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Job title: PhD Student, EcoSeed Project


ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY: Internal / External

HOURS OF WORK: Full Time, 36 hour net

JOB STATUS: 3 year post

SALARY PER ANNUM: £13,590 for 2012-13 (salary for 2013-14 to be confirmed)

DIRECTORATE: Science and Science Information

LOCATION: Wakehurst Place


Kew is the world-leader in plant diversity science, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a major visitor attraction, that shows the importance of plants in all our lives. Kew’s mission is to inspire and deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide, enhancing the quality of life. 

The main function of the post will be to conduct supervised experiments, supporting and contributing to the ‘Seed Futures’ and ‘Stress & Survival’ research themes on the response of seeds to environmental changes. Seed quality is of paramount importance to agriculture, food security and the conservation of wild species, and research will assist the seed trade and conservationists alike.

You will quantify how climate impacts on seed quality traits – vigour, dormancy, germination and lifespan, and keep up-to-date with seed science literature and be aware of new research. You will submit a PhD thesis at the end of the third year and write scientific papers for submission to journals.
You will have a first class honours or upper second degree and three science-related A-levels, or equivalents, and have successfully completed a lab-based project. With good communication skills, you will have a basic awareness of appropriate statistical tests to analyse data and a basic knowledge of experimental design (e.g. controls and replication).

You will be working in the research group of Prof Hugh W. Pritchard (Seed Conservation Department, RBG Kew, Wakehurst Place).

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.

CLOSING DATE: Wednesday 8th May 2013 at 10am


How To Apply

1. Download and read the Job Profile.

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2. Complete an Application Form (including the Equality and Diversity Form).

3. Return your completed Application Form and Equality and Diversity Form to Please be advised that we do not accept applications by post.  If you have a disability or a special need that requires support please contact us on 020 8332 5140.


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