Postdoc position open

A postdoctoral position in evolutionary analyses of origins, transitions, and diversification rates is available at the Patek Lab in the Biology department at Duke University.  The broad goal of the Patek Lab’s research is to establish the principles by which biological systems navigate physics-based limits and transitions through scaling and evolutionary processes.


  • Ph.D. in Biology
  • Journal publication record in organismal or evolutionary biology
  • Previous experience in at least one of the following areas: comparative biomechanics, comparative physiology, or phylogeny-based evolutionary analysis  

The candidate should demonstrate: 

  • Experience in hypothesis testing through integration of phylogeny-based comparative analyses 
  • Interest in physiological and mechanical principles of biological movement in a rigorous evolutionary framework 
  • Experience engaging broader communities in research or science.
  • Interest in developing broader impact leadership skills through implementation of structural changes in academic research to enhance inclusiveness, specifically through the Muser program. 

Applications will be processed rapidly until the position is filled.  Apply soon!  The position is available immediately with the start date no later than September 1, 2021, with a preference for an earlier start date this summer. The initial appointment will be for 12 months with the possibility for renewal contingent on performance and continuing funding availability. Annual salary starts at $53,760. Become part of a diverse and inclusive research team and university, with outstanding job benefits in a culturally diverse and affordable geographic region. Contact Prof. Patek via email ( for inquiries about the position.

The job application must be submitted to Academic Jobs Online and should include: 

  1. Cover letter including your specific research interests in this position, how your previous research provides a strong foundation for this position, and how this position connects to your career goals. 
  2. C.V. 
  3. List of three references including contact information and the basis of the relationship to the candidate. Letters of recommendation will be requested later in the review process.

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