Research Ecologist (term) in applied plant genetics/genomics - USGS
The Southwest Biological Science Center anticipates hiring a term scientist
with genetic and/or genomic expertise to contribute to ongoing collaborative
research in support of the Bureau of Land Management's Colorado Plateau
Native Plant Program (CPNPP). This scientist will be located in Flagstaff,
Arizona, and will provide genetics expertise to the broad effort of
identifying appropriate seed materials for ecological restoration throughout
the Colorado Plateau and other dryland areas in the western United States.
The scientist will collaborate closely with USGS and university researchers
and staff at the BLM and other agencies and stakeholders to support
implementation of the National Seed and Pollinator Research Strategies.
Duties for this position include two primary categories.
First, approximately 75-80% of duties involve conducting applied research as
a member of a collaborative team. Specifically, the scientist will design
and implement landscape-scale data collection and subsequent genomic
analysis and assist in observational and manipulative experiments, including
common gardens and field trials. The scientist will be responsible for
leading research in the genetic characterization of plant material, using
modern quantitative and molecular genetics techniques, including extraction
of DNA from plant tissues, generate, analyze and interpret plant genetic
information such as nuclear allelic data, isozyme data, and amplified
fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) data. The scientist will use these
results to assess the importance of genetic structure for plant fitness,
determine what plant traits are plastic and which are genetically determined
and identify plant material most likely to establish and thrive under
current and future conditions across a range of different settings (edaphic,
climatic and biotic) for the Colorado Plateau. This work will involve
leading and contributing to synthesis and analysis of large, complex
Second, approximately 20-25% of the duties involve providing programmatic
support for the CPNPP. These activities include contribution to strategic
planning, compilation and synthesis of past and ongoing research and
management activities within the region, developing seed collection
guidelines, managing seed collections, communication and outreach with
resource managers, and other related tasks that advance the mission of
enhancing the quality and availability of native plant seed for dryland
restoration and rehabilitation.
Success in this position will be evaluated based on 1) production and
dissemination of state-of-the-art scientific publications which demonstrate
advances in applied understanding of plant species and populations that
provide optimal seed sources for current and future dryland restoration; 2)
engagement with and contributions to the collaborative research activities
of the USGS, BLM, and university scientists; and 3) effective and timely
support of the CPNPP, including regular contributions to the program's
strategic mission and operational activities.
The position is open to US citizens until March 6, and applications can be
submitted via USAJOBS at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/491223900.