The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a postdoctoral associate in plant polyploidy and species interactions, to begin July 2023 (negotiable). Applicants must have a background in plant genetics, ecology, or evolution with a Ph.D. in ecology, biology, or an applicable field.

The successful candidate will work with members of the Dr. Tia-Lynn Ashman and Dr. Martin Turcotte laboratories to assess the consequences of plant polyploidy on biotic interactions in a model plant system.  Research responsibilities include leading experiments, analyses, and manuscript preparation focusing on fitness effects, population growth, and species interactions of polyploidy.

Teaching responsibilities are leading a graduate seminar or workshop in the candidate’s area of expertise each year. The postdoc will also be encouraged to participate in outreach and science communication activities.

Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. in ecology, plant biology, or a related field, the ability to carry out experiments and conduct statistical analyses in R,  evidence of scholarly work such as research presentations and publications, evidence of teaching experience, and commitment to enhancing diversity and equity in STEM; work both independently and effectively with others in a team environment, proven ability to achieve goals and manage multiple tasks.

Preferred qualifications include a background in community ecology, population biology, or microbial or plant biology, demonstrated application of novel conceptual, experimental, or statistical approaches,  documented record of conducting high-quality scientific research, demonstrated by publication in peer-reviewed journals,  experience propagating, manipulating, characterizing microbe and/or insect populations, and/or willingness to expand expertise, demonstrated efficient and strong writing skills, excellence in teaching and strong track record of commitment to diversity and equity in STEM.

The Department of Biological Sciences is a highly interactive community situated on the Oakland campus of the University of Pittsburgh. We are dedicated to the mutual success of our faculty and students in our research, education, and outreach missions.

The department and university nurture a strong teaching community with active efforts in teaching innovation and pedagogical research. Pittsburgh is a city that is often voted “most livable” in the nation. We are dedicated to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment that values and nurtures diverse perspectives

To apply, candidates should submit PDF documents of the following to Talent (a) a letter of application, (b) a current CV, (c) a brief (1 page) statement of research interests (d) a brief (1 page) statement of teaching experience, philosophy and plans, and (e) a brief description (1 page) of how your research, teaching or service demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion. At least two letters of reference should be sent by the recommenders to .   

Applications will be reviewed starting in May and will continue until the position is filled. The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and fostering a culturally diverse environment, so the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in support of a diverse community is essential. 

The University of Pittsburgh is committed to championing all aspects of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within our community.

This commitment is a fundamental value of the University and is crucial in helping us advance our mission, which includes attracting and retaining diverse workforces. We will continue to create and maintain an environment that allows individuals to discover, belong, contribute, and grow, while honoring the experiences, perspectives, and unique identities of all.

 The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets. The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit to learn more about this requirement. 

Assignment Category Full-time regular

Campus Pittsburgh

Required Attachments Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae


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