[Taxacom] Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Diptera BioInformatics

christian thompson cthompson at sel.barc.usda.gov
Wed Aug 9 10:07:32 CDT 2006

Diptera (Insecta) BioInformatics Post-Doctoral Fellowship

A post-doctoral fellowship is available at the Smithsonian Institution, Department of Entomology. The fellowship includes a $40,000 stipend and health insurance. Initial funding is available for one year, subject to possible renewal. For general information on Smithsonian fellowships see (http://www.nmnh.si.edu/rtp/other_opps/).

The Biosystematic Database of World Diptera is the authoritative source for the names of flies. Diptera, an insect order, represents about 10% of the World's biodiversity and is one of the most critically important groups in respect to man. The BDWD provides a framework to index and integrate current and future information and is a resource to ensure that knowledge about flies is easily accessible to all. Today over a quarter million name records are available in a Nomenclator with some 20,000 references (see http://www.diptera.org/biosys.htm ).

Opportunities include facilitating communications and cooperation among various contributors and the editorial team; assisting contributors in information gathering and publishing their contributions; building and maintaining BDWD reference materials and literature files; expanding and maintaining the BDWD web site; providing administrative support for the BDWD and representing BDWD at various national and international meetings. Fellow will be expected to work on their own group of flies as an active contributor. 

Qualifications: PhD in Systematic Entomology, experience in team research, excellent written and oral communications skills, self-starter. Web site development and database management skills as well as strong background in Diptera Systematics and Nomenclature are critical.

Fellowship is located at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History on the Mall in downtown Washington, D. C. The position is available 1 November 2006.

Electronic applications are required and must be sent to: cthompso at sel.barc..usda.gov.  Send a 2 paged research proposal describing how your work and experience will contribute to BDWD project goals; a NSF-style 2 page Biographical Sketch (Resume/CV, see pages 20-21 of  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03041/nsf03_041.pdf) along with the names with addresses (e-mail) of three professional references. Application should be received by 15 September 2006. No telephone calls. 

F. Christian Thompson
Entomology Section
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution NHB-0169
PO Box 37012
Washington, D. C. 20013-7012 USA


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