Postdoctoral Scholars

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The College of Science (CoS) values the important contributions postdoctoral scholars make to the research that takes place in each laboratory. We aim to foster research excellence for our postdoctoral scholars while equipping them for career success beyond their time with us. With a focus on postdoctoral scholar career training beyond the basics, Professor Patricia Champion in the Department of Biological Sciences has been appointed to serve as Director of Postdoctoral Studies in the College of Science.

Patricia Champion, Ph.D., 574-631-8375 office, email

University of Notre Dame’s Society of Science Fellows

At the University of Notre Dame, the Society of Science Fellows is a Postdoctoral Fellowship Program established by the Dean of the College of Science to support highly motivated and accomplished individuals who represent the best of the next generation of scientists.

These prestigious fellowships are designed for early stage scientists who are bound for research intensive careers in research universities, institutes or industries. The Society Fellows will be initially appointed for two years, receive a stipend corresponding to the NRSA NIH pay scale for postdoctoral fellows and individualized support from College of Science Director of Postdoctoral Studies. Each  fellow will work with the director of postdoctoral studies to identify a suitable primary research mentor from the five departments in the College of Science. Additional co-mentors can also be appointed, and must have an appointment at the University of Notre Dame. The primary research mentor will provide research space and supplies. 

Monetary support will be coupled with faculty mentoring, professional development, and networking opportunities. The Society Fellows will have an independent mentoring committee to review their progress and discuss future plans every six months. A sum of $10,000 will be placed under the control of the fellow to cover expenses related to attending scientific meetings, training and professional development, and their research endeavors. The fellow will participate in the College of Science Postdoctoral Training program, a curriculum that enhances our postdoc’s research skills, career development, and social and personal skills, where they will learn how to apply and obtain a job, how to set up an independent laboratory, and develop a short- and long-term plans to be a successful faculty member or scientist.

Our goal is to train our postdoctoral fellows through workshops, panel discussions, seminars, and networking opportunities designed to advance lab management skills, grantsmanship, communication, academic and industry career exploration, as well as work/life and cultural considerations throughout the year. Moreover, the fellows will participate in a rigorous grant writing workshop for transition awards and fellowships. The Society Fellows are encouraged to apply for both internal and external funding to continue their research at Notre Dame. The Society Fellows also have opportunities to teach at the University of Notre, Holy Cross College, Saint Mary’s College, or Indiana University South Bend.


Applicants should have successfully completed a doctoral degree no earlier than December 2020. Earlier dates can be accepted if maternity or paternity leave, or Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave occurred within the past two years.


Access application instructions and complete the application form through the application portal


Submission Deadline: April 30, 2023. Decision: by June 1, 2023. Potential start dates after July 1, 2023.  

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The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and those candidates attracted to a university with a Catholic identity. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).

Getting Started: New CoS Postdocs

HR information for new Postdocs

University Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Application to join PostDoc Slack Site

IDP and Mentoring 

Individual Development Plans are a great way for postdoctoral trainees and their mentors to set career development goals and to define a plan of action.

AAAS IDP link (Share this with your mentors)

Shared Expectations

Professional Development 

Programs and Resources

Current Postdoc Resources from the University Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

The Family Resource Center

Office of Grants and Fellowships

Working Through Crisis Workshop Materials

Ombudsperson/ Speak Out

Training Guide for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Postdoc Jobs

Robert and Sara Lumpkins Postdoctoral Fellow in Statistics
Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana

The Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (ACMS) in the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame is accepting applications for a Robert and Sara Lumpkins Postdoctoral Fellowship in Statistics to be filled this year. This is a three year nonrenewable position. Preference will be given to applicants whose research includes multidisciplinary collaborations and aligns with the research interests of the department.

ACMS includes research groups in applied mathematics, statistics, and computational science. ACMS offers a Bachelor of Science, a doctoral degree, a research master’s degree, and a professional master’s degree. The teaching load for the Lumpkins Postdoctoral Fellowship is one course each semester. To facilitate conference travel and collaborations, this fellowship is accompanied by a generous annual travel allowance. The position can begin in January or August 2023.

We will begin reviewing completed applications immediately and will continue accepting applications until the position is filled.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful applicant must have a record of success in research in statistics and, at the start of the appointment, a doctorate in statistics or a closely related field.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, and should also arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be submitted through the mathjobs system. These letters should address the applicant's research accomplishments. Questions about the position may be addressed to Department Chair, Jonathan Hauenstein.

Postdoctoral positions in mathematical and computational biology:

There are two postdoctoral positions in the areas of mathematical and computational biology in Santiago Schnell’s research group at the University of Notre Dame. Schnell is faculty member in the Departments of Biological Sciences, and Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics. One postdoctoral fellow will work on the development of standard-based tools and measurement approaches in enzymology. The other postdoctoral fellow will work on the development of models to investigate the molecular mechanisms regulating protein homeostasis.

The positions will allow both the flexibility of developing and leading individual projects as well as working as a team member. The successful applicant will interact with our collaborators in Austria, Germany, Great Britain and Israel, and may have the opportunity to train in experimental techniques as well. Candidates should have experience in the mathematical modeling and numerical solutions of differential equations, parameter estimation, and an understanding of biochemical kinetics, biochemistry and cell biology. These positions would suit individuals who have a Ph.D. in applied mathematics, engineering or theoretical physical-chemistry. Candidates must have experience writing publications, excellent communication skills and have a strong work ethic. These positions are available for up to four years. They will be renewed annually subject to satisfactory performance. Salary level is determined by the number of full years of relevant postdoctoral experience at the NIH NRSA scale.

The positions are full-time. Applicants are advised that they will undergo standard pre-employment screening. Applications should include a full CV, and a cover letter explaining suitability for the position. Candidates are encouraged to read some of the Schnell group recent papers on enzymology or protein homeostasis, and write a brief proposal outlining how they can contribute to our projects and what they would like to do in the Schnell research group. Candidates must arrange for two referees to send references directly to Dr. Schnell. Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled.

For inquiries, please contact Prof. Santiago Schnell via email.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Extragalactic Astrophysics:

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar position to commence in summer/fall 2023. Applicants with UV and optical spectroscopic and/or IFU experience are especially encouraged to apply. We welcome all applicants with an interest in exploring the astrophysics of the circumgalactic/intergalactic/interstellar gas and galaxies. The successful applicant will work in the group of Profs. Chris Howk and Nicolas Lehner and will lead projects with data obtained from the future James Webb Telescope, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Large Binocular Telescope, and the Keck Telescopes. 

Applicants demonstrating strong writing skills, analytical skills, research creativity, and a history of successful project completion will be viewed favorably. 

The successful applicant must have completed the Ph.D. requirements before assuming the position. A complete application includes a cover letter expressing the candidate’s background and interest in the position, curriculum vitae with publications, a research statement, and three letters of reference. The research statement should address past/current research and future interests. The statement should be approximately two pages. Applications received by December 9, 2022, will receive full consideration. Please contact Profs. Howk or Lehner with questions about the position.

The initial appointment will be for one year based on University policy, with the expectation that the appointment will last at least three years, contingent on annual performance reviews. Base salary will be commensurate with experience.

The University of Notre Dame is committed to excellence through diversity. The University of Notre Dame is located in South Bend, Indiana and provides a family-friendly environment and affordable cost of living and is only 2 hours from the vibrant city of Chicago.

The successful applicant will receive health care and other benefits ( Postdoctoral scholars at Notre Dame More information about being a postdoctoral scholar at Notre Dame can be found at

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Postdoctoral Position in Astronomy:

The University of Notre Dame, Department of Physics & Astronomy, invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar position to begin in Fall 2023. The ideal candidate specializes in galactic archaeology, stellar spectroscopy, galactic chemical evolution, or spectroscopic surveys. The successful applicant will work with Professor Evan Kirby on the Subaru Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) survey. PFS is expected to commence survey operations in Spring 2024. The first semester of the postdoctoral position will focus on survey preparations, followed in subsequent years by data acquisition, analysis, and publication. The postdoc will enjoy privileged PFS data access and ample time to pursue independent research.

Notre Dame astronomers use a variety of telescopes, including Keck Observatory and the Large Binocular Telescope. Nuclear astrophysics is one of the key strengths of Notre Dame Physics. Astronomical observers, laboratory experimentalists, and theorists work together to answer fundamental questions about the nature of matter.

Qualifications include a PhD in physics, astronomy, or a related field, strong written and oral communication, and leadership qualities. Support is available for three years. Annual renewals are contingent upon performance. Base salary will be commensurate with experience.

A complete application includes a curriculum vitae with publications, a research statement, and three letters of reference. The research statement should address past research and how the applicant expects to use PFS and other Notre Dame resources. The statement should be approximately three to four pages. Applicants are encouraged to use additional pages to discuss their contributions toward and ambition for improving academic climates, such as efforts toward equity and inclusion. Applications received by December 16, 2022, will receive full consideration. Please contact Professor Evan Kirby with questions about the position.

Apply here. 

Computational Postdoctoral Fellow:

A position in molecular modeling and drug design is open immediately.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, physical chemistry or a related field. A strong background in medicinal chemistry is highly desirable.

The postdoctoral position involves carrying out various projects involving designing/identifying of new biologically active molecules through docking and scoring, protein modeling, MD/free-energy simulations to study protein dynamics, and QM or QM/MM calculations to elucidate biological reaction pathways.

Experience with using and maintaining UNIX/LINUX workstations is required. Experience in using Amber, Gaussian, Schrödinger packages, Dock, GOLD, Modeller or similar programs, is highly desired. Programming/scripting knowledge with Python/C/Fortran/ Perl/Linux shell is also desirable. The laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art workstations with 3D visualization and projection capabilities, a 228-core cluster housed at Notre Dame CRC exclusively dedicated for the laboratory members, data storage, and also has direct access to Notre Dame’s >20,000-core main computing facility.

The laboratory also has exclusive access to dedicated HPC clusters with NVIDIA GPUs for accelerated computing. In addition, latest NVIDIA GPU clusters with a total of 76 GPUs are available. Additional computing power is available through XSEDES (formerly known as TeraGrid) clusters. All computers are equipped with established programs and software packages that are necessary to carry out the computational tasks listed above. The successful candidate will have the opportunity for interactions with synthetic chemists, biochemists, and molecular biologists within the Mobashery group, or with collaborating groups (usually crystallographers).

Ability to perform independently in the lab is essential. The research carried out in the laboratory employs a multidisciplinary approach to solving problems of biomedical significance. The research interests encompass investigations of mechanisms of resistance to antibacterials, design of novel antibiotics, bacterial cell wall and its recycling, studies of several diseases of the extracellular matrix and the means to prevent them. The group members have backgrounds in organic chemistry, enzymology, molecular modeling, computational sciences, and molecular biology. 

Interested candidates should email their CV to:

Professor Shahriar Mobashery

Navari Family Chair in Life Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

354 McCourtney Hall

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA



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The University of Notre Dame has a thriving academic community which includes over 200 postdoctoral scholars. As a research university, Notre Dame is community that fosters creative inquiry and scholarship. Because of our distinctive Catholic identity and mission, we value all intellectual inquiry as the pursuit not just of knowledge but also of truth.

Notre Dame is more than a breathtaking campus — our strong community and sense of family, long-standing tradition of excellence, and the ability to offer the best in resources and opportunity means we attract the finest faculty and staff from around the world.

For more information about becoming a postdoctoral researcher at Notre Dame, visit Notre Dame's Office for Postdoctoral Affairs.