Senior Research Leader - Plant Systematics and Evolution


Permanent, Full-time
Location: Kew Gardens, Richmond

Kew is the world's leading botanic gardens, at the forefront of plant and fungal science, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major visitor attraction.

We want a world where plants and fungi are understood, valued and conserved - because our lives depend on them.

We use the power of our science and the rich diversity of our gardens and collections to provide knowledge, inspiration and understanding of why plants and fungi matter to everyone.

We are seeking an excellent scientist to lead plant systematic research in Kew's Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology department, one of six departments in the Science Directorate. Building on Kew's outstanding collections and scientific strengths, you will lead the Integrated Monography group, a team of world-class plant systematic experts, and establish your own research programme focused on a specific plant group of significance to ecosystems and human well-being.

Your research will be global and collaborative in outlook, combining research on taxonomy and fundamental diversity with critical studies in phylogenetic, evolutionary and environmental biology, leading to diverse research outputs of the highest standard consistent with Kew's ambitious strategic objectives.

To be successful in this role, you'll be an outstanding and inspiring scientist with a relevant PhD and extensive post-qualification experience in plant systematics and evolution research. You will have an established reputation in the international science community and substantial experience of integrating taxonomy and fundamental diversity research with phylogenetic, evolutionary and environmental biology.

You'll also have significant specialist knowledge in an appropriate plant group that will underpin your research programme at Kew, and a track record in excellent science publications and grantsmanship, together with skills in managing budgets and project leadership.

We're looking for someone who is a proven leader and mentor of researchers, and has a strong track record in the supervision of students. Experience of teaching and outreach is highly desirable. We want you to have a clear strategic outlook and be quick to engage with the broader strategic landscape of Kew Science and the institution as a whole.

Salary will be 47,353 - 57,285 per annum, depending on skills and experience. We offer a fantastic range of benefits including a broad range of Learning and Development opportunities, with access to the Civil Service training curriculum, generous annual leave entitlement for new starters, family friendly policies, a choice of competitive pensions and flexible benefits scheme.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application through the online portal, by clicking "Apply Now". Your application must include 1) a letter of motivation and 2) a full CV with complete listing of grants and publications.

Closing date: 18 February 2018.

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.

No agencies please

posted: 18 January 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.