Careers in the Plant Sciences

Arnold Arboretum Postdoctoral Fellowships

Harvard University - Boston, MA, USA

Position Title: Arnold Arboretum Postdoctoral Fellowships
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Application Review Begins: Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Application Deadline: Thursday, January 11, 2024
Institution: Harvard University
Department/Division: Arnold Arboretum
Field (e.g., systematics): Plant Biology
City: Boston, MA, USA
General Information: The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University invites early career scientists to apply for a unique opportunity to start a research career as independent postdoctoral fellow while gaining training and connections within the framework of a top-tier academic environment. The Katharine H. Putnam Fellowship in Plant Science supports scientists focused on utilizing the Arnold Arboretum’s living collections of woody plants to study any area of plant science. The Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship supports researchers that tackle any area of global change science utilizing the myriad resources of the Arnold Arboretum.

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and its urban landscape in Boston are particularly well-suited for global change and plant science 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 facilities.
Qualifications/Requirements: Eligibility:
Applications are sought from early-career individuals with a PhD in life sciences, plant biology, evolution, plant genetics, plant ecology, horticulture, or related discipline. Applicants must have their PhD when they initiate their term at the Arboretum. We strongly encourage applications from groups under-represented in the sciences. Foreign nationals are eligible to apply, but applicants are expected to be fluent in English.

Fellowship Details:
An Arboretum Postdoctoral Fellowship includes a salary of $83,000 per year, health insurance eligibility, and annual support of up to $10,000 for professional expenses including research, travel, relocation to Boston (and up to $2,500 of total budget). Fellows are expected to be in full-time residence at the Arboretum during their 2-year tenure and are provided office and research space. It is not necessary to have a specific faculty host. Fellows can start between July 1 and the beginning of September.
Responsibilities: Fellows are independent post-doctoral fellows. As an independent scholar, fellows have access to shared laboratories, equipment, desk space, resources, and interactions with fellow scientists, students and staff. It is not necessary to have a specific faculty host. Applicants are encouraged to develop collaborations and work closely with any and all other members of the Arboretum and broader Harvard communities to refine and develop their project.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): Application Information:
Fellowships are awarded through a competitive review process. To be considered for a fellowship, online applications should include the following:
• Cover letter
• Research statement
• Budget
• Curriculum Vitae
• Three letters of recommendation

Applications are available via our website:
Compensation Range: $83,000 plus benefits and research funds
Contact Name: Faye Rosin,