Collection Manager of Fungi – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Collection Manager of Fungi - Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) is seeking a Collection Manager of Fungi. The fungarium is part of the larger MICH Herbarium, located at the state of the art Research Museums Center (RMC) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The projected start date in Ann Arbor, Michigan is November 2021. Review of applications will begin on July 5, 2021.
The MICH fungarium contains ~280K preserved fungal specimens, which have been largely digitally databased. The fungarium is extraordinarily strong in North American higher fungi, with, among others, the collections of A. H. Smith (agarics, boletes, and gastromycetes). The fungarium has recently developed a cryopreserved collection of living zoosporic true fungi which represents the largest collection of chytrid fungi, including hundreds of strains of the amphibian pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. The collection manager will also be responsible for curating a collection of ~57K lichen specimens.
We seek candidates with a strong commitment to curation of fungal collections, facilitation of specimen-based research, and promotion of knowledge about fungi. The position offers exciting opportunities for mentoring and career development, including limited research within the context of the fungarium’s curatorial priorities.
An advanced degree (master’s or doctoral) in biology, mycology, or related fields with 3 or more years of experience working with fungal research collections is required, as is expertise with mycology. Experience working with both preserved and living fungal collections is required. Expertise in working with chytrid fungi is highly desirable. Experience with database construction, use, and management is strongly preferred.
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