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Mycology Digitisation Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond, Surrey

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Kew is the world’s leading botanic gardens, at the forefront of plant and fungal science, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major visitor attraction.

We want a world where plants and fungi are understood, valued and conserved – because our lives depend on them.

We use the power of our science and the rich diversity of our gardens and collections to provide knowledge, inspiration and understanding of why plants and fungi matter to everyone.

This is an exciting opportunity to become a member of the Digital Collections team of the Science Directorate.

The team is responsible for the creation and curation of data and digital images representing Kew’s world class collections of plant and fungal specimens, making data widely accessible to researchers and the general public via on-line portals including Kew’s own online Herbarium and Fungarium Catalogues, JSTOR Global Plants, GBIF and Europeana.

The successful candidate will enable Kew to continue to digitise our collection of fungal specimens, UK basidiomycetes, a large and diverse group comprising plant pathogens (rusts and smuts), puffballs, brackets, stinkhorns and the familiar cultivated mushroom.

An estimated 1.25 million specimens of dried fungi are housed in the Fungarium at Kew and is one of the oldest, largest, and most important mycological reference collections in the world. However, the wealth of information held in the Fungarium collection, including data on the distribution of the fungi and their host relationships, is still held within our collection cupboards and largely unavailable to researchers worldwide.

The successful candidate will be based in the Fungariumdigitising UK basidiomycetes, a large and diverse group comprising plant pathogens (rusts and smuts), puffballs, brackets, stinkhorns and the familiar cultivated mushroom. The British status of all species within the group is currently being assessed (RBGK’s Checklist of the British & Irish Basidiomycota) and we are actively working to secure official protection for some of their “best” sites (SSSI Guidelines Review). The success of these and other more wide-ranging projects depends in large measure on the effective digitisation of our collections data.

The post holder will capture images of collection labels from a minimum of 20,000 specimens and will assist with modifying and developing efficient digitisation workflows. They will also set up and maintain crowd-sourcing projects, where members of the public can get involved with transcribing the specimen labels.

The salary will be £20,845 per annum pro rata, depending on skills and experience.

We offer a fantastic range of benefits including a generous annual leave entitlement for new starters, family friendly policies, a choice of competitive pensions and flexible benefits scheme.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application through the online portal, by visiting the advert on Kew's website (see link below) and clicking “Apply for this job”.

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: 01/10/2017


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