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Job title: Senior Developer - BRAHMS8 Project

REF: 836

ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY: External & Internal

HOURS OF WORK: 36 hours per week net

JOB STATUS: Two year Fixed Term Appointment

SALARY PER ANNUM: £26,067 - £35,505 per annum dependent on skills and experience

DIRECTORATE: Corporate Services

LOCATION: Based at either Wakehurst Place or Kew


Kew is a world-leader in plant diversity science, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a major visitor attraction, which 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.  

BRAHMS is a world class, cutting edge database management system which is currently used by projects in over 50 countries worldwide enabling users to gather, edit, analyse and publish botanical data in innovative and wide-ranging formats. Working in partnership with Oxford University Department of Plant Science and the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre in the Netherlands, your role will be to join the BRAHMS8 Project Team in redeveloping BRAHMS, therefore securing its future use within Kew as well as among its growing global network of users. You will also be required to take responsibility for the planning and delivery of specialist sub-projects associated with this redevelopment and develop and maintaining strong working relationships with key stakeholders.

Educated to degree level, you will need to be an experienced IT software/applications developer with good working knowledge of developing software systems using Microsoft .NET, C#, SQL and related technologies. With sound experience of working within software development frameworks and an interest and understanding of biodiversity informatics, you will be equally able to report progress and innovations to managers, as well as liaise directly with software users. With a natural ability to build effective working relationships, you will be able to co-ordinate with management and stakeholders to maximise productivity and ensure that Kew remains a world leader in biodiversity informatics.

For the first three months, you will be required to spend substantial time with the BRAHMS team at Oxford University before moving full time to either Wakehurst Place or Kew.  For visits to Oxford travel and subsistence costs will be covered.

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

CLOSING DATE: 23 December 2013 at 10am


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