Senior Biodiversity Informatician

Senior Biodiversity Informatician

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

London, United Kingdom


Senior Biodiversity Informatician

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 working with modern cloud-based technologies to develop new scientific software? The applications you develop will work towards making Kew the world authoritative source for plant and fungal information. You will be developing user-friendly data-driven web interfaces and APIs.

This is a challenging but rewarding role and we are seeking a motivated and knowledgeable individual ready to help build resources with global reach and impact. You will be an enthusiastic team player with a degree in IT or Computer Science or equivalent experience. You will also have some experience of developing software according to stakeholder needs.

This position offers the opportunity to support science and deliver a step change in plant and fungal knowledge. You’ll have an agile mind and a positive approach to problem-solving, with an enthusiasm for science.

Much of the development work will be centred on Plants of the World Online (POWO) and associated systems. By 2020, POWO will become a single point of access for authoritative plant species information and aims to become a resource that has global coverage which can empower and inform citizens, policy makers, and conservationists about the importance of plants to life. POWO is being developed using a modern cloud-based infrastructure.

You will join a dedicated software development team using agile methodologies, which is part of a wider multidisciplinary team comprising experts from across a range of fields including computer science, evolution, genomics, bioinformatics, spatial analysis, data architecture and web development.

Salary will be £30,981 – £33,000 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 from our website.

Closing date: 5 February 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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