Burpee Post-Doctoral Fellow in Botany

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Burpee Post-Doctoral Fellow in Botany

Job no: 496322
Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Academic Affairs, Biology

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Chris Martine in the Department of Biology at Bucknell University. The position is a yearly appointment, renewable for up to three years, and has a preferred start date of fall 2019.

Salary, benefits, and associated research activity are funded by the David Burpee Endowment at Bucknell. The goals of the lab at present are to generate, manage, and analyze datasets related to species boundaries, population genomics, and conservation of angiosperms both locally in Pennsylvania and in the monsoon tropics of Australia. Efforts will also be made to sustain projects the successful candidate has previously established. The position includes participation in the liberal arts educational mission of Bucknell; candidates should expect to mentor and advise undergraduate research students year-round, making the position especially suited for those interested in gaining experience in a PUI environment.

Job Duties:
In collaboration with Dr. Chris Martine, Burpee Professor in Plant Genetics and Research, the Postdoctoral Researcher will:
- Supervise undergraduate and master's students.
- Generate, manage, and analyze genomic datasets.
- Manage and maintain a combined wet/ecology lab.
- Help to organize and participate in fieldwork.
- Assist with management of living collections maintained in research greenhouses and conduct greenhouse-based experiments.
- Assist with management of the Wayne E. Manning Herbarium.
- Prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, write/edit grant proposals, and present results at regional/national meetings.
- Integrate research outcomes with ongoing conservation efforts, including recognizing taxa/populations of concern.
- Explore innovative approaches to dissemination and outreach.
- Mentor and instruct students as part of Bucknell's mission to provide a superior undergraduate experience.

Minimum Qualifications:
Candidate must have a Ph.D. (at date of appointment) in botany, plant biology, ecology & evolution, genetics/genomics or related field; proficiency in oral and written English language skills; experience with acquisition of genomic/genetic data and related bioinformatics pipelines/phylogenetic software; and demonstrated experience in preparing publications and grant proposals. The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

Preferred Qualifications:
A background/interest in plant population genomics, systematics, reproductive biology, and/or biogeography is preferred; experience with plant-based study systems is not required, however. Ability to write computer scripts is also a preference, as is experience in the culture and care of research plants.

Physical Demands:
Research greenhouse collections may require lifting of plants and potting supplies. Local and remote fieldwork may also be undertaken.

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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Posted: 4/27/2019
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