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Opportunities in plant systematics

Information on awards, grants, training and job opportunities in plant systematics will be posted here from time to time as they become available. If you would like information to be posted here, please email with the details.

Student assistance to attend ASBS conferences

ABRS National Taxonomy Research Student Travel Bursary Program

Hansjörg Eichler Awards

Scholarships, fellowships and grants in plant systematics:

None currently advised.

Workshops & Training

None currently advised.

Job Vacancies:

Curator of Lichens, Mosses and Fungi, Berlin

The Herbarium of the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (BGBM), Freie Universität Berlin is seeking a curator for lichens, mosses, and fungi.

The herbarium collections at BGBM comprise approx. 3.6 million specimens, of which nearly one million belong to cryptogams (370,000 mosses and 300,000 lichens and fungi, respectively). The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the further development and scientific use of the collections. In close collaboration with the curators of other collections (e.g. living plant, seed and DNA collections) the curator will contribute to the development of the collections databases together with the research and development group on biodiversity informatics. The curator is also expected to augment research activities within BGBM’s focus areas and foster future projects of the BGBM, more specifically in the Neotropics and/or in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Applications should be sent to:
Freie Universität Berlin
Zentraleinrichtung Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum
Frau Sylke Gottwald
Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8
14195 Berlin (Dahlem)

The closing date for applications is 2 October 2014.

For more details please refer to:

For assistance with an English translation of the job details, please contact Nils Köster ( at the BGBM.

Vacation Studentships

None currently advised.

Student Internships

Applications for the Student's Volunteer Botanical Internship Program to be run in January–February 2015 at the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research in Canberra are now open. For more information please visit
Applications close: Monday 24 November 2014.

Post Graduate

None currently advised.

Post Docs

Australian Tropical Herbarium Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cairns

Ref. No. – 14210

The Australian Tropical Herbarium (ATH) seeks an outstanding and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with expertise in plant molecular systematics to join our dynamic research team. The appointee will generate and analyse DNA data employing next-generation sequencing approaches to unravel the evolutionary history of one of Australia’s iconic sun orchids, Thelymitra. The sun orchids contribute to Australia’s remarkably rich and highly endemic flora of terrestrial orchids and represent one of the major radiations within the tribe Diurideae. The project aims to elucidate infrageneric relationships in Thelymitra based on next-generation sequencing approaches, to assess the taxonomic value of key morphological characters, and to improve our understanding of interspecific relationships in three species complexes (T. anntennifera, T. nuda and T. venosa). Expertise in the collection and analysis of next generation sequencing data will lead to high impact research outcomes. The ATH offers an unrivalled specimen collection of Australian tropical plants, full taxonomic research and field facilities including a comprehensively equipped molecular biology laboratory, and is situated adjacent to a range of tropical biomes including the World Heritage listed Queensland Wet Tropics rainforests. Visit us at

Employment Type: Appointment will be full-time for a fixed term of 2.5 years.

Salary: Academic Level A - $75,353 - $80,635 per annum.
Commencing salary will be in accordance with qualifications and experience. Benefits include a generous superannuation scheme with 17% employer contributions, five weeks annual recreation leave, flexible working arrangements and attractive options for salary packaging.

Applications close on 12 October 2014.

Applications must be lodged electronically using the online facility located at