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Job title: Data Services Officer: Medicinal Plant Names Services


REF: 1343

ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY: External & Internal Candidates can apply

HOURS OF WORK: Part Time - 24 hours per week

JOB STATUS: Fixed Term Appointment -24 months

SALARY PER ANNUM: £26,067 - £30,786 (FTE) dependant on skills and experience

DIRECTORATE: IT, Corporate Services

LOCATION: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, South West London


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

Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS) is an innovative project seeking to employ Kew’s rich digital resources to support regulatory authorities and professionals working in health and research and facilitating their provision of safer and more effective healthcare.  MPNS will for the first time establish a global and definitive index to the many names of medicinal plants as they are used throughout the world. This authoritative online MPNS resource will also underpin a suite of information services tailored to the needs of specific segments of our client and stakeholder community.

The current development phase of the project is both building and curating the MPNS Resource and piloting data services for third parties (clients and partners) including validation of the plant names within their own systems and enrichment of their plant name data. 

The Data Services Officer will interact directly with clients and partners, employing their domain knowledge to interpret requests and data sets. They will document the needs, benefits and technical aspects of these services and where possible contribute to expanding both a) the audience with which MPNS engages and b) the specification of our suite of data services so as to better reflect demand. The post holder will be responsible for incorporating agreed subsets of our partner’s data sets into the MPNS resource and, together with the MPNS software developer, assume day to day responsibility for the data management of the MPNS resource and support MPNS Content staff in its curation.

You will have a degree in Information science, in a scientific discipline or equivalent or relevant experience. You will have significant experience of manipulating, analysing and evaluating large digital data sets, ideally with SQL and relational data structures and will be able to evidence your capability of working with Unix/Java applications or at least the ability to adapt to such technologies. You will be able to demonstrate your ability to employ (and/or modify) data manipulation tools in a variety of technologies, including Access and will have gained experience of modelling databases and business processes, particularly those relevant to Medicinal Plants.

You must be personable and a proactive communicator, able to establish productive working relationships, communicate with clarity and confidence and establish influence with project stakeholders including senior managers, external clients and partners (commercial and non commercial), technical specialists, information managers and scientists.

For full details of the job purpose, accountabilities and essential education, skills and experience for this role, please view the job description and person specification document online.
Benefits include 30 days holiday per year, a choice of defined benefit or stakeholder pension, a flexible benefits scheme as well as a great working environment.

CLOSING DATE: 12th August 2013

INTERVIEW DATE: W/C 9th September 2013

How To Apply

1. Download and read the Job Profile.

Job Description, Person Specification and Additional Information (Word)

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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