$83,000/year plus benefits and modest research funds
The Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University gives early career scientists a unique opportunity to start a research career as an independent postdoctoral fellow while gaining training and connections within the framework of a top-tier academic environment. The Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship supports researchers that utilize the myriad resources of the Arnold Arboretum to tackle any area of global change science.
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and its urban landscape in Boston are particularly well-suited for global change research. It is both an outdoor museum of the world’s temperate trees and other woody plants grown in a public open space, all within sight of the Arboretum’s state-of-the-art research laboratories and greenhouses at the Weld Hill Research Building.
Applications are sought from early-career individuals with a PhD in life sciences, plant biology, evolution, plant genetics, ecology, horticulture, or related discipline. Applicants must have their PhD when they initiate their term at the Arboretum. Applicants should be well positioned to conduct original, independent research and to publish their findings in peer-reviewed publications. We encourage applications from those under-represented in the sciences. Foreign nationals are eligible for fellowships, but applicants are expected to be fluent in English.
Global Change Fellows are full-time employees of Harvard University with a salary of $83,000 per year, employee health insurance eligibility, and annual support of up to $10,000 for research, travel, initial relocation, and other professional expenses. Fellows are expected to be in full-time residence at the Arboretum during their 2-year tenure and are provided office and research space. Fellows can start as early as July 1 or as late as the beginning of September.
In addition to being a member of the Arnold Arboretum staff, Global Change Fellows are part of the Environmental Fellows cohort at the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE). Fellows participate in the co-curricular Environmental Fellows program organized by HUCE. All fellows join in biweekly dinners along with Harvard faculty and a speaker from amongst the Harvard faculty.
The Putnam Fellowship is an independent post-doctoral position. As an independent scholar, Putnam Fellows have access to shared laboratories, resources, and interactions with fellow scientists, students and staff. It is not necessary to have a specific faculty host.
Fellowships are awarded through a competitive review process. To be considered for an award, online applications should include the following:
Cover letter. The cover letter should clearly state (i) the applicant’s interest in the program; (ii) the potential start-date; and (iii) the applicant’s contact information.
Research statement. The statement should be no longer than 4 pages, single-spaced, and should describe the research project the applicant proposes to conduct as a Global Change Fellow. The statement should describe (i) the nature and scope of the proposed research project; (ii) the approach and methods to be employed; (iii) how the resources of the Arnold Arboretum would be utilized; and (iv) how the project will advance global change science. References should be included but do not count as part of the 4-page limit.
Research budget. A modest level of funding (up to $10,000) is available for research, travel, professional expenses and relocation to Boston. Applicants should submit a simple, 1-page budget that includes a paragraph detailing all laboratory and equipment requirements and an itemized budget by year for the research, travel, and professional costs associated with the proposed project. Travel expenses for professional conferences as well as up to $2,500 for relocation to Boston should be included in the total budget. The budget should accurately reflect and justify what is required for the proposed project.
Three letters of recommendation. As part of the online submission, you must send a request to the referee to submit a letter of recommendation (via the “request” section). The referee will be automatically sent an email with a link to an online submission form where they will upload a letter of recommendation. It is highly recommended that you contact your referee prior to sending the request. Please inform the referee to expect an email from Admin@communityforce.com with instructions for submitting a recommendation letter. Each referee must upload his/her letter of recommendation via the link by January 18 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University achieves excellence in scholarship and contributes to the advancement of society as an international center for the study of plants. Integrating eminent living and archival collections for discovery and dissemination of knowledge to the students of Harvard University, local educational institutions, and the public, the Arnold Arboretum is a premier destination for deepening understanding and appreciation of plants, horticulture, and biodiversity.Occupying 281 acres, the Arboretum’s living collection of trees, shrubs, and woody vines is recognized as one of the most comprehensive and best documented of its kind in the world. The living collection is supported by comprehensive curatorial documentation, herbaria containing more than 1.3 million specimens, extensive library and archival holdings, and a 43,000-square-foot state-of-the-art research center. These facilities and holdings, along with 75 full-time staff, provide the basis for research and education by Harvard faculty and students, Arboretum scholars, and visiting scientists from around the world. Investigations focus on examining plant diversity from genomic, developmental, organismic, evolutionary, and ecosystem perspectives.