[Taxacom] Database expert position available at Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment

Eamonn O Tuama eotuama at gbif.org
Tue Nov 13 09:55:35 CST 2007

Database expert (60-80%) for mountain biodiversity datamining

The Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA) is a cross-cutting
research network
of DIVERSITAS, the international programe of biodiversity science. We are
looking for a
database expert who will work with biodiversity informatics/geographic
information systems
in collaboration with the GMBA office in Basel/Switzerland and its
international Steering
Committee. The employment would start in February 2008 for 1.5 to 2 years.
The database expert should have a PhD in ecology, biology, geography, or
informatics and should have a good knowledge and experience with ArcGIS and
platforms (Microsoft Access, Excel, and others).

Terms of Reference of the job:
- Assessment and compilation of available geo-referenced databases on
mountain biodiversity
worldwide (online, electronic, literature). Engaging in the construction of
a GBIF mountain
data portal and provision of a commented catalogue of electronic
georeferenced mountain
biodiversity data bases.
- Feeding available geo-referenced data into GBIF public domain database
and/ or
encouraging mountain biodiversity data holders to do so by promoting the
concept of open
access to biodiversity data within the Mountain Biodiversity Research
- Provision of links to topographic (elevation) and climate data archives
for mountain life
zones (montane, alpine, nival), to open new pathways towards testing
evolutionary and
ecological theory across the world’s mountain ranges. Established
cooperation with Dr. J.
Paulsen, Inst. of Botany, Basel.
- Illustration of the power of using large databases for creative hypothesis
testing, following
the GMBA Kazbegi Research Agenda on mountain biodiversity data mining
(Körner et al.
2007, Mountain Research and Development 27, pp. 276-281, available at
- Publication of a GMBA synthesis report on the state of the art of e-data
mining for mountain

Please send your application until 10. December 2007 to gmba at unibas.ch or on
paper to the
GMBA office, Institute of Botany, University of Basel, Schönbeinstrasse 6,
CH-4056 Basel,
Switzerland. For further information please see www.gmba.unibas.ch or
contact Dr. Eva
Spehn, email: gmba at unibas.ch 

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