Postdocs 2016

Villanova University

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Cellular & Molecular Biology and Ecological-Evolutionary-Organismal Biology

(January 2017-)


Villanova University Department of Biology invites applications for two postdoctoral fellowship positions (50% research and 50% teaching), one in each of the general fields of Cellular & Molecular Biology and Ecological-Evolutionary-Organismal Biology. The successful candidate will establish a productive research collaboration with an established faculty member and have opportunities to teach both at the introductory level and in advanced courses in an area of expertise. To apply online, go to (Faculty- Tenure Track and Visiting). Applications should include a complete curriculum vita, statement of research (with ideas for research with a faculty mentor here), statement of teaching philosophy/approach, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.  Applicants are invited to contact potential faculty mentors (see below for list). For more information about the department in general, visit Deadline for applications is 7 November 2016 but review will continue until positions are filled.  The desired starting date is January 2017 but a start date in summer or August 2017 will be considered. 


Additional information

Postdoctoral positions in the Department of Biology have several advantages, and are an excellent way to prepare for a tenure-track position at many universities and colleges. Our former departmental postdocs have been very successful in landing academic positions across a wide range of colleges and universities. As a Postdoctoral Fellow, you will:

- Develop and maintain a productive research collaboration with an established faculty member in the department.

- Develop credentials in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Teach in both lecture and laboratory settings at both the introductory and advanced level in your area of expertise to students who are highly motivated and capable.

- Participate in the academic life of the department by serving as an undergraduate research mentor, serving on a departmental committee, and attending faculty meetings.

- Enhance your background in curriculum development by promoting the personal and professional development of undergraduate and graduate students and fostering critical thinking and problem solving, all within a context of a liberal arts education, helping students become future leaders that contribute to their field and society.

If you have questions, contact Dr. John Olson, Chair (; 610-519-4830). Also refer to the FAQ page associated with job searches.


Potential Research Advisors

Anil Bamezai  Immunology   

Aaron Bauer  Systematics, evolutionary morphology, and historical biogeography of amphibians and reptiles

Samantha Chapman  Ecosystem ecology     

Robert Curry  Evolutionary and behavioral ecology     

Angela DiBenedetto Molecular and developmental genetics; Epigenetics

Todd Jackman  Population genetics, evolutionary ecology, herpetology     

J. Adam Langley  Global change ecology     

John Olson  Metabolic and muscle physiology; Ecological physiology     

Michael Russell  Evolutionary and reproductive ecology of marine invertebrates     

Louise Russo  Cell biology, reproductive physiology     

Troy Shirangi Neural circuit structure, function and development

Dennis Wykoff  Evolution of signal transduction pathways in yeast     

Elaine Youngman  Noncoding RNA Biology     

Matthew Youngman  Biology of aging; immunosenescence     


Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.