Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics - Assistant or Associate Professor, Director of Herbarium

Utah State University
Utah State University's Logan Campus - Logan, Utah
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits
August 27 2020
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The Department of Biology ( invites applications for a 1.0 FTE, 9‐month tenure‐track Assistant or Associate Professor position (50% research, 30% teaching, and 20% service) in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. We seek an innovative scientist who takes an integrative approach to plant ecology/evolution and systematics. The service role includes an administrative role as the Director of the Intermountain Herbarium. Preference will be given to applicants whose research complements and expands existing programs in the department and university, and those who will engage the Intermountain Herbarium in their research. The research appointment will be affiliated with the Ecology Center and the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station, and reap the benefits of their support services. Teaching responsibilities may include undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of Plant Systematics and Diversity, Organismal Biology and Physiology Lab, and advanced courses in the applicant’s area of specialization.

The Intermountain Herbarium (UTC) ( is staffed by a full-time manager, student assistants, and volunteers.  Founded in 1932, holdings include nearly 284,000 specimens with 62% of specimens databased, and 33% with digitized images. The Herbarium is housed in the Department of Biology and overseen by the Director with support from the Intermountain Herbarium Advisory Board. The Herbarium engages in outreach opportunities in K-12 and university classes as well as extension, research, and the public community. University courses and researchers utilize Herbarium resources as well as volunteers and plant enthusiasts world-wide.

A PhD is required and postdoctoral experience is strongly preferred. Experience with herbarium management is preferred. Candidates will be expected to establish an independent, externally funded, and nationally recognized research program, form effective collaborations with colleagues, and contribute to undergraduate and graduate education in the Department of Biology. Candidates will be expected to engage the Intermountain Herbarium in outreach, development, service, teaching, and research initiatives. Implementation of innovative teaching methods and a commitment to promoting diversity in STEM is encouraged. The University offers an attractive startup package and internal funding opportunities.

Applicants must apply electronically, using the online system at or CLICK HERE.  Applicants are required to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research philosophy and goals, a statement of herbarium leadership vision for a land grant university, and the names and contact information (including email addresses) for three references. References will be contacted upon submission of application materials and asked to submit a letter of reference before the application will be considered complete. Up to three example publications or manuscripts should also be submitted. For further information or inquiries, please contact Nancy Kay Pierson (, Search Manager. Review of applications will begin 30 September 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

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