[Taxacom] Herbarium Curator Position at University of Vienna
gerald.schneeweiss at univie.ac.at
Thu Dec 10 08:39:15 CST 2020
A permanent, full-time (40 hours/week) Senior Scientist position funded
by the Faculty of Life Sciences is available in the Department of Botany
and Biodiversity Research of the University of Vienna. In addition to
the internationally renowned herbarium, the Department of Botany and
Biodiversity Research houses various botanical and zoological research
groups. The department offers a stimulating working environment and
excellent research facilities including state-of-the-art laboratories
for morphological as well as for molecular work. A main botanical
research topic in the department addresses patterns and processes of
plant and fungal evolution and ecology, thus reaching from the molecular
to the ecosystem level.
The successful candidate is responsible for the curation, administration
and advancement of the Herbarium of the University of Vienna (herbarium
WU), currently housing about 1.5 million specimens of plants, algae and
fungi (including numerous type specimens).
Main tasks include:
- curation and extension of the collections;
- project management, especially supervision of the herbarium
digitization and coordination of the participation in international
projects on herbarium digitization and data handling;
- administration pertaining to herbaria, including, for instance, loans,
exchange, pest control or reporting;
- conducting collection-based research, via participation in ongoing
research activities and the development of own third-party funded
research projects, in areas such as botanical systematics or
- teaching (on average 4 hours/week) at the Bachelor’s and Master level.
- expertise in botanical systematics, taxonomy and, in particular,
nomenclature, documented by international peer-reviewed publications, as
well as good knowledge on the main systematic groups of plants, algae
- experience in the work with and curation of botanical collections;
- good communication skills in German and English (both oral and written);
- high social competence with regard to a motivating staff management
and the supportive assistance for guest scientists in the herbarium.
Ideally, the successful candidate also has:
- experience in teaching and supervision of students;
- experience in the field of biodiversity informatics;
- knowledge on geography, Latin, and Kurrent script as well as
experience in deciphering handwritten texts.
Applications should be made via the University's Job Center
under reference number 11604. Application deadline is the 29th of
In case of questions etc. please don't hesitate to contact me
(gerald.schneeweiss at univie.ac.at).
Gerald M. Schneeweiss
Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research
University of Vienna
Master's Program Botany at UniVie:
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