[Taxacom] Lichen/Digital Herbarium Collection Manager - Permanent position now open at Arizona State University

Nico Franz nico.franz at asu.edu
Sat Oct 15 21:31:38 CDT 2016

Dear Taxacom members:

   We have a collections manager position available; see below. To apply,
go to: https://cfo.asu.edu/applicant , then click on "External Applicant",
and then "Search openings" for Requisition ID: 27016BR. The application
deadline is November 14, 2016. I am happy to address questions about this
position, off-line.

Best, Nico

Requisition ID:   27016BR
ASU Job Title:   Research Specialist
Job Title:   Herbarium Research Specialist
Campus/Location:   Tempe
Job Family:   Research & Laboratory
Department Name:   Sols Administration & Faculty
Full-Time/Part-Time:   Full-Time
Scope of Search:   Open
Grant Funded Position:   This is not a grant funded position and is not
contingent on future grant funding.
Category:  02
Salary Range:  $33,840 - $48,000 per year; DOE
Close Date:   14-November-2016
Job Description
The School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University (
https://sols.asu.edu/) is seeking a full-time Research Specialist who will
act as Collection Manager of the ASU Lichen Herbarium
<http://tinyurl.com/asu-lichens>*) and Digital Curator of our joint
herbarium data holdings, including the Vascular Plant Herbarium. The
relative weight of each task can vary, within boundaries, and depending on
the candidate's particular research and curation interests and
qualifications. The position is part of a dynamic, collaborative
biodiversity collections and informatics group of faculty, staff, students,
volunteers, and collaborators that recently relocated into a unified,
24,000 sq. ft. Natural History Collections facility. This new and highly
accessible infrastructure is located ca. 2 miles from the main ASU Tempe
Campus, and forms part of ASU's Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center
(see https://biokic.asu.edu/engage).

The ASU Lichen Herbarium - created by Thomas H. Nash III and
colleagues/students - is internationally recognized for its holdings, with
approximately 150,000 specimens representing more than 8,000 species from
around the world, and emphasizing the Greater Sonoran Region. With close to
1,000 species documented, Arizona is a hotspot for lichen diversity.
Physical and digital data curation conditions are exemplary: 120,000
specimens are available on-line (ca. 85% georeferenced) through the
Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria portal (
http://lichenportal.org/). The physically adjacent Vascular Plant Herbarium
holds nearly 300,000 vouchers (~ 70% digitized) from the Southwest and
Latin America. The neighboring ASU Fossil Plant Collection adds ca. 8,000
megafossils, among other research-grade specimens.

ASU is a leading promoter of the Symbiota software platform (
http://symbiota.org/) and other biodiversity data representation and
analysis tools. We therefore seek a candidate with a strong background
and/or willingness to become highly skilled in biodiversity informatics,
database management, and digitization workflows. We also strongly encourage
the candidate to develop an active field- and collections-based research
program at a level commensurate with the position, and possibly including
systematic, biodiversity inventory, and data- or question-driven themes.
The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with curators,
collection managers, students, and researchers affiliated with the Natural
History Collections and the School of Life Sciences. Contributing to our
biodiversity teaching curriculum is possible but not required. A wide rage
of applicant profiles will be considered.

Essential Duties
Comprehensive management of ASU Lichen Collection, including physical and
digital data holdings. Specimen-level curation and coordination of regular
collection/research activities involving organization and conservation,
information quality, growth, exchanges and loans, and other collection
activities. Primary and coordinating responsibility for managing ASU's
digital herbarium holdings, including digitization of primary data, data
quality, images, workflows, and other data curation tasks. Good working
knowledge of the Symbiota platform or willingness to learn, along with
other software/data tools, will be necessary. Active participation in
diverse learning and outreach activities - in person and virtual - that
involve the ASU herbaria; including mentoring of students and contributing

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND two
years related research experience; OR, Six years research experience
appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Any equivalent combination of
experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and
abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications
Evidence of a Master's or Doctoral degree in Botany or Mycology, or a
related field with a focus on systematics or biodiversity documentation
using modern informatics tools.
Evidence of having advanced, research-level expertise in lichens and/or
vascular plant groups.
Two or more years of curatorial experience in research collections,
supervisory and student mentoring.
Evidence of effective verbal and written communication skills.
Experience in contemporary biodiversity data standards and tools,
preferably including software or web development skills.
Experience in collections-centered outreach activities is highly valued.

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