Postdoctoral Researcher - Negaunee

Requisition Number: 
880
Job Status: 
Year-Round
Hours: 
Full-time
Reports to: 
Chief Scientist & Negaunee Vice President of Science
Overview: 
The Negaunee Institute is searching for a postdoctoral research associate to participate in a project led by Greg Mueller, Chief Scientist & Negaunee Vice President of Science, focused on macrofungal diversity and distribution patterns of southern neotropical montane Quercus forests (Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia). Efforts will include DNA sequencing of specimens from past and ongoing field work, plus environmental samples, undertaking fieldwork to obtain new sporocarps and environmental samples, and working with Mueller, in-country collaborators, and other partners on analyzing and publishing the results of this work. The position is funded for two years, but could be extended if funding is secured. The ideal start date for the position is September to October 2021, but the start date is flexible.
Purpose: 

The Negaunee Institute’s science program focuses on five core areas aimed at understanding the diversity of plants and fungi; mitigating diversity loss; laying the foundation for healthy ecosystems; studying interactions between plants, fungi, and animals; and investigating connections between people and plants. Our science program is fostering an improved relationship between humans and nature. 

https://www.chicagobotanic.org/research/staff/mueller

Email Greg Mueller with questions: gmueller@chicagobotanic.org

Duties and Responsibilities: 
  1. RESEARCH: Participate in all aspects of the research project including mass-sequencing of fungarium specimens from past field work, undertaking fieldwork to obtain sporocarps and environmental samples, and publishing results of this work. Anticipated results include new species, taxonomic revisions of selected taxa, and analyses of diversity (community and systematic) and geographic patterns using common bioinformatic tools.
  2. Participate in all aspects of the research project including barcoding specimens from past field work, undertaking fieldwork to obtain sporocarps and environmental samples, and publishing results of this work. Anticipated results include new species, taxonomic revisions of selected taxa, and analyses of diversity and geographic patterns.
  3. TRAINING: Help mentor graduate students in the Mueller lab and those of in-country collaborators.
  4. INSTITUTIONAL SERVICE: Contribute to Garden and departmental initiatives.
  5. ENGAGEMENT: As appropriate, contribute to outreach, citizen science, and other engagement activities.

KEY GARDEN COMPETENCIES/BEHAVIORS DESIRED:

  • Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
  • Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
  • Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
  • Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
  • Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
  • Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
  • Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
  • Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
  • Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
  • Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
  • Is welcoming of new hires.
Qualifications: 

Ph.D. in mycology with a focus and experience in biodiversity studies or equivalent with appropriate experience.

*Chicago Botanic Garden requires all existing employees be fully COVID vaccinated by October 15, 2021; hires post this date must be fully vaccinated upon hire.*

Physical Demands: 
Position entails a mix of computer, laboratory, and fieldwork. Fieldwork will take place in montane tropical forests during the rainy season.
Why Apply?: 

Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.

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