Apply for the Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship 2024 at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University!

Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship

Jake Grossman, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow, holds a pole pruner to collect material from a maple tree’s canopy with colleague Al Kovaleski

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.

  • The living collections feature extensive biodiversity both in terms of number of species represented as well as genetic diversity within species, featuring multiple individuals of the same species collected from the wild in diverse biogeographic regions. Bringing these diverse individual trees and shrubs together to grow under shared conditions allows comparative studies within the ultimate common garden experiment.
  • The Arboretum has extensive documentation of its living collections of accessioned plants, historical photos over decades, library archives, herbarium specimens, and climate data collected since 1918, offering a unique and important historical perspective.
  • The Arboretum has an urban setting, offering opportunities to explore complex, city ecosystems and their interaction with global change. In addition to woody plants, the Arboretum’s 281 acres are the site of numerous other research studies involving wildlife, biogeochemical cycling, soil functioning, microbiomes, and invasive species.
  • The Arboretum and its Weld Hill Research Facilities are an integral part of a larger ecosystem of research and scholarship conducted at Harvard University as part of its multi-faceted approach to addressing and reversing the effects of the global change crisis.

Submit Application for Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship: Deadline January 11

Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Details:

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.

Global Change Fellows are expected to engage fully in the Arboretum and HUCE communities. While the primary work of fellows is conducting original independent research that utilizes the resources of the Arboretum, fellows are also expected to work collaboratively with the Arboretum staff on institutional efforts for education and outreach, for instance, as an instructor for Arnold Arboretum education programs or writing for Arnoldia, the Arboretum’s quarterly magazine.

Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Eligibility:

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 Global Change Postdoctoral fellowships, but applicants are expected to be fluent in English.

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, HUCE, and broader Harvard communities to refine and develop their project.



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