Research Assistant – Darwin Tree of Life Project (Fixed term 2 years)

Posted: 22 Jan 2020
Location: London
Closes: 22 Feb 2020
Reference: defra/20200122164434

We are seeking a flow cytometry research assistant (two years/full time) with experience in estimating plant and fungal genome sizes and ploidy level to join our team of Kew scientists involved in delivering the Darwin Tree of Life project.


This project aims to sequence all eukaryotic species of the British Isles, including our plants and fungi, to secure the future of our biodiverse nation.



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.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application through the online portal, by clicking “Apply for this job”. Your application must include a CV that clearly demonstrates your experience in generating genome size data from a diverse array of plant material.

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.

Please note that applicants must already have the Right to Work in the UK as we will be unable to offer sponsorship for this position.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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