Do you have a passion for cutting-edge biodiversity science, sharing it with broader audiences, and making a real-world impact?

The California Academy of Sciences is seeking candidates who specialize in western North American plants (especially Californian), examining a wide range of topics, including their evolution, diversity, or ecology. Candidates who could potentially work with our extensive research collections and our emerging California Initiative will be especially welcome.  We also seek candidates with leadership in science communication and engagement, and an interest in increasing diversity in science.

The Academy offers a unique and powerful setting to conduct scientific research and engagement. Housed in a Double LEED Platinum building in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the Academy combines a world-class natural history museum, a 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; a premiere aquarium with nearly 40,000 living animals and unique culturing facilities; an indoor rainforest, living coral reef, and California habitats; numerous other public exhibits and educational facilities; and advanced research laboratories for genomics, specimen preparation, digitization, computer modeling, scientific visualization, etc. The Academy also has a powerful citizen science engine in iNaturalist, which engages global observers in high-quality biodiversity data collection.

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

We specifically seek early-career candidates with a Ph.D. in a relevant field, a demonstrated publication record, and an independent research program. At least one year of postdoctoral research experience or equivalent is preferred.

Reviews of applications will begin November 7, 2018. We anticipate holding interviews in early 2019, with a starting date as early as July 2019.

Applications must be submitted through the Academy’s careers page: