Plant Ecologist Research Scientist
Research Scientist, Plant Ecology
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Esteemed as the Green Heart of Pittsburgh and one of the world’s greenest public gardens, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is empowered by its mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse.
Phipps is seeking applications for a Research Scientist in Plant Ecology to join the growing Research Institute at Phipps, which is focused on interdisciplinary research in the fields of ecology, human health and wellness, environmental education, science communication and outreach, and social justice. The plant ecologist will be responsible for developing and conducting innovative plant-based research related to Phipps Research Institute’s priority areas, including biodiversity, conservation, restoration ecology, sustainability, and ethnobotany. The plant ecologist will study the interactions of plant populations with each other, as well as the impacts of environmental factors and how changes in plant species impact the economic health of the surrounding region. This position includes working collaboratively with several departments, including Research, Horticulture, and Studio Phipps, as well as developing collaborations with local universities and organizations. Duties will include conducting original research, securing research equipment, leading data collection, analyzing data, grant writing, and assisting in presentations of the innovative studies being conducted.
Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. in ecology, evolutionary biology, or closely-related disciplines, with a focus on plant-related research. The successful candidate must have a passion for interdisciplinary research with a demonstrated ability to work as part of a collaborative research team, as well as working with children and the general public in a pleasant and courteous manner. The candidate must be proficient with computer software and data management (use of R, Python, Matlab, STATA, etc., preferred), a publication and presentation record that is commensurate with the candidate's experience, and success obtaining extramural grants and research contracts. Teaching experience in formal and informal education is preferred.
Qualified candidates should email a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests and salary history to email@example.com or mail to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Human Resources Department, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. No telephone calls, please.
For more information about Phipps, please visit our website: www.phipps.conservatory.org.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is an equal opportunity employer.
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