The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University invites applicants for research fellowships in plant science. Putnam Fellowships offer excellent opportunities for advanced research and study using the Arboretum’s living collections of woody plants. Scientists with a PhD and who have identified an independent research project that would utilize the Arboretum’s living collections are encouraged to submit a proposal.
Putnam Fellows conduct basic and applied research in the plant sciences utilizing the Arboretum’s living collections. The Putnam Fellowship Program has attracted a diverse array of scholars, and many have gone on to be leaders in academia and public horticulture. Research topics of past Putnam Fellows have included taxonomy and systematics, molecular and developmental biology, physiological ecology, propagation, plant-insect and/or -pathogen interactions, and collections management.
The Arnold Arboretum provides exceptional resources for woody plant research. The living collection, numbering some 15,000 plants, in over 2,200 species, is distinguished as one of the most thoroughly documented collections of temperate woody plants in the world. Taxonomic diversity and breadth within the collection are noteworthy, and the floras of China, Japan, and Korea are particularly well represented.
The Putnam Fellowship award provides stipends of up to $53,000 per year, depending on the duration of the fellowship. The fellowship is typically awarded for 2 years, pending a satisfactory progress report at the end of the first year. In addition, modest support is available for research and travel costs. Putnam Fellows are full-time employees of Harvard University during their tenure and are eligible for health insurance benefits. Putnam Fellows are expected to be in full-time residence at the Arboretum during their tenure and are provided office and research space.
For more information and additional research funding opportunities please visit: http://arboretum.harvard.edu/research/programs-and-opportunities/
Applications are sought from early-career individuals with a PhD in plant science, plant genetics, plant ecology, horticulture, or related discipline. Applicants must have their PhD when they initiate their term at the Arboretum. Applicants should be well positioned to conduct original, independent research and to publish their findings in peer-reviewed publications. The Putnam Fellowship is an independent post-doctoral position and are full-time employees of Harvard University. Putnam Fellows are expected to be in full-time residence at the Arboretum during their tenure. As an independent scholar, Putnam Fellows have access to shared laboratories, equipment, desk space, resources, and interactions with fellow scientists, students and staff. It is not necessary to have a specific faculty host.
Fellowships are awarded through a competitive review process. To be considered for an award, online applications should include the following and are due Feb 1:
Cover letter. Research statement. Research budget. Project time-line. Three letters of recommendation.
More information: http://arboretum.harvard.edu/research/programs-and-opportunities/katharine-h-putnam-fellowship-in-plant-science/
Additional Salary Information: +benefits and modest research funds
About Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University achieves excellence in scholarship and contributes to the advancement of society as an international center for the study of plants. Integrating eminent living and archival collections for discovery and dissemination of knowledge to the students of Harvard University, local educational institutions, and the public, the Arnold Arboretum is a premier destination for deepening understanding and appreciation of plants, horticulture, and biodiversity.Occupying 281 acres, the Arboretum’s living collection of trees, shrubs, and woody vines is recognized as one of the most comprehensive and best documented of its kind in the world. The living collection is supported by comprehensive curatorial documentation, herbaria containing more than 1.3 million specimens, extensive library and archival holdings, and a 43,000-square-foot state-of-the-art research center. These facilities and holdings, along with 75 full-time staff, provide the basis for research and education by Harvard faculty and students, Arboretum scholars, and visiting scientists from around the world. Investigations focus on examining plant diversity from genomic, developmental, organismic, evolutionary, and ecosystem perspectives.