Postdoctoral Researcher: University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center

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Postdoctoral Researcher: University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center

The University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher. The position is open to any terrestrial field biologist. We particularly encourage applications from individuals with expertise in forest ecology, plant-insect interactions and/or fungal biology. The successful candidate would be expected to develop field studies in their area of expertise that utilize the habitats and resources that UNDERC has to offer and lead to meaningful publications and additional grant proposals. Collaborative work with other researchers (both UNDERC and NEON) is encouraged. The candidate would have dedicated laboratory space at the Hank Lab on UNDERC property, along with office space on Notre Dame campus. Interaction with both undergraduate and graduate students is expected, both at the field station and on campus.

The UNDERC field station is also home to the core terrestrial and aquatic NEON sites ( and a new 16-hectare forest dynamics plot. Leveraging these resources is encouraged. The field station has modern lab and housing facilities making most observational, experimental and laboratory studies possible. Additional information regarding UNDERC can be found here:

The position can begin between January 2023 and May 2023. The individual would be expected to spend the months of May, June and July at the UNDERC field station where they will conduct their research and mentor an undergraduate researcher. This includes working with the student to develop a research idea connected to their research, writing a short proposal, designing an experiment to address the question, collecting and analyzing data, write and presenting a paper on their research at the end of the UNDERC program. The remainder of the year may be used to work on campus in South Bend, Indiana or in the field. The position is for one year and can be extended to a second year based upon satisfactory progress and it includes a research budget.

To apply: send a single PDF document containing a CV, names and contact information for 2 references and a one-page statement of research interests that describes previous research experience and potential areas of research you would like to pursue at UNDERC. Applications should be sent to

Deadline: 15 September 2022

Questions about the position can be sent to: Nate Swenson, Gillen Director of UNDERC,

The University of Notre Dame is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates from groups traditionally underrepresented in the environmental sciences and those interested in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion are encouraged to apply.

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