Kew’s exciting new initiative “Plants for Health” seeks an innovative Data Scientist with the technical skills to mine key data elements from published literature or other sources of information about health by developing algorithms and tools and deploying these across diverse data sources. We seek someone eager to see scientific data deployed to deliver societal impact and with the curiosity and flexibility to learn new techniques as required.
The Data Scientist will search for, prioritise and mine information sources relating to plants, fungi and health products derived from them across diverse health domains. They will devise the means to extract efficiently data for use by Plants for Health. We look to the post-holder to develop and deploy semi-automated mechanisms of data capture, possibly using AI or ML.
The post-holder will need to become familiar with the research and regulatory literature across diverse health domains whilst developing data mining tools to be used by themselves, by other project staff and collaborators. The post-holder will liaise with data managers in our partner institutions to assess the relevance and potential for Plants for Health of tools our partners employ to manage terminological ontologies.
The post-holder will assist the Digital Resources Manager by implementing quality control and data maintenance routines and designing analytical reports. They will also liaise, as required by the Digital Resources Manager, with data managers from partner agencies holding digital resources of value to Plants for Health to ensure effective data exchange and two-way enrichment.
The post-holder will lead the search for and procurement of 3rd party services to digitise health reference publications considered a priority and that would otherwise be unavailable in a digitally.
We seek an individual with demonstrable experience of having undertaken innovative data mining and data manipulation in a scientific or health context. Familiarity with either biodiversity data or health informatics would be an advantage.
The successful candidate will have previously created algorithms and designed protocols and tools for mining and analysing complex scientific data resources, and will have overseen the use of these techniques and tools (by themselves or others) to collate, manipulate and redeploy structured scientific data.
We look for candidates familiar with managing data of complex logical structures, and with a clear understanding of the need for and means to achieve high data quality and integrity and seek evidence of creative problem solving.
We seek candidates with initiative, capable of managing their own workload and willing to speak their mind. It is equally important that the team works flexibly and in harmony towards common goals. Evidence of working successfully in a team setting is important.
Familiarity and an interest in natural product research and the “botanics” industry would be advantageous.
This role is based at Kew, with the option of regular home working, subject to operational requirements.
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.
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.
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.
Closing Date 26/06/2022