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Postdoctoral Researcher in Comparative Biomechanics and Functional Morphology

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Position Title

Postdoctoral Researcher in Comparative Biomechanics and Functional Morphology

About this Opportunity

Ball State University welcomes applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Comparative Biomechanics and Functional Morphology.

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FLSA

Learned Professional Exemption

Hrs/Week

40

Length of Assignment

Full-Time At-Will

Position Function

Conduct biomechanical experiments and collect detailed morphological data of arboreal lizards as they grow from hatchling to adult-size

Minimum Education

Ph.D. in biology, biomechanics, functional morphology, engineering, or a related field by date of appointment.

Minimum Experience

At least one year of research experience in a university setting.

Minimum Other

Authorization to work in the US

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Education

Preferred Experience

Strong experimental skills related to the fields of functional morphology and/orbiomechanics
Excellent scientific communication skills demonstrated through a strong record of peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations
Strong collaborative skills for working well in a team environment
Self-motivated with a desire to develop/improve effective mentorship skills
Proficiency in computer programming/statistical software (e.g. R, Matlab, Python)

Preferred Other

Pre-Employment Screening

Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

Position Title(s) Supervised

Undergraduate and graduate students.

Required Certifications

EEO Statement

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

About Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 20,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 270+ undergraduate and graduate programs. Many of our master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees rank among the best in the nation. We engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our community, our state, and our world.

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Department

Biology:700060

Department Information

Department Email or Phone Number

klfoster@bsu.edu

Duties & Responsibilities

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1

Job Duty

Laboratory research – Design and conduct biomechanical and morphological experiments and care for animals in accordance with BSU IACUC -approved protocols

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2

Job Duty

Data analysis/interpretation/dissemination – Process and analyze experimental data, write manuscripts, and prepare conference presentations related to the project

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3

Job Duty

Mentor/train undergraduate and graduate students working in Dr. Foster’s lab

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4

Job Duty

Contribute to the lab environment and organization and participate in lab activities suchas outreach initiatives at local schools and public venues

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5

Job Duty

Identify and apply to relevant grant opportunities, seek out training workshops and educational seminars related to the project and grant writing, develop pedagogical skills through guest lecture opportunities, and meet weekly with Drs. Foster and Selvitella

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number

202401485P

Number of Vacancies

1

Desired Start Date

07/15/2024

Position End Date (if temporary)

01/08/2026

Open Date

02/14/2024

Applications Accepted Through Date

04/15/2024

Open Until Filled

No

Information regarding transcripts

The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Special Instructions Summary

Information for Applications Requiring a Cover Letter

In support of your application for this position, please prepare and submit a cover letter that describes how your qualifications and experiences align with the elements of the position description (or leadership profile). In your cover letter, please also describe how you have demonstrated a commitment to our University’s enduring values , including inclusiveness, which we define as a commitment ‘to respect and embrace equity, inclusion, and diversity in people, ideas, and opinions.’

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Undergraduate Transcripts
  2. Master's Transcripts


Company

Ball State

Founded in 1918 in Muncie, Indiana, the public research university has grown to more than 22500 students

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We are committed to excellence through a talented and diverse faculty and staff. Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our community, our state, and our world. We are excited that you want to join us in these endeavors!

The university offers excellent benefits, including health care and retirement plans, tuition assistance for employees and dependents, and generous time off with pay. 

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