Post-Doctoral Fellowship – CREW Plant Research Department




Organization: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (AZA Member)
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is seeking to hire a Post-Doctoral Fellow for its Plant Research Department.

Position Summary: The successful candidate will conduct basic and applied research and provide technical skills necessary to carry out the goals of a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services entitled: Evaluating Two Decades of Seeds, Spores, and Tissues in CREW's CryoBioBank: Cryostorage as a Tool for Ex Situ Conservation in Botanical Gardens. Emphasis of the grant is focused on conducting viability tests on over 900 samples of cryopreserved shoot tips, gametophytes, seeds, spores, embryos, and pollen. The candidate will work to recover plants and tissues from cryo-storage, evaluate growth, regenerate culture lines and seeds where applicable, and re-bank samples. A major focus will be on analyzing the data from this large study in relation to species, genotype, age, original viability, sample preparation, number of replicates, and storage location, to examine the relationship of these factors to survival. Other duties will include working with Horticulture and Education staff to provide plants from this project and background information for display. Further duties will involve working with other members of the project team from CREW, managing staff, preparing scientific papers, reports, and presentations.

 This post-doctoral fellowship is renewable on a yearly basis for up to three years. Bi-weekly pay for this position is $1,153.85, which is $30,000 annualized. This position is full-time, overtime-exempt, subject to the successful completion of a 180-day probationary period, and is eligible for the Zoo’s benefit programs for non-union employees.

Qualifications: Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in an area of plant biological sciences and have expertise in

In-vitro plant culture techniques and cryopreservation. Additionally, demonstrated proficiency in complex statistical analyses is required, as data analysis will be a significant part of this study. Applicants should be fluent in English, with good writing skills, and have experience in writing and publishing scientific manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. Prior experience with non-commercial plant species is desirable but not mandatory, but a demonstrable interest in conservation is expected; Command of Windows-based software and applications is required; Ability to work well with CREW scientists, Zoo and Botanical Garden staff, volunteers, and donors, as well as the general public; Requires the proficient, effective, and accurate management of information and data; Requires a flexible schedule to attend special events and meetings; Must be self motivated with an outstanding work ethic; Must be results/product oriented and must represent CREW in a professional manner; Must be able to create, maintain and generate timely reports in well-written English as requested; Must be prompt and reliable in the areas of attendance and performance; Must have a visa to work legally in the U.S. and must have a U.S. driver’s license and maintain an insurable driving record.

Working Conditions: While performing the duties of the job, the incumbent is regularly required to stand, walk, and utilize manual dexterity to use computer mouse and keyboard. The incumbent may be exposed to outside weather conditions and must be able to lift/move/carry up to 25 pounds without assistance. Employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer, pre-employment drug screen.

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden offers a comprehensive benefits package including affordable medical, dental & vision coverage; 401(k) plan with company match; flexible spending accounts; generous paid time off (vacation, holiday and sick leave); company-paid disability & life insurance; park discounts and free passes.

To apply for this position: Qualified applicants must apply via our online application on our website at http://cincinnatizoo.org/about-us/job-opportunities/. A letter of interest, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references should be attached to your online application.

All applications received by November 21, 2012, will be reviewed at that time and initial interviews will be scheduled. The position will remain open until a qualified candidate is chosen. The starting date is flexible; however, the position could begin as early as January 1, 2013, depending on the availability of the chosen candidate.

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer