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Head of Education

Research Technician: Lichens

Research Scientist: Complex thalloid liverwort systematist 

Head of Education

Salary range £35-38k, depending on experience (band E)

We have an exciting opening for an experienced individual to lead and develop our education centre of excellence and its wide- ranging international programmes.

Based in Edinburgh, the postholder will be responsible for the overall management of our education team, covering a remit that ranges from short vocational workshops through to our graduate and post-graduate courses, both taught and on-line.

As well as ensuring the quality of our educational offer is maintained, we’ll be looking to the successful candidate for ideas on how to develop new courses and initiatives, particularly with a view to enhancing their financial contribution to the Garden. You’ll also be ensuring our on-line learning platform continues to develop, and will represent the Garden to a variety of other organisations and a number of national bodies.

In addition to experience of teaching and managing in an FE/HE environment, candidates will need to be well grounded in either horticulture or plant sciences, and able to teach across a wide range of subject areas. Line management experience will be an essential component, along with an ability to manage budgets. You’ll need to be able to communicate well both verbally and in writing, and have well-developed influencing skills to make the role a success.

Full details of the post, including a job description and person specification, can be downloaded from this page.

Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter outlining the skills and experience you could bring to the post, plus a completed equal opportunities questionnaire from our website to recruitment@rbge.org.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 5th November.

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.

Research Technician: Lichens 

Temporary 4 month contract (full-time), based in Edinburgh

Salary £21,557 (Band C)

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 research technician at our Edinburgh Garden who has experience in all aspects of lichenology, from field collection and microscopy, to molecular biology techniques suitable for isolating specific lichen bionts. The successful applicant will help to explore fungal dispersal as part of an ongoing project in Scotland, and will specifically be responsible for the development of species-specific primers for a range of study species.  We are particularly interested in applicants who can demonstrate experience and independent working in bioinformatics and lab techniques including extraction, amplification, cloning, and sequencing.

Applicants should demonstrate qualifications and experience commensurate with the technicalities of the post. In addition, you must be an effective communicator with the ability work in a research team, and maintain effective relationships with colleagues.

We would like the successful candidate to start no later than the 1st February 2015.

A full job description and person specification can be downloaded from this page.  Further details of 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 Rebecca Yahr, Lichen Biodiversity Scientist (r.yahr@rbge.org.uk).

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@rbge.org.uk by 12 noon GMT on Monday, 24 November 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.

Research Scientist: Complex thalloid liverwort systematist 

6 month temporary contract (full-time), based in Edinburgh

Salary £25,947 (Band D) 

 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 bryophyte systematist at our Edinburgh Garden, on a 6 month full-time contract.

The successful applicant will join an established team who have been collaborating on an ongoing phylogeny of complex thalloid liverworts project, taking responsibility for completing the molecular matrix, compiling a morphological matrix and conducting all phylogenetic analyses. Manuscripts will be prepared in conjunction with other team members. RBGE has complete genus-level molecular sampling of the complex thalloid liverworts for 11 loci and c. 120 accessions. However, the data have not yet been fully analysed. This project will involve generating a time-calibrated phylogeny for the group, creating a matrix of morphological characters from literature and morphological investigations, and looking for correlations with complex thalloid diversification based on the molecular phylogeny. A limited amount of DNA sequences will need to be generated to complete the existing matrix.

In addition, the successful applicant will complete and analyse a smaller matrix of molecular sequence data and morphological characters for Marchantia, Bucegia and Preissia accessions, to investigate more fully the taxonomic status of the three genera.

We are particularly interested in applicants who can demonstrate scientific excellence that is of international importance. 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. 

Further details of 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 Laura Forrest, Scientific and Technical Services (l.forrest@rbge.org.uk).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@rbge.org.uk by 12 noon GMT on Monday, 24 November 2014. Interviews will be held on Thursday, 27 November 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.

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