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Forest Sunrays

Post-Doctoral research at the Nunez Lab

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Thank you for your interest in our lab. Please note that there are two ways for post-docs to join the lab:

1. Applying to an open job search. Depending on grants, the lab may have salary lines open to recruit post-docs. Whenever these lines are available, you will see them posted here, on the main page, and at UVM jobs:

Currently there are NO open post-doc job searches at our  lab.

2. Apply to an external fellowship. These fellowships are very competitive so you must plan accordingly. Dr. Nunez is happy to provide support and mentorship during the planning and writing of the application. The most common opportunities are:

NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology.

Areas 1 & 2:

  1. Broadening Participation of Groups Underrepresented in Biology*

  2. Integrative Research Investigating the Rules of Life Governing Interactions Between Genomes, Environment and Phenotypes


*For this fellowship, they define under-represented groups as, “Native Americans, including Alaskan Natives and Native Pacific Islanders, African Americans, and Hispanics. Individuals with disabilities are also under represented.”

NSF Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Broadening participation**

**For this fellowship, they define under-represented groups as, “veterans, persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders.”

To start the process:

1. Make contact. Please send Dr. Nunez and email with ALL of the following information to joaquin.nunez [at] uvm.edu:

  • Your full CV

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the lab. Make sure to explain in your letter the way you are seeking to join the lab (i.e., job opening vs. fellowship)

2.  Follow up with Dr. Nunez. Sometimes life gets very busy. So if you don't hear from Dr. Nunez in about a week, feel free to send a quick follow up.

3. A preliminary phone/zoom interview will take place in which we will discuss shared research interest, and and job opening in the lab. During this interview Dr. Nunez, will ask you the following questions:

  1. Describe the most interesting insights from your research career?

  2. What are your professional goals?

  3. What are the most significant developments in population genetics in the last 5 years or so?

  4. How would you describe the most meaningful insight from your past research, to a non-scientist

  5. Have you participated in any kind of service (e.g., to the university, to the profession, to the community)? How do you think science can give back to the community?

  6. Do you have a question for us, at this stage, about the department or the lab?

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