NOMIS–STRI
Fellowships

3 Year Postdoctoral Fellowships
in Animal Behavior

NOMIS–STRI
Fellowships

3 Year Postdoctoral Fellowships
in Animal Behavior

NOMIS–STRI
Fellowships

3 Year Postdoctoral Fellowships
in Animal Behavior

NOMIS–STRI
Fellowships

3 Year Postdoctoral Fellowships
in Animal Behavior

NOMIS–STRI
Fellowships

3 Year Postdoctoral Fellowships
in Animal Behavior

NOMIS–STRI
Fellowships

3 Year Postdoctoral Fellowships
in Animal Behavior

NOMIS–STRI
Fellowships

3 Year Postdoctoral Fellowships
in Animal Behavior

The NOMIS Foundation and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) seek outstanding biologists to join cohorts of three-year postdoctoral fellows in animal behavior, based in the Republic of Panama.

Successful candidates will explore fundamental questions addressing social behavior and its proximate and ultimate causes. Areas of specialty may include, but are not limited to, the evolution and maintenance of social behavior, sensory biology and neuroethology, cognitive ecology, socioecology, neurogenetics, and the genetic or physiological bases of social behavior. Candidates working on any animal taxa, marine or terrestrial, will be considered. Fellows will be resident in Panama and will have the opportunity to conduct comparative research throughout the tropics.

NOMIS–STRI Fellows will join a cohort of postdoctoral fellows studying animal behavior at STRI. They will join the NOMIS Foundation’s vibrant scientific community of interdisciplinary, collaborative scholars, and be based in Panama, joining STRI’s international community of resident staff scientists and more than 1400 scientific visitors yearly, including fellows and interns supported through the Smithsonian. STRI maintains research facilities to support terrestrial and marine research throughout the Republic of Panama. In addition, STRI supports long-term monitoring programs of critical environmental variables, extensive laboratory infrastructure, a large, bilingual support staff, and a library with extensive holdings in tropical biology and related natural sciences, as well as electronic access to all Smithsonian Institution libraries. The Republic of Panama and the adjacent regions of tropical America are phenomenally rich in biodiversity and in terrestrial and marine habitats. For a general overview of the STRI platform, see https://stri.si.edu/about-us.

Award: A three-year position with a stipend of $62,000 USD per year and an annual research and travel budget of up to $13,000. Fellows may supplement their yearly research budget by competing for additional intramural and external research funds.

Qualifications: A PhD is required in a relevant field. Candidates must:

  • Propose an independent research project of their own design, with an emphasis on field research on animal social behavior and its proximate and ultimate causes, including sensory biology and neuroethology, cognitive ecology, socioecology, neurogenetics, and the genetic or physiological bases of social behavior.
  • Identify at least three advisors. At least one of these advisors must be a STRI staff scientist; the other advisors may be other STRI staff scientists or collaborating PI partners. Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact potential advisors well in advance to discuss their proposed project and methodologies, and to request feedback during the application process regarding approach and feasibility, knowledge of the local habitats, species, seasonal variation, and other logistical matters. In addition to their three advisors, all NOMIS–STRI fellows will have the support of the Animal Behavior Fellowship Advisory Board (see members below) and will be supported through a cohort network of animal behavior fellows working at STRI.
  • We encourage high-risk projects, and ask candidates to highlight such research in their proposal, as well as aspects of their work that are interdisciplinary and might promote synergy among research activities of STRI and partner institutions.

About the NOMIS Foundation
The NOMIS Foundation supports and enables insight-driven science across all disciplines, focusing on researchers who put forth bold new ideas, exhibit a pioneering spirit, and seek to inspire the world around them. NOMIS’ vision is to “create a spark” in the world of science by enabling and supporting pioneering research in the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities that benefits humankind and our planet. In 2024, NOMIS partnered with STRI to establish the NOMIS–STRI Fellowship Program for Animal Behavior Research in the Tropics.

To Apply:

Please see here for full application guidelines. All application materials should be submitted via the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA) by July 15, 2024. Awards are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, or disability. STRI is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce.

Please address inquiries to STRIFellows@si.edu.

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