Postdoctoral Position

POSTDOC – Tropical Field Ecology

The Yanoviak lab is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to participate in various field-based studies in Panama. The postdoc primarily will conduct field research for an NSF-funded project concerning the effects of lightning on tropical trees and their associates, but will have the freedom to develop independent projects. The preferred start date is July 1, 2021. The position is available for at least two years, subject to annual reviews and funding.

The following qualifications are essential:

A PhD in biology, ecology, entomology, or related field by the appointment start date;

Solid analytical background and competency with R;

Spanish language skills (proficiency in verbal and written communication);

Willingness to spend 4 or more cumulative months in Panama each year;

Prior field experience and ability to conduct physically demanding work in a tropical setting; and

Excellent time management and communication skills.

The following qualifications are helpful:

Previous experience managing the activities of undergraduate field assistants;

A solid record of writing productivity, including publications and proposals;

Field experience specifically in forestry, entomology, or tropical ecology; and

Interest in contributing to K-12 or public outreach.

Applicants should submit a single PDF file that includes a brief cover letter, 1-page statement of research interests and professional goals, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 references online via the University of Louisville Human Resources portal ( or (Job ID 41013).

Questions should be addressed to Dr. Steve Yanoviak – Please see the following publications for project background:

Yanoviak, S. P. 2013. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-7161-5_15

Yanoviak, S. P., et al. 2017. doi: 10.1002/ece3.3095

Yanoviak, S. P., et al. 2019. doi: 10.1111/nph.16260

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Louisville is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Employer. We are a vibrant and inclusive community, and we actively seek candidates who are interested in contributing to diversity and equal opportunity within higher education.