Harvard University Herbaria Research Fellowship

Massachusetts, United States
17 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time


Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Position Description

The Harvard University Herbaria (HUH; http://huh.harvard.edu) invites nominations and direct applications for the Harvard University Herbaria Research Fellowship, a fellowship in plant science. We especially seek outstanding early-career scientists and collections professionals who see new opportunities and innovations for collections-based research. The goal of the program is to facilitate collections-based research using available digital resources at the HUH. Possible research topics include ecological niche modeling, assessing systematic and phylogenetic diversity, climate change, species’ invasions, morphological and physiological diversity across a landscape, plant-insect and/or -pathogen interactions, and collections management. We especially encourage applications with backgrounds in statistics, computation, or data manipulation. Large-scale meta-analyses are encouraged, as are informatics projects to make collections more broadly accessible.

The HUH include six collections and more than five million specimens of algae, bryophytes, fungi, and vascular plants. Together they form one of the largest university herbarium collections in the world, and the third largest herbarium in the United States. With its state-of-the art research laboratories, computational facilities, and world class libraries, the HUH have been a centerpiece of biodiversity science since the early 1800s. More information about the HUH can be found on its website http://huh.harvard.edu/.

Basic Qualifications

Applications are sought from early career individuals in plant evolution, plant ecology, horticulture, informatics, or related disciplines. International candidates are welcome to apply. Application review will begin November 12, 2018.

Additional Qualifications

Special Instructions

Fellowships are awarded through a competitive review process. To be considered for an award, applications should include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Research proposal. No longer than 4 pages, single-spaced, and should describe (i) the nature and scope of the proposed research project; (ii) the approach and methods to be employed; (iii) how the collections of the HUH would be utilized; (iv) all laboratory and equipment requirements; and (v) how the project will advance knowledge about the plant kingdom. References should be included but do not count as part of the 4-page limit.
  • Research budget. A modest budget is available for research and travel costs. Applicants should submit a simple, 1-page budget that itemizes by year the research and travel costs associated with the proposed project.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information of at least three references. Three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is complete only when all three letters have been received. Letters of recommendation are due within 3 weeks of the application submission.

Contact Information

Inquiries may be made by email to Jeannette Everritt at jeverritt@oeb.harvard.edu.

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Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 3

Maximum Number of References Allowed 5