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Professional positions
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Professional positions

Curator and Director of Herbarium. Missouri Botanical Garden

Missouri Botanical Garden, 2345 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America, Req. #273. Posted Wednesday, 5 May 2021

 Summary: Oversees and manages the Herbarium Department which is responsible for all activities connected with the acquisition, storage, care, and access to plant specimens in the herbarium collection and the management and access of their associated data for Garden staff, students, research visitors, outside users, and the general public.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervises staff involved in all aspects of research collection management, including such tasks as shipping and receiving of specimens, data entry, specimen processing, mounting, filing, collection access, etc.
  • Hires, trains and oversees the daily activities of department employees.
  • Creates and manages the Herbarium Department budget.
  • Responsible for the strategic growth and improvement of the research collection and its long-term care.
  • Develops partnerships and collaborates with other herbaria, establishing cooperative agreements for mutually strengthening both collections and relationships that promote botanical research.
  • Conducts independent research in plant systematics or a related field.
  • Identifies potential funding sources and writes proposals to secure external funding for collections-related projects; Works within MBG established guidelines in preparing and monitoring grant proposal budgets.
  • Participates in scientific meetings and delivers lectures to professional organizations, both nationally and internationally, and the general public as requested.
  • Serves as the point person for all inquiries, internal and external, related to collections, and scientific information.
  • Supervises the acquisition and use of data in databases and from other sources for plant research.
  • Takes a proactive role in developing appropriate policies for all aspects of access and use of the research collections and their associated data.
  • Takes responsibility for complying with collections-related international, national, and state laws, maintaining permits, and preparing required reporting.
  • Ensures that all applicable safety standards are followed; informs employees/students/volunteers of safety guidelines, methods to reduce hazards. Reports all accidents, injuries, and near-miss accidents immediately.
  • Behaves and communicates in a manner that promotes and fosters a culture of teamwork and cooperation, within the Science and Conservation Division and throughout the Garden, with co-workers, supervisors/managers, volunteers, visitors, and employees.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Postdoctoral positions

Postdoc position in Evolutionary Ecology of plant-microbe interactions. Turku, Finland

We are seeking for a creative, self-motivated and career-oriented postdoctoral researcher to work in our new project ”Climate change driven microbiomes and adaptive radiation of plants in the polar regions (MICROBIPOLAR)” funded by Academy of Finland. By combining state-
of-the-art genetics, and bioinformatics with field sampling (in sub-Arctic, Arctic and Antarctica) and manipulative experiments, we examine cold adapted microbiomes aiming to understand how genetic light sensitivity and photochemistry facilitate microbial mediated plant adaptations to Polar light environments. The postdoc will be part of Prof. Kari Saikkonen’s and Dr. Marjo Helander’s Lab (https://sites.utu.fi/helandersaikkonenlab/) at University of Turku (Finland), and the research will be conducted with collaborators at University of Jyväskylä (Finland), University of Talca (Chile), and Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona, Catalonia). The successful candidate should enjoy working in the lab and in the field. The ideal applicant will have a background in evolutionary ecology, microbial ecology or other relevant biological sciences with experience in microbiome analysis and bioinformatics, and a passion for cross-
disciplinary research. Strong demonstrated communication and writing skills are essential.

Send application containing Cover Letter, CV and names and contact information of 2-3 references to Kari Saikkonen by e-mail (karisaik@utu.fi). The position is available from September 1, 2021, but the start date is negotiable. The position is for 2 years with possibility of extension.


Postdoc position in plant development (Physcomitrium). Lyon, France

Deadline: July 2nd 2021


A 2-year post-doctoral position (with possibility of extension) is available in the “Hormonal signaling and development” team (http://www.ens-lyon.fr/RDP/signalisation-hormonale-et-developpement/) of the Plant Reproduction and Development (RDP) laboratory (ENS Lyon, France, http://www.ens-lyon.fr/RDP/?lang=en) in the context of an HFSP-funded project in collaboration with UC Davis, Düsseldorf University and the John Innes Centre.

The person to be hired will work on the model moss Physcomitrium patens to explore the fundamental question of how phyllotaxis emerges from biochemical and physical signals, at single cell-resolution, using approaches in developmental genetics, optical live imaging and optogenetics.

We are looking for highly motivated and creative candidates with a proven ability to solve scientific problems, critically discuss experimental results and interact with scientists from distinct backgrounds (biologists, modelers, bio-physicists, computer scientists). The candidates should have practical skills in cell/tissue culture, molecular biology and live confocal imaging. Candidates must hold a doctorate in biology. The working language of the laboratory and the team is English. Excellent written and communication skills are required.

The post-doc will work under the supervision of Dr. Yoan Coudert and Dr. Teva Vernoux.

Enquiries can be made by email at : yoan.coudert@ens-lyon.fr



Graduate student opportunities

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