Research Scientist Opening at Phipps Conservatory

Phipps is seeking applications for a 2-year Research Scientist in the topics of Biophilia and Mindfulness to join the growing Research Institute at Phipps, which is focused on interdisciplinary research in the fields of ecology, human health and wellness, environmental education, science communication and outreach, and social justice. In line with its focus on sustainability and health, Phipps’ Research Institute looks to expand its research program related to biophilia and connections to human and ecological health. Phipps seeks integrative and multidisciplinary research to bridge the gap in our understanding between the built and natural environments and effects on mental and physical well-being.

The research scientist will work collaboratively with several departments, including Research, Horticulture, and Studio Phipps, as well as develop collaborations with local universities and organizations. Duties will include conducting original research, securing research equipment, leading data collection, analyzing data, grant writing, and assisting in presentations of the innovative studies being conducted.


Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. in human ecology, psychology, medicine, public health, neuroscience, or closely-related disciplines. Focal areas of expertise might include mindfulness-based interventions or biophilic design. The successful candidate must have a passion for interdisciplinary research with a demonstrated ability to work as part of a collaborative research team, as well as working with children and the general public in a pleasant and courteous manner. The candidate must be proficient with computer software and data management, a publication and presentation record that is commensurate with the candidate’s experience, and success obtaining extramural grants and research contracts. Teaching experience in formal and informal education is preferred.

Qualified candidates should email a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests and salary history by clicking on the “Apply for this job” button or mail to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Human Resources Department, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. No telephone calls, please.[].