Senior Research Leader- Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Senior Research Leader - Plant Systematics and Evolution
Comparative Plant & Fungal Biology Department, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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 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.

The 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.

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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.

Closing Date: 18 Feb, 2018