Deputy Director of Science - Big Data Analytics

Royal Botanic Gardens,Kew

Location: Kew Gardens, Richmond

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge and the world’s leading botanic garden. We are a major visitor attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We have two sites, one at Kew Gardens near Richmond in London and one at Wakehurst in Sussex, and over 800 employees and 500 volunteers. We have an extensive international network of individual partners and consortia and our scientific activities span 110 countries worldwide.

Science has always been at the heart of Kew’s purpose. Our collections, our people and our partnerships enable us to make an invaluable and highly relevant contribution to some of the biggest issues facing the global population. Our Science Strategy 2015–2020 provides focus and clarity on Kew’s scientific priorities, while a major re-organisation of our scientific resources has ensured a strong foundation from which to deliver our three strategic priorities. This is an exciting time to join Kew Science.

RBG Kew is now seeking to appoint a Deputy Director of Science (Big Data Analytics) to provide strategic leadership and direction across all relevant areas of research, to realise the full potential of our unique collections and deep scientific expertise.

Reporting to the Director of Science, this newly created post will contribute to the delivery of Kew’s mission by leading the continued development and implementation of Kew’s Science Strategy, particularly as it pertains to the generation, curation and analysis of big data sets. The post-holder will support and deputise for the Director of Science, providing leadership and management across the Science Directorate. In addition, s/he will be expected to build new and innovative research programmes in line with the major challenges outlined in Kew’s Science Strategy and using Kew’s extensive collections.

The successful candidate will have an international reputation in computer or data science (or other relevant area), along with a proven track record of research excellence and funding success. S/he will demonstrate excellent people management including mentoring, motivating and developing staff. The appointee will also bring leadership experience (or potential), including financial and resource management and stakeholder engagement. This post can be based at either site (Kew or Wakehurst) and will involve some work at both.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with the seniority of the role.

For more detailed information, including how to apply, please visit: or contact Daniel Mullen ( or +44 (0)207 340 6263).

For full details on this role please visit our website link from our website.

Closing date: 09:00 GMT on Monday 8 January 2018.

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.

No agencies please.

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