Careers in the Plant Sciences

Postdoctoral Researcher in Plant Systematics

Botanical Research Institute of Texas - Fort Worth, TX, USA

Position Title: Postdoctoral Researcher in Plant Systematics
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Application Review Begins: Monday, May 20, 2024
Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2024
Institution: Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Department/Division: Research
Field (e.g., systematics): Plant Systematics
City: Fort Worth, TX, USA
General Information: The Gostel Lab at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) is recruiting a motivated individual for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The selected applicant will work collaboratively with an international team based at BRIT and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to advance research goals in support of a grant-funded project entitled “NSFDEB-NERC: Subtribal classification and generic delimitation among Eastern Hemisphere ironweeds (Vernonieae, Compositae).”
Qualifications/Requirements: Minimum qualifications:
A Ph.D. in Biology, Botany, Evolution, Plant Science, Systematics, or related and awarded prior to their start date;

Experience leading independent research in plant evolutionary biology, plant systematics, and/or plant taxonomy;

Experience collecting plants in the field and depositing voucher specimens into a herbarium;

Experience with comparative phylogenetic and/or phylogenomic methods;

Applicants must have a record of research accomplishment, as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications; presentation of research findings at national and/or international conferences; and/or receipt of awards, fellowships, or grants;

Applicants must be able to converse and write fluently in English;

Desired qualifications:
Detailed understanding of plant anatomy for descriptive taxonomy, particularly among plants in the daisy family, Compositae;

Experience contributing to and curating large, online databases

Experience working with and/or curating herbarium specimens;

Experience with statistical methods to analyze biological specimen data (e.g., species distribution and ecological niche modeling) and programming (i.e., Python, R, etc.);

Experience interpreting and applying the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants;

Experience with student mentorship, supervision, and training and a demonstrated commitment to training the next-generation of scientists, particularly emphasizing students historically excluded from the sciences.
Responsibilities: Utilize phylogenomic sequence data for large-scale comparative phylogenomic study in Vernonieae to resolve evolutionary relationships at the sub-tribal level;

Gather morphological trait data from specimens in the field, herbarium, and laboratory to advance integrative taxonomic priorities;

Leverage data in an integrative way to advance taxonomic priorities for Vernonieae in the Eastern Hemisphere;

Assist with specimen curation in herbaria at BRIT, Kew, and other herbaria;

Contribute collected specimen data to large, online public databases including, but not limited to GenBank, Morphobank, PalDat, and the Global Compositae Database;

Disseminate research findings through presentations at national and international conferences;

Prepare research findings for publication in relevant, peer-reviewed publications;

Maintain strong communication and interpersonal skills with PIs, students, and other project collaborators;

Supervise and mentor students in the field, laboratory, and herbarium environment to support their academic training and development.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): Qualified applicants should submit their application using the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Careers webpage using the following link:

In addition to general application requirements, applicants will need to upload an up-to-date CV as well as a Cover Letter, outlining their interest in the position, qualifications, and relevant experience as .pdf documents.

Any applications that do not meet these minimum standards will not be considered.

Deadline for applications is 31 July 2024.

Please contact Morgan Gostel with any questions at: mgostel[at]
Compensation Range: $55,000 – $60,000
Contact Name: Morgan Gostel,