Mendel Science Experience Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSEPF)

I am recruiting a Mendel Science Experience Postdoctoral Fellow (MSEPF) to begin work at Villanova in late January 2021.

The application portal for this position is here.

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. The position “on paper” involves 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 MSEPF is ideal for recent PhD graduates (successful completion of the dissertation defense required prior to the start of employment) considering an academic career that balances teaching and research: the position will provide opportunities for the MSEPF to gain experience as instructor-of-record for courses at multiple levels, while also developing time management skills necessary for success as a tenure-track faculty member.

Teaching assignments for the Spring 2021 semester will include Masters’ level Behavioral Ecology and a Senior capstone seminar in a some area of ecology. The successful candidate 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; additional information about anticipated teaching roles and opportunities is available here.

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; more explanation of current areas of research focus is available here.