Job position: Research Editor - Catalogue of Useful Plants of Colombia

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (UK). Closing date: 10 January 2021.

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Hours of work: Full time
Contract: Type Fixed Term (FTA)
Contract end date: 12 months
Salary: £32,000 - £34,933 per annum, depending on skills and experience
Directorate: Science
Location: Kew Gardens, Richmond, UK
Closing Date:  10/01/2021

Kew Gardens in London are currently seeking a Research Editor to lead and coordinate the production of a Catalogue of Useful Plants of Colombia, a significant book being produced as part of the Useful Plants and Fungi of Colombia project funded by the Newton Caldas Fund and managed by the British Council.

This major, funded scientific project aims at documenting and broadly disseminating knowledge on plants and fungi with the ultimate goal of developing pathways to enhance nature’s contribution to people in Colombia while promoting the sustainable use of biodiversity and the protection of the surrounding natural environment. Representing 10% of global biodiversity, Colombia’s plants and fungi can provide critical science-based solutions not just for its national problems, but also to many global challenges. 

The post holder will coordinate, contribute content, edit, and proof-read the Catalogue of Useful Plants of Colombia, acting as the main editorial contact, liaising with contributors, project staff, regional experts and members of Kew Publishing to assist in efficient production and completion of the catalogue.  To do this, they will engage in extensive dialogue with project stakeholders, within and outside of Kew; and develop broad collaborations to open future opportunities for scientific partnerships with botanists in Colombia.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g. botany, taxonomy). They will have experience with scientific and technical document preparation, publishing, and editorial skills. Experience in taxonomy, identification and systematics of plants is essential. Further postdoctoral experience in these or related subjects will be an advantage as will a track record of working with overseas partners, preferably in Latin America.  Knowledge of Colombia, its plant diversity, geography and ecosystems is desirable. The candidate will be a good communicator, seeking to engage with a wide community of researchers. 

The salary will be £32,000 - £34,933 per annum, depending on skills and experience

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 submit your application through the online portal, by clicking “Apply for this job”

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