Herbarium Curatorial Research Associate position

Lucile McCook bymccook at OLEMISS.EDU
Tue Jun 5 17:30:15 CDT 2001


Please pass this job announcement on.  Thanks, Lucile McCook

HERBARIUM CURATORIAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE POSITION
PULLEN HERBARIUM, UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

         The Department of Biology is seeking a curatorial research
associate (CRA) to assist the curator during a three-year, NSF-funded
renovation and computerization of the Pullen Herbarium. The CRA will gain
experience in all aspects of modern herbarium curation, including:
herbarium renovation & installation of a compactor system; database entry
and management; GIS/mapping software use; web page development; managing
specimen and accession records; mounting and curating both old and new
herbarium specimens, including the processing of backlogged specimens; as
well as collecting and learning about the flora of Mississippi and the
southeastern coastal plain.
         Founded in 1963, the Pullen Herbarium now consists of over 64,000
accessioned vascular plant specimens and a backlog of over 40,000
specimens, including collections of bryophytes, lichens and myxomycetes. A
majority of specimens are from Mississippi and the southeastern United States.
         The Department of Biology at Ole Miss currently includes five
Ph.D.-level botanists and a graduate program. The recent reinvigoration of
botanical studies in the Departments of Biology and Pharmacognosy and in
the Thad Cochran National Center for Natural Products Research has led the
University of Mississippi to invest in faculty, research infrastructure and
curricula in the plant sciences, including the Pullen Herbarium. Visit the
Pullen Herbarium website to view our preliminary list of plants for the
state of Mississippi (http://www.herbarium.olemiss.edu/).
         Minimum qualifications include a bachelor's degree in botany,
biology, or related field.
Position requires experience with several kinds of computer programs,
including databases and web page design and maintenance; formal training
and/or experience in plant taxonomy and nomenclature; a knowledge of the
southeastern flora; and an ability to supervise students conducting data
entry and herbarium tasks. Salary is $24,000 per year, plus full benefits
as a state employee.
         The University of Mississippi is located in the Oxford/University
community in north-central Mississippi, one hour south of Memphis, TN. Home
to William Faulkner, this diverse rural town is known today as a literary
mecca, and boasts an unusually large number of restaurants, music clubs,
and cultural opportunities (http://www.oxfordms.com/).
         To apply please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and
the names, email and
physical addresses, and phone numbers of three references to: Dr. Lucile
McCook, Department of Biology, Box 1848, University, MS
38677-1848.   Review of applications will begin immediately and will
continue until position is filled.

The University of Mississippi is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section
504/ADA/ADEA employer.
Posted June 2001.


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Dr. Lucile M. McCook                    Voice:  662-915-5488
Curator of the Pullen Herbarium         Fax:  662-915-5144
Department of Biology                   email: bymccook at olemiss.edu
University of Mississippi
Post Office Box 1848
University, MS  38677-1848
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