Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

I am looking for a postdoctoral fellow in the field of trait-based ecology of phytoplankton or other microbes to develop a project on eco-evolutionary responses of phytoplankton to changing environment, from physiological to ecosystem level, or using phytoplankton and other microbes to address general ecological questions of community assembly, resilience, and predictability.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in ecology, oceanography, limnology, or related disciplines by the start of the appointment. Experience in statistical analyses or mathematical modeling is desirable. While a background in phytoplankton or microbial ecology is helpful, applicants with the knowledge of other ecological systems and excellent quantitative analysis skills, strong oral and written communication skills, and demonstrated ability to develop and advance projects in a timely manner will be considered. Additionally, we seek candidates who will work to increase the representation of historically underrepresented groups in ecology.  

Fellows will join the Department of Global Ecology (DGE) at the Stanford University campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science. They will work primarily under the guidance of Dr. Elena Litchman, with opportunities to collaborate with other researchers at DGE, Stanford University, and beyond. Founded in 2002, scientists at DGE conduct basic and applied research into the interactions among the Earth’s ecosystems and people. The Carnegie Institution has a commitment to scientific excellence and diversity; we strongly encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and foster a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. 

The start date for the position is flexible, but preferably before June 2022. Review of applicants will be ongoing until the position is filled. Apply by December 15, 2021 for full consideration. Initial appointments are for one year, with possible renewal. Carnegie offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefits. Applications consist of a CV, a one-page statement of research interests, and contact information for three references submitted through DGE’s application portal. Please contact Elena Litchman ( with any questions about the position. 

Carnegie is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by the law.