Senior Manager of Biodiversity Informatics

The Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute (TUBRI) invites applications for the position of Senior Manager of Biodiversity Informatics to continue the excellence TUBRI has established developing technology for accessing and using biodiversity specimens and data in research and education. TUBRI houses the Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection, the world’s largest collection of preserved, post-larval fish specimens.  TUBRI manages FishNet 2, a global network of fish collection databases providing researchers access to records of over 40 million fish specimens. TUBRI is innovating hardware and software systems for rapid 3D digitization of biodiversity specimens.  TUBRI is a collaborating partner in the HydroClim Project (http://www.hydroclim.org/), which is generating current and future streamflow and water temperature predictions for stream segments in all major watersheds across the United States and Canada (the HydroClim data portal is being developed at TUBRI) and will soon manage FishNet2’s new role as the global node to specimen-vouchered fish records to the Ocean Biogeographic Information System. Please see http://www.tubri.org/informatics/ for a list of additional software and information system tools developed at TUBRI.

The Senior Manager of Biodiversity Informatics is responsible for maintaining TUBRI’s existing biodiversity information infrastructure (e.g., FishNet2), and day-to-day operations of TUBRI’s computing network and server administration (managing databases, backup and storage technology, and general IT support).  Other responsibilities include assisting the TUBRI director with developing and pursuing a vision for innovative uses of biodiversity specimens and information, collaboration building, proposal preparation, providing technology oversight and managing technology staff and data for funded projects.

We are interested in candidates with knowledge of biodiversity specimens (fishes preferred, but other taxonomic groups acceptable) and biodiversity data systems, an outstanding record of achievement in this area, or a very promising research program and trajectory.  The range of skills needed for the position include software and database development, database networking and data integration, familiarity with taxonomic naming conventions, GIS, web development.  Experience with relational database management, SQL, Postgres/PostGIS experience, API development.  Required programming skills include C#, C++, C, JavaScript, Python. Database skills include: MS SQL Server, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, SQLite. Desired skills for projects currently under development include mechanical and electronic design and engineering, hardware design and fabrication, experience with Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software. Desired (but not necessarily required) skills include experience with ontologies and semantics, high performance computing, cloud computing architecture, data flows and pipelines.

Required Education and Experience:  Bachelor’s Degree in computer science or natural science and five years’ biodiversity data systems experience to include relational database management, SQL, Postgres/PostGIS, API development, as well as C#, C++, C, JavaScript, Python programming experience.

Preferred Education and Experience:   M.S. or Ph.D. in computer science or natural sciences.  Experience in planning, development, and implementation of highly technical biodiversity informatics projects.

Application: If you are interested or have questions about the position, please contact Hank Bart (hbartjr@tulane.edu). To apply, please visit Tulane Jobs at: http://bit.ly/2OVIQlK.  Review of applications will begin 20 August 2018; the search will remain open until the position is filled.

The position is based at the Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute (http://www.tubri.org/), located on the grounds of the Tulane University’s Hebert Research Center Campus in Belle Chasse, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.  Belle Chasse is a small town within the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan area, 10 miles from downtown New Orleans and 16 miles from Tulane University’s main campus in uptown New Orleans.

Tulane University embraces principles of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence in its hiring practices and at every level within the university, in order to foster a diverse and inclusive community that respects and embraces people of all racial, ethnic, sexual, socioeconomic, religious, cultural, and educational backgrounds on its campuses.

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