[Taxacom] Postdoctoral research position in biodiversity informatics at Arizona State University

Nico Franz nico.franz at asu.edu
Wed Oct 10 15:44:21 CDT 2018


The Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC) at Arizona State
University (ASU) invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholar
position in biodiversity informatics. The position is part of a new
Biodiversity Data Science Initiative launched at ASU and led by Beckett
Sterner and Nico Franz. The initiative will focus on building an innovative
web platform that leverages theoretical advancements and prototype software
for taxonomic concept alignment (https://doi.org/10.1093/sysbio/syw023),
with the goal to establish a scalable taxonomic intelligence service that
will carry value for scientific audiences, science publishers, government
agencies, and environmental consulting firms. The platform will accelerate
the growth of high-quality, reproducible biological data by driving the
adoption of taxonomic intelligence metadata in scientific datasets and
journals. This postdoctoral research scholar position will focus on
developing a web-based taxonomic intelligence platform and innovating
better solutions for knowledge representation and reasoning at scale.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in biology, computer science, or
related field, and minimally two years for experience in building
production-level software. The successful candidate will also have a strong
record of achievement in biodiversity informatics, linked data/knowledge
engineering and Semantic Web technologies; including, for example,
knowledge representation (e.g., RDF) and machine reasoning (e.g., Answer
Set Programming), data search, management, knowledge graphs, visualization,
and software development, with knowledge of biological systematics being
highly beneficial. Technical proficiency in full-stack programming is
critical (HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Python, SQL, as well as NoSQL). The ability
to select technologies, and rapidly iterate on the implementation of a
high-quality, functional and scalable system is preferred. Mentoring of
students and co-/authorship of peer-reviewed publications, presentations,
and of research proposals, will be strongly encouraged.

We are committed to open science and an inclusive, equitable, and
team-oriented work environment that promotes the candidate's career and
personal advancement. The Biodiversity Data Science Initiative is located
within the School of Life Sciences and Natural History Collections at
Arizona State University. This setting offers a supportive and stimulating
environment, with a diverse collection of faculty with expertise across the
life and computational sciences, as well as access to excellent academic
and computing resources. The Initiative is further supported by faculty
from ASU's School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems
Engineering and external experts in data science for systematic biology. In
addition, the postdoctoral researcher will be able to take advantage of
multiple seminar series and a large community of faculty, postdocs, and
students. Arizona State University offers a rich environment for
early-career researchers and a wide range of support programs for postdocs.

Exploratory e-mail inquiries are strongly encouraged. Interested applicants
should send a one-page research statement, clearly indicating their
qualifications and motivation to join the project, Curriculum Vitae, and
contact information for three references to nico.franz at asu.edu. The review
of applications will begin October 26, 2018; if not filled, applications
will be reviewed every week thereafter until the search is closed. The
start date is flexible, with a preference for January 1, 2019.

Salary is commensurate with experience, with a range of $55,000 to 75,000
annually, plus ASU benefits, for exceptionally well-qualified applicants.
Reasonable relocation funds are available.

Full position ad: https://sols.asu.edu/sites/default/files/job_12575.pdf


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