Scientific Software Engineer
Arizona State University - Tempe, AZ

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The School of Life Sciences (SoLS) at Arizona State University is seeking to recruit a part-time Scientific Software Engineer who will contribute to the growing biodiversity informatics team associated with the SoLS Natural History Collections. Cyberinfrastructure in the biological sciences presents a nearly unbounded landscape for the development of sustainable solutions for disseminating and utilizing biodiversity research data. We seek to strengthen our impact in the fields of biodiversity informatics research and virtual collections management. SoLS maintains nine organismal collections totaling more than 1.5 million preserved specimens (see Our team has played an instrumental role in the creation of the Southwest Environmental Information Network which is sustained by the Symbiota collections networking software ( and serves more than 2 million records and 100,000 images on-line. We seek a highly motivated and innovative individual who will contribute to our rapidly developing and transformative biodiversity informatics program. The successful candidate will work in the further development of Symbiota and related software systems and applications, especially in relation to new collaborative Central and South American biodiversity informatics initiatives.

Specific duties and responsibilities for this position include the following: development of analytical tools in Symbiota to represent spatial and temporal taxon occurrence data services, including data visualization and the capacity for hypothesis testing; development and deployment of web service-based tools to visualize species distribution models; implementation of phylogeographic visualization applications; development of a comparative species engine suited to asses habitat overlap; demonstrations of inter-organismal relationships based on Neotropical data'.

DAYS AND SCHEDULE: Flexible 20 hours per week (including weekends or evenings).

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in Computer Science or related field and three years of relevant experience (i.e., developing software in a commercial or research environment); OR, Bachelors Degree in Computer Science or related field and five years of relevant experience (i.e., developing software in a commercial or research environment); OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

Evidence of a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Information Science, or Biodiversity Informatics (or related). Experience in: biodiversity informatics, with Symbiota software platform; biodiversity informatics support in a laboratory or organization setting; biocollections data and contemporary nomenclatural and taxonomic practices and standards (e.g. TDWG; database-driven web application development and database design and management (e.g., SQL, HTML, XML, network and server administration), and scripting languages (e.g., Ruby and Ruby on Rails); programming languages and web application frameworks; Web 2.0 programming technologies; meeting new challenges. Demonstrated knowledge of GIS technologies, ideally with experience building web applications that make use of GIS APIs. Evidence of effective verbal and written communication skills.

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