Job Opportunities

Job title: Research Support Officer

REF: 3014

ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY: External / Internal

HOURS OF WORK: Full time - 36 hour week

JOB STATUS: Permanent


DIRECTORATE: Seed Conservation and Science Information

LOCATION: Wakehurst Place

JOB DETAILS: 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. Kew’s mission is to inspire and deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide, enhancing the quality of life. 

Working in support of our Research Section/Seed Conservation Department, you will enable opportunities to secure funding can be identified and optimised  through the gathering and collation of information on funding calls and policy initiatives. You will also provide support in the laboratory by carrying out routine preparation and analysis of seeds using both new and existing techniques.

With a degree in either biology or Biochemistry, you will have solid experience of working in a research laboratory and of writing scientific or policy reports to a very high standard. Proven ability in developing operating procedures for equipment and an awareness of science administration and/or policy are also essential. You will be a conscientious worker with a keen eye for detail, a meticulous approach to tasks and with excellent knowledge of data handling, analysis and presentation.

CLOSING DATE: Wednesday 8th May 2013 10am


How To Apply

1. Download and read the Job Profile.

Job Description, Person Specification and Additional Information (Word)

2. Complete an Application Form (including the 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.


We will only contact those candidates selected for interview. Therefore if you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date, you should presume that you will not be called for interview. Unfortunately we are unable to provide feedback on your application if you are not selected for an interview.

If you have any general queries please do not hesitate to call the recruitment team on 020 8332 3135.