Post Doc Researcher

Job Details

Position Type: Staff Full-time

Hours per week: 37.5   

Weeks per year: 52

Work Schedule: M-F 

Department Summary & Job Purpose:

The Brennan lab is hiring a postdoctoral scientist to work on a newly funded NSF Career project studying coevolution of snake genitalia using a variety of morphological, biomechanical, and comparative approaches to understand the evolution of the incredibly diverse morphology of female and male genitalia in snakes.


Core Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Collecting and dissecting snakes to collect their genitalia, produce 3-D models, and perform statistical analyses of shape that include comparative approaches. Collecting biomaterial data on vagina properties in a comparative framework, and performing histology. Co-teaching Vertebrate Anatomy with the PI (Patty Brennan) in the Fall 2022 and 23, and then teaching independently in Fall ‘24. . Mentoring undergraduate student research. 

Qualifications: Successful applicants will have a Ph.D. in evolution, biology, or a related field, demonstrable quantitative skills, strong writing skills, the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and a strong record of, and interest in undergraduate mentorship and outreach. Excellent quantitative skills, expertise in the use of R, and general comparative statistical methods are required.

Preferred Qualifications: We seek applicants who are committed to DEI, who are passionate about mentoring a diverse undergraduate body, and who want to gain teaching experience while performing ground-breaking research. Our lab is committed to increasing representation of PoC in undergraduate research at our institution. Interest in becoming involved in outreach efforts by participating in the creation of a Podcast with lab members is a plus, but any alternative or additional outreach efforts will be supported.


Physical Demands: Physical activity would be medium work, requires stooping, crouching, reaching, standing, pushing, lifting, grasping, feeling.
Employee will operate computers, small equipment, visual acuity will be required to perform dissection and edit models in computers.

Working Conditions: Employee works in laboratory environments with a wide range of hazardous materials.  

Background Checks:

Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified
employees that will allow all of its students, faculty, staff and those associated with them to successfully
carry out the mission of the college. As a condition of employment, the College will conduct appropriate
background checks for all new hires. Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as
the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, & Driver

Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and
Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.

Special Instructions for Applicants: 

To apply, please send (1) a cover letter, (2) a CV, (3) a statement of research interests to date, (4) a description of how your past or anticipated scholarly activities (research, teaching, service) demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity, and (5) names and contact information for three references. All of the above should be merged as a single pdf document and sent to [email protected]. Review of applications will begin on November 20th. Position is for 3 years pending satisfactory progress.

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


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Mount Holyoke is located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. The College, which has just completed the third year of an ambitious six-year strategic plan, is committed to educating a diverse community of women at the highest level of academic excellence and to fostering the alliance of liberal arts education with purposeful engagement in the world. Mount Holyoke is in a particularly strong position having received the highest numbers of applications in its history. Mount Holyoke is a member of the Five College Consortium (along with Amherst, Hampshire, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst).

mount_holyoke_college2.jpgAs the first of the Seven Sisters—the female equivalent of the once predominantly male Ivy League—Mount Holyoke established higher education for women as a serious endeavor. Our long, distinguished history of educating leaders arises from a powerful combination of:

  • academic excellence in a global learning environment
  • a tight-knit, diverse, and international community
  • a worldwide network of alumnae
  • the conviction that women can and should make a difference in the world.

Mount Holyoke College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review Guide's 2010 edition of its annual guidebook, The Best 371 Colleges. Mount Holyoke rates highly in a number of categories, among them "best classroom experience" (#6), "best college library" (#12), and "dorms like palaces" (#13).

Our 2,200 students hail from 48 states and nearly 70 countries. One in three students is an international citizen or African American, Asian American, Latina, Native American, or multiracial. Sixty-two percent of incoming first-year students were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.



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  • Option to design your own major
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Class Size

  • 15 percent of classes have 10 or fewer students
  • 64 percent have 20 or fewer
  • 82 percent have 25 or fewer

Student-to-Faculty Ratio
9 to 1

After College
Six months after graduation, 86 percent of the class of 2008 were working or in school. Of those students, 16 percent were attending graduate/professional schools of their choice. Typically, 75 percent of MHC graduates enroll in graduate/professional school within ten years.

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