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Population Biologist

Posted: 6/15/2017 (Employment)

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 2-year Postdoctoral Scholar in Population Biology 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.

Phipps Research Institute focuses on an integrative and multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the impact of the connections between people and their environment on human and ecological health and wellness. Phipps seeks a postdoctoral scholar to take a theoretical and empirical approach to questions at the intersection of pressing ecological issues such as air and water quality, natural resource preservation, disease transmission, and wildlife conservation and the demography of human systems. The researcher should be committed to using quantitative and/or qualitative research to address these questions. The postdoctoral scholar will be responsible for 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, evolution, computational biology, systems biology, human ecology, public health, health policy or closely-related disciplines. Focal areas of expertise might include using multi-disciplinary approaches to address human population-oriented questions. The successful candidate must have a passion for interdisciplinary research with a demonstrated ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary 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.

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Location: Pittsburgh, PA