Postdoctoral Fellowship in Organism-Environment Interactions

We seek colleagues who employ innovative and integrative approaches to investigate fundamental questions centering on the interactions of organisms with their environment. Candidates whose research addresses those dynamics in nature and can synergize with the Division’s research strengths in Evolutionary Ecology, Genetics, Plant Biology, Neurobiology & Behavior, and Cell Biology are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Preparing Future Faculty – Faculty Diversity (PFFFD) program is a unique opportunity for emerging scholars to become part of a growing department. The primary goal of the PFFFD program is to recruit exceptional postdoctoral scholars to transition to tenure-track faculty positions and increase representation of historically marginalized groups in DBS and MU. The fellowship period is for up to three years, during which time scholars will be provided with mentorship, research funds, and the opportunity to participate in faculty affairs. Our expectation is for the scholar to transition to a faculty position in our department. For this transition, in the final year of the fellowship the candidate will be asked to submit materials and will be formally interviewed by the faculty. Interested candidates should contact potential mentors to discuss their interests and potential collaborations.

The Division of Biological Sciences is committed to increasing the representation of historically excluded groups across all levels of our community. We recognize the need for fostering a diverse and inclusive community, to support our goals of becoming excellent educators and researchers. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to these core values and to provide effective mentorship to students and trainees from underrepresented groups.


Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in biology or related field at the time of appointment.

Applications will be evaluated with an initial blind review process that focuses on the three required statements, independent of CV and cover letter, beginning with the inclusion and equity statement. Applicants should include a cover letter describing their interest in the position, and the following documents as individual MS Word (or similar) or PDF files for review:

  1. a statement outlining the applicant’s previous contributions to inclusion and equity, and/or how they plan to contribute in the future to inclusion and equity efforts at MU. As part of this statement, applicants should include: a section outlining their mentorship experience; how they will provide an equitable and inclusive environment for their research lab members; and how their personal and professional experience shapes their contributions to inclusion and equity.
  2. a statement that outlines relevant teaching interests, philosophy, experience, and approaches. If available, we welcome evidence of previous teaching effectiveness.
  3. a research statement including a summary of past work and a description of the applicant’s future research directions.
  4. PDFs of representative papers
  5. cover letter and curriculum vitae
  6. contact information for 3 letters of reference.

Review of applications will begin on January 9, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Zoom interviews will begin in late January.

Applicants wishing to apply should do so by emailing these materials to

Questions may be addressed to the Division Director, Dr. David Schulz.

Benefit Eligibility

As a benefit eligible employee at the university, you will be eligible to participate in a broad array of benefit programs that the University makes available.  Health, dental, vision, life and disability benefits become effective on your first day of full-time employment, provided you complete enrollment within the first thirty-one (31) calendar days of benefit eligible employment.  For specific information regarding University benefits, please visit the benefits website at or contact the UM System Office of Human Resources at 573-882-2146. 

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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