Biodiversity Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Living Earth Collaborative

The Living Earth Collaborative, a partnership between Washington University, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Saint Louis Zoo, was established to advance knowledge and protection of the world’s biodiversity by supporting collaborative research and conservation efforts involving individuals from the three partner and other Saint Louis institutions. See for more information on the Collaborative including a list of recently funded projects and previous cohorts of postdoctoral fellows.  As part of this effort, the Collaborative is pleased to announce the availability of four postdoctoral fellowships in the area of biodiversity research and conservation. Fellowships will be two years long, subject to review after the first year, with a starting date beginning June 1 – September 1, 2023. Salary will be $57,000 plus benefits, in addition to $6,000 per year for research support.

LEC Postdoctoral Fellows will be an essential part of the Living Earth Collaborative and are expected to develop a research or conservation program that engages with multiple members of the Living Earth Collaborative Community. Projects can be in any area related to biodiversity research or conservation including but not limited to: behavior, conservation, conservation veterinary medicine, ecology, economics, education, environmental justice, evolution, One Health, and public policy. Projects that involve LEC Biodiversity Fellows ( from at least two of the partner institutions, one partner institution and Saint Louis University, or two departments at Washington University are particularly encouraged. Applicants can select proposals in one of two ways, neither of which is preferred over the other: (1) applicants can develop their own project ideas in collaboration with LEC mentors or (2) applicants can write a proposal on a project idea that is already in development with LEC mentors (found here:

Fellows are expected to be an integral part of the Living Earth Collaborative participating in and organizing events and interacting with the diverse LEC community. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact prospective mentors prior to application and where appropriate, to work with mentors to develop a proposal.

To apply: Applicants should submit, as a single file, a cover letter, a CV, a description of previous research, conservation, and professional accomplishments (ca. 2 pages), and a description of proposed research/conservation activities (ca. 2 pages), including identification of mentors, who must be LEC Biodiversity Fellows. Postdocs are expected to be based in Saint Louis and must have been awarded a PhD, DVM or comparable degree by the beginning of their appointment. International applicants are encouraged. Documents should be uploaded to specifying Job Requisition JR69499. Applicants should also have three letters of recommendation sent to Review of applications will begin December 1st and continue until the positions are filled.

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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