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Job title: Lead Developer Biodiversity Informatics - Kew Herbarium Digitisation (KHD) Project

REF: 5042

ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY: Internal/External applicants may apply

HOURS OF WORK: Full Time - 36 hours per week net

JOB STATUS: Fixed Term Appointment - 18 months

SALARY PER ANNUM: £32,429 - £38,334

DIRECTORATE: Corporate Services, IT



Are you an experienced Applications Developer seeking an exciting opportunity to work on a cutting edge project for a world leading scientific and cultural institution? If so, we could have the perfect position for you at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Kew is the world-leader in plant diversity science, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a major visitor attraction, that shows the importance of plants in all our lives.

An opportunity has arisen for a seasoned Lead Developer to join the Kew Herbarium Digitisation (KHD) project team which is part of the Biodiversity Informatics Unit, a multi-disciplinary, highly skilled and knowledgeable team based in the IT Department. 

The successful candidates will be responsible for supporting the pilot phase of the KHD project which aims to:

  • Enable better collections management and ensure asset protection;
  • Significantly increase access to the herbarium specimen collections;
  • Provide a source of data which will facilitate strategic and novel scientific activities; and
  • To provide a platform for revenue generation and economic savings . 

The post holder will be responsible for the specification, development and implementation of software solutions which will enable significantly enhanced efficiency in the process of specimen digitisation.

You will also be expected to develop and maintain an overview of science at Kew, and help deliver projects of great impact to managers, users and stakeholders. If you are a strong technical developer but  new to biodiversity informatics then this role is an excellent first step to becoming expert in a niche field. An enthusiasm for informatics and botanical sciences is a must for this role.

You will have a degree, or equivalent, in IT/Computer Science, or equivalent work-based experience. Experience of IT software / applications development with good knowledge of the support and maintenance of software systems is also required, along with knowledge and experience of using Java and related technologies and data modelling. Most importantly of all, you will also need to have the technical ability, aptitude and desire required to become a key member of the project team and to learn complex science.

Benefits include 30 days holiday per year, a choice of pensions, a flexible benefits scheme as well as a great working environment.

CLOSING DATE: 27 August 2013 at 10am


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2. Complete an Application Form and an Equality and Diversity Form.

3. Return your completed Application Form and Equality and Diversity Form to Please be advised that we do not accept applications by post.  If you have a disability or a special need that requires support please contact us on 020 8332 3135.

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