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Darwin Tree of Life Coordinator (Fixed term, 2 years)

Posted: 14 Feb 2020 Closes: 12 Mar 2020
London £32,000 - £37,865
Fixed term & Full time defra/20200214160141

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is seeking a Coordinator for our involvement in the Darwin Tree of Life project to join our Science team. As new approaches to DNA sequencing are increasingly transforming the biological sciences, Kew is involved in this exciting project, which aims to decipher the complete genome of every eukaryotic species in the UK. The post-holder will coordinate Kew’s involvement over several interested teams and our collaboration with our external partners.

Kew’s involvement in the Darwin Tree of Life project encompasses both plants and fungi; and includes sampling and vouchering of specimens; determination of genome sizes, and involvement in the project’s ethical, regulatory and outreach activity. The post holder will coordinate our involvement in the project, managing operations, supporting the senior investigators at Kew, and liaising with external project partners. To do this, they will engage in extensive dialogue with project stakeholders, within and outside of Kew; and develop broad collaborations to open future opportunities for scientific partnerships.


The successful candidate will have a degree (ideally, a Ph.D.) in a relevent field (e.g. bioinformatics, genomics, botany, mycology, biodiversity science), and will be excited about the potential of genomics to transform scientific research. They will have at least one year’s experience of working in a research environment. They will be good communicators, happy to engage with a wide community of researchers, and with a proven ability to implement and deliver projects and to contribute to the scientific literature. Experience of fieldwork, molecular biology, or computational analysis would be an advantage.



Our fantastic benefits package includes opportunities for continuous learning, a generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, an Employee Assistance Programme and other wellbeing support such as cycle to work scheme and discounted gym membership. We also offer a competitive pension, an employee discount scheme and free entry into a wide range of national museums and galleries, as well access to our own beautiful gardens at Kew and Wakehurst.

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