Open Position Starting Summer/Fall 2019

POSTED 2/11/2019

The Watkins Lab ( in the Department of Biology at Colgate University invites applications for a two-year visiting research and teaching post-doctoral position in plant ecology and ecophysiology, beginning fall semester 2019. The successful candidate will join a research team on a recently funded NSF grant to explore the physiological, demographic, and genetic responses of diploid and polyploid ferns to abiotic stress. The ideal candidate will have experience in statistics, field and lab ecophysiology, especially chlorophyll fluorescence, and a willingness to learn RNA extraction, library prep, and sequencing techniques. Experience with fern cultivation, identification, and ecology is highly desirable. The candidate will join a biology faculty at Colgate committed to innovative teaching and research in the liberal arts setting.  The candidate will be expected to teach two classes per year for two years, most likely in a foundations course called Evolution, Ecology, and Diversity and in elective courses in their area of expertise. The candidate may have the opportunity to contribute to Colgate’s liberal arts core curriculum by teaching a general education course in the area of their choice. A Ph.D. in an ecology-related field is required by or shortly after the time of hire. An application with cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information of three references must be submitted through Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities. Candidates should describe in their cover letter how their teaching might support the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Review of applications will within three weeks, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants with dual-career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and at other institutions of higher education in upstate New York at It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.  Colgate University is a highly selective liberal arts university of 2900 students situated in central New York State.