Kew Research Fellow - Comparative Fungal Biology

Richmond upon Thames, London (Greater) (GB)
£35,000 per annum
27 Apr 2021
End of advertisement period
27 May 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Kew Research Fellow - Comparative Fungal Biology
£35,000 per annum 
Full time 
Fixed Term (FTA) 4 years  
Kew Gardens, Richmond

We are seeking applications from promising early-career scientists with innovative and viable research ideas for Future Leader Fellowship positions in Plant and Fungal Science. It is both a challenging and exciting time to join Kew, as we launch and implement a ground-breaking new scientific mission and strategy.

To achieve the aims of our scientific mission Kew has an ambitious plan to help stop biodiversity loss and discover sustainable nature-based solutions to some of our biggest global challenges. The Future Leader Fellowship programme is a crucial part of this ambition, building critical capacity to help discover and implement these solutions.

This Fellowship is in Comparative Fungal Biology and will contribute to RBG Kew’s Scientific Priority 1: Ecosystem Stewardship, Priority 2: Biobanking and Unlocking properties, and Priority 3: Accelerated Taxonomy. 

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. 

The Future Leader Fellowship in Plant and Fungal Science aims to provide appointed fellows with an internationally outstanding level of education and professional development, empowering them to establish themselves as independent researchers in their discipline by the end of the Fellowship. There are five Fellowships available each year, each offering a four-year research post based at either Kew Gardens or Wakehurst.

RBG Kew has a strong track record in fungal diversity research and is home to the largest fungarium in the world, which holds over 1.25 million fungal specimens. We are also currently attempting to document our collection by using molecular barcodes and whole genome sequences (WGS) that are used as reference libraries and subsequently integrated in the ongoing reconstruction of the fungal tree of life.

This Fellowship in Comparative Fungal Biology is suitable for applicants with a strong background in fungal systematics, molecular techniques and analytical methods, with potential bioinformatics and comparative genomics knowledge. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to develop their research idea, which could range from baseline diversity studies to phylogenetics/genomics. We are interested in hearing from applicants with research ideas that use a group (or many groups) of fungi as a model system to address broader questions related to determinants of diversity, evolution, community ecology, and global change, with a special emphasis on evolution and ecology of lifestyles and symbiotic interactions.

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.

If you are interested in this position, please visit our website for more information and to apply.

Closing Date: 13/06/2021

Interviews will take place during the weeks commencing 28 June 2021 and 5 July 2021.

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.

Applicants must include a CV and a research plan as attachments of their online application form. The research plan does not have a set format but should not exceed three sides of A4. The research plan should provide an outline of what your plans would be for the four-year Fellowship, which will then be developed into a full research plan in collaboration with your line manager if successful.