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Research Scientist – Biology of New World Succulents Desert Botanical Garden

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Desert Botanical Garden
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.

Research Scientist – Biology of New World Succulents

Research position at one of the world’s major botanical gardens specializing in desert plants to begin Oct. 1, 2014.  Areas of specialization may include any aspect of the biology of New World succulent plants, including taxonomy and systematics, evolutionary biology, ecology, or physiology.  Individuals using novel approaches involving molecular genetics techniques are encouraged to apply. 

The successful applicant will be expected to develop an internationally recognized research program focused on members of the cactus and/or agave families.  Responsibilities include conducting original research, seeking extramural funding, and cooperating with other departments in the development of exhibits and educational programs.  Ph.D. in plant biology, ecology, or related field required.  

The Desert Botanical Garden was established in 1939 with a mission focused on research, education, conservation, and exhibition of desert plants of the world, with special emphasis on the American Southwest (  The Garden’s scientifically documented, living collections of Cactaceae and Agavaceae are taxonomically diverse and among the world’s largest and are designated as National Collections by the North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA).  The institution also maintains a particularly strong herbarium collection of cacti and agaves.  The successful applicant will join a strong multidisciplinary team in the Department of Research, Conservation, and Collections ( and will be eligible to obtain adjunct faculty status in the School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University.  In addition to living and herbarium collections, facilities include a newly constructed 1200 sq. ft. molecular genetics laboratory, library, and greenhouses.

Send letter of application, C.V., a concise, 1-page description of research approaches and goals, and names and contact information of three references to

Ms. Mary Catellier, Director of Human Resources, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, AZ 85008; 



Review of applications will begin January 6, 2014 and applications will be accepted until position is filled. 


An Equal Opportunity Employer.  

Closing date: 06/01/2014

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