Vacancy: Professor Bergianus

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is recruiting a Professor in Plant Systematics with focus on Evolution to the Bergius Botanic Garden, Stockholm University

The professor is Director of the Bergius Botanic Garden and affiliated to Stockholm University, where the main task is to lead a research programme in plant systematics.

The successful candidate should have a strong research profile within the field of Plant Systematics with a focus on Evolution, such as plant phylogeny or evolutionary plant biogeography. Furthermore, the successful candidate should have a strong profile in leadership. Scientific and leadership proficiency are the main assessment criteria for evaluating candidates for the position.

With a history stretching back to the 18th century, the Bergius Botanic Garden is today owned and managed jointly by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Stockholm University.  The Bergius Botanic Garden is a recreational area and a source of botanical knowledge for all its visitors. The garden also supports teaching and research about plant diversity.

Plant systematics at Stockholm University is a part of the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences, and currently the staff (except the professorship) consists of three senior lecturers, a group of postdocs and PhD students, and one permanent lab assistant. Molecular laboratory facilities are available. Plant Systematics at Stockholm University maintains a close collaboration with Plant Systematics and Paleobotany at the Natural History Museum, which is located close to the university campus.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is an independent, nongovernmental organization with a charter that, in its first article, defines its function as promoting the sciences and strengthening their influence in society. The Academy runs the Bergius Foundation. The foundation, founded in 1791, employs about 20 people. The Edvard Anderson Conservatory, opened in 1995 and specializing in plants from Mediterranean-type climates, is run by the foundation.

Applications must be submitted as one pdf-file to and should include a Curriculum Vitae, a description of current research projects, a description of future research plans, a list of publications indicating the 10 most significant.


Deadline for submission is 2014-05-31
Enquiries should be addressed to Professor Barbara Cannon, or Professor Ove Eriksson,


The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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