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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Arts & Sciences

companyWashington University in St. Louis School of Arts & Sciences
location6475 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023

Job Description

Position Summary

The Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis (https://anthropology.artsci.wustl.edu/) is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to join the Reproductive Ecology and Behavioral Endocrinology Laboratory (REBEL) directed by Dr. Krista Milich.

This postdoc will work on an NIH-funded project investigating disease transmission dynamics between wildlife and people. The position includes time in both St. Louis, MO, USA, and Kibale National Park, Uganda. The successful candidate will be involved with behavioral, ecological, and health data collection on wild red colobus monkeys and human subjects research with people living around the park, as well as fecal sample collection from both humans and nonhuman primates.  

The selected candidate will be offered an initial contract for one year, with possible renewal. The position is funded for a maximum of five years. Review of applications will begin 10 November 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at https://postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs-2/.

Required Qualifications

Qualified candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree by the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Applicants for this position should have experience with field work (e.g. animal behavior, wildlife ecology, human biology), laboratory work, and data analysis.
  • Preference for applicants experienced with studying wild nonhuman primates and/or human subjects research, general laboratory skills, experience with fecal sample collection and preparation, and managing research teams.
  • Candidates should have expertise in biological anthropology, biology, animal behavior, ecology and evolution, global health, or a related field.

Salary Range

Base pay is commensurate with experience.

Applicant Special Instructions

Informal inquiries are welcome. Interested applicants should email application materials to Krista Milich (krista.milich@wustl.edu). Please combine into a single PDF file a cover letter (summarizing your research interests and goals, expertise, and relevant skills), CV, and contact information for three references. Please put “REBEL NIH Postdoc Application” in the subject line.


If you are unable to use our online application system and would like an accommodation, please emailCandidateQuestions@wustl.eduor call the dedicated accommodation inquiry number at 314-935-1149 and leave a voicemail with the nature of your request.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.

EEO/AA Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement

Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.