Biodiversity Scientist - Middle East

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a leading international scientific botanic garden working with partners in more than 35 countries. We have an exciting opportunity for two biodiversity scientists to join our research team on a permanent basis with one post focusing on tropical diversity, the other on Middle Eastern plants.

The Centre for Middle Eastern Plants tackles contemporary environmental challenges including sustainable development, biodiversity conservation, water conservation and climate change.

We work with international and local partners across the Middle East and SW Asia on a diverse set of projects. These include biodiversity surveys, floristics, design of protected areas, restoration programmes, and capacity development, as well as working with landscape designers and architects to design planting schemes for green spaces.  

We are seeking applications from individuals with expertise relevant to Middle Eastern plant diversity and/or expertise in conservation and sustainability issues relevant to the plants of the region.  The remit of this post is deliberately open to attract the best possible candidates from the widest field. We are interested in applicant’s ideas about what they can bring to RBGE’s work in SW Asia.

A full job description and person specification can be downloaded on our website at job description and person specification

Informal enquiries can be directed to Prof Pete Hollingsworth (Director of Science and Deputy Keeper; p.hollingsworth@rbge.org.uk)

Interested candidates should send a CV and covering letter outlining the skills and experience they could bring to the post to recruitment@rbge.org.uk, along with a completed equal opportunities questionnaire by Monday, 17 September 2018.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is committed to providing a fair and equitable working environment and supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce.  We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to these posts.  We have a range of initiatives to promote diversity and inclusivity, including flexible working for staff with, for example, parenting and carer responsibilities, and proactive celebration of diversity among our staff, students and volunteers. RBGE holds an Athena SWAN Research Institute Bronze Award in acknowledgement of our commitment to the advancement of gender equality.