Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE)
Biodiversity Scientist (two vacancies)
Permanent, full-time based in Edinburgh
Salary range £24,543 to £31,815 with appointment dependent on experience

We have an exciting opportunity to appoint two permanent Biodiversity Scientists.  We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate they have excellent potential as future research leaders and who make a persuasive case that they will develop a research programme that is complementary to, and supportive of, our science.

Specifically, the successful candidate(s) will develop a research programme, undertake research, write papers/publications, prepare funding proposals, and undertake supervision of MSc and PhD students as required. The successful candidate will also make a contribution towards teaching on our MSc course.

Applicants must be educated to PhD level (with PhD already obtained or about to be obtained) in a biodiversity science related discipline. You should be an excellent researcher with a proven track record appropriate for your career stage, and have strong scientific writing ability. You’ll also need to be an effective communicator with the ability to clearly articulate the relevance of your research to both specialist and non-specialist audiences, and good interpersonal skills will be essential to develop and maintain effective relationships with colleagues.

In addition to the above, you should have experience in a specialised area of biodiversity science, be able to place your work programme into the broader context of RBGE’s science and the more general landscape of biodiversity science, and understand key questions and challenges in one or more of the following fields: taxonomy, conservation, ecology, evolution and/or general biodiversity science.

Full details of the post, including a job description and person specification can be downloaded from our website at www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/vacancies. Further details of RBGE’s science can be obtained from www.rbge.org.uk/science. Candidates are encouraged to look at the web-pages of the different science sections and also the RBGE biodiversity strategy in developing their applications (www.rbge.org.uk/assets/files/science/Science_Strategy_summary.pdf). Informal enquiries or questions with regards to these posts should be sent to Nicole McGregor on n.mcgregor@rbge.org.uk.

Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter, outlining the skills and experience they could bring to the post, as well as a completed equal opportunities form to Nicole McGregor in our  HR team at 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR or n.mcgregor@rbge.org.uk by close of business on Friday, 7 September 2012.

If you have not heard from us by the 5 October, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted. No recruitment agencies please.

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