Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Postdoctoral Fellowship 

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
13 Aug 2020
End of advertisement period
13 Oct 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Postdoctoral Fellowship 
School    Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department/Area    Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Position Description    
Through a generous founding gift from Edward O. Wilson, Faculty-Curator Emeritus and University Research Professor Emeritus, and with support from additional donors, the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University has established the E.O. Wilson Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. This program supports postdoctoral researchers at MCZ to pursue the discovery and formal taxonomic description of Earth’s animal species. Fellows will work under the supervision of one or more MCZ faculty-curators, who will provide office space, access to lab facilities and necessary research support. The program aims to achieve broad taxonomic coverage and is not restricted to any particular taxon. At this time, selection of fellows will give priority to candidates who work on living species. 

Terms & Conditions
Stipend of $55,000/year

Research and travel allowance of $4,000/year
Start date flexible, but within 12 months of extended fellowship offer
Maximum two-year appointment, with funding for year 2 contingent upon successful performance during year 1
Residence in the Cambridge area is required
Relocation allowance negotiable after fellowship awarded

Basic Qualifications    
A Ph.D. with relevant research experience in taxonomy and/or systematics is required.

All formal requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed before the start of the fellowship, though degree receipt may be forthcoming.

The EOW fellowship program is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.
Where appropriate, proposed research should utilize an integrative approach that combines several data types in crafting solutions to taxonomic problems.

Applicants need to identify at least one faculty-curator who has agreed to supervise the fellowship.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of Harvard faculty. The likelihood that the proposed work will result in the discovery and formal taxonomic description of animal species will be a critical consideration in the selection process. Preference will be given to applicants not currently affiliated with Harvard University, and to those who have received their doctoral degree within the previous three years.

Additional Qualifications    

Special Instructions    
A cover letter no longer than one page.
A research proposal, no longer than four pages and single-spaced, should describe:
the nature and scope of the proposed research project;
the approach and methods to be employed;
how existing MCZ collections would be utilized and augmented with new specimens;
laboratory and equipment requirements;
the proposed MCZ faculty-curator sponsor, and
likely products (publications, etc.) to be completed by the end of the fellowship period.
Research budget: Include a simple, one-page budget that itemizes anticipated research and travel costs, not to exceed the fellowship allowance.
A curriculum vitae no longer than three pages.
Up to five pertinent publications.

Three letters of recommendation from non-Harvard scientists. Include names and contact information of the three referees with the application. The letters will be submitted separately from the application through an online system (see below) but are due by the application deadline. The application is complete only when all three letters are received.
Interview: A subset of applicants may be asked to further discuss their proposals with the selection committee via videoconference.

Contact Information    
Melissa Aja
Harvard University
Museum of Comparative Zoology
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Contact Email    mczfunding@fas.harvard.edu

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