[ES_JOBS_NET] Assistant, Associate or Full Scientist/Curator, California Academy of Sciences

Assistant, Associate or
Full Scientist/Curator 

Do you have a passion for cutting-edge
biodiversity science and applying it to global sustainability

The California Academy
of Sciences seeks to fill several endowed positions with
Ph.D.-level scientists who do outstanding biodiversity /
ecological science, focus on broader science communication
& engagement, care about increasing diversity in
science, connect their work to real-world sustainability
outcomes, and want to change the world.

Under new leadership, the Academy is
aggressively investing in groundbreaking scientific research
& discovery, and hiring new scientists who will help us
pursue our mission to “Explore, Explain and Sustain Life” on
Earth. We are eagerly seeking up-and-coming scientific leaders
with expertise in biodiversity, ecology & evolution, and
global environmental change. At the Academy, scientists and
curators are appointed in hard-money, endowed positions within
our Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability
(IBSS), and are expected to embrace scientific exploration,
science communication & engagement, increasing diversity,
and making a real difference in environmental sustainability.

Founded in 1853, the Academy offers a
unique and powerful setting to conduct scientific research and
engagement. Housed in its Double LEED Platinum building in San
Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the Academy combines a
world-class museum, 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;
premiere aquarium facilities with nearly 40,000 living animals
and unique culturing facilities; indoor rainforest, coral
reef, and California coast habitats; numerous exhibits and
educational facilities; and advanced research laboratories for
work in genomics, specimen preparation, digitization, computer
modeling, scientific visualization, etc. The Academy also
recently acquired iNaturalist, a platform that engages
global observers in high-quality data collection for citizen
science. Furthermore, the Academy includes outstanding
research and education staff who integrate science with
cutting-edge virtual and in-person educational programming.

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

The open positions are broad, and we are
searching in many areas of biodiversity science and related
fields. The Academy especially
seeks experts in coral reef biology, tropical rain
forests, the ecology of California, and the impacts of
global change on biodiversity, as well as candidates
with interests in marine mammals and amphibian decline. We
seek candidates with skills in “big data”, modeling, GIS,
visualization, genomics, and innovative methods for field- and
collections-based research. Candidates who connect their work
to larger sustainability challenges are of special interest.
Candidates must also show leadership in science communication
and engagement, as well as an interest in increasing diversity
in science.

Candidates will be reviewed until all
positions are filled; for full consideration, send
applications by November 1, 2015.
Interviews will be held early in 2016; starting dates are
negotiable. Suitable candidates must have a doctorate in a
relevant field; postdoctoral experience or equivalent
training; enthusiasm for communicating science to broad
audiences; commitment to expanding diversity in science; and a
passion to pursue research with sustainability outcomes.

A complete application
consists of the following which you will be asked to

1. Cover letter; 2. Curriculum
vitae/resume; 3. Three, two-page vision statements (one
outlines your scientific goals, another your education &
engagement goals, and lastly the sustainability outcomes of
your research); 4. Four publications (two technical and two
examples of public/media outreach); 5. Two letters of
reference plus a list of 3-5 additional contacts.

Additional questions? Contact the Chief of
IBSS, Dr. Meg Lowman (mlowman@calacademy.org).

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 status, veteran
status, or any other characteristic protected by state or
federal law or local ordinance.


Please submit your cover letter and resume
online at http://ift.tt/RFXQ9c. Note that the
recruitment timeline for positions vary and depend on many
factors, so it is impossible to accurately predict when a
position will close. We appreciate your patience during this
process. No phone calls please.

The California Academy
of Sciences will consider for employment all qualified
applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent
with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance
Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).

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