[Taxacom] 3 positions open at RBG Kew: Plant & Fungal Trees of Life project

Lisa Pokorny Montero lisa.pokorny at gmail.com
Thu Mar 10 04:38:46 CST 2016

Three positions open

The Plant and Fungal Trees of Life project (PAFTOL) Royal Botanic Gardens,

1. Senior Researcher (PAFTOL Sampling & Project Co-ordination) 2. Senior
Researcher (PAFTOL Phylogenomics) 3. Lead Developer-Bioinformatician

Kew is a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge. We are seeking
talented, creative individuals with outstanding track records to help us
build the Plant and Fungal Trees of Life, a major piece of global science
infrastructure that is central to RBG Kew's Science Strategy 2015-2020.
This is a unique opportunity to be part of a team addressing a critical
challenge in the life sciences. Are you up to the task? If so, read on to
find out more.

The project:

There are few grander challenges in science than the tree of life -
uncovering the complete evolutionary history linking all life on Earth. As
part of RBG Kew's Science Strategy 2015-2020, we are initiating a five-year
multimillion-pound project, the Plant and Fungal Trees of Life (or PAFTOL,
for short), to complete the tree of life for all genera of plants and
fungi, drawing on our outstanding collections, our broad collaborative
networks and the latest high-throughput sequencing technologies.

This ambitious project will create a unifying framework for comparative
plant and fungal research and takes us a step closer to building the tree
of life for all known species. We will generate high impact findings
publishable in top science journals, but we want the results to reach
beyond the science community. To achieve this we will build innovative
big-data and visualization tools accessible to a scientist or a school
child. PAFTOL has recently secured generous funding from the Calleva and
Sackler Foundations, and we are now ready to get the work underway. This is
a truly exciting time to join Kew and become an integral part of a
high-profile, cutting edge global endeavour.

The team:

At Kew, you'll be joining a truly multidisciplinary team comprising experts
from across a range of fields including systematics, evolution, genomics,
bioinformatics, spatial analysis, data architecture and software
development. At this time, we are recruiting into three senior positions in
phylogenomics, sampling/co-ordination and software
development/bioinformatics. We expect to hire three further support
positions later this year. You'll work alongside a highly supportive team
of Kew staff who have actively developed the PAFTOL concept.

The roles:

We are currently recruiting into the following three roles.

Senior Researcher (PAFTOL Sampling & Project Co-ordination)

Senior Researcher (PAFTOL Phylogenomics)

Lead Developer-Bioinformatician (PAFTOL)

For further info:



Closing date: 15 March 2016

Interview dates: 21-23 March 2016

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