Postdoctoral Fellow (Population Genomics & Restoration) - Missouri Botanical Garden

The Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development (CCSD) at the Missouri Botanical Garden seeks to hire a full-time postdoctoral scholar to work in the Conservation Genetics Laboratory (PI, Dr. Christy Edwards). The candidate will 1) develop and implement collaborative research project(s) that employ population-genomic techniques to evaluate the effects of restoration techniques on the genetic diversity, genetic structure, and population dynamics of restorations in woodlands, savannahs, and grasslands at MBG’s Shaw Nature Reserve and the broader region; 2) train and mentor undergraduate and graduate students; 3) assist MBG scientists with coordinating grant-funded activities including recruitment and mentoring of students, organizing and participating in outreach events and workshops, and presenting lectures to professional organizations and the general public; 4) prepare and submit manuscripts for publication; 5) build relationships with SNR staff and collaborative partners; and 6) actively participate in events with the St. Louis Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation community.

MBG’s Shaw Nature Reserve contains over 2000 acres of fire-maintained woodlands, grasslands, and glades. Ecological restoration (i.e., selective tree thinning, removal of invasive species, prescribed fire) has been ongoing at SNR over the last 3 decades. The restorations have also involved seeding of native species from local and regional seed sources, and the successful candidate will be expected to work on research projects related to these restored populations of native plants at SNR and other field sites and natural areas in the region. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to develop a research project involving testing how factors such as seed source or life history characteristics (such as mating system, pollinator, or seed disperser) affect the genetic diversity and population dynamics of restored plant populations. Candidates should have prior experience with field sampling techniques, next-generation DNA sequencing approaches, population genomics lab techniques (i.e., rad-seq, genotyping-by-sequencing), bioinformatics, and statistical analysis of population genomic data. Candidates who are interested in understanding the effects of plant life-history traits or ecological factors on the genetic diversity and structure of plant populations are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidates will have opportunities to collaborate with MBG scientists active in conservation genetics, reintroduction biology, restoration ecology, and community ecology.

Candidates with a completed Ph.D. or that will soon graduate with a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Botany, Genetics, Restoration Science, Environmental Science, Conservation Biology, or a related field are encouraged to apply. The ideal start time is before summer 2021, but this is negotiable. The term for this grant-funded position will be up to 2 years, with renewal in the 2nd year contingent on satisfactory performance. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and this position includes a comprehensive benefits package.

The position will be based in St. Louis, where a vibrant community of ecologists, conservation practitioners, and evolutionary biologists interact through partnerships among MBG, Washington University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Saint Louis University, plus other area institutions. The position will be seated in the CCSD, which 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.

If interested, please apply online (make sure to upload both cv and cover letter).

Closing date is 19th April 2021 and the review of applications will begin immediately!

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