Staff Scientist – Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

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Staff Scientist - Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) seeks a Staff Scientist to pursue an independent, internationally recognized research program in forest microbial ecology and evolution. Research interests may include plant-soil-microbial interactions, the role of microbes in biogeochemical and/or carbon cycling, plant pathogen dynamics, and microbial responses to global change, among others. Previous tropical experience is not required. This is a full-time research position and includes internal research funds.

STRI is headquartered in Panama with modern research facilities and field stations throughout the country, and hosts a vibrant and collaborative scientific community of 37 staff scientists and over 1200 scientific visitors per year. Early- to mid-career candidates are especially encouraged; applicants at all postdoctoral stages will be considered. Annual salary is commensurate with experience, and compensation packages are internationally competitive.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. and post-doctoral research experience in a relevant field. Interested candidates should submit the following as a single PDF file: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research accomplishments and interests, 3-5 publications, and contact information for three references to:

Please address inquiries to the search committee chair, Dr. Kristin Saltonstall, at; Review of applications will begin on 15 November 2020. More information, including answers to frequently asked questions, will be posted at: