[Taxacom] OPEN POSITION, University & Jepson Herbaria

Andrew S. Doran andrewdoran at berkeley.edu
Mon Jan 28 15:47:56 CST 2013

The University and Jepson Herbaria, University of California, Berkeley
http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/, is seeking a Curator of Biodiversity Data. 
We have an increasing number of IT-based projects in floristics,
systematics, and ecology, and are looking for an innovative and creative
IT-literate scientist.
We need someone with both a solid biology background as well as
experience in developing and managing bioinformatics programs in a
research setting.  We are excited to add someone to our team of
faculty, staff, and students pursuing excellence in online,
collections-based research, teaching, and service to the public.

Applicants can find the position by following the link below and
Searching on the Key word Jepson.

Application Review Date
The position will close on February 28, 2013

Departmental Overview
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
The software.
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.

Computer Support:
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.

Required Qualifications
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, javascript,
ruby, or python
Familiarity with the MacOS, and particularly with the BSD-UNIX related
shell functions
Familiarity with SQL
Experience in constructing and maintaining dynamic web sites.

Preferred Qualifications
Advanced degree in a relevant discipline.

Salary & Benefits
Annual salary of approximately $63,660 (depending on amount of
experience), with a full benefits package.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the
University visit:

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
Administrative Curator
University & Jepson Herbaria
University of California, Berkeley
1001 Valley Life Sciences Bldg. MC 2465
CA 94720-2465

Office: 510-643-4344
Herbaria: 510-642-2465
URL: http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu

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