Careers in the Plant Sciences

Burpee Post-Doctoral Fellow

Bucknell University - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, United States

Position Title: Burpee Post-Doctoral Fellow
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Application Review Begins: Friday, April 26, 2019
Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Institution: Bucknell University
Department/Division: Department of Biology
Field (e.g., systematics):
City: Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
General Information: 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.
Qualifications/Requirements: 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.
Responsibilities: 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.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): Qualified applicants should submit the following materials online through the Bucknell jobs portal (link below): Cover Letter, CV, Research Statement, PDFs of up to 3 relevant publications, and a list of references willing to be contacted once a candidate makes the "short list" of applicants. Review of applications will begin immediately.
Compensation Range:
Contact Name: Chris Martine,