[Taxacom] Job: BOTANIST (Orchid Taxonomy & Ecology)

Gunter Fischer gunter.fischer at sbg.ac.at
Sun Sep 25 00:05:56 CDT 2011

Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden Corporation

Notice of Vacant Post: BOTANIST (Orchid Taxonomy & Ecology)

Applications are invited for a permanent Botanist post at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden in Hong Kong. The remit of the post is to provide expertise in orchid taxonomy for the identification of species in the wild and description of taxa based on herbarium material and other sources. This role is central to the work of the Orchid Conservation Section at KFBG in identifying areas of high conservation value in South China and neighbouring regions, and in targeting threatened taxa for rescue strategies. The successful candidate will help design and undertake surveys to collect field data, herbarium specimens and other biological samples (including silica-dried material for DNA extraction). Effective communication with local partners is essential for this role, and therefore excellent spoken and written Putonghua and English are a must (any additional languages would be a plus). Applicants should have a PhD in orchid taxonomy, as well as a solid understanding of how this relates to improved understanding of vegetation dynamics and ecology for applied conservation. Experience of molecular techniques (DNA extraction, PCR, cloning, sequencing, etc.) would be a distinct advantage. The ability to integrate biological findings into recommendations for conservation is crucial.

Applicants should have a PhD in plant taxonomy or ecology.  Strong communication skills (written and oral) and knowledge of the Asian orchid flora are required. Additional knowledge in herbarium management software, soil science, mycorrhiza, GIS and computer programming are a plus.

Interested parties should send a detailed CV, expected salary, and a short essay 
(describing relevant work experience and reasons for interest in the post) to: 

Dr. Gunter Fischer, 
Head of Flora Conservation Department,
Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden Corporation
Lam Kam Road, Tai Po, N.T., Hong Kong
Email: gfischer at kfbg.org

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