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Laboratory Manager

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The Laboratory Manager will deliver RBG Kew’s mission by providing support managing the molecular lab allocated to a major programme to sequence 20,000 fungi and lichen specimens held by RBG Kew’s fungarium and the Natural History Museum (NHM). Over a 4-year period, the project will adopt a mixed approach of whole genome sequencing and barcoding techniques. Containing more than 1.25 million specimens including 50,000 type specimens of worldwide origin, Kew’s fungarium is home to the largest and most complete fungal collection in the world, with many specimens being only available at Kew.

The Laboratory Manager will have overall responsibility for all lab operations related to the project and will directly manage and train the lab team, the post will also be responsible for designing and supervising R&D work and, when needed, contribute with molecular data from fungal collections in order to support the DNA sequencing within the Fungarium Sequencing project. The Laboratory Manager will participate in training programs and contribute to the preparation of scientific outputs.

We are seeking candidates with experience in managing molecular labs and supervising the work of lab teams. Experience in high throughput sequencing, genomics techniques and R&D is essential. Knowledge of UK Health and Safety regulations and SOP preparation, as well as basic bioinformatics and statistics is expected.  Experience working with fungi will be a plus. You will have a degree, or a relevant equivalent qualification, in a science discipline.

The Laboratory Manager position is a 1-year, fixed-term position within the Science Directorate (ending in March 2025). You will be based at Kew and the NHM, with some UK travel required. Please kindly note total hours per week are 36 hours.

Interviews are due to take place during week commencing 1st July.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) is a leading plant science institute, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and major visitor attraction. Our mission is to understand and protect plants and fungi for the well-being of people and the future of all life on Earth.

We are working to end the unprecedented extinction crisis and to help create a world where nature is protected, valued by all and managed sustainably. We will achieve these goals by drawing on our leading scientific research, unrivalled collections of plants and fungi, global network of partners, inspirational gardens at Kew and Wakehurst, and our 260 years of history.

Join us on our journey as protectors of the world’s plants and fungi. 

The salary will be £36,338 - £39,043 per annum (pro rata), 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 as access to our own beautiful gardens at Kew and Wakehurst.

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

No agencies please.

Location: Kew, London, Richmond
Salary: £36,338 to £39,043
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th June 2024
Closes: 30th June 2024
   
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