Research Leader - Plant Health

Research Leader - Plant Health

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

London, United Kingdom


Research Leader – Plant Health
Full time, Fixed Term (FTA)
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.

Are you an ambitious plant or fungal biologist looking for your next exciting challenge?

Do you want to take the next career step in plant health with a vibrant, active and well-resourced research laboratory in a beautiful corner of South West London and build your own research team?

The plant health research group at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, led by Professor Richard Buggs is currently engaged in a variety of research activities concerning plant health, including characterising fungal effectors and identifying resistance genes in host genomes.

For example, we are studying the genomic basis of ash tree resistance to ash dieback and emerald ash borer using phylogenomics and genome wide association studies.

Based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London, you will conduct cutting-edge biological research on any aspect of plant health. We will consider any applicant with an excellent track record, and strong research proposal, in the general area of plant health.

Applicants must propose research has potential for real-world impact on plants of economic or cultural value. We particularly welcome applicants working on plant host genomes, transcriptomes or metabolomes, or applicants working on genomes, transcriptomes or metabolomes of fungal pathogens of plants. A focus on issues in countries on the DAC List of ODA Recipients is desirable but not essential.

As a research leader the successful candidate will be expected to build and lead their own programme of research and undertake collaborative projects with colleagues within plant health and other teams at Kew as well as other institutes nationally and internationally. You will be expected to apply for financial support from external competitive research funding calls. If a successful grant application exceeds the duration of the three year fixed term contract advertised here, a contract extension may be offered in accordance with the terms of the grant.

All applicants must also submit a two-page outline of their proposed research, naming suitable funding bodies that they will apply for grants from, and outlining the future impact of their research, alongside their application form.

Salary will be £36,270 – £43,215 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.

For full details on this role please visit our website link from our website.

Closing date: 18 November 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.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.