The 2012 Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Evolution will be offered to support research on molecular evolution and analytical methods in evolution at the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian’s molecular research facilities are located at National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and the National Zoological Park (NZP) in the Washington, D.C. area, and at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in the Republic of Panama but collaboration with other facilities (SERC, MCI, etc.) is encouraged and potential advisors/hosts may be from any of the Smithsonian’s various Museums and Research Institutes. Applicants interested in conducting research at these facilities are strongly encouraged to contact potential advisors/hosts prior to proposal preparation and submission.
Applicants must propose to conduct research at the Smithsonian Institution 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. 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. 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 page 5 below).