Open position: Evolution & Medicine Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Open position: Evolution & Medicine Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Salary: $60,000
Job Posting Reference: 12727

The Center for Evolution & Medicine (CEM) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for the Evolution & Medicine Research Scholars. The program brings talented researchers with a recently awarded M.D. or Ph.D. to the ASU campus to develop and extend their research agendas with opportunities to collaborate with CEM faculty and other members of their laboratories.  Additionally, scholars will spend time working with their mentor to develop skills in the areas of outreach, education and grant writing. Possible research areas include, but are not limited to, Exploring how eutherian evolutionary traits, including invasive placentation, sex differences in the immune system, and sex-specific genomic structure results in common disease risk and generates sex differences in health and disease; Identifying evolutionary processes that buffer traditional populations from metabolic disorders, autoimmune diseases/allergies, cancer, and mental health; Leveraging evolutionary medicine insights in mitigating tolerance and resistance associated with the application of health interventions including prevention and treatment; Exploring the long-term evolution of pathogens in humans such as tuberculosis to allow a fine-grained assessment of the evolutionary dynamics affecting transmission and adaptation.

The successful scholar(s) will be an outstanding scientist with wide-ranging interests in evolutionary biology related to disease and health, and an appreciation for interdisciplinary research. Selections are based on academic achievement, creativity, and overlap of interests with multiple CEM faculty. Scholars cannot have had more than five years of previous postdoctoral experience, nor have been employed previously as an assistant professor, associate professor or professor on the tenure track. Nominees who are non-US citizens are encouraged to apply, and will need to be eligible for a J-1 Scholar visa status for the duration of the program. CEM does not support H1B visa status. A background check is required for employment.

Scholars will receive a salary of $60,000 and will have access to funding of up to $10,000 per annum to support their research, of which $1,500 may be allocated for moving expenses. The initial closing date for receipt of complete applications is March 15, 2019; applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the search is closed. The earliest anticipated start date is July 1, 2019; the latest is January 1, 2020. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) benefits-eligible, fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) appointment. The award is granted for a period of two years, with a possible third year. Renewal for the second and possible third year is contingent on performance and the availability of resources. For additional information and policies regarding postdoctoral scholars at ASU, please see http:// .

By the start date, candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in anthropology, biology, psychology or another natural science field that provides an extensive background in evolutionary biology, or an MD, DVM, DrPH or equivalent level health professional degree. Minimum qualifications include demonstrated proof of advanced degree listed above and research experience in the field of evolutionary medicine by the time of the appointment.  Preference will be given to applicants interested in working in a multidisciplinary environment and prior research experience in co-evolution and infectious diseases, regulation of inflammation and other defenses, autoimmune disorders, cancer, genomics, reproductive health, lactation and factors that influence disease susceptibility.

To apply, please email a single pdf document to that contains:

  • a cover letter explaining your interest in this position and how it could advance your career plans, and please identify two faculty members within CEM that you would be interested in collaborating with.  We are specifically looking for scholars that would interface with strategic projects already underway in the Center (see research areas above).
  • a curriculum vitae
  • names and Contact Information for three references

The Center for Evolution & Medicine is a university-wide Presidential Initiative directed by Randolph Nesse. Its mission is to improve human health by establishing evolutionary biology as an essential basic science for medicine, worldwide. It supports research that demonstrates the power of evolutionary biology to advance the understanding, prevention, and treatment of disease, as well as teaching and outreach initiatives. See for details and information on Core Faculty. As an interdisciplinary unit, the CEM provides postdoctoral scholars with opportunities collaborate with faculty from a wide-range of disciplines including anthropology, biology, complex systems, computational informatics, genetics, infectious disease, psychology, and virology. For additional information on the Center for Evolution & Medicine, visit For additional information on the position, please contact Jennifer Vazquez, Assistant Director, at

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Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply ( For more information on ASU’s non-discrimination policy, visit ACD 401.