Postdoc: Invasive/Urban Lizards

Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, Ohio, USA
Job Category
Post Doctoral Appointments
$52k/year + benefits
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Ohio Wesleyan University seeks a postdoctoral researcher committed to undergraduate teaching to work on a National Science Foundation-funded project on invasive populations of the common wall lizard in Ohio. The post-doc position combines training in research, mentorship, and teaching toward the goal of developing a strong profile for a successful research career at primarily-undergraduate institutions such as ours. We seek a person committed to excellence in research, mentoring, and undergraduate teaching to work with PI Eric Gangloff on the project “BRC-BIO: Success in the Anthropocene: Evolutionary Ecology of the Common Wall Lizard in Ohio”. Public abstract available here: The postdoctoral researcher-teacher will contribute to this project by bringing expertise in urban evolution/ecology, thermal biology, functional morphology, ecophysiology, behavior, genomics, or a related discipline. Research projects will include mentorship and collaboration with undergraduate students. Additionally, the postdoctoral position will design and instruct one upper-level Biology course per year in their area of expertise, contingent on student demand and departmental needs, with support from the PI, department, and other faculty. The successful candidate will join a vibrant Biological Sciences community and will benefit from extensive support, including a range of workshops and mentoring programs. This position is designed explicitly to offer training and experience for a candidate interested in a career as a tenure-track faculty member with a successful research program at a primarily-undergraduate institution. Start date is variable, preferable between May and August 2023. Salary is $52k/year plus full benefits. We are especially interested in candidates who can mentor students from a great diversity of backgrounds and model being a successful researcher. For more information about Academic Affairs and its commitment to DEI, visit Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) is a private, residential, liberal arts college located in the thriving city of Delaware, Ohio. OWU enrolled 1,410 students in fall 2022. This is a full-time, 12-month position eligible for university benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage, tuition remission for dependents, robust 403(b) contributions by the university, short-term and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, vacation and sick leave, and more! Responsibilities –In conjunction with PI Gangloff and other collaborators, develop research questions and projects in field studies and lab experiments –Lead students in experimental design, data collection, data analysis, presentation of research, and writing of scientific manuscripts –Present research at local, national, and international meetings –Publish manuscripts, with undergraduate collaborators, in peer-reviewed journals –Design and teach one class per year as instructor of record, with support and guidance –Engage effectively with students inside and outside the classroom, maintaining a high level of accessibility –Work proactively to identify students having trouble and help them achieve success Applicants should submit the following: –Cover letter (1-2 pages) –Combined Research and Mentoring statement (a statement outlining the central aims of your research program and how this work had included or will include mentoring undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds; no more than 2 pages total) –CV Please submit all materials to: Here you will find additional information about working at OWU. Additional materials and reference letters may be requested at a later time and can be sent directly to Please make sure to include the program name (Lizard Postdoc) in the subject line. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted by 15 February 2023. WHAT WE OFFER Ohio Wesleyan University offers a rewarding place to work! To discover why this should be your next work home, visit our website. Learn more about our benefits at Discover our Benefits. As an equal opportunity institution, OWU has a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. We do not discriminate on any basis including: race, religion, color, culture, national origin, sex and/or sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, economic barriers, or any other legally protected factor.
Minimum Qualifications –Ph.D. in Ecology and/or Evolutionary Biology (or related field) –Ability to effectively mentor undergraduate students in research experiences –Commitment to working with people from diverse backgrounds and to helping students from diverse racial, social, and cultural groups attain their full potential Preferred Qualifications –Evidence of preparation for a teaching-intensive career at the undergraduate level
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Eric Gangloff
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