Postdoctoral Position

POSTDOC – Tropical Field Ecology

The Yanoviak lab is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to participate in various field-based studies in Panama. The postdoc primarily will conduct field research for NSF-funded projects concerning the behavior and ecology of tropical arthropods, and the effects of lightning on tropical trees and their associates. The goal of this position is to facilitate professional advancement and intellectual independence. Thus, the postdoc will be encouraged to develop independent projects, will take the lead on publications stemming from this position, and will have the opportunity to gain classroom teaching experience. The preferred start date is October 1, 2022, but negotiable. 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;

Familiarity with data analysis and management in R;

Substantial writing productivity, including publications and proposals;

Willingness to spend multiple months (negotiable) 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:

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

Previous experience managing the activities of undergraduate field assistants;

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 one-page statement of research interests and professional goals, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Steve Yanoviak –

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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