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Post at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh for a mycologist

Research Scientist: Mycologist

Salary range £25,947-£30,442 with appointment dependent on experience

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is a recognised Centre of Excellence in plant and fungal diversity. Located in a UNESCO World Heritage city famed for its scientific innovation and cultural interest, the RBGE operates across a full range of activities from taxonomic monography to biodiversity genomics to ecosystem function and services.
We are seeking to employ a mycologist at our Edinburgh Garden who is or will become an international scientific leader. The successful applicant’s research will explore fungal diversity (e.g. systematics, ecology, evolutionary biology) to address societal challenges. As examples, these challenges may include but are not restricted to (i) the role of fungal diversity in maintaining ecosystem function and services, (ii) best practice in managing fungal disease threats to native (non-crop) ecosystems, and/or (iii) providing tools to promote human understanding of harmful and useful fungal diversity.
We are particularly interested in applicants who can demonstrate scientific excellence that is of international importance, and is also relevant to conservation policy in Scotland.
Applicants must be educated to PhD level (with PhD already obtained or about to be obtained). 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.
A full job description and person specification can be downloaded from this page.  Ideally we see the postholder working on a full-time basis, but we would consider applications from exceptional candidates looking to work part-time.
Further detailsof RBGE’s science can be obtained from www.rbge.org.uk/science. Informal enquiries or questions with regards to this post can be directed to Dr Chris Ellis, Head of Cryptogamic Plants and Fungi.
Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter, outlining the skills and experience you could bring to the post, as well as a completed equal opportunities form, to recruitment of RBGE by 5pm GMT on Fri. 29th August 2014.
If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date please assume that your application has not been shortlisted on this occasion.
No recruitment agencies please.

c.ellis [at] rbge.org.uk
recruitment [at] rbge.org.uk

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