Careers in the Plant Sciences

Postdoctoral Researcher

California Academy of Sciences - San Francisco, California, USA

Position Title: Postdoctoral Researcher
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Application Review Begins: Monday, May 16, 2022
Application Deadline: Friday, July 29, 2022
Institution: California Academy of Sciences
Department/Division: Botany
Field (e.g., systematics): Systematics
City: San Francisco, California, USA
General Information: This Postdoctoral Researcher position is in the lab of Dr. Sarah Jacobs, within the Institute of Biodiversity Science and Sustainability (IBSS) at the California Academy of Science. Broadly, this position will conduct research on the phenomics and genomics of the plant genus Castilleja. The candidate will contribute to general systematic efforts in the group and help to describe the early stages of the speciation process in this taxonomically challenging genus. The candidate will additionally contribute to the development of botanical phenomic, genomic, and bioinformatic resources, as well as the generation of extended specimens at the California Academy of Sciences. Additionally, public outreach and education through in-person and online interactions will be a component of this position and collaboration within IBSS and across the Academy is expected. This is a temporary, two-year position, with the possibility of renewal contingent on research progress and availability of funds.
Qualifications/Requirements: QUALIFICATIONS EXPERIENCE and/or EDUCATION:
Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in a relevant discipline, with all requirements completed by the starting date of the position
Research experience in plant systematics, preferably working within and between closely related species
Experience working in a laboratory environment with proper safety precautions.
Knowledge of and experience with molecular biology, next-generation sequencing procedures, and related bioinformatic tools and programming
Working knowledge of plant diversity and systematics
Interest in science communication/outreach and education
Proven track record of effective collaboration and communication with a wide diversity of stakeholders including scientists, educators, students, youth, and the general public
Ability to travel nationally for several weeks at a time
Ability to work as part of a team
Willingness to work efficiently and communicate effectively with staff, cross-functional teams and external individuals from different identities and experiences
Willingness to bring new ideas, create solutions and find efficiencies to transform manual or detailed processes
Generally contribute to a positive, enjoyable work environment.
Conduct original, scientific research in collaboration with the Assistant Curator of Botany on the plant genus Castilleja, focusing on systematics and speciation and incorporating evidence from the genome and phenome.
Contribute to building the research collections, including amassing genomic and phenomic resources, culminating in the generation of extended specimens.
Publish and present results in scientific journals and at national and international meetings, and contribute to grant proposals.
Contribute to and participate in educational programs at the Academy, in person and online.
Represent the Botany Department, IBSS, and the Academy at internal and external events.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): To apply, please visit:
You will be asked to provide a CV, cover letter, three references, and to complete the online application. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the opportunity will remain open until filled. Ideally, the candidate will start in the fall of 2022, but alternative start dates will be considered.
Compensation Range: Please contact Dr. Sarah Jacobs with questions regarding compensation
Contact Name: Sarah Jacobs,