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Harvard University TENURED PROFESSOR IN PLANT OR FUNGAL BIOLOGY in Cambridge, Massachusetts



School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Position Description

The Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology seeks to appoint a tenured professor in Plant or Fungal Biology to serve as Director of the Harvard University Herbaria. The Harvard University Herbaria ( HUH ; house one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of dried plant and fungal specimens in the world. These specimens are the key to our knowledge of plants and fungi, and serve as a permanent reference to the diversity of life on earth. The HUH has embarked on an ambitious plan to enhance its scientific mission through comprehensive digitization, renovation of facilities, and improvement in bioinformatic infrastructure. The Department and Herbaria have strong linkages to a number of allied biodiversity institutions, including the Harvard Forest, Arnold Arboretum, Museum of Comparative Zoology, and Harvard University Center for the Environment. We seek an outstanding scientist who can provide vision for this institution and contribute to broader biodiversity-centered efforts at Harvard. We are interested in searching broadly in the fields of plant and fungal biology, including evolution, ecology, development/morphology, genomics/genetics, symbiosis biology, and climate change. Successful candidates will teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels and engage in an innovative research program. Applications must be received by October 1, 2019.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates are required to have a doctorate.

Additional Qualifications

Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching and research is desired. Candidates should also evince intellectual leadership and impact on the field and potential for significant contributions to the department, University, and wider scholarly community.

Special Instructions

Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal ( Applications must be received by October 1, 2019.

  1. Cover letter

    1. Curriculum Vitae

    2. Teaching statement (describing teaching approach and philosophy)

    3. Teaching evaluation materials from previous courses

    4. Research statement

    5. The names and contact information for 3-5 references

    6. HUH Vision statement, 1-2 pages (no more than 500 words including references) discussing the applicant’s vision for the HUH and its future as part of the biodiversity collections at Harvard

    7. Diversity statement (describing approaches to support diversity and inclusion in the research and teaching environments)

    Contact Information

Christian Flynn, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138.

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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


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