[Taxacom] Curator of Biodiversity Data, University & Jepson Herbaria, University of California, Berkeley
Andrew S. Doran
andrewdoran at berkeley.edu
Fri Aug 31 13:34:34 CDT 2012
Open till September 14th
The University and Jepson Herbaria, University of California, Berkeley
http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu, is seeking a Curator of Biodiversity Data. We
are looking for someone with a biology background and also experience in
developing and managing bioinformatics programs in a research setting. We
are excited to add someone to our growing online efforts.
Applicants can find the position by following the link below and
searching on the Key word Jepson.
Under the general supervision of the Director, with autonomy in daily
decision-making and prioritization, the Curator of Biodiversity Data
(Sr. Museum Scientist) has primary responsibility for all aspects of
collections data management, and supports all biodiversity informatics
efforts in the herbaria.
Data Collections Management
Troubleshoot, assist collections management staff with use of the
CollectionSpace (C-Space) software, and give feedback to developers of
Configure/clean outside data for local use/import into C-Space
(e.g., spreadsheets/files of specimen data from collectors).
Enter batch annotations for curators.
Enter batch coordinates from georeferencing.
Enter modifications resulting from comments submitted to the
Consortium of California Herbaria (CCH): analyze comments, find
specimens as necessary.
Extract data from C-Space for CCH.
Curate UC/JEPS specimen data (investigate and correct discrepancies,
anomalies, etc. as they become evident).
Answer questions about specimens to which data pertains.
Assist with the preparation of digitization grants.
Web Support and Development
Serve as herbarium webmaster, update web pages (e.g., news, workshops,
people pages, posting/correction of pages made by students/postdocs)
and related project web pages (e.g., Bryolab, Moorea).
Manage web displays (e.g., types pages, image lists), including the C-
Space public display as it develops.
Oversee herbarium hardware and software needs and assist staff with
problems and required upgrades.
Serve as the campus security contact.
Support for biodiversity informatics (e.g., Jepson Flora Project and
the Consortium of California Herbaria)
Maintain, update, and troubleshoot for all current (e.g., Jepson
Interchange, Jepson eFlora) and future informatics projects (e.g.,
moss flora of California, seaweed flora of California).
Incorporate new data and resources as available (web based keys,
verified photographs, abbreviated taxon descriptions).
Respond to internal and external data requests (one-time requests;
construction, maintenance of feeds for collaborators).
Respond to user questions resulting from data display.
Maintain the CCH:
Continue to upload new specimen records.
Notify CCH curators of comments, new coordinate data.
Supervise georeferencing staff.
Work with IT research position, Director, and partner
institutions to further
enhance the CCH.
Bachelor’s degree in a biological discipline with a taxonomic
specialization (i.e., experience with monographs and nomenclature) and
familiarity with natural history collections
A demonstrated fluency in a scripting language such as perl,
Familiarity with the MacOS, and particularly with the BSD-UNIX related
Familiarity with SQL
Experience in constructing and maintaining dynamic web sites.
Advanced degree in a relevant discipline.
Salary & Benefits
$4,066 - $5,305/month
$48,792 - $63,660/annual
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when
Criminal Background Check
This position has been designated as sensitive and may require a
Criminal Background Check. We reserve the right to make employment
contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/
Affirmative Action Employer.
Andrew S. Doran
University & Jepson Herbaria
University of California, Berkeley
1001 Valley Life Sciences Bldg. MC 2465
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