[Taxacom] Job Opportunity for ACIS/iDigBio - Front-end Developer

Alex Thompson godfoder at acis.ufl.edu
Mon Sep 28 16:21:49 CDT 2015


For the Technically / IT Minded among you, iDigBio is hiring a web 
developer / system admin to work on our portal and infrastructure. The 
position closes soon, Wednesday I think, but its possible we may extend 
the application deadline. If you want more information, drop me a line.

- Alex
iDigBio Infrastructure Lead

On 09/16/2015 03:16 PM, Stoner, Dan wrote:
> *Apologies if you are seeing this more than once.  Please share in 
> your tech circles if you are aware of people who might be interested.*
>    http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/493532/it-expert
> The official information is at the above jobs link but I'm including 
> more info below (from my own perspective) to hopefully answer most of 
> the questions people might have about the position.
> Job Opportunity for a "front-end developer" (IT EXPERT) in the 
> Advanced Computing and Information Systems (ACIS) Laboratory at the 
> University of Florida to work on iDigBio, the National Resource for 
> Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections funded by the 
> National Science Foundation.  Integrated Digitized Biocollections 
> (iDigBio) enables data of millions of biological specimens to be used 
> by the research community, government agencies, students, educators, 
> and the general public.
> Within the Univeristy of Florida, ACIS is housed under the Deparment 
> of Electrical & Computer Engineering which is part of the College of 
> Engineering. The ACIS Lab conducts fundamental and applied research on 
> all aspects of systems that integrate computing and information 
> processing. Current ACIS research falls under the broad categories of 
> Cloud Computing, Cyberinfrastructure for e-science and e-health, 
> Autonomic Computing, Computer Architecture, and Peer-to-peer Computing.
> ACIS is responsble for implementing the Cyberinfrastructure components 
> of iDigBio.
> More info:
>    ACIS -   https://www.acis.ufl.edu
>    iDigBio -   https://www.idigbio.org/
> ACIS implements the servers, storage, databases, and software for the 
> National Resource. We have lots of Linux and Python running around on 
> the backend but generally try to choose the best tool for the job 
> (e.g. Elasticsearch happens to run in Java). We dabble in DevOps. I 
> consider us to be an Open Source shop. I get to use Linux on my work 
> computers.
> Due to the size and complexity of our data (currently 170+ million 
> rows in our biggest data table, 600+ individual datasets, 12+ million 
> media objects), we run into challenges that smaller projects might 
> blissfully ignore. This also gives opportunities to experiment with 
> hot new tech in a meaningful way, as demonstrated by the following 
> blog post on Apache Spark written by some members of our team:
> https://www.idigbio.org/content/exploring-unique-values-idigbio-using-apache-spark
> It is my expectation that this position will continue the javascript 
> web development of the iDigBio Specimen Portal but in the future could 
> easily branch out into other areas of "providing software and tools to 
> help biologists and researchers do Science with specimen data", 
> participating in existing related open source projects and scientific 
> communities, or other ACIS projects.
> The iDigBio Specimen Portal consumes the iDigBio API (we believe in 
> dogfooding our API). The architecture includes the following 
> technologies:
>    Node.js (Express, React, Leaflet, ...)
>    PostgreSQL (including the "new" jsonb data type)
>    Elasticsearch ("You Know, for Search")
>    Ceph (S3-compatible API)
> A view of the iDigBio Specimen Portal (showing the results of a search 
> for red algae specimens):
> https://www.idigbio.org/portal/search?rq={"phylum":"rhodophyta"}&view=images
> A view of a particular fly specimen's images:
> https://www.idigbio.org/portal/mediarecords/33680c02-68d0-4f2e-90e8-e73d40c043dc
> Some of the potential upcoming new portal features (what this position 
> might be working on) include adding new kinds of data visualization 
> (beyond mapping) and presentation of media types other than images 
> (audio recordings, 3D models, and other media types).
> We open source as much of our project code as possible. For example, 
> the specimen portal code repository is on github:
>    https://github.com/iDigBio/idb-portal
> Applications *MUST* be submitted through the University of Florida 
> jobs website listed at the beginning of this message.
> It appears that the initial posting duration is rather short (closes 
> 22 Sep 2015).
> Regards,
> Dan Stoner
> iDigBio / ACIS Laboratory
> University of Florida

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