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Bart, Henry L hbartjr at tulane.edu
Wed Dec 8 01:41:43 UTC 2021

Graduate Research Assistant

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.
Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Working knowledge of at least 2 of the following languages (one from each group)
{Java, C, C++, C#}, {Python, PHP, Perl}, {R, Bash, JavaScript}, {ORACLE SQL, MSSQL, PostgreSQL, MySQL}

Required Education and/or Experience
BSc in Biology, Computer Science, Information Sciences, or a related field
Should commit to complete PhD study in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) or Interdisciplinary EEB and Computer Science

Preferred Qualifications
MSc in Biology, Computer Science, Information Sciences or a related field
Working knowledge of Unix based operating systems
Prior experience in one of the following fields; Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Genetic Algorithms, Biodiversity Informatics, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Biomedical Informatics, Ecoinformatics or a related field (publications)
experience in Image Processing projects
experience in Artificial Intelligence/Neural Networks projects
experience in web-database applications
experience in Genetic Algorithms

Other requirement for the position
Admission the Ph.D. program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University
The position is open to international candidates
Should be able to travel internationally
Strong communication and interpersonal skills
The project is in progress, and the position is available as early as January 2022.  However, we are willing to delay the start until Summer or Fall 2022 for a qualified and highly motived student.
For additional information, please contact Henry Bart (hbartjr at tulane.edu<mailto:hbartjr at tulane.edu>) and Yasin Bakiş (ybakis at tulane.edu<mailto:ybakis at tulane.edu>).

Register for an account here: https://sse.tulane.edu/academics/graduate/admissions

Henry L. Bart Jr., Ph.D.
Director, Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute
Curator, Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection
3705 Main Street, Belle Chasse, LA 70037
Voice: 504-394-1711; Fax: 504-394-5045

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University
400 Lindy Boggs Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118
Voice: 504-862-8283; Fax 504-862-8706

Website: http://people.tubri.org/hank/

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