[Taxacom] Postdoctoral Fellowship in Botany

Richard Rabeler rabeler at umich.edu
Sat Nov 3 18:46:11 CDT 2012


Posted on behalf of Deb Trock, California Academy of Sciences.


Below is a new posting for a Postdoc fellowship at the California Academy
of Sciences.  For addition information, be sure to check out the Academy’s
web site.  Apologies for cross-posting!****

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*Position Title: **   John J. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship in Botany***

*Department:   **   Botany*

*Prepared Date:  November 2, 2012*

*Prepared By:     Peter Fritsch*

*FLSA Status:     Exempt*****

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*POSITION SUMMARY:*

The California Academy of Sciences invites applications for the John J.
Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship in Botany, a full-time position for research
on the systematics and evolution of vascular plants. This is a one-year
position with a possible one-year extension based on performance.
Candidates must have their Ph.D. prior to beginning the position.
Individuals with interest and expertise in international field research,
museum collections development, and molecular systematics of vascular
plants are particularly encouraged to apply. In addition to the primary
focus on research, the candidate will be expected to contribute to various
activities that take place in a large public museum, such as public
education and exhibit content development.****

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The herbarium at the Academy’s Department of Botany includes about 2
million specimens of vascular plants, bryophytes, and lichens, with
strengths in western North America, Latin America, Mediterranean Europe,
eastern Asia, and Madagascar. Other institutional facilities and resources
include the Center for Comparative Genomics, Howell Botanical Laboratory, a
comprehensive library of systematic and evolutionary biology, an SEM unit,
and a 280-core computing cluster. For additional information about the
Academy and the department, please visit http://research.calacademy.org/.***
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To apply, send a cover letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a two-page
description of general research accomplishments and goals, a three- to
four-page project proposal for the fellowship, and the names, addresses,
e-mails, and telephone numbers of three references by January 15, 2013.****

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*ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:*

**•          **Conduct original research on plant systematics and evolution*
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**•          **Conduct various laboratory activities relevant to the project
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**•          **May prepare species descriptions and taxonomic keys using
museum collections at CAS and other relevant herbaria****

**•          **Oversee and perform identification of collections pertinent
to the project****

**•          **Plan and participate in field work to generate collections
relevant to the project****

**•          **May work closely with a research assistant or volunteers****

**•          **Publish results pertinent to the project****

**•          **Follow all Academy safety regulations****

**•          **Other duties as assigned ****

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*QUALIFICATIONS:***

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform
each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are
representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to
perform the essential functions.****

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*EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:*

The ideal candidate will possess the following education and/or equivalent
experience:****

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**•          **Ph.D. with specialty in plant systematics and evolution, and
experience in conducting herbarium, laboratory, and/or field work.****

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*KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:*

**•          **Proficiency with literature and terminology of systematic
and evolutionary botany**

**•          **Computer skills including experience with phylogenetic
software packages and herbarium database use****

**•          **Strong communication skills****

**•          **Strong organizational skills****

**•          **Familiarity with or willingness to learn laboratory
techniques****

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Dr. Debra Trock, Senior Collections Manager****

Botany Department****

California Academy of Sciences****

55 Music Concourse Drive****

San Francisco, CA  94118****

415-379-5363****

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