Posted 2 weeks ago

Postdoctoral Researcher, McQuaid Fellow in Tree Genomics

Company: The Morton Arboretum
Category: Nonprofit, Research


Type: Full Time

The Morton Arboretum has a Postdoctoral Researcher position available. This will combine resources, collections, and expertise available at The Morton Arboretum with the latest techniques and facilities available at University of Notre Dame and the US Forest Service Northern Research Station to address important challenges facing trees in a rapidly changing modern world. Leverage strengths of The Morton Arboretum and its research partners to advance tree genomic research and help create effective strategies for improving tree health and sustainability. Funding for this position is term-limit and is expected to run for 24 months.

  • Pursue research that addresses a current ongoing issue in tree performance, health, and resilience with the objective of improving the future prospects of trees.
  • Identify the most effective technology and project design to generate appropriate and sufficient data to address the issue in tree performance and integrity.
  • Aim towards generalizable solutions that anticipate future challenges to other tree groups.  
  • Utilize the Arboretum’s living collections, ongoing research projects, and/or actively transfer knowledge and technology to the development of the Center for Tree Science capacity and training.  
  • Participate in activities, outreach, mentoring, and training programs of the Center for Tree Science through remote interaction and several in-person visits at The Morton Arboretum.
  • Facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expertise between the Arboretum and its research partners, including in-person visits and distributed team work.
  • Conduct literature research and other independent learning as needed in order to accomplish tasks associated with the project and keep abreast of new scientific advances.
  • Prepare and submit scientific articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals, as well as other scientific analyses as required by the partnership. 
  • Participate in public outreach and data sharing efforts to promote and expand the general impact of the project. 
  • Contribute to the Center for Tree Science through collaboration, providing scientific input and guidance, and engaging in departmental activities such as Monday Tree Talks and occasional discussion and planning meetings.