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Applicants are invited for SERC Postdoctoral Fellowships

NEW Deadline for Application: December 01, 2015 

The Smithsonian and SERC are committed to training the next generation of scientists with the internationally recognized Postdoctoral Fellowship program. Smithsonian Fellows receive an annual stipend of $48,000 plus health, relocation, and research allowances. Each position is expected to run for two years, with the second year of funding contingent upon satisfactory progress. Applicants are encouraged to coordinate with a SERC scientist early on in preparing research proposals for this competitively awarded fellowship.

Our research addresses such issues as  


  • Global Climate Change
  • Invasion Biology
  • Estuarine Ecology
  • Forest & Wetland Ecology
  • Solar Radiation
  • Water Quality & Harmful Algal Blooms
  • Food Web Dynamics
  • Trace Element & Nutrient Cycling
  • Coastal and Upland Ecosystem Processes
  • Plant-Herbivore Interactions  

**Applicants are required to arrange sponsorship from
one of the 19 research labs linked on the left

About the Site and the Research:

The Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, offers several Postdoctoral Fellowships annually to outstanding early career scientists. The Smithsonian’s distinctive combination of field research facilities, museum archives, and internationally recognized expertise in ecology, biological conservation, systematics, and paleobiology provide unprecedented opportunities for synthetic, big-picture insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species.

Some of the greatest challenges to our environment are in our most biologically productive ecosystems - the coastal zones, where 70 percent of the world's population lives, works, and plays. Scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland have led groundbreaking studies on the ecological dynamics between land and sea for over 40 years, including the world’s longest-running study on the ecological effects of atmospheric CO2 change, and short- and long-term studies on food web dynamics, invasion biology, coastal and upland ecosystem ecology, harmful algal blooms, ultraviolet radiation, biogeochemistry, and nutrient and trace element cycling. Insights gained in these systems will be crucial to developing science-based conservation plans that allow human societies to thrive while protecting our finite natural resources.

Applications are due December 01, 2015. Please contact Professional Training Coordinator Daniel Gustafson at, or 443-482-2217, for further details.