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Two positions at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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Carnegie Museum of Natural History is advertising two full time academic positions:

ASSISTANT CURATOR OF AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES Responsibilities include original scientific research involving the biology of amphibians and reptiles in such areas as systematics, evolutionary biology, ecology, conservation biology, especially but not limited to work involving consequences of anthropogenic change. 1311-ft-assistant-curator-of-amphibians-and-reptiles

POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW, INTERIM CURATOR, ANTHROPOCENE (2-year fixed term, renewable) The position’s primary responsibility is to work with the Director and the Director’s senior leadership, the museum’s science staff, as well as Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh central staff to develop an intellectual and infrastructural framework for the new Center for Anthropocene Studies. 1312-ft-post-doctoral-fellow-interim-curator-anthropocene

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The museum consists of 115,000 square feet organized into 30 galleries as well as space for research, library, and administration. It over 22 million specimens, of which about 10,000 are on view at any given time and about 1 million…

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Post-doc Position on Invasion Ecology, UFRGS,Brazil

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The project aims to assess community invasiveness and the impacts of invasion by Eragrostis plana (love-grass, or Annoni-grass in Brazil) on native grassland in southern Brazil. E. plana is considered the most invasive species of grassland ecosystems in southern Brazil, with about one million hectares of native grasslands invaded. The species was detected in Brazil for the first time in 1957, was spread across the state of Rio Grande do Sul in the 1970s and has been officially considered invasive since 1979. The proposed research involves the integration of knowledge at different levels of biological organization to understand the process of invasion and the possibilities to control it.

The post-doctoral profile is of a PhD with experience in research with community ecology, with emphasis on grassland and/or invasive species and/or functional ecology. The candidate should have completed his/her PhD less than five years ago. Command of English and relevant programs for data analysis are essential requirements. She/he should demonstrate ability to work in a team and have an interest in the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students and possibly in the offering of a graduate course related to the project topic. Though proficiency in Portuguese is not a requirement, this is an opportunity to learn the language and to become acquainted with the Brazilian university system.

The scholarship monthly amount of R$ 4,100 (free of income tax) will be paid for 20 months by CAPES, plus travel support. Candidates should contact Prof. Valério Pillar (vpillar@ufrgs.br), Department of Ecology at UFRGS..

For more info: http://www.alter-net.info/jobs-opps/jobs-vacancies/post-doc-invasive-ecology-ufrgs-brazil

Job Opening: Assistant Curator @ William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, New York Botanical Garden

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The Assistant Curator will participate in the management of the Herbarium, providing professional expertise in plant identification and nomenclature; helping to develop projects that further Herbarium goals of making data available for research and conservations; conducting original research; and taking an active role in outreach for the herbarium for a general audience.

SPECIFIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITES
* Identify plant specimens
* Address nomenclatural issues that arise during specimen loan fulfillment
* Curation and digitization projects
* Write grant proposals to support the work of the Herbarium
* Lead collection improvement activities including specimen digitization projects and rearrangement of the Herbarium
* Carry out original research
* Participate in Division-wide activities such as editing, web content development, tours, and courses
* Represent the Herbarium at nation and international meetings

REQUIREMENTS:
* Experience with plant identification
* Defined research objectives
* Familiarity with specimen digitization and curation techniques
* Ability to write compellingly for grant proposal and science outreach projects
* Experience and interest in formal and informal lecturing
* PhD in Plant Science
Send resumé: http://www.nybg.org/contact/email.php?id_email=7&subject=Resume+for%3A+Assistant+Curator+%28Herbarium+-+Position+Application+Number%3A+SC-1742%29

Postdoc Position In Evolution of Developmental Mechanisms – Scripps UCSD

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3 year NSF-supported postdoctoral position is available at University of California San Diego, Department of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, USA to study “Evolution of Left-Right Asymmetry in Chordates using Cephalochordates as a Proxy for the Ancestral Chordate.” A major outstanding question is how left/right (LR) asymmetry evolved. Vertebrates are superficially symmetric, but internal organs are asymmetrically arranged across the left/right (LR) axis. This study aims to elucidate the fundamental genetic mechanisms of LR asymmetry in chordates by comparing two distant amphioxus genera (Branchiostoma and Asymmetron). Pharyngeal structures in larvae of both genera are asymmetrically arrayed, but asymmetries differ between them with gill slits opening on the right in B. floridae and ventrally in A. lucayanum. Applicants with a background in evo/devo and/or developmental mechanisms of amphioxus are preferred. A PhD is required.

Interested applicants please submit a curriculum vitae, names, addresses and e-mail addresses for three references to Dr. Linda Z. Holland, Marine Biology Research Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, La Jolla CA, 92093-0202 (tel 858-534-5607; fax 858-534-7313; email lzholland@ucsd.edu). UCSD is an equal opportunity employer.