Post-Doctoral Research Scientist
The Finger Lakes Institute

The Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) invites applications for a one-year endowed Post-Doctoral Research Scientist who will collaborate with and complement existing strengths of the FLI and HWS faculty, staff, and community.

Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. upon start date with scholarly and research interests in aquatic ecology, aquatic invasive species, biogeochemistry, limnology, hydrogeology, watershed/lake interactions and/or any other specialty that addresses pressing environmental issues in the Finger Lakes region. In addition to research, the successful candidate is expected to provide scientific support to the FLI's community education and outreach programs, and pursue external grant support. The research scientist may also direct student research projects and teach undergraduate courses at HWS.

The FLI advances, coordinates, and disseminates scientific knowledge about the eleven Finger Lakes and surrounding environments in central and western New York. The FLI seeks to protect and promote the Finger Lakes through programming in research, education, and community outreach. The FLI also serves as a clearinghouse for environmental information for researchers, educators, policy makers, water quality officials, public and private stakeholders, and the general public.

In addition to various laboratory facilities and equipment at FLI and HWS, the Colleges own and operate a 65-foot research vessel, the R/V William Scandling, for research activities on Seneca Lake, and a converted stock pontoon boat, the JB Snow, for field work on the other Finger Lakes. Please see www.hws.edu/fli/ for a description of other facilities and equipment available on campus.

The position is a full time, 12-month, benefits eligible appointment projected to start winter 2013. The initial one-year appointment can be renewed based on satisfactory performance. This position description is not all-inclusive as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned.


Review of applications will begin on December 18, 2012. Interested applicants should transmit an application letter that includes a research statement, a CV, and have three letters of recommendation sent under separate cover to:

Office of Human Resources
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
337 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456
email: ferran@hws.edu

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to attracting and supporting faculty and staff that fully represent the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the nation and actively seek applications from under-represented groups. The Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or any other protected status.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are a highly selective residential liberal arts institution located in a small, diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  With an enrollment of approximately 2,200, the Colleges offer 62 majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program.  Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service are also at the core of the Colleges’ mission.