Burpee Post-Doctoral Fellow in Botany

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Postdoc / Research, Academic Affairs

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 summer 2022.

Salary (NIH scale), benefits, and associated research activity (including conference travel) are securely funded by the David Burpee Endowment at Bucknell (plus active external grants). The goals of the lab at present are to use field-based, lab-based, and greenhouse-based approaches to questions related to ecology, evolution, reproductive biology, biodiversity, taxonomy/systematics, and conservation of cool plants – including the acquisition, management, and analysis of datasets related to species boundaries and population genomics of angiosperms in the US Mid-Atlantic region and in the monsoon tropics of Australia. Efforts will also be made to sustain projects that 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 the Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI) environment.

Job Duties:
In collaboration with Dr. Chris Martine, Burpee Professor in Plant Genetics and Research, the Postdoctoral Researcher will:
- Co-supervise multiple undergraduate students and one master's student.
- 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, train, 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 and be willing to help educate students about why these things are important.

Preferred Qualifications:
A background/interest in plant population genomics, systematics, reproductive biology, ethnobotany, conservation biology, and/or biogeography is preferred; experience with plant-based study systems is not required, however. Ability to write computer scripts and work in the R environment 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 and local/remote fieldwork may also be undertaken.

Work Type: 
full-time

Application Instructions: 
To apply, please submit a cover letter (including your experiences as they relate tot he minimum qualifications), a resume or CV, a research statement, and a PDF of a relevant publication. Please also provide the names and contact information for three (3) references. Applications will only be accepted through Bucknell's career site (careers.bucknell.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled or on February 15, 2022, whichever occurs first.


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 60 majors and 70 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 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students 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

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

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 within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding 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 consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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