genomics, bioinformatics
Storrs, CT USA

General Information: A Postdoctoral Researcher position is being offered in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. The applicant will be a member of a research group interested in genome biology, integrative genomics, scientific databasing, and bioinformatics.

Qualifications: To be eligible, applicants must have received a Ph.D. in computational biology, bioinformatics, computer science, genetics, or a related discipline involving significant computational experience.

The ideal candidate will have:
* Training in statistics and genetics
* Fluency in Unix computing environments (shell scripting)
* Programming experience (Perl/Python/Java)
* Experience with next generation sequence technologies and analysis.
*Familiarity with version control systems

Highly motivated individuals with a strong background in genetics and computational biology, and a record of scientific productivity are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities: Perform scientific research as part of a collaborative project focused on the assembly, annotation, and analysis of conifer and other forest tree genomes.
* Apply computational approaches to analyze RNA-Seq expression data
* Develop and apply comparative genomics methods
* Participate in the annotation of genome features including repeats and small RNAs.
* Collaborate with biologists to characterize and study novel gene families
* Develop and support tools to enable the extraction of information from large, complex genomes
* Provide bioinformatics training to other team members

Instructions: Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, statement of research interest/experience, curriculum vita, and contact information for three professional references. All materials must be included for consideration. Please send to Jill Wegrzyn (

ContactN: Jill Wegrzyn
Reviews Start:  07/01/2014
Apps Close:  08/01/2014


Title: ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY Four Tenure-Track Positions
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: Saint Mary's College
Department: Department of Biology
Field: Plant ecology, vertebrate biology, biomedical sciences, biostatistics, anatomy
Notre Dame, IN USA

General Information: The Department of Biology, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, invites applications for four tenure-track appointments in biology at the Assistant Professor level beginning August, 2015.  Saint Mary's College is a Catholic liberal arts college for women with a strong commitment to undergraduate education.

At least one of the appointees will be a Lilly New Faculty Scholar during the first two pre-tenure years.  As such, s/he will receive course load reductions and some financial support for research.  Lilly New Faculty Scholars are expected to develop campus ties within the institution by participating in cross-divisional interactions with other college units.

Qualifications: Applicants must hold (or be at completion of) a Ph.D. in the biological sciences.   Research involving undergraduates is expected. A strong commitment to undergraduate education of women, a liberal arts education, and service to the department and the College is expected.

Responsibilities: Candidates will be expected to develop and teach courses in introductory (majors or non-majors) biology.  Additionally, candidates should have expertise in one or more of the following:
   *Plant Ecology - community ecology, population ecology, or general botany
   *Vertebrate Biology - natural history, marine biology, aquatic biology, or animal behavior
   *Biomedical Sciences - immunology, cancer biology, cell biology, neurobiology, or parasitology
   *Anatomy - human anatomy, comparative anatomy, or cellular anatomy/histology
   *Biostatistics (expertise in one of the preceding 4 categories is required)

Successful candidates will develop specialty courses of interest that support the various concentrations within the department:  Integrative Biology, Cellular/Molecular Biology, and Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology.  The College supports the development of study abroad courses for experiential learning and undergraduate research as well as the development of courses which could contribute to interdisciplinary fields such as environmental, global, intercultural, or gender/women's studies.  Research involving undergraduates is expected.  A strong commitment to undergraduate education of women, a liberal arts education, and service to the department and the College is expected.

Instructions: Please send a complete CV along with a letter of intent that includes your teaching philosophy and research interests, as well as your email and phone contact information to:  In your letter of intent, be sure to include a clear statement highlighting your area of expertise from the list above.

Candidates will be contacted for full credentials (three letters of reference, visa status for foreign nationals, official transcripts, and evidence of excellent teaching [such as teaching evaluations]) if desired at a later date.  Review of applications will begin September 5, 2014, and will continue until the positions are filled.

ContactN: Biology Faculty Search
Reviews Start: 09/05/14
Apps Close: 09/04/14


Title: Postdoctoral Researcher - Evolutionary Morphology & Phylogenetics
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Position
Institution: Howard University
Department: Biology
Field: Evolutionary Morphology & Phylogenetics
Washington DC, USA

General Information: Applications are invited for a two-year postdoctoral researcher position in the field of evolutionary morphology in the lab of Dr. Nathan Smith in the Department of Biology at Howard University ( This position is funded by two independent National Science Foundation grants and will require a highly motivated individual with diverse training in phylogenetics, evolutionary morphology, and paleobiology. Projects are focused on: 1) Revising the taxonomy/phylogeny of Caribbean reef corals through integration of morphological/molecular data and fossil taxa; and 2) Illuminating the anatomy, biogeography, and phylogenetic relationships of the Early Jurassic vertebrate fauna of the Central Transantarctic Mountains. Expertise in these taxonomic groups is desirable, but not required.  The appointment is anticipated to begin in Fall 2014 or shortly thereafter. The salary for this position is $45,000 per year with benefits, and funds for research travel and scientific meetings are also available.

Qualifications: Skills in morphometrics, phylogenetic comparative methods, and the R programming language are highly recommended. The ideal candidate will also have strong writing skills and previous student mentoring experience. Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in the relevant field and have an established record of research productivity and publications.

Responsibilities: Projects are focused on: 1) Revising the taxonomy/phylogeny of Caribbean reef corals through integration of morphological/molecular data and fossil taxa; and 2) Illuminating the anatomy, biogeography, and phylogenetic relationships of the Early Jurassic vertebrate fauna of the Central Transantarctic Mountains.

Instructions: Applicants should submit a single PDF file containing: 1) a brief cover letter; 2) CV; 3) a maximum two-page description of research interests and how their skills can contribute to both NSF projects; and 4) contact information for three references; to Include "Postdoc Application" in the subject line. Applications are due by July 25, 2014 for priority consideration, but will be accepted until the position is filled. Informal inquiries and questions can be directed to:

Compensation: $45,000/year
ContactN: Nathan Smith
Reviews Start: 07/25/14
Apps Close: 07/25/14


Title: PhD Student   
Position Type: PhD Student   
Institution: Dalhousie University
Department: Biology
Field: landscape/evolutionary genomics
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada

General Information: Support is available for a PhD position in the laboratory of Daniel Ruzzante ( at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) for research in landscape and conservation genomics of fish.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have an MSc with a background in population genetics/genomics and molecular laboratory experience and an affinity for fieldwork in remote locations.

Responsibilities: The project involves work in a molecular laboratory setting as well as fieldwork in Labrador. Depending on the candidate's strengths and interest, it may also involve a simulation and modeling component in collaboration with Professor Oscar Gaggiotti (Univ of St Andrews, Scotland). Excellent leadership and communication skills are required.

Instructions: Applicants please send (e-mail: a statement of research interests, school transcripts (unofficial is fine), Curriculum Vitae and the names and contact information for three academic references to:
Dr Daniel Ruzzante, Killam Professor,
Department of Biology,
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia,
Canada, B3H4J1

Review of applications will begin July 15, 2014

ContactN: Daniel Ruzzante
ReviewStart: 07/15/14
AppClose: 10/01/14


Title: Plant Microbe Ecologist or Epidemiologist
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: UW-Madison
Department: Plant Pathology
Field: Plant Pathology
Madison, Wisconsin USA

General Information: The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is searching broadly at the assistant professor level for a researcher who studies the ecology or epidemiology of plant-associated microbes through the use of emerging and novel quantitative methods. Areas of focus could include, but are not limited to: role of plant pathogens in the ecology of agricultural or natural systems; ecology of plant-associated microbes; population genetics of plant pathogens; metapopulation and dispersal dynamics; or the influence of landscapes and the physical environment on host-pathogen dynamics.

Qualifications: Requirements include: a Ph.D. in plant pathology, microbiology, ecology, botany, or related discipline; a strong foundation in the principles and concepts of plant pathology and relevant research experience; effective oral and written communication skills; and a positive attitude for teamwork, including the ability to lead and motivate others. The University of Wisconsin attracts excellent graduate students and offers high-quality research and teaching facilities. Many opportunities exist on the campus for collaboration across a broad array of disciplines. Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, is a picturesque and progressive city with a strong economy and a vibrant cultural environment.

Responsibilities: We expect the incumbent to develop a research program with both empirical and theoretical components that form a bridge between basic and applied research. Further, we expect the incumbent to collaborate with colleagues in other programs such as plant biology, microbiology, ecology, modeling and related disciplines. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop a vigorous extramurally funded research program and to teach and mentor graduate and undergraduate students. The position carries a 70% research / 30% teaching distribution of effort, and a 9-month appointment. Teaching responsibilities include leading a graduate level course in ecology, epidemiology and control of plant diseases.

Instructions: To apply, compile the following into a single pdf file: cover letter, statements of teaching and research interests, and curriculum vitae, and submit to: Arrange to have copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference emailed to the same address. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Professor Murray Clayton, Applications received by September 1, 2014 will be assured full consideration; review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For additional information about the University of Wisconsin, the department, and Madison, please see the links at

ContactN: Murray Clayton
Reviews Start: 09/01/14
Apps Close: 09/01/14