Careers in the Plant Sciences

Stengl-Wyer Scholars

The University of Texas - Austin - Austin, Texas, United States

Position Title: Stengl-Wyer Scholars
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Position
Application Review Begins: Monday, August 07, 2023
Application Deadline: Monday, December 04, 2023
Institution: The University of Texas - Austin
Department/Division: College of Natural Sciences
Field (e.g., systematics): Biodiversity
City: Austin, Texas, United States
General Information: ABOUT THE AWARD
Recent Ph.D.s are invited to apply for distinguished postdoctoral positions to study the diversity of life and/or organisms in their natural environments at The University of Texas at Austin (UT), one of the top campuses in the country for this area of research. Funded by the Stengl-Wyer endowment, the Stengl-Wyer Scholars Program provides up to three years of support for talented postdoctoral researchers in the broad area of the diversity of life and/or organisms in their natural environments. Scholars may study any groups of organisms, at levels from genes to populations to communities to ecosystems and may use any combination of approaches.

Scholars are expected to be independent and propose their own research project. The project start date at UT should be between June 1, 2024 and September 30, 2024. Applicants should identify one or more faculty members from UT’s College of Natural Sciences (CNS) who will serve as a mentor as well as provide laboratory space to the Scholar. Scholars will be encouraged to interact broadly and collaborate with other faculty, postdocs, and graduate students at UT. 2023 Scholar recipients will receive the following:

• $70,000 annual salary plus UT benefits
• $10,000 annual allowance for research and travel expenses
• Up to $3,000 relocation expenses
Qualifications/Requirements: Eligible applicants must have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent degree by the projected start date and must not have exceeded 20 months in a full-time postdoctoral position at the time of application deadline. Preference will be given to applicants whose proposed projects broaden the scope of research in CNS and are relevant to the Stengl-Wyer Endowment’s mission to explore the diversity of life and organisms in their natural environments. Additionally, preference will be given to applicants not already in residence at UT. Applicants who are non-US citizens or permanent residents must be eligible for J-1 Scholar visa status; the Stengl-Wyer Scholars program cannot support H-1B visa applications. CNS particularly 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 may realize their intellectual potential.
Responsibilities: Scholars will:

• conduct cutting-edge research over three years;
• have access to the outstanding core research facilities at UT, including field stations, natural history collections, computational, imaging, and biomolecular facilities;
• reside locally and have a regular workspace and presence on the main UT campus;
• primarily focus on research, but in one of the three years, also engage in two semesters of a teaching or outreach effort related to their interests and career goals;
• participate in biweekly meetings (luncheons) with other Stengl-Wyer Scholars, Fellows or guests; and
• receive career mentorship.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): All required application components (listed in the Application Components section in the RFA) should be combined and uploaded as a single pdf and submitted by the application deadline of 5:00 PM CT on December 4, 2023.

Applications must be submitted through Competition Space, UT’s online submission interface. To apply:

1. Visit
2. Click the “Apply” button on the Competition Space 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. 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 application form. Complete the form and upload the required application components. Click “Submit Application” at the bottom of the page. You also have the option to save a draft and return later to submit your application.
Compensation Range: $70,000+
Contact Name: Lesley Bruner,