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12 Early Stage Researcher (ESR) plant conservation positions across Europe

In the context of the EU project NASSTEC, focusing on native seed production and use for grassland restoration, 12 positions across Europe are currently being advertised.

Closing dates for application 07/04/2014 and 16/05/2014 (depending on position, see details below)
 
ESR positions are mobility grants aimed at early stage researchers; eligible candidates must:

  • be in the first 4 years of the academic career;
  • not have resided in the hosting country for more than 12 months in the previous 3 years

As part of their training they will take part in 2 summer schools (Seed collecting in Gijon, Spain and Seed germination & processing in Pavia, Italy), 3 specialist workshops (Molecular Diversity in Dundee, Scotland, IPR, Patenting and funding at Enkhuizen, in the Netherlands, Education and outreach in Trento, Italy) and the final conference on Native seeds for environmental mitigation in Kew, UK. Additional activities include 3 one month secondments to other network partners, 3 network annual meetings, various exchange visits and an education and outreach programme. The ESR will be formally registered to the NASSTEC PhD at the University of Pavia, Italy that will award the PhD qualification upon successful completion of the 3 year NASSTEC training and research programme.

NASSTEC research programme is subdivided into 3 subprogrammes:
A - In situ seed sampling
B - Seed biology characterisation
C - Production and deployment of seed.
 
The positions now open are as follows:
 
At MUSEO, Trento, Italy. 2 positions:
ESR 1A         - A bio-geographical approach to species selection for mitigation projects
ESR 11C       - Certification of seed quality and provenance
Contract type: A full time fixed term appointment from October 2014 to September 2017
Salary € 49,462.40 per annum (gross amount including all taxes and insurance paid by the employer) + family allowance, if due.
 
At the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Seed Conservation Department, Wakehurst Place, Surrey, UK, 2 positions:
ESR 7B          - Life history traits in contrasting environments - intra-species variation in stress tolerance.
ESR 9C         - Propagation and seed multiplication protocols for herbaceous flora.
Contract type: A full time fixed term appointment from October 2014 to September 2017
Salary € 62,361.60 per annum (gross amount including all taxes and insurance paid by the employer) + family allowance, if due.
 
At the University of Pavia, Italy, 2 positions:
ESR 4B         Bio-geographical aspects of seed dormancy.
ESR 6B         Seed longevity in storage.
Contract type: A full time fixed term appointment from October 2014 to September 2017
Salary € 49,462.40 per annum (gross amount including all taxes and insurance paid by the employer) + family allowance, if due.
 
At Scotia Seeds, Brechin, Angus, Scotland, UK, 1 position:
ESR 8C          Improving seed quality in large-scale production.
Contract type: A full time fixed term appointment from October 2014 to September 2017
Salary € 62,361.60 per annum (gross amount including all taxes and insurance paid by the employer) + family allowance, if due.
 
At Semillas Silvestres, Cordoba, Spain, 2 positions:
ESR 2A          Selection of high-quality grasses for the Mediterranean and Continental bio-region.
ESR 5B          Propagation protocols for the restoration of grassland habitat in Europe.
Contract type: A full time fixed term appointment from October 2014 to September 2017
Salary € 45,332.80 per annum (gross amount including all taxes and insurance paid by the employer) + family allowance, if due.
 
At the James Hutton Institute, Dundee, Scotland, UK, 1 position:
ESR 3A         Methods for seed and seedling phenomics.
Contract type: A full time fixed term appointment from October 2014 to September 2017
Salary € 62,361.60 per annum (gross amount including all taxes and insurance paid by the employer) + family allowance, if due.
 
At Syngenta Seeds, Enkhuizen, The Netherlands, 1 position:
ESR 10C       Seed pre-treatments of native species for optimal establishment, for use in in-situ restoration.
Contract type: A full time fixed term appointment from October 2014 to September 2017
Salary € 48,302.40 per annum (gross amount including all taxes and insurance paid by the employer) + family allowance, if due.
 
 
The full job description, person specification, full terms and conditions and instructions on how to apply can be found at www.nasstec.eu
 


 

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