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Postdoctoral Fellow in Whole Plant Physiology

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Plant and Soil Science

School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area: Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Position Description

The Holbrook Plant Physiology Group at Harvard University is seeking an exceptional postdoctoral researcher to work with us on drought responses and stomatal biophysics.

The Holbrook Plant Physiology Group studies the physics and physiology of vascular transport in plants with the goal of understanding how constraints on the movement of water and solutes between soil and leaves influences ecological and evolutionary processes. Major areas of research include questions relating to cavitation, stomatal mechanics, solute transport, cell wall mechanics, and wood anatomy. We combine laboratory, controlled environment, and field measurements and investigate plants of diverse lineages and environments. We believe that diversity, collaboration, and mutual respect are essential to any scientific endeavor.

Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with expertise in leaf gas exchange and xylem physiology, to work on a study of stomatal biomechanics and regulation of leaf gas exchange. We expect the postdoc to be able to work independently and contribute intellectually to broader research themes and directions in the lab. 

The starting date for this one-year, term appointment is January 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment may be extended for up to three years, contingent on demonstrated success and continued availability of funding.  

Situated in the Biological Laboratories, the Holbrook Group actively investigates questions in plant physiology, plant-environment interactions, and plant evolution. We are part of Harvard's Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, which is a vibrant community of cross-disciplinary biological scientists at Harvard University.

Basic Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. degree in plant physiology, or related area;
  • Deep understanding of plant water relations;
  • Hands-on experience with leaf gas exchange and xylem hydraulics;
  • Creativity and independence;
  • Field or greenhouse research experience;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

Special Instructions

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please upload the following materials.

1. Cover letter summarizing your research experience and your interest in the position.

2. Curriculum vitae including full list of publications and awards (if applicable).

3. Up to three representative peer-reviewed publications or pre-prints, ideally including at least one first-authored output.

4. Names and contact information of three references. Please note that references are not required at the time of application; referees will be contacted after an initial screening.

Contact Information

Professor Missy Holbrook

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Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required: 3

Maximum Number of References Allowed: 5

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