Assistant Curator of Western North American Botany

Deadline Extended! (30 Nov 2018)

The California Academy of Sciences is seeking candidates who specialize in western North American plants (especially Californian), examining a wide range of topics, including their evolution, diversity, or ecology. Candidates who could potentially work with our extensive research collections and our emerging California Initiative will be especially welcome. We also seek candidates with leadership in science communication and engagement, and an interest in increasing diversity in science.

The Academy offers a unique and powerful setting to conduct scientific research and engagement. Housed in a Double LEED Platinum building in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the Academy combines a world-class natural history museum, a research institute, and educational center all under one roof. Facilities include outstanding research collections (with almost 46 million specimens); a world-leading digital planetarium/visualization studio; a premiere aquarium with nearly 40,000 living animals and unique culturing facilities; an indoor rainforest, living coral reef, and California habitats; numerous other public exhibits and educational facilities; and advanced research laboratories for genomics, specimen preparation, digitization, computer modeling, scientific visualization, etc. The Academy also has a powerful citizen science engine in iNaturalist, which engages global observers in high-quality biodiversity data collection.

The new curator/scientist hires will join nearly 100 other IBSS staff and students and help us address some of the world’s most pressing problems related to biodiversity conservation, evolutionary processes, ecosystem health, global environmental change, and sustainability – and communicate findings to stakeholders and a diverse public.

We specifically seek early-career candidates with a Ph.D. in a relevant field, a demonstrated publication record, and an independent research program. At least one year of postdoctoral research experience or equivalent is preferred. 

Reviews of applications will begin November 30, 2018. We anticipate holding interviews in early 2019, with a starting date as early as July 2019. 

Applications must be submitted through the Academy’s careers page:

A complete application consists of: (1) Cover letter; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) Statement of research accomplishments and goals (2 pages); (4) Statement of education and engagement experience and goals, including activities to increase diversity in science (2 pages); (5) Description of how your work addresses the Academy’s mission of “Explore, Explain, and Sustain life on Earth” (1 page); (6) Four examples of your work (two research publications and two outreach publications, media projects, etc.); and (7) Names and contact information of at least three references. You will be notified before references are contacted.

For submission questions related to Snaphire, please contact Elayne Graylow, Associate Director, Human Resources ( For questions about the positions, please contact Dr. Nathalie Nagalingum, Search Committee Chair ( In both cases, please have the email subject line begin with “Curator Search”.

The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to ensuring that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.