[Taxacom] Biodiversity Informatician, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University (position announcement)

Nico Franz nico.franz at asu.edu
Wed Sep 19 18:26:15 CDT 2012


The School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University invites
applications for a Biodiversity Informatician. This is an academic,
non-tenure track faculty research associate appointment.

Arizona State University is a dynamic, progressive university dedicated to
interdisciplinary collaborations, to rethinking university education, and
to integrating excellence in both research and teaching. The School of Life
Sciences (SOLS) at Arizona State University's Tempe campus is committed to
strengthening its impact in the fields of biodiversity informatics research
and virtual collections management. SOLS maintains organismal collections
totaling more than 1.5 million preserved specimens, and has played an
instrumental role in creating the Southwest Environmental Information
Network (SEINet) which serves more than 2 million records and 100,000
images on-line.

The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with SOLS
curators, collection managers, and affiliated researchers and students to
advise, develop, and implement database-driven web applications aimed at
the electronic dissemination of biological specimen and observation
records. Focal areas include the future development of SEINet and its
underlying software platform Symbiota, amalgamation and synthesis of all
SOLS virtual collections into a unified web portal, participation in novel
biodiversity informatics research projects, and integration with other
initiatives and services in this dynamic field (e.g. CAP-LTER, Complexity
of Life, Global Names, GBIF, iDigBio). The selected candidate will assume
co-leadership in developing successful externally funded informatics
projects, and serve as liaison between ASU collections researchers and
students, network administrators, and other ASU information technology
support staff. Additional responsibilities may include participation in the
creation and implementation of a new teaching curriculum in the field of
biodiversity informatics.

Candidates must have an advanced degree (M.Sc. or higher) in Biology or
Computer Science; minimally three years of experience in biodiversity
informatics research and software development; and a strong familiarity
with biocollections data management (e.g. DarwinCore) and contemporary
nomenclatural and taxonomic practices and standards (e.g. TDWG). Desired
qualifications include participation in recent federally funded research
projects in this field (NSF-ADBC program, iDigBio, GBIF, etc.); extensive
experience with programming languages and database-driven web application
development, and specifically skills in database design and management such
as AJAX, CMS (e.g. Drupal), HTML 5, CSS, SQL, XML, network and server
administration, and scripting languages (Java, JavaScript, Perl, PHP,
Python, Ruby); familiarity with Web 2.0 programming technologies; high
adaptability to meet new challenges; and evidence of strong verbal and
written communication skills, including grantspersonship.

Salary will be negotiable, depending on qualifications. To apply, send a
cover letter, curriculum vitae, and up to three other items of choice that
represent the ability to work as biodiversity informatician to Anna Fields,
attn: Biodiversity Informatician Search Committee, School of Life Sciences,
PO Box 874501, Tempe, AZ 85287-4501, with electronic applications sent as
PDF files to solsfacultysearch3 at asu.edu preferred (mailto:
solsfacultysearch3 at asu.edu). The initial closing date for receipt of
complete applications is October 14, 2012. For additional information,
please feel free to contact Nico Franz (nico.franz at asu.edu) or Les Landrum (
les.landrum at asu.edu). A background check is required for employment at
Arizona State University, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer
committed to excellence through diversity. We especially encourage women
and minorities to apply (see https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/). For additional
information on the School of Life Sciences, please visit http://sols.asu.edu
.

This announcement is also available as a PDF at
http://sols.asu.edu/employment/pdfs/f12_bio_info_research_associate.pdf

Posted by Nico Franz. http://franz.lab.asu.edu/



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