The University of the West Indies
ST. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies



Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate must possess a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in either Neo-Tropical Plant Systematics and Taxonomy, or Plant Ecology and Conservation.

Candidates should also possess:

  • First-hand knowledge of the flora of the insular and continental Caribbean/Latin America and experience in collaborating and undertaking research in recognized herbaria
  • Experience in managing and developing herbarium collections in response to research, teaching and outreach needs; including that of local, regional and international users
  • A strong publication record in Systematic Botany, Plant Phylogenetics, Phylogeography, Plant Ecology and Conservation or preparation of plant identification tools
  • A track record in teaching Plant Taxonomy/Systematics or Plant Biodiversity and Conservation

Experience in postgraduate supervision; evidence of successfully bidding for competitive research funding; the ability to apply molecular techniques to systematic botany, phylogenetics, phylogeography, ecology or conservation; and Certification in University level teaching will be assets.

Special Responsibilities

  • Developing policies and practices for the management (curation and provision of services) of the herbarium collection of NHTT and ensuring compliance with best practice and international conventions
  • Supervising and managing of herbarium staff to efficiently deliver the NHTT services of plant identification, dissemination of botanical information and other extension services
  • Developing, leading and maintaining a research programme in Plant Systematics and Taxonomy, Phylogenetics, Plant Phylogeography and publishing research results in high quality journals
  • Engaging in and promoting strategic links between the NHTT and external agencies, and representing the NHTT at international and regional meetings
  • Collaborating with other researchers across the wider University to attract external research funding and co-supervising undergraduate and post-graduate research students

Personal Attributes

The Department places high priority on individuals of integrity who can work well in a team and student friendly environment. Candidates should also possess good communication and interpersonal skills. A good command of both oral and written English is essential. Candidates must also:

  • Be eager to engage with a range of stakeholders
  • Have technical and research competencies that complement existing research groups across the wider University
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to field-based research and training
  • Have knowledge of the Caribbean and South American flora
  • Have evidence of outreach activities and enhanced communication and engagement with a range of stakeholders
  • Have a demonstrated ability to manage and supervise a small team of people
  • Have research competencies and interests that complement existing research groups within the Department of Life Sciences

For further information please view this document.

Detailed application and full curriculum vitae should be sent to the Campus Registrar, c/o HR Division (Appointments Section), Main Administration Building, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. via e-mail: Three (3) referees (one of whom should be from your present organization) must be indicated. Application forms may be obtained at in the Faculty & Staff, Staff Vacancies section. Further particulars including remuneration package may also be obtained at the above address. In order to expedite the appointment procedures, applicants are advised to ask their referees to send their references under CONFIDENTIAL cover DIRECTLY to the Campus Registrar at the above address without waiting to be contacted by the University. Applications received after the deadline date will not be considered.

Deadline for application: 2019 October 20

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