The Rowland Junior Fellows are selected to perform independent experimental research for five years, with full institutional support and access to the Institute's outstanding technical and scientific resources. We appoint on average two new Rowland Junior Fellows per year. Candidates in all the natural sciences (physics, chemistry, biology,...) as well as in engineering will be considered, with special attention given to interdisciplinary work and to the development of new experimental methods.

SPOTLIGHT ON: RJF Alvaro Sanchez.

Our main mission is to develop a quantitative understanding of microbial communities, and to learn how to control their behavior and evolve useful phenotypes. For this purpose we are developing strategies to track population dynamics in these communities with high precision and to culture these communities in high throughput.


We are also very interested in understanding how changes in cellular behavior affect microbial ecosystems, and on the possibility of three-way interactions between phenotypic, evolutionary and ecological dynamics. Current projects include evolving microbial communities with useful community-level phenotypes, investigating the evolution of pubic good interactions in complex microbial communities, and exploring the role of complex, multi-species interactions in these communities.