[TDWG] Position at the Acad. Nat. Sciences in Philadelphia: Biodiversity Information Manager

freirefierro freirefierro at acnatsci.org
Thu Oct 12 21:18:46 CEST 2006

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Alina Freire-Fierro
Collection Manager
Herbarium PH, Botany Deptartment
Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
19th and Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel: 1-215-299-1157
freirefierro at ansp.org


Biodiversity Information Manager

(Position Announcement # 938)

Issue Date: October 12, 2006
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

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  

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 Basic.

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.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The position is available  
immediately. The Academy of Natural Sciences offers a competitive  
benefits package.

Send resume, statement of interest, and the names, addresses and  
telephone numbers of three references to:

Maria Eife, Asst. Office Manager
Announcement: Biodiversity Information Manager #938
The Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1195

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