SESYNC–LTER Collaborating Mentors

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Oct 26, 2015

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), in collaboration with NSF’s Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, seeks applicants interested in mentoring Postdoctoral Fellows and co-developing synthesis research projects with them. Postdoctoral Fellows will use long-term datasets as the foundation for their synthesis projects. Postdoctoral projects must involve LTER data, but use of additional long-term data collected for projects outside of the LTER network is also encouraged. Proposed projects can focus on ecological or interdisciplinary questions. All types of projects may be proposed, including those that synthesize data across LTER sites and those that synthesize natural and social science data.

For more information about postdoctoral applications, click here.

Collaborating Mentors must have:

  1. Sufficient research experience to provide substantive intellectual and methodological mentoring to Postdoctoral Fellows,
  2. Familiarity with LTER research, LTER data, or other long-term environmental data, and
  3. Ideas suitable for research collaborations using synthesis methods (e.g., data integration, quantitative or qualitative analysis, modeling, etc.).

Collaborating Mentors are expected to work closely with the Postdoctoral Fellow on the proposed project for a period of two years beginning August 1, 2016, and to provide mentorship on the synthesis research. However, the Fellow is expected to take the lead on the proposed project. Postdoctoral Fellows will be based full-time in Annapolis, Maryland, and will be affiliated with SESYNC and the University of Maryland. They are expected to meet in person with their Collaborating Mentors at least twice per year; funds will be provided for Fellows to visit Mentors at their home institutions and vice versa. SESYNC will provide an honorarium.

A registry of potential Collaborating Mentors will be maintained by SESYNC and made available to successfully pre-screened postdoctoral candidates. Postdoctoral applicants should use this registry to identify possible synthesis projects and potential Mentors. At their discretion, Mentors will work with suitable applicants to co-develop project ideas that will form the basis of the final Postdoctoral Fellowship application. This is an opportunity to develop a project of mutual interest together rather than to bring a postdoctoral fellow onto an already-developed project. Successful Postdoctoral Fellowship applications will clearly delineate the roles of the Fellow and the Collaborating Mentor in the proposed project.

Registering to be a Collaborating Mentor

Potential Mentors should submit:

  • A brief description of idea(s) for collaborative long-term ecological synthesis project(s) (1 page max),
  • A short bio (2 pages max),
  • Link(s) to potential Mentor’s professional website and, if relevant, LTER site, and
  • A brief statement (500 words) on expectations for the proposed collaboration, including expectations of the Postdoctoral Fellow and thoughts on facilitating a productive mentoring relationship.


Potential Collaborating Mentors should submit the required documents as a single PDF to by October 26, 2015, 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The documents will be shared online with pre-screened postdoctoral applicants only. If Mentors have already partnered with a potential postdoc, please indicate that when submitting the Mentor documents.

(Prospective Fellows may recruit their own Collaborating Mentors. However, all applicant-recruited potential mentors must submit an application by November 16, 2015, to assume this role formally.)


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Minorities and Women Are Encouraged to Apply

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