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Stengl-Wyer Postdoctoral Scholars Program

Outstanding recent Ph.D.s are invited to apply for a leading fellowship position to study the diversity of life and/or organisms in their natural environments, at one of the top campuses in the country for this area of research. Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent degree by the projected start date and should have been awarded the degree no more than three years prior to the application deadline. 

The application deadline is March 2, 2020.

About the Program

Funded by the Stengl-Wyer Endowment, the Stengl-Wyer Postdoctoral Scholars Program provides up to three years of independent support for talented postdoctoral researchers in the broad area of the diversity of life and/or organisms in their natural environments. Scholars can study any groups of organisms, at levels from genes to populations to communities to ecosystems, and can use any combination of approaches.

Scholars will:

  • conduct cutting-edge research over three years;
  • have access to the outstanding core facilities at UT Austin, including field stations, natural history collections, and extensive capabilities in computation, genomics, imaging and other areas;
  • primarily focus on research, but in one of the three years, also develop a teaching or outreach effort related to their interests and career goals;
  • participate in semi-monthly luncheons with other fellows or guests;
  • receive career mentorship.

Scholars are expected to be highly independent and propose their own research program. Applicants should identify one or more faculty from the College of Natural Sciences who will guarantee laboratory space and serve as mentor. Successful Scholars will be encouraged to interact broadly and collaborate with other faculty, postdocs, and graduate students at UT.


  • $67,000 annual salary plus UT benefits
  • $10,000 annual stipend for research and travel expenses
  • Up to $3,000 relocation expenses depending on source location

Eligibility & Applying

Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent degree by the projected start date, and must have been awarded the degree no more than three years prior to the application deadline. U.S. and non-U.S. citizens are eligible. Start date should be on or after July 1, 2020. The College encourages applications from individuals within populations traditionally underrepresented in our disciplines. Our goal is to provide all Scholars with an inclusive and supportive environment in which they can reach their greatest intellectual potential.

Application Instructions: Applications must be submitted through CompetitionSpace, UT Austin’s online submission interface, by 5:00 PM CST on Monday, March 2, 2020. To apply:

  1. Click the "Apply Now" button at the top right of this page (or go to https://utexas.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1798312)
  2. Click the “Apply” button on the CompetitionSpace page.
  3. This will take you to a login screen. External applicants should create an interface account by clicking the “Register” button toward the bottom of the page and follow the instructions to create an account. Applicants with an existing UT EID and password should login using the “University of Texas Web Login” button.
  4. You will be taken to an online applications form. Complete the form and upload the required submission materials (as described below) and click “Submit Application” at the bottom of the page. You also have the option to save the application as a draft and return later to submit it.

Applicants should upload the required materials listed below as a single pdf document. Application pages should have 1-inch margins and use a 12-point font.

  1. Curriculum Vitae including academic background and research experience.
  2. Research Plan describing the independent program that the applicant wishes to develop or implement at UT.
  3. Letter(s) of Support from one or more potential faculty mentor(s) with whom the applicant has been in contact and who agrees to provide laboratory and office space or other facilities as needed.
  4. Statement of teaching or outreach interests.
  5. Names and contact information for three individuals who have agreed to provide reference letters.

Applicants should identify one (or more) faculty mentors within the College of Natural Sciences at UT Austin, which includes Integrative Biology, Marine Science, Molecular Biosciences, Neuroscience, Physics and other departments. Interdisciplinary projects linking to several research groups are encouraged, and UT faculty members from outside CNS can be included as co-mentors. The Research Plan should be developed independently by the applicant, who is encouraged to consult with the proposed mentor(s) about relevant facilities and infrastructure at UT.

The Research Plan is limited to 4 pages (including figures, not including literature citations). The Research Plan should be innovative but feasible. Preliminary data are not required. Proposed UT faculty mentors will provide a letter of support including commitment of lab and office space or other needed facilities for applicants.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Dean Appling (dappling@austin.utexas.edu).

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.