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The U.S. Geological Survey Southwest Biological Science Center in Flagstaff, AZ is seeking an Ecologist who is a recent graduate to assist with genomic investigations of common and rare plant species across the Intermountain West.

Yellow bee plant (Cleome lutea) visited by a monarch butterfly
Yellow bee plant (Cleome lutea) visited by a monarch butterfly.


Projects involve population/landscape genomic, phylogeographic, and taxonomic inferences to support restoration and conservation management needs for federal partners. Common analytical techniques include demographic modeling, estimating impacts of environments on adaptation, and genomic cline analyses; opportunities for methodological development may also be available. Many of the data are in hand and the researcher will immediately contribute to all stages of project development/execution. The researcher will predominantly work in an office setting, but some fieldwork may be possible. The pay rate will be consistent with a GS-11 Ecologist ($31.83/hour) and the position is eligible for benefits. The candidate must be a U.S. citizen, pass a federal background check and a pre-employment physical, and have a clean driving record. Representative research projects are described at


  • Authorship/co-authorship of multiple peer-reviewed publications
  • Work well in a collaborative setting
  • Consistent and excellent attention to detail
  • Work in Flagstaff, AZ
Minimum qualifications:
  • PhD
  • Experience with next-generation sequencing protocols and data pipelines
  • Programming and data analysis skills in R
  • Ability to manage/work with big data (genetic and climate)
  • Experience with genetic analyses applicable to SNPs, for example: Stacks, ipyrad, genetic structure/assignment tests, PCA and sPCA, fastsimcoal2/dadi, LFMM, RDA, Procrustes, EEMS, Bedassle, etc.
  • Excellent writing skills
Desired qualifications:
  • Demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals
  • Knowledge of western U.S. plant communities and natural history
  • Working knowledge of mixed models and field-based climate manipulation experimental designs
  • Conversant in restoration and conservation topics pertinent to the western U.S.
  • Experience with other programming/scripting languages (Python, Perl, C++, shell, etc.)
  • Experience working with remote high-performance computing clusters (managed by slurm)

If interested, please submit a cover letter and CV (including contact information for three references) to Rob Massatti ( This position is open until filled.

Graham’s beardtongue (Penstemon grahamii)
Graham’s beardtongue (Penstemon grahamii), a showy, narrowly endemic forb in the Uinta Basin.

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