[Taxacom] Digitization Project Coordinator/Researcher Position

Cindy Skema cks28 at cornell.edu
Fri Sep 9 09:59:48 CDT 2016

A full-time, 3-year term position, contingent on funding, based at the
Morris Arboretum of University of Pennsylvania (MOAR), as Project
Coordinator for a multi-institutional, herbarium digitization project is
available. This position is part of the newly-funded Mid-Atlantic
Megalopolis (MAM) Thematic Collections Network of the Advancing
Digitization of Biological Collections program of the National Science
Foundation. The aim of the project is to achieve a greater scientific
understanding of our urban world through the digitization of nearly 1
million herbarium specimens from eleven institutions across the most
densely populated and largest urban corridor in the U.S., which stretches
from New York City to Washington, D.C.

Position will coordinate MAM Project for all 11 participating institutions,
and supervise all specimen digitization to be completed by MOAR for the
project (including MOAR and two remote herbaria). Responsibilities will
include: supervision of MOAR digitization technicians, monitoring/improving
workflows; recruitment & training of local volunteers for crowd-sourced,
web-based transcription/georeferencing efforts; completion/facilitation of
database transfer/conversion of existing databased collections into
Symbiota for all project participants; training, troubleshooting, and
undertaking digitization facilitation for efficient workflow at all 8
institutions doing digitization work; and, critically, conducting
publication-quality research on the evolution & composition of the urban
flora from data derived from the digitization project. Will be required to
attend conferences and liaise with urban biota researchers (e.g., UrBioNet)
to promote the project & the use of its data for research. Will also manage
outreach, volunteer recruitment, integration with the larger digitization
community (e.g., iDigBio), & the online communication and presence (i.e.,
Google Group, social media).

M.S. in Biology, or related fields, and at least 2-3 years of relevant
experience preferred; Ph.D. strongly preferred. Biodiversity collections
experience required; biodiversity collections digitization experience
preferred; specific experience with herbarium specimen
digitization/collections strongly preferred. Research experience utilizing
biodiversity collections specimen data and/or the evolution/composition of
the urban biota required; previous publications relevant to these topics
preferred; and plant research and publications on these topics strongly

Please submit a CV, cover letter, and three letters of recommendation
online at https://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/21379. The search for a
project coordinator will continue until the position is filled. We aim to
fill the position as soon as possible. Contact Cindy Skema at
cskema at upenn.edu with any questions.

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