KEW ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS
Authentication Researcher – Natural Product Chemistry
Full time, Permanent
Kew Gardens, Richmond
Kew is the world’s leading botanic gardens, at the forefront of plant and fungal science, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major visitor attraction.
We want 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.
Are you interested in plant and fungal chemistry and ensuring that the products we buy contain the ingredients that we expect?
If so then this could be a unique opportunity for you.
How do we differentiate among extracts from different plants? If you have an interest in developing robust methods to do this then read on to find out more about this unique position.
We are looking for a candidate that has experience in different aspects of natural product chemistry using LC-MS, GC-MS and NMR; experience in working in a laboratory undertaking quality control work with a knowledge of the use of monographs to evaluate quality. Our ideal candidate will also have knowledge about the biological activity of natural products as well as their distribution in different plant families.
The successful candidate will be expected to work independently and to short deadlines. They will have the opportunity to work on a range of plants and fungi and develop new techniques that will increase our ability to monitor the quality of plants entering the trade. You’ll also work with academic and commercial researchers as well as regulators.
The emphasis of the job will be the use of chemical characters for quality control although we are looking for candidates that are interested in linking metabolomic and genomic techniques to evaluate quality.
Based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London, you will conduct cutting-edge research on the chemistry of plants and fungi. We will consider any applicant with an excellent track record, in the general area of plants and/or fungal chemistry.
Salary will be £35,868 – £43,153 per annum, depending on skills and experience. We offer a fantastic range of benefits including a broad range of Learning and Development opportunities, with access to the Civil Service training curriculum, generous annual leave entitlement for new starters, family friendly policies, a choice of competitive pensions and flexible benefits scheme.
For full details on this role please visit our website link https://careers.kew.org/vacancy/authentication-researcher-natural-product-chemistry-369177.html from our website.
Closing date: 18 November 2018
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.