Job opportunity

Thu Feb 26 14:54:12 CST 1998

Job opportunity: Automatic Diatom Identification and Classification

A three-year fixed term position is available immediately at the
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh as part of an EC-funded project
(ADIAC) to create a system for identifying diatoms automatically by
computer. The post will have a strong taxonomic component and will
involve using existing database-management and image-analysis
software to build a computerized database of names and digital
images of diatoms which will be used as the essential foundation and
reference for programs developed by a multinational team.

Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent, and relevant expertise,
which could include one or more of the following: plant taxonomy,
especially of algae or diatoms, light microscopy, digital image
capture and manipulation, and familiarity with a wide range of
computing techniques. Ability to meet deadlines and work in a team is

In accordance with UK immigration requirements, priority will be
given to EU nationals. Starting salary will be in the range
GBP15,000-17,000, and will be pensionable. Applicants should send
full cv including the names and addresses of two referees to the
Personnel Department, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH3
5LR, UK. Closing date 20 March 1998. Contact Stephen Droop at this
address for further details, or e-mail: s.droop at

Stephen J.M. Droop
Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh  EH3 5LR, UK

Tel.: +44 131 552 7171; Fax: +44 131 552 0382
s.droop at

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