Research Fellow – Tropical Crop Ecology

Research Fellow – Tropical Crop Ecology

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Richmond, United Kingdom

We are currently looking for a research scientist to join a collaborative team from the Biodiversity Informatics & Spatial Analysis and Natural Capital & Plant Health Departments of Kew’s Science Directorate, and collaborators at the University of Leicester, Addis Ababa University and other Ethiopian partner organisations.

Research Fellow – Tropical Crop Ecology

£33,133 per annum

Full time

Fixed Term (FTA) 1 year

Kew Gardens, Richmond

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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.

Our exciting interdisciplinary project seeks to provide the foundation knowledge to help enable the exploitation of the sustainable and diverse Ethiopian starch crop enset as a resilient climate-smart crop providing future ecosystem services to support livelihoods in Ethiopia and other African nations and regions.

Enset currently provides the staple food for 20 million people in Ethiopia. Enset has historically been ascribed as the ‘tree against hunger’ by communities in Ethiopia due to its’ ability to buffer seasonal food deficits, potentially reducing knock-on impacts on the wider environment. To this end, we will integrate field survey and farmer interview data from Ethiopia with species distribution modelling and genomic sequencing. 

You will be responsible for leading the impact delivery of this research. Working closely with our network of Ethiopian partner organisations you will develop innovative ways of integrating spatial and genomic data to improve predictions of enset performance across environmental gradients to build resilience to future climate change, pest and pathogens, whilst enhancing food security. You will lead, conduct, and manage a significant field component in collaboration with the lead Ethiopian partner (Addis Ababa University) under the guidance of the project team. It is envisaged that you will also use Kew’s existing network of in-country collaborators and foundational enset research data to develop further funding proposals.

Educated to doctoral level, you will ideally demonstrate knowledge or proficiency in species distribution modelling or landscape genetics, as well as a relevant programming language such as R or Python and have proven experience in agricultural or biological field research, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa or a similar environment.

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 visit our website for more information and to apply.

Closing Date: 12/05/2019

Interviews are planned for 28th – 30th May

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.