Vacancy for Orchidologist at NHN-Leiden

Barbara Gravendeel gravendeel at NHN.LEIDENUNIV.NL
Tue Oct 26 04:21:13 CDT 2004

The Nationaal Herbarium Nederland (NHN) is composed of three branches:
Leiden, Utrecht and Wageningen. The NHN-L is closely allied with the Hortus
Botanicus (HB) and is part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural
Sciences of Leiden University. NHN-L and HB have jointly developed a
research program on the orchids of SE Asia and harbour collections of world-
class importance for this purpose. Morphological and molecular techniques
are used to study the taxonomy, phylogeny, biogeography, and ontogeny of
the orchids of Malesia. Research results are incorporated in scientific
publications, interactive CD-ROM’s, databases, and local language guides.

Because of the retirement of the orchidologist at NHN-L, Leiden University
has a vacancy for an

ORCHID TAXONOMIST, 38 h F/M (level: Researcher 3)
Vacancy number: 4-215

Job description and tasks:
- Research: establish a strong research programme in the systematics of SE
Asian Orchidaceae. The prime focus in on taxonomic revisions and
checklists, supplemented by fieldwork and active participation in (inter)
national networks.
- Teaching: contribute to the Leiden University BSc-curriculum and MSc-
programme in Biology, Local Taxonomy Training courses in Malesian sister
institutes, and supervision of PhD projects in the national research school
- Management: curation and databasing of herbarium specimens, alcohol-
preserved, image, and living collections of orchids.
- Fundraising: both for research and fieldwork, in particular to continue
and extend the CD-ROM series on Papua New Guinean orchids.

Required capacities:
- A PhD in plant systematics
- Extensive expertise in orchid research, morphological, taxonomic,
phylogenetic and/or floristic studies, electronic identification and
presentation tools
- Experience with fieldwork in SE Asia will be an advantage

Inquiries about this post may be made to Prof.dr. P. Baas (tel 0031 71
5273526) or to Dr. B. Gravendeel (tel 0031 71 5273578). Further details
about the NHN can be found at This post is a
tenure track position. Salary range (depending on experience) starting from
€ 2625,- (scale 10).

Applications with a motivation, full CV, names and contact information of
three referees should be sent before 30 November 2004 to:
Faculteit der Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen
Dienst P&O, T.a.v. mw. M. van Schoonhoven
Postbus 9502
2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands

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