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    Opportunity: Bioinformatician (Completing the Plant Tree of Life Project) @ Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew -- Richmond, UK
    Submitted by William Baker; posted on Thursday, May 05, 2022


    The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is establishing a new benchmark in plant biology by completing the plant tree of life, mining Kew's collections with novel genomic methods and generating DNA data unprecedented in scale and diversity. Over the past six years, we have assembled genomic data for over half of the 13,600 genera of flowering plants, making them publicly available on-line and using them in an extensive scientific research programme. We have recently secured major new funding and are now building a team to finish the job. We're looking for a highly motivated, collaborative expert to play a central role in delivering the bioinformatic requirements of the project.


    The successful candidate will join an established, vibrant, multi-disciplinary team of scientists. In collaboration with existing project informaticians, you will be responsible for analysing and managing project data, as well as developing software to enable the construction of a complete tree of life for plants.


    You will be an excellent bioinformatician or software engineer with appropriate professional experience and a proven background in genomic data manipulation and management, ideally in a research environment. You will have a track record of helping to design and build robust bioinformatics pipelines, with experience of high-performance computing, relevant programming languages (such as Python) and relational databases. Expertise in phylogenomics is desirable but not essential. You will be a proven team player, with the ability and appetite to deliver project outputs, outreach, and to train and support researchers and students as required.


    This role is based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK) with the option of regular home working, subject to operational requirements.


    £32,000 - £37,000 per annum.

    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 as access to our own beautiful gardens at Kew and Wakehurst.


    Complete the online form, applicants must also upload 1) a letter of motivation and 2) a full CV, including details of publications and software.


    24 May 2022

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