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Head of Science - Biodiversity Informatics and Spatial Analysis

Posted: 12 Nov 2019 Closes: 15 Dec 2019
London £61,500 - £73,439
Permanent & Full-time defra/20191112180756

Kew is seeking an innovative, inspirational Head of Science for the Biodiversity Informatics and Spatial Analysis (BISA) Department to play a pivotal role in enabling Kew Science to continue to deliver its scientific vision. The last five years have seen science at Kew go from strength to strength delivering innovative and globally impactful outputs such as Plants of the World Online portal, the Plant and Fungal Trees of Life project and the State of the World’s Plants report and website.

It is a very exciting time to join Kew Science and in particular, the BISA Department; the successful candidate will be responsible for leading the next phase of innovative outputs and for working with senior research leaders to build expertise in newer research groups such as machine learning and bioinformatics as well as enhancing existing research groups in biodiversity informatics, spatial analysis and data modelling. The post holder will be expected to develop a strong vision for the future of the BISA department and oversee its successful delivery.

The successful candidate will be an inspirational research leader with a wealth of experience and a strong publication record in an area of biodiversity informatics and someone who will be a strong advocate for ‘open’ data.

This is a very challenging but rewarding position which requires the post holder to build strong collaborative relationships not only across science but also with Digital and IT and with our many external collaborators and stakeholders. It requires vision, drive and enthusiasm to unlock the wealth of science data Kew has gathered over the past 260 years in new and innovative ways to the widest possible audience.


It also requires someone willing to work across a broad range of different subject areas including nomenclature, taxonomy, spatial analysis and data science generally. Ideally, you will have a good track record in income generation through fundraising and successful grant writing and, you will have lead and successfully delivered large grants.

In return, for your knowledge and expertise, you will oversee a portfolio of work of global significance and impact and will work with a highly collaborative and supportive leadership team.

The salary will be £61,500 - £73,439 per annum, depending on skills and experience



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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Selection process details

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We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.

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Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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