The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), in
collaboration with NSF’s Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program,
invites applications for two-year Postdoctoral Synthesis Fellowships that
will begin August 5, 2015. SESYNC and LTER also invite applications for
Collaborating Mentors, who will co-develop postdoctoral projects and
provide substantive intellectual and methodological mentoring during the
Synthesis is a research approach that accelerates knowledge by distilling
or integrating existing data, ideas, theories, and methods to draw more
reliable or generalizable conclusions and to reveal novel areas of study.
Synthesis often involves merging large or heterogeneous data sets from
multiple sources, researchers, or fields of inquiry, and it can employ a
diverse array of theoretical and methodological approaches.
SESYNC–LTER Postdoctoral Synthesis Fellowships will engage and assist
early-career investigators in the use and analysis of existing long-term
data and in advanced computational methods to ask new questions and
initiate new research collaborations. Each Fellow will work with a SESYNC
facilitator and cyberinfrastructure specialists to identify the data and
tools needed to address the proposed synthesis questions. These must
involve LTER data, but applicants are encouraged to include additional
long-term data collected for projects outside of the LTER network as well.
All types of projects may be proposed, including those that synthesize data
across LTER sites and those that synthesize natural and social science data.
In addition to their own research projects, SESYNC–LTER Postdoctoral
Synthesis Fellows will have opportunities to collaborate with other SESYNC
Postdoctoral Fellows and early career scholars and to participate with
teams of researchers at SESYNC. Examples of current SESYNC projects include
non-native pest risk and globalization, adaptive water governance,
macroevolution of ecosystem services, and differing ecological vs.
political time scales.
Fellowships are awarded for a maximum of two years. Appointments will be
through the University of Maryland, and Fellows must be based at SESYNC’s
facilities in Annapolis, Maryland, where they will have access to a full
range of sophisticated analytical, modeling, and visualization tools. The
SESYNC–LTER Postdoctoral Synthesis Fellowship will provide an annual
stipend, full University of Maryland employee benefits, and a small annual
travel allowance to attend meetings or to meet with collaborators.
Collaborating Mentors will receive support to travel to SESYNC to work with
the Fellow. SESYNC will also provide a month of summer salary each year
for the Mentor via a sub-award to the Mentor’s home institution.
For complete program details:
Postdoctoral Synthesis Fellowships:
Interested applicants must first submit a pre-screening application,
accepted on a rolling basis but no later than February 2, 2015. Final
fellowship applications must be submitted by April 1, 2015.
Applications for Collaborating Mentors are accepted on a rolling basis but
no later than February 2, 2015.
All deadlines are by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).