About us: The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Negaunee Institute for Plant Conservation Science and Action is a global leader in plant-based research, education, and engagement to sustain and enrich life. The Institute is housed within the 38,000 square foot Plant Conservation Science Center on our Glencoe, Illinois campus. Our building has eight shared, function-based labs and currently hosts 27 science staff and more than 40 graduate students through a graduate program in Plant Biology and Conservation (offered jointly with Northwestern University). The well-equipped genetics lab has supported NGS projects from targeted-bait enrichment design and experimentation, whole genome sequencing, transcriptomic work, and some environmental and microbial sequencing, as well as access to Northwestern Sequencing Core Facilities. We have a dedicated in-house computer for moderately sized omics datasets, and the ability to collaborate with Northwestern's genomics computing cluster. The Garden’s natural areas serve as a living laboratory for our work, and scientists have access to 75,000 sq. ft. of productiongreenhouse space and technical assistance from CBG’s experienced horticultural staff to assist with propagation and production of plants for research. The Garden also supports several unique programs including two community science initiatives - Budburst and Plants of Concern, a synthesis Center for Conservation and Restoration (sCORE), a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site program, as well as a Conservation and Land Management Internship Program. Our research, conservation, and training activities meet the needs of local, regional, and national conservation institutions, governmental agencies, and schools of higher education.
Based in the Chicago metropolitan area, one of the largest and most racially diverse cities in North America, the Garden opened 50 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers. The Garden’s mission is grounded in the belief that caring for gardens and natural areas is fundamentally important to the well-being of everyone. The Garden strives to make its campuses and all its programs available and accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. We value diversity in all its forms and at every level of our organization – board, staff, volunteers, and vendors. Through the diversity of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences, the Garden is more effectively able to create extraordinary and welcoming experiences for our increasingly diverse audiences. We are committed to ensuring a sense of belonging to every individual we encounter, regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, intellectual ability, or economic status. The Garden is currently developing several initiatives to promote equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in science and conservation. You can read more on these initiatives and the Garden’s commitment to EDIA here.
Position Overviews: We seek to hire two conservation scientists (one in ecology and one in genomics) at the assistant scientist rank to join the Garden’s Negaunee Institute for Plant Conservation Science and Action. They are both full-time, career-track positions (see below and follow URLs for more information). The successful candidate will join a highly collaborative group of scientists focused on addressing key conservation and restoration challenges. In addition to conducting research, the successful candidates will serve as faculty in our joint Plant Biology and Conservation graduate program with Northwestern University. All scientists participate in education programs as well as community and Garden-wide engagement activities. Start date is flexible with a preference for early 2023.
1) Conservation Scientist, Genomics: we are seeking a full-time, career-track scientist who uses genomics and bioinformatics tools to answer questions relevant to conservation and/or restoration. Research interests in any area of genomics, including but not limited to biogeography, ecological genomics, environmental genomics, evolution, fungal/microbial genomics, phylogenomics or systematics.
Qualifications and desirable traits: PhD or equivalent, in biology, ecology, evolution, botany, environmental science, mycology, or related area. We seek a candidate with strong genomics and bioinformatics skills with experience in generating, managing and analyzing genomics data, synthesizing large datasets, and versed in a wide range of statistical approaches. As one strength of this institution is the collaborative environment which allows us to take an interdisciplinary approach to applied conservation issues, we seek a candidate who has a record of engaging in a collaborative approach to their research program. As a scientist based at a public-facing institution, in addition to competency in publishing their research in scientific journals, we value experience in engaging scientific discourse that is accessible to the general public. Excellent communication skills. Interest and commitment to seeing research results applied to conservation or restoration. Commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. Teaching, mentoring, and project/grant management experience desired. We highly value people who are enthusiastic about science communication, cultural competency, and building/maintaining community partnerships.
To Apply: Please go to https://tinyurl.com/AssistConservationSciGenomics to apply. In addition to the Garden application materials, please submit 1) a cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) a statement on current and proposed future research interests, which should include a statement on conservation or restoration implications of your research (1-2 pgs); 4) a representative publication; 5) mentoring and teaching experience and philosophy (max 1 pg); 6) statement on how you can contribute to the Garden's diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility goals (max 1 pg); and 7) contact information for three references. The review of applications begins October 1, 2022, and will continue until a suitable candidate is hired. Contact Jeremie Fant at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
2) Conservation Scientist, Ecology: we seek applicants who address questions that support conservation and/or restoration actions in areas including, but not limited to, urban ecology, invasive species ecology, ecophysiology, quantitative ecology, restoration ecology, soil/fungal/microbial ecology, or human dimensions of the environment.
Qualifications and desirable traits: Ph.D. in biology, ecology, botany, environmental studies, social science, or related area. A key strength of the Garden is a collaborative environment which allows us to take an interdisciplinary approach to applied conservation/restoration issues, so we seek a candidate who will use a collaborative approach to building a research program that actively engages with internal and external partners to support conservation/restoration. We seek a candidate with strong quantitative skills and experience utilizing and mentoring others in relevant statistical approaches. Candidate’s research program should allow them to be in Chicago for most of the summer to mentor students.
We value individuals with a desire to build/maintain research with local or regional partners in the Great Lakes regions as part of their research portfolio. As scientists based at a public-facing institution, in addition to competency in publishing research in scientific journals, we value experience in and support the maintenance of meaningful partnerships with diverse groups as well as scientific discourse that is accessible to the general public. We highly value people who are enthusiastic about science communication and dedicated to increasing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in the environmental field.
To Apply: Please go to https://tinyurl.com/AssistConservationSciRS to apply. In addition to the Garden application materials, in lieu of a cover letter, please submit: (1) curriculum vitae; (2) statement on current and proposed future research interests that complements our current expertise and programs (e.g., Plants of Concern, Budburst, sCORE) (1-2pgs); (3) statement on how your current and proposed research will support conservation or restoration, including examples of how you have or will work with internal or external partners to design, implement, and apply results (max 1 page); (4) mentoring and teaching experience and philosophy (max 1 page); (5) statement on how you can contribute to the Garden's diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility goals (max 1 pg); and (6) contact information for three references. Review of applications begins October 7, 2022 and will continue until a suitable candidate is hired. Contact Andrea Kramer at email@example.com with any questions.