Assistant Curator

The Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, invites applications for an Assistant Curator (equivalent to Assistant Professor), a tenure-track position, who will serve as curator-in-charge of the Herbarium, including supervision of its staff. The successful candidate is expected to conduct a dynamic research program focused broadly on the evolutionary biology of plants.

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. in Biology, Botany, or a closely related field, and demonstrate a record of research and publication focused on the evolution of any group(s) of plants. Candidates should also be willing to collaborate actively, although not exclusively, with the University of Florida’s diverse botanical research programs in the Florida Museum of Natural History, Department of Biology (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), and Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences. Candidates must be capable of leading, promoting, and utilizing an internationally recognized Herbarium (FLAS) that includes >465,000 specimens of vascular plants, bryophytes, algae, and moss.

The appointee is expected to teach and mentor both undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Florida. Pursuit of external funding is expected. The anticipated start date is no later than August 15, 2018. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 1, 2017. To be considered, all applications must be submitted on-line by October 1, 2017. To submit an application packet, please go to and search by Job# 503444. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the Committee and/or hiring authority. The application should include as a single PDF document: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of experience and philosophy for research, collections, teaching, and outreach (no more than 1 page for each); (4) PDFs of three representative publications; and (5) the names and email addresses of three colleagues who may be contacted for letters of recommendation.

Any questions regarding this position or nominations may be directed to search committee chair Dr. David C. Blackburn, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611 (; +1-352-273-1943).

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD). The selection process will be conducted under the provisions of Florida’s “Government in the Sunshine” and Public Records laws.