Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Head of Science

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Richmond, London, United Kingdom

Head of Science – Biodiversity Informatics and Spatial Analysis

£61,500 – £73,439 per annum, depending on skills and experience

Full-time, Permanent

Kew Gardens, Richmond

Kew is the world’s leading botanic gardens, at the forefront of plant and fungal science. Our mission is to inspire a world where plants and fungi are understood, valued and conserved – because our lives depend on them. We use the power of our science and the rich diversity of our gardens and collections to provide knowledge, inspiration and understanding of why plants and fungi matter to everyone. Our scientific vison is to document and understand global plant and fungal diversity and its uses, bringing authoritative expertise to bear on the critical challenges facing humanity today.

It is a very exciting time to join Kew Science and in particular, the BISA Department; the successful candidate will be responsible for leading the next phase of innovative outputs and for working with senior research leaders to build expertise in newer research groups such as machine learning and bioinformatics as well as enhancing existing research groups in biodiversity informatics, spatial analysis and data modelling. The post holder will be expected to develop a strong vision for the future of the BISA department and oversee its successful delivery.

The successful candidate will be an inspirational research leader with a wealth of experience and a strong publication record in an area of biodiversity informatics and someone who will be a strong advocate for ‘open’ data.

This is a very challenging but rewarding position which requires the post holder to build strong collaborative relationships not only across science but also with Digital and IT and with our many external collaborators and stakeholders. It requires vision, drive and enthusiasm to unlock the wealth of science data Kew has gathered over the past 260 years in new and innovative ways to the widest possible audience.

It also requires someone willing to work across a broad range of different subject areas including nomenclature, taxonomy, spatial analysis and data science generally. Ideally, you will have a good track record in income generation through fundraising and successful grant writing and, you will have lead and successfully delivered large grants.

In return, for your knowledge and expertise, you will oversee a portfolio of work of global significance and impact and will work with a highly collaborative and supportive leadership team.

Our fantastic benefits package includes opportunities for continuous learning, a generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, an Employee Assistance Programme and other wellbeing support such as cycle to work scheme and discounted gym membership. We also offer a competitive pension, an employee discount scheme and free entry into a wide range of national museums and galleries, as well access to our own beautiful gardens at Kew and Wakehurst.

To apply, please visit our website.

Closing date: 15/12/2019

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.

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