Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Ecology & Evolutionary BiologyDepartment Website Link:
Tucson, AZ USAPosition Highlights:
The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, in partnership with the UA Herbarium and its Desert Legume Program, seeks a highly qualified evolutionary biologist with expertise in legumes, comparative genomics, and museum collections, for a one-year postdoctoral position available immediately.
The University of Arizona Herbarium (ARIZ) is the largest and oldest botanical natural history museum in Arizona, containing a half million specimens of plants, fungi, and lichens from Arizona, western Mexico, and the rest of the world. The highly active museum holds weekly seminars, summer workshops, and training events for the public, campus and off-campus classes, and agency personnel (community health conditions permitting).
The Desert Legume Program (DELEP), now part of the UA Herbarium, developed and maintains the first accredited seed bank in the US, focused on legumes from arid and semi-arid regions of the world. Cryopreserved germplasm from 64 countries and six continents constitute the bulk of the wild legume species available for researchers through the USDA Germplasm Repository Information Network. As agricultural research in the US and around the world expands to include crop wild relatives, using increasingly accessible genome-scale techniques, DELEP’s resources are in more demand than ever.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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The successful applicantwill be expected to:
- Develop and engage in multiple projects aimed at using and enhancing the physical and online resources in these related collections
- Develop preliminary genomic data from selected living material
- Assist in grant and manuscript editing and writing
- Help train new undergraduate students in museum curation and germplasm maintenance
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- PhD in evolutionary biology or related field
- Experience using natural history collections for teaching, research, and outreach activities
- At least two years experience in legume systematics
- Experience developing content for online resources, including instructional management systems and/or websites
- Experience with teaching and outreach activities associated with plant biodiversity
- Experience in phylogenetics, genomics, bioinformatics
ExemptFull Time/Part Time:
Full TimeNumber of Hours Worked per Week:
Yes - Full BenefitsRate of Pay:
salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)Type of criminal background check required::
Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)Number of Vacancies:
1Target Hire Date:
1/28/2021Expected End Date:
Contact Information for Candidates:
Dr. M. McMahon
1/21/2021Open Until Filled:
YesDocuments Needed to Apply:
Resume and Cover LetterSpecial Instructions to Applicant:
At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.