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Saint Louis University, a Catholic, Jesuit Institution dedicated to student learning, research, health care, and service, is seeking applicants for a post-doctoral position in Perennial Plant Diversity and Evolution in the lab of Dr. Allison Miller in the Department of Biology and the Center for Sustainability. This position is funded by the Perennial Agriculture Project, a joint project of the Malone Family Land Preservation Foundation and the Land Institute (Salina, KS), and the Saint Louis University Center for Sustainability. The long-term goal is to systematically identify and evaluate a subset of wild perennial grass, legume, and oilseed species as promising candidates for pre-breeding and domestication. The position establishes an important link between the wealth of resources for research housed within the botanical garden community (living plants, seed banks, herbarium, library, taxonomic databases) and active plant breeding programs based at The Land Institute (Salina, KS). As such, the post-doctoral scientist based at Saint Louis University will work closely with scientists at the Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis, MO) and The Land Institute. The postdoctoral research associate sought here will use a combination of literature, herbarium, and field-based research to generate a prioritized list of candidate species for pre-breeding, collect seed from seed banks and wild populations for field trials based at The Land Institute, and develop long-term experiments designed to advance current understanding of domestication processes in perennial species. The successful candidate will have 1) strong interests in crop evolution, sustainable agriculture, and food security, and 2) expertise and a proven track record in one or more of the following areas: agronomy, domestication, ethnobotany, evolutionary biology, population ecology, systematics, or taxonomy. A PhD in a field related to one or more of the research areas listed above is required by the starting date of employment. The anticipated earliest start date for this position is July 15, 2015, but later start dates will be considered. Funding is available for three years, with reappointment in the second and third years dependent on satisfactory reviews. All applications must be made online at https://jobs.slu.edu (Req ID 20150128) and include a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for three references. In addition, please send versions of these files to Dr. Allison Miller ( firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Saint Louis University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (AA/EOE), and encourages nominations of and applications from women and minorities.
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