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NSF Postdoctoral Fellow

Welcome to How to get SMAL Research Project! This is a National Science Foundation funded project to study the evolution of the molecular networks underlying life history traits, using the repeated evolution of dwarfism in reptiles on the Channel Islands.

We are looking for a highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellow to join our team and help lead the common garden reptile cell culture experiments, or functional and population genomics, and if interested helping lead the field research teams on mainland California and/or Channel Islands.



Schwartz Lab

at Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama

Position open until filled. Earliest start date: April 2024


1-2 years. Second year dependent upon performance.

Starting Salary $60,000 with fringe benefits

What You'll Do

As a Post-dcotoral Researcher on this project you will be involved in various research projects. You will assist with designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and writing first-author and co-author scientific manuscripts. You will work closely with other members of the research team at Auburn and collaborating institutions. Our lab is focused on cutting-edge research in fields such as stress physiology, molecular biology, functional genomics (gene expression & epigenetics). As a Post-cotoral Researcher, you will have the opportunity to to learn these other skills. Additionally, you will have opportunities to mentor graduate and undergraduate students, work with our high school teacher program, and if interested engaging is pedagogy training. 

Selected applicants will benefit from presenting at national meetings, attending workshops, opportunities for teaching as instructor of record, and career development.


50% of time working on SMAL Grant Aims
25% of time collaborating with students & faculty

25% of time developing own research projects

Work Culture

In addition to your research duties, you will also be responsible for maintaining a positive and inclusive lab culture. Our research groups are family-friendly and value diversity to create an inclusive and equitable environment, along with the efforts by the College of Sciences and Mathematics.


We strive for our research team members to be passionate about science and working with us to create a diverse, equitable, and supportive research environment. The Department of Biological Sciences at Auburn University is a highly collaborative and friendly place to work. In combination with efforts in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, we have strong support and mentoring for our graduate students and are committed to improving diversity and inclusivity within our Department and College. Our research group is family-friendly and value diversity to create an inclusive and equitable environment.

Who You Are

Required criteria:

• Candidate must have a track record of addressing scientific problems in an innovative, thoughtful,

and systematic manner

• Candidate must possess excellent written and interpersonal communication skills

• Candidate must have a good publication record.

• Candidate must have a PhD at time of employment and meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of the appointment.

The ideal candidate would have a strong background & experience in one or more of these areas:

  • conducting cell culture, reptile cell culture, developing primary cell cultures, conducting cell culture experiments

  • conducting bioinformatic analyses of large-scale genomic data such as population or functional genomics data.

  • field experience working with reptiles.


Whatever their background, they must have a strong interest in evolutionary biology and understating molecular mechanism driving life history traits.

How to Apply

1. You must formally apply through the Auburn University Postdoctoral Pool

(or use the orange button below).


2. Also, importantly, email Dr. Tonia Schwartz ( directly so she can find your application in the pool. 

Please submit the following: 

    a. A Cover Letter describing your background and interest and fit for this position.

    b. Your CV highlighting your role in published papers and submitted manuscripts, as well as any research products (established cell lines, published protocols, R packages, genomic datasets).

    c. A 1-2 page research statement describing your fit for the position and what you hope to gain from this postdoc position.

    d. A diversity statement describing how your actions in the past have contributed to a diverse and inclusive scientific work environment; and how you intend to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in this position.

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