Postdoctoral Fellowships

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PCP PIRE Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research on Ancient Biodiversity in the New World Tropics 

Application Deadline: November 15, 2014

An NSF-funded postdoctoral fellowship is available starting January 2015 associated with the Panama Canal Project (PCP)-PIRE (NSF-funded Partnership for International Research and Education).  The postdoctoral fellow will work with scientists at the University of Florida and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama to:
1) conduct original field-based research on the ancient biodiversity, climates, and environments of Panama;
2) facilitate on-going field research of other project participants; and
3) supervise and mentor PCP-PIRE interns in Panama.

Minimum requirements include:  PhD in geology, biology, or other relevant discipline, extensive experience conducting geology and paleontology fieldwork and some supervisory/teaching experience.  The postdoctoral fellow will be required to spend considerable portions of this appointment in Panama to assist in the supervision and education of PCP-PIRE interns.  Some Spanish competency is preferred.

The PCP-PIRE Postdoctoral Fellowship is a 2 year opportunity and is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The fellowship includes an annual stipend ($40,000), health insurance, dorm-style housing when living in Panama, and related travel.

PCP-PIRE is a U.S.-Panamanian partnership to document the ancient marine and terrestrial biodiversity and global climate change of the New World Tropics (NWT) preserved in the 25-million-year fossiliferous sequence in Panama and promote international education, collaboration, and exchange. Current research includes the magnitude and timing of diversity change in the NWT; the biogeographic origins, relationships, and dispersal history of the Central American fauna and flora; antiquity of the rainforest; effects of global climate change on tropical biodiversity through time; and other questions related to the geological context and emergence of the Isthmus of Panama. Numerous opportunities for broader impact outreach activities also exist within PCP-PIRE. PCP-PIRE is committed to diversity in education and encourages the application of women and underrepresented minorities.

Applicants must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of proposed research, and contact information for a minimum of three professional references.

Contact Bruce MacFadden (, Jonathan Bloch (, or Aaron Wood ( for further details.

PCP PIRE is funded by NSF 0966884 (OISE, EAR, DRL)