Smithsonian Institution (SI) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biodiversity
Genomics: applications due December 1, 2016

The Smithsonian Institution (SI) Postdoctoral Fellowship in
Biodiversity Genomics promotes collaborative research in these fields
involving comparative genomic approaches such as phylogenomics,
population genomics, metagenomics or transcriptomics, and have a
component that involves significant bioinformatics analysis. The
Smithsonian’s molecular research facilities are located at National
Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Smithsonian Conservation Biology
Institute/National Zoological Park (SCBI/NZP), Smithsonian
Environmental Research Center (SERC), and the Smithsonian Tropical
Research Institute (STRI) in the Republic of Panama. Collaboration
among SI facilities is encouraged.…


Applicants must propose to conduct research in-residence for a period
of 12 to 24 months. Applicants must have completed or be near
completion of the Ph.D. Recipients who have not completed the Ph.D. at
the time of application must provide proof of completion of the degree
before the fellowship begins. Applicants interested in conducting
research at these facilities are strongly encouraged to contact
potential advisors/hosts at any of the Smithsonian’s various Museums
and Research Institutes prior to proposal preparation and submission,
as well as the Biodiversity Genomics Steering Committee.

The application, consisting of the proposal, academic records, and two
supporting letters (see website for details), will be reviewed by
members of the Smithsonian’s research staff. Applications will be
evaluated on the basis of the proposal’s merit, the ability of the
applicant to carry out the proposed research and study, and the extent
to which the Smithsonian, through its staff members and resources, can
contribute to the proposed research.

The number of appointments made each year is determined by the
availability of funds for the program. The Smithsonian Fellowship
Program does not discriminate on grounds of race, creed, sex, age,
marital status, condition of handicap, or national origin of any

Applicants must propose to conduct research at the Smithsonian in one
of its areas of research as outlined in the publication, Smithsonian
Opportunities for Research and Study. Past or current fellowship
recipients are eligible to apply for another award.

No employee or contractor of the Smithsonian Institution may hold a
Smithsonian fellowship during the time of his/her employment or
contract, nor may an award be offered to any person who has been
employed by or under contract to the Institution in the previous year,
without the prior approval of the Office of Fellowships and

Applicants whose native language is not English are expected to have
the ability to write and converse fluently in English. All application
materials must be presented in English (foreign transcripts may be
translated, see below).

How It Works:

The stipend for Postdoctoral and Senior Fellows is $48,000 per year
(twelve months). Stipends are prorated for periods of less than twelve

In addition to the stipend, allowances to assist with the fellow’s
research related expenses and for temporary relocation to the
Smithsonian are possible. A maximum research allowance of $4,000 is
available. The amount awarded will be determined based upon the budget
and justification presented by the applicant. The budget for the
research allowance should not include costs for relocation to the
Smithsonian, which is awarded separately. The Office of Fellowships and
Internships cannot provide funds for the travel or living expenses of
dependents. All funds provided under Smithsonian fellowships, including
stipends and research and travel allowances, are subject to tax.

In submitting an application for a fellowship at the Institution, the
applicant does not incur any obligation to accept the appointment if

How To Apply:

All applications must be submitted by December 1st, 2016 through Notification of decisions will be made no later than the
first week in April.

The Smithsonian Fellowship Program does not discriminate on grounds of
race, creed, sex, age, marital status, condition of handicap, or
national origin of any applicant.

Rebecca B. Dikow

Research Data Scientist, Biodiversity

Smithsonian Institution

Office of Research Information Services (ORIS)

Office of the CIO (OCIO)

“Dikow, Rebecca” <>

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