Georgetown University

21st Century Postdoctoral Scholar in Environmental Biology

Department of Biology

The Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (EEB) Faculty of Georgetown's Department of Biology invites applications for the 21st Century Postdoctoral Fellowship. Recognizing the educational benefits of a diverse scientific workforce, the aim of the fellowship is to encourage the development of an inclusive community of scholars with the background, expertise, and experience to address the multitude of contemporary and future environmental challenges. Thus, one of the goals of this postdoctoral fellowship is to support outstanding scholars who are committed to building a diverse intellectual community. The program is particularly interested in scholars with a demonstrated interest in bringing to their academic careers the critical perspective that comes from a nontraditional educational background and/or understanding of the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in EEB and Environmental Biology.

This is a two-year fellowship (with second year renewal required) that combines research and teaching. The primary expectation is that fellows will carry out independent research in collaboration with one or more of our EEB faculty (and potentially faculty from other departments). Please contact prospective mentors in advance of your application. The fellow will be fully integrated into the intellectual life of the department, including department colloquia, research presentations, laboratory meetings, journal clubs, and professional mentoring. The fellow will also teach or co-teach one course on a topic in environmental biology during each year of the program.


Candidates should have completed their PhD within the last three years in ecology, evolutionary biology or a related discipline (those who will have documentation of their PhD by August 2020 are also eligible). Fellows are expected to demonstrate a commitment to inclusive scholarship and have a demonstrated record of research productivity and publication.


We encourage applicants to reach out to prospective mentor(s) to discuss their interests and plans. Review of applications will begin by March 15 and continue until the position has been filled. Applications should be submitted to the following website: Be ready to upload (as three separate PDF files):

  1. a 1-2 page cover letter describing their experience, long-term research and teaching goals and how their interests and background (in terms of culture, race, gender, ethnicity, disability/ability, socioeconomic status, work/life experience, etc.) would contribute to a more diverse (broadly defined) research community
  2. a 2-3 page proposal for specific research activities to be carried out during this fellowship program
  3. a short CV including names and contact information of three references

The Biology Department at Georgetown is a vibrant, multidisciplinary academic community in the heart of the Nation's capital. Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Last updated: 2020-04-02