[Taxacom] Job advert - GBIF Web Developer

Donald Hobern dhobern at gbif.org
Mon Sep 17 07:25:46 CDT 2007

We have just posted the following job advert on the GBIF web site.


The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Secretariat is 
seeking a motivated individual to join our small team of software 
developers working at our offices in Copenhagen, Denmark.
GBIF is a multilateral initiative designed to facilitate access to and 
sharing of data relating to the world's biodiversity via a global 
network of institutions and organisations. The Secretariat has designed 
and operates a web portal (http://data.gbif.org/) that facilitates 
access to these data.
The Secretariat informatics team is responsible for:

    * Maintenance and continuing development of the web portal in
      response to user needs
    * Developing and supporting multiple tools and standards allowing
      data providers to connect their data to the network
    * General IT development support to optimise the operations of the

The GBIF Secretariat is seeking a software developer to augment this 
team. The individual should:

    * Have significant experience (at least 3 years) developing web
      applications using Java technologies, particularly Tomcat,
      Hibernate, Spring and Velocity
    * Have significant experience (at least 3 years) in the use of XML
      technologies, particularly XML schema, XPath and XSLT
    * Have experience in developing solutions using very large
      databases, particularly using MySQL
    * Be self-motivated and able to contribute constructively to a small
    * Be comfortable working in a fluid, changing environment

Familiarity with the following areas will also be beneficial:

    * The standards and protocols developed by the Taxonomic Databases
      Working Group
    * The development of GIS solutions, particularly based on open standards
    * The development of semantic web applications using RDF and OWL
    * Authentication frameworks, particularly using LDAP
    * Any of the following additional programming languages: PHP,
      Python, Perl
    * The world of biodiversity information, including taxonomy,
      collection management, conservation science, etc.

This is an exciting opportunity to work on a major international project 
using open source tools and standards and to play a part in increasing 
our understanding and management of the natural world.
The post is available for a period of 3-5 years starting in January 2008 
or as soon as possible thereafter.
Salary and benefits are competitive.
Any potential applicant is invited to apply, irrespective of age, sex, 
race, religion, nationality or ethnic background.
Applicants should submit:

   1. A cover letter addressing explicitly how you match the listed
      requirements/qualifications for the position,
   2. A detailed curriculum vitae,
   3. Names and addresses of three referees.

Applications should be submitted in English by e-mail to 
wd_applications at gbif.org <mailto:wd_applications at gbif.org>.
The closing date for applications is midnight on *Sunday 28 October 
2007*. By 3 November 2007 we will notify you on the outcome of the first 
pre-selection (to be invited or not for an interview).
Interviews are expected to take place in Copenhagen in early to mid 
November 2007.
Questions about the position should be directed to Donald Hobern, Deputy 
Director for Informatics, at dhobern at gbif.org <mailto:dhobern at gbif.org>

Donald Hobern (dhobern at gbif.org)
Deputy Director for Informatics
Global Biodiversity Information Facility Secretariat
Universitetsparken 15, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel: +45-35321483 Mobile: +45-28751483 Fax: +45-35321480

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