Job Ref: 8271
Based in Kew Gardens
Kew is the world-leader in plant diversity science, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a major visitor attraction, that shows the importance of plants in all our lives. Kew’s mission is to inspire and deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide, enhancing the quality of life.
This role forms an important part of RBG, Kew’s new Natural Capital and Plant Health Department (NCPH), which is geared to research on plants and fungi that are directly, indirectly or potentially utilisable for economic and societal purposes linked to Kew’s world class collections. NCPH applies a range of plant diversity research techniques to increase knowledge of those plants and fungi. Its research outputs will lead to sustaining and enhancing plant and fungal natural capital, in particular where it underpins provisioning, regulating and supporting ecosystem services.
Areas of interest include rain-fed woody crops, beverages, roots and tubers, legumes, palms and minor cereals. Identification of, and work on, crop wild relatives is also envisaged. The outcomes of your research will include enhanced understanding of key traits for farmers and breeders to generate improved cultigens.
The Plant Resources team will also cover bioenergy sources, medicinal plants and wood and timber research. Significant overarching issues include climate change, maintenance and restoration of essential ecosystem services, food and resource security, supply chain resilience, health and public outreach.
You will need to be qualified to PhD level with at least five years postdoctoral experience, with specialist knowledge in a field of plant diversity science relevant to crop plants sufficient to plan and develop research programmes and methodologies. You will possess a demonstrated ability to motivate, manage and mentor a team of researchers, including research fellows, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students, have a strong track record in raising research funding through grant applications, and show evidence of managing research budgets. An excellent publication record is a further requirement, demonstrating a broad and deep knowledge of the existing literature and research in the field of Agrobiodiversity and related disciplines.
Benefits include 30 days holiday per year, a choice of pensions, a flexible benefits scheme as well as a great working environment.
Application packs are available from our website https://careers.kew.org/internal/vacancy/research-leader-crop-plants-208868.html
Alternatively, please contact the HR Department, RBG Kew, on 020 8332 3135. Please quote Ref 8271.
We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.