[Taxacom] Position announcement

Timothy A. Block block at exchange.upenn.edu
Thu Apr 29 05:59:02 CDT 2010

Position title:

Arboretum Research Botanist

Position type:

Three-year term position to end June 30, 2013.


The Botany Department at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is seeking to hire a Research Botanist to guide a project to develop a system to more effectively disseminate knowledge on the natural flora of Pennsylvania.  This will include development of an up-to-date database application; development of a web-based interface for deployment of information on the distribution, relationships, ecology, natural history, and importance of Pennsylvania's plant species; deployment and testing of a database application as appropriate; maintaining and populating the database with most current plant species data; and, modification of database and web interface as necessary to meet the needs of users. The selected candidate will also participate in the consulting projects and field work of the Botany Department at the Arboretum to enhance earned income potential and maintain currency of plant species occurrence and distribution information. The candidate will be expected to participate in teaching workshops and courses at the Arboretum and at the Penn campus, and will have the opportunity to develop new research directions in collaboration with Arboretum staff which may include projects involving field, laboratory, and herbarium components.


A Ph.D. in Botany or Biology with concentration in botany is required; experience with database applications and website development highly desired; botanical field data collection experience and good plant identification skills are pluses; some travel is required.


Applicants should send their CV, a letter of interest, graduate transcripts, and names and contact information for three current references to Timothy A. Block (block at exchange.upenn.edu<mailto:block at exchange.upenn.edu>).  Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until June 30, 2010 or until the position is filled.

Applicants must also complete the application process through Penn's online hiring system before being considered for employment.  To access the online application process follow this link: http://www.hr.upenn.edu/jobs/; click on "Search open staff positions"; click on "Search postings."  In the "Other title" box type Arboretum Research Botanist; click the search button; click "view" to access the position description and apply.

More information:

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is a historic public garden and educational institution. It promotes an understanding of the relationship between plants, people and place through programs that integrate science, art and the humanities.  The Arboretum conducts four major activities: education, research, outreach, and horticultural display. As the official Arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania provides research and outreach services to state agencies, community institutions and to citizens of Pennsylvania and beyond.

Dr. Timothy A. Block, Ph.D.
The John J. Willaman Chair of Botany
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
100 East Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
215-247-5777 ext. 130
fax: 215-248-4439

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