Postdoctoral Research Associate: New Guinea TIPAs

Richmond, England, gb
Company: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Category: Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
Published on 2021-08-02 18:10:36

Postdoctoral Research Associate: New Guinea TIPAs

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The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) is a leading plant science institute, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and major visitor attraction. Our mission is to understand and protect plants and fungi for the well-being of people and the future of all life on Earth.

We are working to end the unprecedented extinction crisis and to help create a world where nature is protected, valued by all and managed sustainably. We will achieve these goals by drawing on our leading scientific research, unrivalled collections of plants and fungi, global network of partners, inspirational gardens at Kew and Wakehurst, and our 260 years of history.

Join us on our journey as protectors of the world’s plants and fungi. 

You should possess a doctorate or be near completion of a doctorate in plant sciences, particularly forestry, ecology, or botany, and have good knowledge and experience of setting up and managing field plots and making botanical collections. You should have a good knowledge of tropical plant families. Experience of the Malesia/Indonesian flora, as well as a working knowledge of Indonesian, are highly desirable. 

You will join the Asia Team in the Accelerated Taxonomy Priority based in the Herbarium at Kew. The Asia Team undertakes research throughout South-East Asia, with a floristic focus in eastern Malesia (the region from Wallacea to New Guinea), generating data to understand biodiversity patterns, species threats and environmental change. The group participates in a range of national and international projects working closely with partner institutions across the region. 

The salary will be £32,000 per annum (pro rata).

Our fantastic benefits package includes opportunities for continuous learning, a generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, an Employee Assistance Programme and other wellbeing support such as cycle to work scheme and discounted gym membership. We also offer a competitive pension, an employee discount scheme and free entry into a wide range of national museums and galleries, as well access to our own beautiful gardens at Kew and Wakehurst.

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