US-PA: Philadelphia - Biodiversity Information Manager - 11-16-2006 , 10:58 AM
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia seeks an administrator
for the databases of its specimen collections who can develop
database-driven desktop and web applications. The collections encompass
17 million specimens in areas spanning botany, entomology, herpetology,
ichthyology, malacology, mammalogy, ornithology, paleontology and
general invertebrates. The databases hold more than 1 million records
in several platforms. More information about science at the Academy is
available at http://www.ansp.org/research.
The information manager will be responsible for maintaining the
integrity of the databases, and will work closely with curatorial staff
to develop informatics tools for efficient capture of biodiversity data
and images, quality control, data visualization and analysis, GIS,
web-based data access, and internet collaboration. Duties will include
development of information models, database documentation, information
security, code, user interfaces, quality control, and database life
cycle management. Other duties will include assisting collections and
research staff in developing informatics support sections of grant
proposals. Good communication skills are essential. There is the
possibility of some time for independent research in biodiversity
informatics depending on qualifications.
Degree in biology (with strong computer programming/database skills) or
a degree in computer science (with extensive knowledge of biology).
Experience with web-database programming in a LAMP environmental
(Linux, Apache, MySQL or PostgreSQL, PHP) and with MS Access and Visual
Advanced degree (Master's or Ph.D.); experience with biodiversity
databases; experience with some of the following: Linux/Unix system
administration; Perl or Bash scripting; FileMaker Pro; qmail/ezmlm;
ImageMagick; MapServer; DiGIR/TAPIR.