[Taxacom] Job opportunities at Kew in Biodiversity Informatics, product management and IT operations

nicky nicolson nicky.nicolson at gmail.com
Thu Aug 1 04:29:50 CDT 2013

Please find below details of several job openings at Kew, based in our
newly created biodiversity informatics team, in the product management team
and in the IT operations team.
Further information, including details on how to apply can be found online

Are you an enthusiastic IT professional seeking an exciting opportunity to
work on cutting edge projects for a world leading scientific and cultural
institution? We could have the perfect position for you at the Royal
Botanic Gardens, Kew. Kew is the pre-eminent botanical sciences institution
with a globally recognised brand.  It is an excellent place to work with
its offices set in one of the most beautiful locations in London (Kew
Gardens) and West Sussex (Wakehurst Place) and offers an extremely generous
benefits package including 30 days annual leave and flexible working

Due to the restructure of the IT Department at Kew, opportunities now exist
to work hands-on at the frontiers of biodiversity science specifically in
applications development, information management, product management and IT
operations to enable Kew to help answer some of the critical questions
essential for better management of the planet's biological resources.


Biodiversity Informatics - Application Development
The last decade has seen a massive development of biodiversity-related
information systems, resulting in a diversity to match biodiversity itself.
This richness of new resources is counterbalanced by the maddening
difficulty in knowing what is where, or of comparing like with like. But
quietly, behind the first waves of exuberance, biologists and computer
scientists are working together spawning a new field, that of biodiversity
informatics (1) – Kew is at the forefront of these advances. The
restructure of the IT Department has led to the formal establishment of a
high profile Biodiversity Informatics team which has already established
itself as a globally recognised leader in the field; with particular
emphasis on nomenclature and taxonomy (plant and fungal names) and
collections management, the team also support and enable all science and
horticulture activities at Kew. The team is tasked with delivering a wide
range of exciting projects and these opportunities offer the chance to
apply IT knowledge and skills in new and innovative ways to further the
field of biodiversity informatics.

Senior Developer - SHS (x2 posts)
Senior Developer & Administrator - Web & WCMS
Lead Developer - KHD project

Product Management
Kew has recently established a Product Management team and is seeking
innovative and enthusiastic candidates for the role of Head of Product
Management as well as Product Managers to discover products which are
‘valuable, usable and feasible’ (2). Kew sees product management as the
intersection between business, technology and user experience and are
seeking great product managers who are experienced in at least one,
passionate about all three, and conversant with practitioners in all. The
successful candidates will have a fantastic opportunity to collaboratively
create a high profile, commercially successful, innovative product
management function for a world leading scientific institution. Botanical
or scientific knowledge is not a pre-requisite but an interest in learning
about Kew and botanical sciences generally would be a distinct advantage.

Product Manager x 2 – post to be advertised shortly

Kew is constantly engaged in the delivery of a wide variety of high
profile, collaborative projects with partners from across the globe. We are
currently recruiting for two such projects, the Science and Horticulture
Systems (SHS) project and the Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS) project.
The SHS project is a Government funded project tasked initially with
developing a plant/fungal names backbone to underpin scientific endeavor at
Kew. The project is using cutting edge open source technologies and is
widely regarded as setting the benchmark for nomenclature and taxonomy in
an active field of biodiversity informatics research.
The MPNS project is a Wellcome funded project which aims to build a suite
of Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS). These services will be targeted
not at botanists, but at professionals that study, regulate, trade in, or
otherwise need to access information about medicinal plants or to
communicate about them. The resulting resource will facilitate access to
information about plants and plant products relevant to pharmacological
research, health regulation, traditional medicine and functional foods,
irrespective of which name is used.

Senior Business Analyst – SHS

IT Operations & Service Management
The IT Operations Team design, implement and support the platforms
necessary to underpin the Organisation’s scientific systems, both
internally and via the Internet. There are also a number of key Back Office
systems that are delivered and supported.
This is an exciting time for the Operations Team as the IT infrastructure
is currently in the process of being upgraded to further meet and extend
the capabilities of all of our systems. With a mixture of open source and
off the shelf products as well as cutting edge hardware systems the variety
of work and exposure to new technologies make for a fascinating and
challenging place to work.

PostgreSQL DBA – SHS

Other Opportunities:
Kew will shortly be recruiting to the following positions –
Senior Developer - BRAHMS8 Project
Developer – Biodiversity Informatics x 3
Platform Support Officer – SHS
Science Systems Support Analyst
Business Systems Support Analyst
Service & IT Procurement Manager
Product Manager x 2

If you have any general queries please do not hesitate to call the
recruitment team on +44-20 8332 3135.

Nicky Nicolson
Head of Nomenclature and Taxonomy (Biodiversity Informatics),
IT Department

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