Careers in the Plant Sciences

Postdoctoral position in Spatial Phylogenetics

University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley, CA, USA

Position Title: Postdoctoral position in Spatial Phylogenetics
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Position
Application Review Begins: Thursday, February 01, 2024
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 06, 2024
Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Department/Division: University and Jepson Herbaria
Field (e.g., systematics): biogeography
City: Berkeley, CA, USA
General Information: POSITION OVERVIEW
Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Salary range: The UC postdoc salary scales set the minimum pay determined by experience level at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position: https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2023-24/oct-2023-acad-salary-scales/t23.pdf . The current minimum salary range for this position is $64,480 - $71,908 a year. Salaries above the minimum may be offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: 2024
Position duration: Initial appointment is for 2 years with a possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding

POSITION DESCRIPTION
The University and Jepson Herbaria of the University of California at Berkeley are two collections of pressed plants housed together along with research labs, libraries, and archives. Together the Herbaria hold about 2,200,000 specimens, one of the largest collections in North America.

We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar to join in a collaborative project newly funded by NSF entitled "Integrating Traits, Phylogenies and Distributional Data to Forecast Risks and Resilience of North American Plants." This postdoc will be based primarily at UC Berkeley under the supervision of Brent Mishler, but will also collaborate closely with Shawn Laffan at the University of New South Wales. Please note, travel to Australia for that purpose is a possibility. This postdoc will join a community of three other postdocs supported across the project, working with our collaborators: Stephen Smith (University of Michigan), Rob Guralnick, Pam Soltis, and Doug Soltis (University of Florida), and Julie Allen (Virginia Polytechnic Institute), thus will enjoy a rich array of collaborators/mentors and gain experience with a diverse set of phylogenetic tools.

Spatial phylogenetics Abstract Information: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jbi.14618

Biodiverse - A tool for the spatial analysis: https://shawnlaffan.github.io/biodiverse/
Qualifications/Requirements: QUALIFICATIONS
Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
• PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD degree program (or equivalent international degree) at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
• PhD (or equivalent international degree). The candidate should have no more than three years of post-degree research experience by start date

Preferred qualifications
• Demonstrated experience with management and cleaning of large datasets
• Demonstrated knowledge of GIS methods and statistics
• Knowledge and interests in phylogenetic inference
• Demonstrated experience programming in languages such as Perl, Python. and R
• Commitment to involve undergraduates in research and to contribute to online outreach efforts
• Demonstrated ability to publish in English-language peer-reviewed journals
Responsibilities: The primary responsibilities will be to help Mishler and Laffan manage spatial data, carry-out phylodiversity analyses and develop new methods to be incorporated in the Biodiverse software package.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Document requirements
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

Cover Letter

Statement of Research Interests

Sample Publication

Reference requirements
3 required (contact information only)

Apply link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF04319
Help contact: KNICHOLS@BERKELEY.EDU
Compensation Range: The current minimum salary range for this position is $64,480 - $71,908 a year
Contact Name: Brent Mishler, bmishler@berkeley.edu