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Missouri Botanical Garden - Assistant Scientist

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 Career Opportunity with One of the Top Botanical Gardens in the World
Assistant Scientist

Missouri Botanical Garden is a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis. The Garden offers 79 acres of beautiful horticultural display, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, Henry Shaw's original 1850 estate home, and one of the world's largest collections of rare and endangered orchids.

The Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development (CCSD)
explores and implements new, science-based approaches to the conservation and sustainable use of plant diversity. CCSD’s strategies for conservation are based on a sound, scientific understanding of the occurrence and distribution of plants. CCSD applies the knowledge of plant diversity accumulated by Missouri Botanical Garden researchers over many years, making that knowledge usable for conservation planning and decision-making. Operating under the auspices of the Garden and as part of its division of Science and Conservation, CCSD builds upon the Garden’s institutional expertise, scientific programs, influence and resources.

Summary of the position:
A full-time assistant scientist in conservation genetics is available in the Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development of the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG). The candidate is expected to take a leadership role in using molecular approaches to solve practical problems in conservation biology and restoration ecology. Candidates should have a solid understanding of botanical garden collections and interest in plant conservation. This individual will also implement projects to understand variation in genetic structure and diversity in wild plant populations and in botanical garden collections. The successful candidate will have the capacity to attract financial support for research activities by preparing proposals and obtaining grants from outside funding agencies. The incumbent will be expected to collaborate with staff in the Science & Conservation, Horticulture, and Education Divisions at MBG; students and faculty from local universities; and governmental and non-governmental organizations.

The position will be based in St. Louis, where a vibrant community of systematists, ecologists, and evolutionary biologists interact through partnerships among MBG, Washington University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Saint Louis University. Missouri Botanical Garden offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Qualifications and/or Experience:
Candidates should have a strong background in one or more of the following fields: genetics, evolution, ecology, conservation biology, or a related discipline. A Ph.D. in one or more of these fields is required by the start date. In addition, candidates should have excellent writing and communications skills as well as an eagerness to produce and publish scientific results.

  • Strong background including a minimum of (3) years prior experience or coursework in one or more of the following fields: genetics, evolution, botany, or ecology. 
  • Demonstrated ability including a minimum of (3) years experience using standard laboratory techniques to extract and sequence DNA. 
  • Prior experience writing scientific papers, grant proposals and reports.

Application Process:
To be considered, applicants should apply on-line and submit a brief statement of research interests, a CV, copies of
relevant publications or manuscripts, and three letters of recommendation from people familiar with their research to before December 31, 2012.


Closing Date: 31st December 2012


For more information please visit our website or contact the Recruiter
Link to comprehensive posting and job application:
Missouri Botanical Garden Website:
Recruiter: Tracy Breckenridge

Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer


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