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Job title: Content Officer: Medicinal Plant Names Services


REF: 1406

ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY: internal - external

HOURS OF WORK: Part Time-18 hours per week

JOB STATUS: Fixed Term Appointment to June 2015

SALARY PER ANNUM: £22,722 pro-rata




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 Content Officer will compile plant names and additional data on medicinal plants from pharmacopoeias and other sources into the MPNS system, in accordance with appropriate international standards. They will gather and enter additional data required by the project in response to user demand, for example common names or images where appropriate.

The post-holder will contribute to the improvement of data quality, including reconciliation of different data sets, identifying and resolving taxonomic conflicts. They will liaise with the project team and assist with other project work as required.

You will have previous experience of working in a herbarium, library or botanic garden setting and be familiar with using taxonomic publications and more applied publications using name data. In addition to experience in compiling plant data, an eye for detail and familiarity with techniques for assuring data consistency and quality, you will have a record of publishing high quality scientific or technical material either in print or digitally ideally relating to plant based medicine.

Ideally you will have a working knowledge of the International Code of Nomenclature for Algae, Fungi and Plants, and be fully familiar with a range of botanical literature, and relevant digital botanical resources. You will have experience of surveying stakeholder information needs and preferably some experience of working with pharmacopoeias.

You must be personable and a proactive communicator, able to establish productive working relationships and working effectively as a member of a diverse team.

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.  Ref: 1406

CLOSING DATE: 12th September 2013 at 5.00pm

INTERVIEW DATE: 23rd September 2013

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