Research Botanist-Botanical Research Institute of Texas

Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) seeks a highly motivated Research Botanist with a primary focus on plant systematics and complementary interests in floristics, ecology, and/or conservation. Research incorporating a combination of genomics, collections, field work, and/or geographic focus on Texas and the south-central United States is preferred. The target start date for the position is July 1, 2018.

Located in Fort Worth, Texas and adjacent to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, BRIT is housed in a 70,000 square-foot LEED Platinum building and includes a staff of 39 full time employee equivalents. Research programs currently encompass systematics and evolution, conservation, biodiversity informatics, and floristics, including the Texas Floras Project. Resources include the BRIT herbarium of ca. 1.5 million specimens with strengths in Texas, Louisiana and the Southeastern U.S., Mexico and the Neotropics, and Southeast Asia, as well as a botanical library of ca. 100,000 volumes. The BRIT Press group publishes botanical literature that is international in scope, including the Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. BRIT has recently partnered with TCU and UTA in mentoring and teaching undergraduate and graduate students. Staff are adjunct faculty and have access to their library and laboratory resources, including UTA’s North Texas Genome Center. Resources are being actively recruited for the construction of a molecular and structural botanical laboratory at BRIT planned for 2018.

A Ph.D. in plant systematics, biodiversity science, or closely related field is required for this position, and postdoctoral experience is preferred. Applicants will need to show success with grant acquisition and raising funds from foundations, agencies, or other grantors. The successful candidate will maintain an active research program as measured by scientific peer-reviewed journal publications, grant-funded proposals in support of research, collections development, collaborations with colleagues, contributions to the institute’s outreach activities, and participation in the graduate programs associated with Texas Christian University (TCU) and the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), including some teaching in specialty areas.

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