Postdoctoral Fellow - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Postdoctoral Fellow - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

New Orleans, Louisiana
Open Date:
Dec 3, 2021

A post-doctoral scholar position is available immediately in the Van Bael and Karubian Labs to work on NSF funded work related to tropical trees and soil microbiota in Ecuador. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University values diversity in all forms and is committed to fostering a supportive, inclusive, and welcoming work environment. Applications from candidates passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion with overlapping scientific interests are encouraged to apply.

The project will involve (1) fieldwork in Ecuador to collect samples of tropical trees and soils (2) a large shadehouse experiment with 16 tree species in Ecuador (3) Laboratory work at Tulane to prepare genomic libraries for sequencing. The post-doctoral associate will interact with a large team of researchers working on several aspects of a reforestation project in Ecuador.

Applicants with a background in some of the following are especially encouraged to apply: tropical field ecology, plant-microbe interactions, tropical tree diversity, and genomics.

The latest possible start date is May 1st, 2022. The position would be for one year (contingent upon annual review at year 1) with the possibility of further extension. The starting salary is $54,000/year + full benefits.

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane is a diverse and welcoming community of scientists with excellent scholarship across a wide range of ecological and evolutionary topics. Tulane is a private, research one university and a member of the 63 prestigious Association of American Universities. Tulane is a collegial, collaborative, and stimulating environment for learning and research and is ranked among the top 40 universities by US News Report. New Orleans is a beautiful, vibrant, multicultural, and truly unique city in which to work and live.



PhD in one of these fields: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Plant Biology, or Genetics/Genomics.


Experience working with genomic data, a strong conceptual background in tropical ecology, especially relating to plants, and experience with field work.

Application Instructions:

To Apply Submit:

  • One page Cover Letter
  • C.V.
  • A relevant publication or manuscript in preparation
  • Contact information for 2 References



Applications will be considered until the position is filled.


Informal inquiries about the position are encouraged: Sunshine Van Bael, [email protected]

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Please Note: Tulane University has officially adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. All employees and visiting faculty must be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccination or obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption prior to beginning employment.

Tulane University is located in New Orleans - a city with tremendous history of diverse cultures, community, and languages. Tulane is actively building a campus culture grounded in our values of EDI and anti-racism. We seek and welcome candidate applications from historically underrepresented groups, such as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), women, LGBTQ+, and those living with disabilities as well as veterans. 

Tulane University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane University will not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by federal, state, or local law. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

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