Post Doctoral Fellow
Southern Methodist University Inc

Dallas, Texas


Salary Range:

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU

SMU's more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University's small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities - from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About the Position:

The Post Doctoral Fellow plans, organizes and conducts highly independent research for a defined period of mentored and advanced education and training to enhance research independence and professional skills for a scientific or academic career. The position works closely with a primary investigator (PI) in preparing and publishing research results in peer-refereed journals and presenting results at national/international professional conferences. The Post Graduate Fellow may also conduct own research and gain teaching experience.

Essential Functions:

  • Develops, tests, and evaluates new methodologies, measures, research designs, and research protocols. May contribute to peer review and may participate in research proposals as co-Investigator.
  • Collects, analyzes, and interprets data independently or with little supervision. Anticipates and helps resolve problems that may affect research objectives and deadlines.
  • Oversees day-to-day scientific activities, students, and staff in the lab and maintenance of databases, records, and research reports.
  • Summarizes completed protocols and studies, writes scientific articles and manuscripts under the guidance of the PI.
  • Assists the PI with the preparation of grant proposals and grant reports.
  • Keeps abreast of the literature and emerging knowledge in the discipline, broadens his/her knowledge and technical capabilities, and translates advances in the subject area into research activity.
  • Attends and contributes to regular lab and staff meetings, takes leadership for own projects.
  • Conducts research using live animals, adhering to disciplinary standards and ethical guidelines regarding animal research and care of research animals.
  • Conducts and oversees research with human participants in research, adhering to disciplinary standards and ethical guidelines regarding such research.


Education and Experience:

Doctoral degree is required. A doctoral degree in Chemistry is preferred.

Post graduate work experience is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills.

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.

Knowledge of Microsoft Office is preferred.

Physical and Environmental Demands:
  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Carry/lift 25 lbs.
  • Handle objects (dexterity)
  • Stand
  • Push/pull
Deadline to Apply:

Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by September 15, 2022.

This position is open until filled.

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

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