[Taxacom] Position open: Encyclopedia of Life Species Pages Group, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
parrc at si.edu
Thu Dec 18 16:12:38 CST 2008
Coordinator, Species Pages Group,
Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)
The EOL, headquartered at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural
History, is an unprecedented global initiative to develop an online
reference source and database for all known plant, animal and
microorganismal species. It is a collaborative effort headed by a steering
committee of senior officers in academia, museums, libraries and
The Species Pages Group is at the heart of the project. The coordinator will
assist its director in conferring with scientific societies, individual
taxonomists, and other international projects to identify and implement
strategies for preparing species pages and authenticating the information on
them. The coordinator will also work with our Biodiversity Synthesis Center,
Informatics, Education and Outreach, and Scanning and Digitization groups as
they improve technology and foster use of EOL by diverse audiences.
The successful applicant should have a Masters or PhD in a biological
science relevant to biological diversity. The position requires excellent
interpersonal skills and experience speaking at meetings. A good
understanding of biodiversity informatics is required, and the individual
must be fluent in written and spoken English, with working knowledge of
another language a plus. The Species Pages Coordinator will be based at, and
employed by, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in
This is a one-year temporary position, with the distinct possibility of
subsequent extensions. The position is supported by grant funding and is
eligible for the Smithsonian's trust benefit program.
For more information on EOL please go to www.eol.org. Questions about the
EOL and the position can be addressed to Cynthia Sims Parr, Director of the
EOL Species Pages Group, at parrc at si.edu.
You are required to apply online. You will need to create an account and
build a resume on www.usajobs.gov unless you have established these
previously. You will also be asked to respond to assessment questions
Please go to http://www.sihr.si.edu/ and see HOW TO APPLY. This position is
announcement # 09A-MR-294781-TRF-NMNH.
Closing date for this position is January 9, 2009.
The Smithsonian is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and applications are
encouraged from both US and non-US citizens.
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