HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Postdoctoral Fellow - Museum of Comparative Zoology

Location
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (GB)
Posted
05 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Jul 2018
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8310
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Museum of Comparative Zoology

Terms & Conditions

• Stipend of $55,000/year
• Benefits-eligible
• 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 required
• Relocation allowance negotiable after fellowship awarded

Through a generous founding gift from Edward O. Wilson, Faculty-Curator Emeritus and University Research Professor Emeritus, the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University has established the E.O. Wilson Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. This fellowship opportunity 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.

Basic Qualifications

• Fellows need to solicit the support of at least one faculty-curator who will supervise the work and provide a letter of recommendation as part of the initial application. The letter should indicate the kind and amount of research support that the faculty-curator mentor can provide the candidate beyond what the fellowship provides.
• Where appropriate, research should emphasize an integrative approach that combines several data types in crafting solutions to taxonomic problems
• Ph.D. with relevant research experience in taxonomy and/or systematics
• All formal requirements for the Ph.D. must be completed before the start of the fellowship, though degree receipt may be forthcoming
• Open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens
• Fellows need to solicit the support of at least one faculty-curator who will supervise the work and provide a letter of recommendation as part of the initial application. The letter should indicate the kind and amount of research support that the faculty-curator mentor can provide the candidate beyond what the fellowship provides.
• Where appropriate, research should emphasize an integrative approach that combines several data types in crafting solutions to taxonomic problems
• Ph.D. with relevant research experience in taxonomy and/or systematics
• All formal requirements for the Ph.D. must be completed before the start of the fellowship, though degree receipt may be forthcoming
• Open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens

Additional Qualifications

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.

Please note that a given faculty-curator may sponsor no more than two applicants per application cycle.

Special Instructions

Complete applications include:
• Cover letter
• A research proposal (“statement of research”), no longer than 4 pages and single-spaced, should describe:
– the nature and scope of the proposed research project;
– the approach and methods to be employed;
– how MCZ collections would be utilized;
– laboratory and equipment requirements; and
– likely products (publications, etc.) to be completed by the end of the fellowship period
• Research budget: Include a simple, 1-page budget that itemizes anticipated research and travel costs, not to exceed the fellowship allowance
• Curriculum vitae: Maximum length 3 pages
• Up to 5 pertinent publications
• References: Three letters of recommendation are required, including one from a supporting MCZ faculty-curator. The letters will be submitted separately from the application through ARieS, but are due by the application deadline. The application is only complete when all three letters are received.

A subset of applicants may be asked to further discuss their proposals with the selection committee via videoconference.

A subset of applicants may be asked to further discuss their proposals with the selection committee via videoconference.

Contact Information

Maggie Lopes
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

3