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JRS Biodiversity Foundation Hiring a Foundation Program Manager

Wed, 2019-04-03 14:50 -- JRSBiodiversityFndn

The JRS Biodiversity Foundation is hiring a Foundation Program Manager to manage vital elements of the foundation’s administration and grantmaking programs.  The JRS Biodiversity Foundation’s mission is to increase access to and use of information that will lead to biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa. We are the only funder focused on improving access to biodiversity data and on the information technologies (IT) behind conservation decisions. With assets of $45M, we invest about $2.5M per year in eight to ten, multi-year grants.

Perfect Job for a Professional Seeking a Unique Opportunity in Biodiversity Conservation
The Foundation Program Manager is a dual role that combines technical areas of grantmaking, grants management, and evaluation with operational areas of administration, finance, and governance.  This role is a unique chance for a professional to learn about and to contribute to every aspect of a small, high-performing strategic philanthropy. The Program Manager will report to and work in close partnership with, the Executive Director in the foundation’s Seattle office.
Experience and high levels of interest in most or all of these areas of Qualifications will make for a great fit:

  1. Financial management or strategic communications.
  2. Project management in international development, research, or the private sector.
  3. Grantmaking, program evaluation, or operations in strategic philanthropy.
  4. A degree related to environmental science that preferably includes knowledge of data science and biodiversity informatics.
  5. Experience with staffing or managing projects in sub-Saharan Africa.

Minimum Qualifications

  • M.A. or Ph.D. in fields related to JRS’ operations and strategy.
  • 3-5 years of post-university work or education experience.
  • Significantly meet 3 of the 5 experience Qualifications above.
  • Successful applicants will be asked to show proof that they can legally work in the US.

For a complete posting, please see the online version  at JRS.Breezy.HR. We welcome your questions online or submitted to info@jrsbiodiversity.org.  Applications are due no later than May 15, 2019.

Postdoc in biodiversity informatics

Mon, 2019-04-01 11:33 -- bsterner

The Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for a postdoctoral position in biodiversity informatics and data publishing. The position is part of a new Biodiversity Data Science Initiative launched at ASU and led by Beckett Sterner and Nico Franz. The initiative will develop a next-generation solution to overcome the performance limits of taxonomic names as fundamental categories for grouping all forms of data about living things into scientifically meaningful units. Prevalent existing solutions bundle data by names alone, without accounting for changes in their scientific meanings, which causes incorrect data packaging and decision-making. Taxonomic intelligence provides the mapping between names and concepts that is necessary to resolve names accurately into meanings despite changing relationships across time and experts. The initiative will focus on building and promoting an innovative web platform that leverages theoretical advancements and prototype software for taxonomic concept alignment, with the goal to establish a scalable taxonomic intelligence service that will carry value for scientific audiences, science publishers, government agencies, and environmental consulting firms. The platform will accelerate the growth of high-quality, reproducible biological data by driving the adoption of taxonomic intelligence metadata in scientific datasets and journals.

Exploratory e-mail inquiries are strongly encouraged. Interested applicants should send a one-page research statement, clearly indicating their qualifications and motivation to join the project, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for three references to beckett.sterner@asu.edu. The review of applications is now on a rolling basis and will continue until a suitable candidate has been found. The start date is flexible, though with a preference for an immediate start.

 

Registration Now Open for 3rd Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference, Yale Peabody Museum

Mon, 2019-01-28 11:28 -- sellis

The Peabody Museum at Yale University and iDigBio at the Florida Museum, University of Florida, in association with the Natural Sciences Collections Alliance are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the 2019 Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference, this year hosted on the Yale campus, New Haven, CT, 10-12 June. The theme for this year’s event is Methods, Protocols, and Analytical Tools for Specimen-based Research in the Biological Sciences.

Registration is now open! https://www.idigbio.org/content/save-date-methods-protocols-and-analytical-tools-specimen-based-research-biological-sciences#overlay-context=.

The conference planning team is extremely pleased to also collaborate with the Ecological Society of America (ESA) on its popular and successful Sustaining Biological Infrastructure: Strategies for Success course, to be held 12-14 June in conjunction with the conference.

This year’s conference will again offer opportunities to submit abstracts for hosting discussion sessions ranging in length from 30 to 75 minutes, a very popular activity begun last year, as well as abstracts for oral and poster presentations.

New this year will be the opportunity to submit abstracts for half or full-day workshops and symposia to be held on Wednesday the 12th. Although workshops during the previous two conferences were well attended with positive responses, the planning team believes that opening up workshop submission opportunities to a wider range of participants will result in even more relevant topics. Those who want to submit a workshop or symposium abstract will need to register early as workshop/symposia proposals are due by 23 March. Those who want to submit discussion, oral, or poster presentation abstracts must register before the 30 April abstract deadline. You will receive a link to the abstract submission page with your registration confirmation.

Registration is now open and closes 17 May.

To register and learn more: https://www.idigbio.org/content/save-date-methods-protocols-and-analytical-tools-specimen-based-research-biological-sciences#overlay-context=.