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AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership training grant:
‘The Duchess of Botany: Mary Somerset, Jacob Bobart, and the Formation of the Oxford Botanic Garden’

Together with Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), we are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded doctoral grant from January 2021. 

This studentship is fully funded for 45 months (3.75 years) with the potential to be extended for another 3 months (or part-time equivalent). It directly complements attention to OBGA’s heritage in preparation for celebrating the Botanic Garden’s 400th anniversary in 2021 by exploring key aspects of its early history. 

Research will examine the material and intellectual networks that supported the development of its plant collections and institutional structures during the later seventeenth century, with a particular focus on two intriguing figures: the elite female botanical collector, Mary Somerset, Duchess of Beaufort; and the Botanic Garden’s second superintendent, Jacob Bobart the younger.

Please note that an earlier recruitment process for this studentship (in February / March 2020) did not conclude due to the coronavirus pandemic and consequent UK lockdown. Previous applicants are eligible to re-apply without fear or favour.

A full description of the project objectives and application process is available here

 


Arborist

Grade 4: £22,417 - £25,941

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum seeks an enthusiastic and experienced Arborist to join our team on a full-time basis. Based at the Harcourt Arboretum in Nuneham Courtenay, you will work to a consistently high standard of quality and safety to help us continue to develop the Arboretum into a world-class university arboricultural collection.

You will be involved in maintaining, developing and improving the collection within the Arboretum. You should hold a minimum of NPTC CS30, CS31, CS38 and CS39, a recognised level 3 arboricultural qualification, or equivalent experience in a public arboretum or botanic garden, together with excellent team working skills. It is expected that you are able to demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of woody plants.

The post offers a unique opportunity to join an enthusiastic team in a busy and vibrant department.

You will be required to upload a supporting statement describing how your past experience fits with the advertised position, a CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 18 September 2020.