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Location: Golden Gate Park 55 Music Concourse Drive San Francisco CA 94118 USA

Industry: Museums, Science, Education, Tourism
Work Hours: Full-Time

Date Posted: 05 Sep 2019

Valid Through: 30 Sep 2019 23:55

POSITION SUMMARY:    
This Postdoctoral Researcher position will be part of the Academy's "Hope for Reefs" team, which includes staff from the Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability (IBSS) and the Steinhart Aquarium, as well as many international partners. The successful candidate will report to the McCosker Chair of Aquatic Biology, and will leverage high-throughput sequencing methods to study ecosystem-wide patterns of diversity -from shallow to mesophotic depths- in tropical scleractinian corals. The appointment requires participation in international research expeditions, and provides support for laboratory and fieldwork.

The California Academy of Sciences welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs to join us in achieving our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth. We place diversity, equity, and inclusion at the heart of our recruiting efforts and strive to build a culture centered on mutual respect, equal treatment, and the opportunity to succeed. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct novel scientific research using genomic approaches to study ecosystem-wide patterns of scleractinian coral diversity. Relevant fields include: molecular ecology; conservation genomics; phylogenomics; bioinformatics; scleractinian coral taxonomy; community ecology; (museum) collection-based research
  • Participate in several remote fieldwork and research expeditions per year, requiring international travel for up to 2-4 weeks per expedition
  • Conduct field and laboratory research, collecting specimens, compiling and analyzing data, publishing and presenting results in scientific journals and at (inter)national conferences, writing reports for audiences of varying scientific backgrounds, and delivering public programs to Academy audiences in person and online
  • Work collaboratively within IBSS and across the Academy, including with Development and Marketing as requested.
  • Represent "Hope for Reefs", IBSS and the Academy at internal and external events
  • Follow all Academy safety procedures, protocols, and regulations, including dive safety protocols and protocols for the ethical and humane handling of living specimens in the field and at the museum
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS: 
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: 
A qualified candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience:

  • Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in a relevant discipline, with all requirements completed by the starting date of the postdoc appointment
  • Demonstrated experience with the generation and bioinformatic analysis of large genomic datasets (e.g., whole-genome, reduced-representation, bait capture or targeted amplicon sequencing)
  • Proven track record working in a laboratory environment as well as in a field environment (tropical coral reefs), with proper safety precautions followed in each

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Strong knowledge of coral reefs and molecular ecology.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct high-quality scientific research and to follow through on project deliverables, with a strong academic record (relative to opportunity) that includes at least several first-author publications (bioRxiv preprints acceptable too)
  • Proficiency with the Unix command-line and statistical/programming languages (e.g., R and Python; ideally demonstrated through shared code repository)
  • Scientific diving experience and appropriate qualifications, with comprehensive knowledge of SCUBA diving` theory and its application to safe diving practice; training and experience using closed-circuit rebreathers and/or mixed-gas diving is desirable
  • Hands-on experience with library preparation methods for next-generation sequencing is desirable
  • Knowledge of scleractinian coral species identification/taxonomy
  • Demonstrated interest in science communication/outreach
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team in a fast-paced environment, with strong communication and interpersonal skills with diverse stakeholders and audiences
  • Must have or be able to obtain a valid passport; willingness to travel internationally

LANGUAGE SKILLS:  
Ability to read and interpret documents such as scientific papers, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write reports, correspondence, and scientific articles. Ability to speak effectively to groups or individuals of varying levels of scientific knowledge.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT:  
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Participation in international fieldwork will be required and will involve working and SCUBA diving in remote locations with difficult living conditions for up to 2-4 weeks per expedition. The demands of research projects may occasionally require exposure to outside conditions and irregular or extended work hours, including weekends, evenings and holidays. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. Must be able to perform repetitive motions 25 % of the time.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:  
Please submit your cover letter and resume online at https://calacademy.snaphire.com Note that the recruitment timeline for positions vary and depend on many factors, so it is impossible to accurately predict when a position will close. We appreciate your patience during this process. No phone calls please.

The California Academy of Sciences will consider for employment all qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. For more information visit: https://sfgov.org/olse/fair-chance-ordinance-fco.

The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to ensure that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

The California Academy of Sciences is a non-smoking facility. There is also no smoking in Golden Gate Park.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Hope for Reefs

POSITION SUMMARY:    
This Postdoctoral Researcher position will be part of the Academy's "Hope for Reefs" team, which includes staff from the Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability (IBSS) and the Steinhart Aquarium, as well as many international partners. The successful candidate will report to the McCosker Chair of Aquatic Biology, and will leverage high-throughput sequencing methods to study ecosystem-wide patterns of diversity -from shallow to mesophotic depths- in tropical scleractinian corals. The appointment requires participation in international research expeditions, and provides support for laboratory and fieldwork.

The California Academy of Sciences welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs to join us in achieving our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth. We place diversity, equity, and inclusion at the heart of our recruiting efforts and strive to build a culture centered on mutual respect, equal treatment, and the opportunity to succeed. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct novel scientific research using genomic approaches to study ecosystem-wide patterns of scleractinian coral diversity. Relevant fields include: molecular ecology; conservation genomics; phylogenomics; bioinformatics; scleractinian coral taxonomy; community ecology; (museum) collection-based research
  • Participate in several remote fieldwork and research expeditions per year, requiring international travel for up to 2-4 weeks per expedition
  • Conduct field and laboratory research, collecting specimens, compiling and analyzing data, publishing and presenting results in scientific journals and at (inter)national conferences, writing reports for audiences of varying scientific backgrounds, and delivering public programs to Academy audiences in person and online
  • Work collaboratively within IBSS and across the Academy, including with Development and Marketing as requested.
  • Represent "Hope for Reefs", IBSS and the Academy at internal and external events
  • Follow all Academy safety procedures, protocols, and regulations, including dive safety protocols and protocols for the ethical and humane handling of living specimens in the field and at the museum
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS: 
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: 
A qualified candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience:

  • Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in a relevant discipline, with all requirements completed by the starting date of the postdoc appointment
  • Demonstrated experience with the generation and bioinformatic analysis of large genomic datasets (e.g., whole-genome, reduced-representation, bait capture or targeted amplicon sequencing)
  • Proven track record working in a laboratory environment as well as in a field environment (tropical coral reefs), with proper safety precautions followed in each

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Strong knowledge of coral reefs and molecular ecology.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct high-quality scientific research and to follow through on project deliverables, with a strong academic record (relative to opportunity) that includes at least several first-author publications (bioRxiv preprints acceptable too)
  • Proficiency with the Unix command-line and statistical/programming languages (e.g., R and Python; ideally demonstrated through shared code repository)
  • Scientific diving experience and appropriate qualifications, with comprehensive knowledge of SCUBA diving` theory and its application to safe diving practice; training and experience using closed-circuit rebreathers and/or mixed-gas diving is desirable
  • Hands-on experience with library preparation methods for next-generation sequencing is desirable
  • Knowledge of scleractinian coral species identification/taxonomy
  • Demonstrated interest in science communication/outreach
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team in a fast-paced environment, with strong communication and interpersonal skills with diverse stakeholders and audiences
  • Must have or be able to obtain a valid passport; willingness to travel internationally

LANGUAGE SKILLS:  
Ability to read and interpret documents such as scientific papers, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write reports, correspondence, and scientific articles. Ability to speak effectively to groups or individuals of varying levels of scientific knowledge.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT:  
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Participation in international fieldwork will be required and will involve working and SCUBA diving in remote locations with difficult living conditions for up to 2-4 weeks per expedition. The demands of research projects may occasionally require exposure to outside conditions and irregular or extended work hours, including weekends, evenings and holidays. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. Must be able to perform repetitive motions 25 % of the time.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:  
Please submit your cover letter and resume online at https://calacademy.snaphire.com Note that the recruitment timeline for positions vary and depend on many factors, so it is impossible to accurately predict when a position will close. We appreciate your patience during this process. No phone calls please.

The California Academy of Sciences will consider for employment all qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. For more information visit: https://sfgov.org/olse/fair-chance-ordinance-fco.

The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to ensure that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

The California Academy of Sciences is a non-smoking facility. There is also no smoking in Golden Gate Park.

Job Details

Reference # 25632
Posted on 05 Sep 2019
Closes on 30 Sep 2019 23:55
Hours/Status Full-Time
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