Herbarium Curator/Assistant Professor (DOV)

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Delaware State University
Vacancy Announcement - Curator/Assistant Professor - Botany, Horticulture and Plant Science
College of Agriculture and Related Sciences
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Applications will be accepted until position is filled


General Description
This is a full time, 12 month  1/2 Curator, 1/2 Research position within the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The ability to interact with the public and private industry is expected.


Essential Functions
The following are the functions essential to performing this job:

  1. Curation of the collections housed at the internationally recognized Claude E. Phillips Herbarium. Further development of the Herbarium with new levels of federal, state, and public support.
  2. Develop a vibrant, extramurally funded research program in botany/plant science appropriate to the needs of Delaware and the mid-Atlantic region.


The department has available Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry, a Scanning Electron Microscope and other modern Molecular Biology and Genetic Analysis Equipment to facilitate an active research program.  In addition, a research greenhouse and outside field plots are also available.  This individual is expected to:

  1. Interact with agricultural stakeholders as part of a Land Grant program.
  2. Publish research in scientific journals, public media, and disseminate materials to address the needs of the State and Region.


Qualification Standards

  1. A Ph.D. from an accredited college or university with major study in Botany, Horticulture, Plant Science or a closely related field is preferred. Demonstrated potential for excellence in research and outreach.
  2. Demonstrated potential to write successful grant proposals.
  3. Demonstrated potential to develop collaborations both within and outside of major area of expertise.
  4. A record of publication is preferred.
  5. Museum or herbarium experience preferred.


Performance Standards:
The criteria for evaluation in this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Successful completion of the tasks listed as essential functions.
  2. Research publications.
  3. Ability to work successfully with students, other department members, outside collaborators, and the public, particularly with the implementation of public programs.


In addition to applying at www.desu.edu, applicants are asked to send a single PDF file by email to Mrs. Lisa Hopkins Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Delaware State University at .  This PDF file should contain a cover letter, curriculum vitae with a list of three references with contact information, a statement of teaching interests, and a statement of research interests.

 Note: The University reserves the right to change or reassign job duties as provided in policy and negotiated agreements.

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