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Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

William & Mary
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Role Title:

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Position Title:

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

Unit Mission Statement:

The Environment & Sustainability program promotes multidisciplinary education and research to produce active and literate environmental citizens, leaders, and problem solvers. We emphasize the value of integrating knowledge and approachs from the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and professional schools to generate a holistic understanding of environmental issues and policy making, while simultaneously stressing the need for in-depth training in at least one environmental discipline.

Position Summary:

The Department of Biology and Program in Environment and Sustainability at William & Mary, a public university of the Commonwealth of Virginia, invites applications for a two-year, non-tenure track position of Mellon Environmental Postdoctoral Fellowship to Advance Diversity in the Environmental Sciences that will begin August 10, 2023.

We seek an individual with expertise in any environmental science related discipline, including but not limited to ecotoxicology, ecology, toxicology, chemistry, biology, biomathematics, applied statistics, data science, geography, marine or aquatic science.

The successful applicant will be expected to be an effective teacher and will be required to teach two undergraduate courses in the environmental sciences, one in the Spring of year 1 and another in the Fall of year 2, the content of which can be repeated, and to organize a 1-credit guest lecture series (ENSP 250), in the Spring of year 1.

In addition to these teaching responsibilities and individual research, the postdoc will work with a team of engaged faculty mentors and student researchers to advance the field of restoration ecology through improving population models for quantifying impacts of pollution, performing metanalyses on existing literature about pollution’s impact on wildlife, and develop and mentor projects assessing environmental justice issues occurring as a result of industrial pollution and the degradation of nature.

Required Qualifications:

  • Required: A Ph,D. is required by the time appointment begins (August 10, 2023).
  • Teaching experience at the undergraduate level relevant to the Environmental Science/Policy/Humanities.
  • Broad research interests in both environmental science and environmental justice issues.
  • Demonstrated experience and/or interest in biostatistical methods and population models.
  • Familiarity with legal frameworks for restoring contaminated sites, such as Superfund, CERCLA and NRDA are helpful, especially as related to people living in marginalized communities and the wildlife that share their habitat.

Preferred Qualifications:

Previous teaching experience is preferred..

Conditions of Employment:

Restricted position.


3KA000 Environmental Science Studies


William & Mary

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Job Category:

Instructional Faculty

Special Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online at Submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a statement describing previous professional experience or future plans (or both) that demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion, a statement of teaching interests, a description of previous environmental science-related research. You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted by the system with instructions for how to submit a letter of reference.
For full consideration, submit application materials by the review date March 15, 2023, Applications received after the review date will be considered if needed.

Background Check Statement:

William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement:

William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. William & Mary conducts background checks on applicants being considered for employment.

Benefits Summary Statement:

William & Mary offers our employees a full array of benefits including retirement, health insurance with options for expanded dental and vision along with group and optional life insurance with coverage for spouse and children, flexible spending accounts, and an EAP (Employee Assistance Program).

Our employees enjoy additional university benefits such as educational assistance, professional development, wellness benefits, and a robust holiday schedule. All employees have access to fitness facilities on campus. Staff members also have access to the university libraries, and much more. To learn more, go to:

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