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Lichen herbarium position at OSU

  • 01 Sep 2017 11:14 AM
    Message # 5059637
    Bruce McCune (Administrator)
    We have just posted the availability of a 2-year position, full or part time, for a research assistant in the herbarium at Oregon State University.  The position and how to apply are posted on the OSU website at:


    Position summary:

    The Department of Botany & Plant Pathology invites applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE) or multiple part-time hires (0.50 FTE or lower), 12-month, fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.

    Improvement of the OSU lichen herbarium (OSC) by revising lichen identifications and supplementing the database. Specific objectives include:
    1. Revise and annotate older 
    OSC microlichen and macrolichen specimens to current taxonomic concepts. Correct identifications and make nomenclature changes, using the primary literature in addition to recent taxonomic compilations.
    2. Conduct spot tests and thin-layer chromatography for lichen identification.
    3. Work with and supervise student worker(s) to database accessioned specimens that are not yet entered. We estimate this to be about 2,500 specimens. 
    4. Search for and fix database errors to improve the accuracy of the entered label information and scientific names.
    5. Communicate interesting findings to scientific audiences through appropriate scholarly outlets.

    The minimum requirements are:

    Master’s degree level in lichen systematics or lichen floristics or equivalent experience.

    Demonstrated ability to identify northern temperate lichens, including the full spectrum of species groups, both microlichens and macrolichens.

    Familiarity with published literature and online resources for lichenology.

    Able to work well with others and interact cordially and effectively with other lichenologists and student workers.

    Excellent oral and written English communication skills.

    Preferred qualifications include:

    Certification by NW Lichenologists.

    Experience with identification of Pacific Northwest lichens across the full spectrum of species groups, including both microlichens and macrolichens.

    Experience with specimen databases.

    Experience with thin-layer chromatography for identification of lichen substances.

    A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.


    Bruce McCune, Professor

    Department of Botany and Plant Pathology

    2082 Cordley Hall

    Oregon State University

    Corvallis, OR 97331-2902 USA


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