Jobs Posted on the Whova Community Board of TDWG 2021 - Virtual Annual Conference
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Biodiversity Data Systems Administrator and Programmer
Arizona State University The Arizona State University School of Life Sciences and Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC) are seeking an Assistant Research Professional who will serve as the Biodiversity Data Systems Administrator and Programmer for the iDigBio Phase 3 project. iDigBio, the Integrated Digitized Biocollections, supports the National Science Foundation's Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections and related programs. The iDigBio Phase 3 project will extend from 2021-2026 to facilitate the digitization, use, and impact of biocollections data for more than 1,600 collections.
BioKIC will provide a Symbiota Support Hub serving all Thematic Collections Networks and portals that make use of the Symbiota software platform. The Hub will provide daily Symbiota support to hundreds of collections; implement novel Symbiota tools; promote cross-network collaborations and training; host and manage data networks and their associated images; and offer an entry into digitization and data publication for new iDigBio collections.
Prospective candidates with outside-of-domain backgrounds in systems administration and programming, are nevertheless strongly encouraged to apply. Our team is dynamic and communicative, with domain-specific strengths that match up well with members who have more generalized IT infrastructure management skills. This a full-time, academic-year (9 month), benefits eligible position allowing candidates to make themselves available for additional summer salary through other funded projects. Experience or a strong interest in developing innovative biodiversity informatics software and services, are highly sought but not required.
The Assistant Research Professional can be located in Tempe, Arizona, or work remotely.
Executive Director (initially volunteer)
Fungal Diversity Survey (FunDiS) Community scientists for fungal conservation seeking Executive Director. Fungal Diversity Survey (FunDiS) is looking for an Executive Director, initially volunteer, to manage current programs and grow the organization. FunDiS’s mission is to increase scientific knowledge and public awareness of the critical role of fungi in the health of our ecosystems and to better utilize and protect them in a world of rapid climate change and habitat loss. We do this by equipping community scientists, working with professionals, with the reporting tools to document the diversity and distribution of fungi across North America.
Digital Imaging Specialist
Katja Seltmann - Big-Bee - University of California, Santa Barbara The Digital Imaging Specialist will lead the imaging and digitization of natural history specimens at UC Santa Barabara via 3D and 2D imaging for the Big-Bee project (see our TDWG poster!). They will learn and help develop novel methods in imaging, including crowdsourcing measurements via the Notes From Nature platform.
If you are curious, have questions, or are interested let us meet up during the meeting and chat!
The person will: - implement imaging and processing workflows for 2D & 3D specimen imaging; - evaluate results to determine scientific accuracy; - organize, manage, and preserve digital files, including raw data, metadata, and derivatives; - coordinate undergraduate imaging and research internships; - create training and outreach materials in specimen imaging; - assist in the overall coordination of the Big-Bee network; - and perform other duties as assigned.
Preferred candidates will also demonstrate: - knowledge of basic principles of photography; - knowledge in insect morphology; - knowledge about natural history collection databases, particularly Symbiota, and biodiversity data sharing; - comfort with diverse software tools (Adobe) and online collaboration platforms (Google Documents, Slack, GitHub); - writing and understanding of a scripting language (Python, R); - the ability to meet a high level of production on a daily basis and work in a fast-paced, multi-project and dynamic environment; - the ability to drive project completion on time and in a detailed manner, as well as self-motivation, intelligence, and strong work ethic; - excellent organizational skills, good communication skills including writing and verbal.
Research Postdoctoral Scholar in Bee Phenomics and Functional Traits
Katja Seltmann - Big-Bee - University of California, Santa Barbara The Big-Bee Postdoctoral Scholar is expected to focus on a topic related to the Big-Bee project. Previous experience with bee research, Hymenoptera morphology, quantitative ecology, biodiversity data science, or morphometrics would be very synergistic with our project.
Topics that we are seeking to develop include: - quantitative prediction of bee phenology using large datasets - bee trait assessments from images, including pilosity and coloration - trait analysis and morphometrics from 3D bee images for species discovery or population variation - methods for ML image recognition in bees and 3D reconstruction - ecological assessments of bee ecology and drivers of bee population declines - biodiversity informatics methods for sharing image datasets using open publication platforms (i.e., Zenodo), improved attribution for contributors (via ORCid), or linked data for images and datasets.
Other topics are available and I welcome the candidate’s personal research preferences. The Big-Bee Postdoctoral Scholar will be provided funding for professional meetings, publications and will be encouraged to pursue additional grants for their research. See our TDWG poster for more information about the project. If you are curious, have questions, or are interested let us meet up during the meeting and chat!
Lead Developer, DiSSCo
Naturalis Biodiversity Center The vacancy is for the key role of lead developer of DiSSCo but also open to full-stack or back-end application developers which do not yet have the seniority to be a lead developer. The initial focus of the role will be, but not limited to, developing a Digital Specimen pilot to showcase and test the novel principles of a FAIR Digital Object infrastructure (FAIR DO) for specimens, which should enable linkages between digital specimen and derived or related information such as genomic information or species interactions, and which should enable global community curation and annotation.
Senior dev position
Natural solutions. Looking for python gurus
Russell E. Train Fellowships
World Wildlife Fund Russell E. Train Fellowships support individuals pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in conservation. Each year, WWF supports committed conservationists from target countries to receive financial support for their studies and field research. Applicants can apply to attend any university around the world and must return to their home countries to work in conservation for at least two years after completing their degree. Follow the link to learn about the current call.
Digital Imaging Specialist
Yale Peabody Museum Reporting to the Head of Biodiversity Informatics and Data Science of the Yale Peabody Museum, the Digital Imaging Specialist will assist in the research, development, application, and evaluation of innovative technologies for high-throughput scientific digitization of natural history specimens and cultural heritage artifacts. Principally, this work revolves around the development and validation of a robotic multi-view imaging system and automated pipelines for 3D reconstruction and data extraction from multi-view imagery. A primary outcome will evaluate this methodology within collections that have traditionally posed challenges to mass digitization such as entomology. The successful candidate should be comfortable handling biological specimens and museum objects, working with experimental hardware and software, interfacing with software developers, contributing innovative ideas to build upon research products and adapting to a diverse and evolving technological landscape. How to apply and for more information visit: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/home/HomeWithPreLoad?partnerid=25053&siteid=5248&PageType=JobDetails&jobid=1477089
Naturalis Biodiversity Center In this job you will work on a task in an EC funded project called BiCIKL (Biodiversity Community Integrated Knowledge Library) to build a pan-European PID system for Digital Specimens. This system will be a key component of a digital object infrastructure for specimens, and will need to follow FAIR principles. The project includes partners from European and global research infrastructures such as GBIF, EMBL and CERN with a mission to build linkages between the infrastructures to connect different biodiversity related data classes such as specimen data, genomic data and scholarly publications.
Biodiversity Data Portal Community Support Manager
Arizona State University The Arizona State University (ASU) School of Life Sciences and Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC) are seeking a Web User Experience Specialist for the iDigBio Phase 3 project. iDigBio, the Integrated Digitized Biocollections, is the national resource supporting the National Science Foundation's Infrastructure Capacity for Biological Research (Capacity): Biological Collections and related programs. The iDigBio Phase 3 project will extend from 2021-2026 to advance the digitization, integration, and broadly impacting use of biocollections data for occurrences held in more than 1,600 collections. As part of iDigBio Phase 3, we will provide a Symbiota Support Hub serving all Thematic Collections Networks that use the Symbiota software platform to manage the digitization process and publication of data and images through these portals. The Hub will provide daily Symbiota help desk support to hundreds of collections and their users; implement novel Symbiota tools being developed by different network communities; promote cross-network collaboration and training; host and manage networks and their associated images; and offer an entry into digitization and data publication for new iDigBio collections.
The position requires a strong familiarity with biocollections, biodiversity data science standards (e.g., Darwin Core) and best practices as advocated and implemented by iDigBio; and with web-based biodiversity data publication and aggregation platforms such as Symbiota or similar software applications. Experience in comprehensive technical and social capacitation support and management of biodiversity data portal communities is highly sought. Excellent skills in handling direct user communications, social media, as well as web-based software usability information and tutorials are critical. A wide range of applicant profiles will be considered. Candidates with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Kaitiaki Taonga Collection Manager Natural History - Invertebrates
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa This is an exciting opportunity to join Te Papa as a Kaitiaki Taonga Collection Manager Natural History.
Te Papa's Natural History team develop, care for and research collections of plants and animals, documenting the biodiversity of New Zealand, understanding its evolutionary history, and providing the foundations for its protection. Through exhibitions, publications, public programmes and learning programmes, we strengthen public understanding of te taiao, the natural environment.
Underpinned by the principle of Mana Taonga, this position is part of a team responsible for the well-being of the Museum's natural history collections, so that their long-term preservation, access and use is ensured. The position holder will be responsible for making sure our natural history collections are stored and handled appropriately, managing and mitigating risks, documenting our collections, facilitating physical and digital access, and undertaking projects to improve the standards of collection care.
The position will have a focus on Te Papa's Invertebrate collections and be responsible for the day-to-day decision-making in relation to the effective functioning of this collection area.
You can read the full advert and download the full position description via the link below.
Data Engineer/Data Analyst
Atlas of Living Australia Multiple positions for Python/R data specialists.
Potential positions with Biodiversity Information Office, Western Australia
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions The Biodiversity Information Office in Western Australia will be advertising some ongoing data engineer positions and a software engineer position in the near future.
However, they are also looking to contract suitable individuals while they are building the BIO platform over the coming year. They would consider people who are able to work remotely.
BIO is interested in people who can cover one or more of the following areas:
- Business Analyst skills (in environmental sciences would be great, but not at all essential) - Software Engineering (GIS experience, web dev, interface design experience would be useful; also Python/Django) - Data Engineering (again, environmental sciences would be great, but not at all essential) - Biodiversity data management and/or an understanding of collections management
Salaries between AUD $70k - $100k p.a. depending on the role and prior experience.
If you or someone you know might be interested in joining the BIO team, please feel free to contact BIO for more information.
Remote contractor to enhance cloud-based use of GBIF data
GBIF GBIF Secretariat seeks applications from individuals and institutions to develop usage of GBIF mediated data in a cloud computing environment. As part of the grant “PD (Phylogenetic Diversity) in the Cloud” from the GEO-Microsoft Planetary Computer Programme the awardee will implement phylogenetic diversity analytical protocols on MS Azure using Biodiverse software, GBIF occurrence data and phylogenies from OpenTree of Life.
Full advertisement for a 6-12 month contractor will be released next week. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get a copy of the announcement and for questions.
Quality- and Account-Manager Collection Digitization
Museum für Naturkunde Berlin https://jobs.museumfuernaturkunde.berlin/jobposting/e2361cdb4fdb105424aab8052e3d77539229e6e0
User Experience Developer
Indiana University The User Experiences Developer will assist the department of University Collections and the Indiana University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (IUMAA) in implementing online, database, and museum technology projects. The position will report the University Collections Information Technology Leader. The User Experiences Developer will assist the Information Technology Leader in developing and executing digital infrastructure for a university-wide Content Management System (CMS) and web portal that will support collections metadata, storage, and online discoverability; work on day-to-day software implementation activities between software vendor Collective Access, UITS, and University Collections; write computer code needed to customize Collective Access software according to different collections’ needs; and monitor and problem solve software implementation and web interface issues. The User Experiences Developer will also provide technical support for University Collections and IUMAA building equipment, including operating and troubleshooting interactive gallery audiovisual systems; create user-centered front-end software interfaces for museum-installed gallery technology; and assist University Collections and IUMAA staff in problem solving relevant technological issues. In addition, this position will assist in maintaining and updating University Collections’ and IUMAA’s websites and provide ongoing maintenance and care for collections-related digital infrastructure, including digitization, metadata creation, and online discoverability concerns.
Conservation Data Scientist at WWF
WWF Help WWF revolutionize the way we use data and technology to identify conservation opportunities and measure and monitor the impacts of our conservation efforts. The Conservation Data Scientist will work with the Global Science team and the WWF network to develop new ways to acquire and utilize environmental and socio-economic data including, but not restricted to WWF acquired data, government supplied data, commercially acquired data sets, and remotely sensed and in-situ spatial data. The Conservation Data Scientist will be a data scientist with broad experience in data collection, organization, and synthesis, artificial intelligence (including machine learning), tool development and conservation or environmental workflows. Understanding of conservation issues on global and local scales is essential, as is experience working with multiple organizations to harmonize data and data management approaches. Knowledge of carbon accounting methods, environmental condition measurement, and large-scale socio-economic data will be useful. The key role of the data scientist is to help devise new methods for leveraging the data we have, and to develop methodologies for collecting and managing new data to help measure and achieve our conservation goals.
Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute (TUBRI) The Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute (TUBRI) is a research center of Tulane’s School of Science and Engineering, located on the grounds of the F. Edward Hebert Research Center in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans. TUBRI houses the Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection and specializes in biodiversity discovery (primarily involving fishes) and biodiversity informatics research. Henry L. Bart, Jr., Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology serves as TUBRI Director and Yasin Bakış is Senior Manager of Biodiversity Informatics and Data Engineering for the center. A computer programmer is sought to build cyberinfrastructure for accessing, hosting and sharing images of fish specimens from institutional image repositories and iNaturalist for use by investigators in the newly-funded, NSF Harnessing the Data Revolution Institute project entitled, Imageomics: A New Frontier of Biological Information Powered by Knowledge-Guided Machine Learning. The images will be used in Machine-Learning based, taxonomic identification and morphological trait extraction experiments, aided by a fish anatomy ontology and trees depicting phylogenetic relationships among tested fish species. Start date: February 1st, 2022
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute (TUBRI) The Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute (TUBRI) is a research center of Tulane’s School of Science and Engineering, located on the grounds of the F. Edward Hebert Research Center in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans. TUBRI houses the Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection and specializes in biodiversity discovery (primarily fishes) and biodiversity informatics research. Henry L. Bart, Jr., Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology serves as TUBRI Director and Yasin Bakış is Senior Manager of Biodiversity Informatics and Data Engineering for the center. A postdoctoral research associate is sought to provide biological expertise and insight to the newly funded, NSF Harnessing the Data Revolution Institute project entitled, Imageomics: A New Frontier of Biological Information Powered by Knowledge-Guided Machine Learning. The project involves using Machine-Learning methods to train neural networks to extract phenotypic trait data from images of fish specimens, aided by a fish anatomy ontology and trees depicting phylogenetic relationships among tested fish species. Start Date: January 1st, 2022
Graduate Research Assistant
Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute (TUBRI) The Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute (TUBRI) is a research center of Tulane’s School of Science and Engineering, located on the grounds of the F. Edward Hebert Research Center in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans. TUBRI houses the Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection and specializes in biodiversity discovery (primarily fishes) and biodiversity informatics research. Henry L. Bart, Jr., Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology serves as TUBRI Director and Yasin Bakış is Senior Manager of Biodiversity Informatics and Data Engineering for the center. A Graduate Research Assistant is sought to support the research of the newly funded, NSF Harnessing the Data Revolution Institute project entitled, Imageomics: A New Frontier of Biological Information Powered by Knowledge-Guided Machine Learning. The project involves using Machine-Learning methods to train neural networks to extract phenotypic trait data from images of fish specimens, aided by a fish anatomy ontology and trees depicting phylogenetic relationships among tested fish species. The successful candidate will actively participate in the research of the project under the mentorship of Bart and Bakış.
Lead Developer (bioinformatics)
Royal Botanic Gardens, kew RBG Kew are seeking to recruit a Lead Developer, with expertise in bioinformatics, to lead our contribution to the AGENT project (https://agent-project.eu). Kew maintains the Millennium Seed Bank, the world’s most biodiverse seed bank, and in AGENT we are partnering with about 20 of Europe’s leading crop seed banks to develop an open digital infrastructure for the management of plant genetic resources. AGENT aims to unlock the full potential of the biological material stored in seed banks around the globe by using DNA sequencing technologies in conjunction with FAIR international data standards.