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Job title: Sandwich Course Placements, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, offers ten one year paid sandwich course placements in the Jodrell Laboratory and Herbarium, from August 2014 until August 2015.

This is your opportunity to participate in one of our exciting science projects. We are looking for enthusiastic undergraduates, who are studying applied biology, plant science, or related subjects at university.

These placements are only available as a sandwich before the final year of an undergraduate Bachelor degree.

What placements do we offer?

Project Titles:


  • Madagascan Yams (248)
  • Lichenicolous Fungi (250)
  • Latin American Plants (252)

Jodrell Laboratory:

  • Evolution of plant form: flowers (282)
  • Evolution of plant form: wood (283)
  • Molecular evolution of flowering plants (289)
  • Natural product discovery (290)
  • Natural product discovery (294)
  • Conservation Biotechnology (531)
  • Conservation Genetics (1193)

What is in it for you?

A sandwich placement can help you with your practical and analytical skills, and gives you the opportunity to pursue scientific research with leading plant scientists. You will have attained valuable experience for when you look for work after graduation.

  • Flexible working hours: 36 hours per week excluding meal breaks
  • Annual leave: 30 days and paid time off for public holidays
  • Up to one day’s paid study leave per month
  • Current salary £12,333 per annum
  • Single subsistence payment of £725

RBG Kew is recognised globally as a unique international centre of excellence for the study of plant diversity. We seek to increase knowledge through internationally respected science programmes and have a specific commitment to use our expertise in plant diversity to promote conservation.


  1. Download and read the relevant job description and person specification below.

jdesc Madagascan Yams (248)
jdesc Lichenicolous Fungi (250)
jdesc Latin American Plants (252)
jdesc Evolution of plant form: flowers (282)
jdesc Evolution of plant form: wood (283)
jdesc Molecular evolution of flowering plants (289)
jdesc Natural product discovery (290)
jdesc Natural product discovery (294)
jdesc Conservation Biotechnology (531)
jdesc Conservation Genetics (1193)

Person Specification

  1. Complete an application form and ask your university tutor to complete the reference request page at the end of the application form and send this separately.

Application Form

Return your application form and CV by email to:

Please indicate which posts you wish to apply for, and in order of preference, in Section 2 of the application form, and ensure all files are appropriately named (i.e. firstname surname university cv/ref/appform.doc/docx/pdf).

PLEASE NOTE: Your tutor’s comments are considered very important and must be completed on the reference request form (the third page of the application form) and sent separately by your tutor.

Please email all applications to to arrive no later than 25th October 2013.

The interviews will be held on 4th December 2012 and we will contact shortlisted candidates directly.  Unfortunately due to the volume of the applications we receive, those applicants who have not been selected for interview will not be contacted. Reasonable travel expenses to and from interviews will be paid and claim forms will be given to interviewees.

Please note that the five placements at the Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst Place are dealt with separately by Dr Tim Marks (

Closing Date: 25th October 2013

We will only contact those candidates selected for interview. Therefore if you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date, you should presume that you will not be called for interview. Unfortunately we are unable to provide feedback on your application if you are not selected for an interview.

If you have any general queries please do not hesitate to call the recruitment team on 020 8332 3135.