MSE Postdoctoral Fellowship

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I am immediately launching a search for a Mendel Science Experience Postdoctoral Fellow (MSEPF). This postdoctoral fellow position will start in late January 2021 … renewable with satisfactory performance and by mutual agreement through the 2023-24 academic year, with the possibility also for one additional year beyond that. (Yes, potentially 3.5 years!) The position is ostensibly 50% teaching, 50% research, with participation in our teaching of non-science majors one integral component after Spring 2021, commensurate with the priorities of Villanova’s MSEPF program.

The teaching demands of this position are sufficiently heavy that the MSEPF should not expect to pursue her or his own independent projects. Accordingly, I will seek candidates who can contribute to our field research on behavioral aspects of chickadee hybridization—ideally by joining our current efforts that focus on cognitive ecology, social ecology, personality, and song—bolstered by analyses of chickadee genotypes. Many opportunities exist for conducting analyses based on data that we have accumulated over more than two decades of research on the system.

Teaching assignments for the Spring 2021 semester will include Masters’ level Behavioral Ecology and a Senior capstone seminar in a some area of ecology below the ecosystem level of organization (lots of leeway for that one). The successful candidate ideally should be prepared to begin teaching when S21 classes commence on 25 January; we are currently planning for at least some in-person instruction. I will expect the MSEPF also to help mentor research students in my laboratory group.

The MSEPF will assist me later in teaching our recently recently developed course for non-science majors focusing on family trees, genealogy, and human heredity (taught in S20 and F21). The fellow will also have opportunities to participate in our Tropical Ecology field course and to develop courses in their own area(s) of specialization.

I will add a link to the formal job posting here as soon as it is available.

Interested? Contact me!

Added 26 Nov: Explanation Teaching Responsibilities & Expectations