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Job title: Senior Developer - SHS Project (2 posts)

REF: 5078/5079

ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY: Internal & External

HOURS OF WORK: 36 hours per week net

JOB STATUS: 51 weeks casual appointment ( This project runs for a period of 3 years. Subject to funding approval, these roles could be extended for the duration of the project.)

SALARY PER ANNUM: £26,067 - £33,145 dependant on skills and experience

DIRECTORATE: Corporate Services

LOCATION: Based at either Wakehurst Place or Kew


Are you an experienced Application 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 and fungal diversity science, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a major visitor attraction.

An opportunity has arisen for two seasoned developers to join the Science & Horticulture Systems (SHS) project team, a multi-disciplinary, highly skilled and knowledgeable team based in the IT Department. 

The successful candidates will create, maintain and support biodiversity informatics (science) software systems and data as required by the SHS Project. This project runs for a period of 3 years. Subject to funding approval, these roles could be extended for the duration of the project.

You will also be expected to develop and maintain an overview of science at Kew, and work closely with managers, users and stakeholders. If you are a strong technical developer but new to biodiversity informatics then these roles are an excellent first step to becoming expert in this exciting and novel  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: 9 December 2013 at 10am


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

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