Postdoc Per - and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance (PFAS) Ecotoxicology

One full time postdoctoral scientist position is available in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) at Purdue University. We are seeking a productive scholar with skills in ecotoxicology, multiple-stressors, and/or mechanistic toxicology to work on projects funded by the USEPA and the USGS. Major research areas include studying per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) toxicity and metabolism across a range of aquatic species, evaluating whole organism to molecular responses after PFAS exposure, and PFAS field work in wetlands and lakes. PFAS are a pressing and global concern because of their persistence, bioaccumulation potential, and toxicity at low doses (PFAS — Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances ( The range of potential projects is broad, including field investigations of PFAS bioaccumulation and effects, mesocosm studies to explore PFAS metabolism and potential effects on community dynamics, and mechanistic laboratory studies aimed at assessing PFAS interactions with hemoglobin and how this might be an important mechanism of toxicity in species like aquatic midges. The incumbent will join a productive group of multidisciplinary researchers at Purdue which conduct PFAS work across different fields including chemistry, ecology, toxicology, epidemiology, engineering, and social sciences. See more on PFAS work at Purdue here: PFAS Strategic Research Group

Successful candidates will have completed a PhD, preferably in ecotoxicology, toxicology or a related field. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and a proven capacity to publish in peer-reviewed journals are required. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated strong analytical, statistical skills, and technical writing skills. Experience working with PFAS is desired but not required. Opportunities to mentor undergraduate and graduate students are available, and depending on candidate interest, opportunities may be available to gain experience teaching. Successful applicants would also have opportunities to design and conduct new/ongoing experiments and field studies as well as opportunities to analyze, interpret, and publish existing datasets.

Application Instructions
To apply, please send a single PDF file containing a cover letter describing your interest and experience, a CV, contact information for three references, and two relevant publications or manuscripts to Maria Sepulveda ( Please include “Ecotox Post Doc Application” in your email subject line. Purdue University is strongly committed to increasing diversity and we encourage applications from groups historically underrepresented in ecology research. Review of applications will begin July 1, 2023 and positions can be started as early as August 2023.

Position & Lab Website:
Position also posted on The Sepúlveda Lab website.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.