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Taxonomic/Biodiversity positions at Reading, UK

Susan Therese Meiers ST-Meiers at wiu.edu
Mon Jun 24 03:36:33 EST 2002

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Title: Taxonomic/Biodiversity positions at Reading, UK

We are urgently seeking job applicants for seven postdoctoral positions in 
the Reading/Cardiff/Southampton 'triangle'.  These include three positions 
at the Centre for Plant Diversity & Systematics at the University of 
Reading, to work on the BiodiversityWorld, Species 2000 and ENBI 
The remaining positions are for computer scientists and programmers 
interested to work on biodiversity information systems. The advertisement 
appeared in Nature on 30 May. In addition, a further position for a plant 
taxonomist working for the Euro+Med PlantBase project has become 
since that advertisement, and will be circulated shortly.

The three present posts are:

RO242: Taxonomic Project Co-ordinator for the Species 2000 europa 
project funded by the European Commission.

RO243: Biodiversity Project Manager for the BiodiversityWorld Project 
funded by BBSRC.

RO244: Biodiversity Information Systems Content Co-ordinator for the 
European Network for Biodiversity Information (ENBI) funded by the 
European Commission.

We have extremely high levels of employment in the Reading area now, 
and it may be difficult to find good people locally.  Also all three projects 
are highly international, so there is no reason for the employees to be 
British.  European Community folk qualify automatically, but work-permits 
for folk from outside the Community are also possible.

The biologists will be welcomed from any sector of biology including 
botany.  Previous employees of Species 2000 were a protistologist, a 
zoologist and a fish specialist, and applications from entomologists 
would be very welcome.

Frank Bisby and Stephen Jury,
Centre for Plant Diversity & Systematics, The University of Reading, UK.

Biodiversity Information Systems:
Research Posts at Universities of Reading, Cardiff & Southampton

Four research positions are available in a team that will create the 
experimental 'BiodiversityWorld' system, a problem-solving environment 
global biodiversity on the next generation GRID.  This is a fixed term 
3-year e-Science project funded by the BBSRC e-Science & 
Panel, a collaborative project of the Universities of Reading, Cardiff, 
Southampton and the Natural History Museum.  Three further biologists' 
positions will be advertised in 2003.

1.  Biodiversity Project Manager (Ref. no. RO242), biologist with 
experience in biodiversity analysis and/or taxonomy, project management, 
and biodiversity informatics, at Reading (starting at GBP 29,709 - 

2.  Software Engineer (Ref. no. 198), computer scientist with experience in 
system design and distributed computing, at Cardiff (RA1A scale, starting 
at GBP 22,522 - 24,435*).

3.  Knowledge Engineer (Ref. no. 01S702), programmer with an interest 
in biodiversity informatics and experience with Java and XML, at 
Southampton (Research Grade 1A scale, starting at GBP 21,503 - 

4.  Middleware Programmer (Ref. no. RO243), with experience in data 
transformation and database programming, and an interest in 
biodiversity, at Reading (RA1A scale, starting at GBP 20,470 - 22,522*).

Species 2000 europa/Catalogue of Life
Two research positions are under negotiation for the UK component of 
Species 2000 europa, a fixed term 3 -year European network to establish 
the Catalogue of Life funded by the EC.

5. Taxonomic Project Co-ordinator (Ref. no. RO244), taxonomist with 
experience in project management, taxonomic databases and biodiversity 
informatics, to co-ordinate the network, at Reading (RA1A scale, starting 
at GBP 21,503 - £22,522*).

6. Software Engineer (Ref. no. 199), applications programmer with 
experience in system design and distributed computing, at Cardiff (33 
mth. contract, RA1A scale, starting at GBP 22,522 - 23,373 p.a.*).

European Network for Biodiversity Information (ENBI)
One research position is under negotiation for the 'Species Bank' 
of ENBI, a fixed term 3-year network to provide Europe's platform for the 
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), funded by the EC.

7. Biodiversity Information Systems Content Co-ordinator (Ref. no. 
RO245), biologist with experience of the content of a wide range of 
taxonomic and biodiversity systems, and able to liaise with related 
projects, at Reading (RA1A scale, starting at GBP 21,503*).

Applications should quote the ref. no., and be submitted by 25 June. 
Posts 1,4,5,7.  Application form and further details: Personnel Office, The 
University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AH (tel: +44 (0)118 931 6771, 
personnel at rdg.ac.uk).
Informal contact: Prof. Frank Bisby (f.a.bisby at rdg.ac.uk), Centre for Plant 
Diversity & Systematics, School of Plant Sciences.
Posts 2,6.              Application pack and further details: Visit 
www.cardiff.ac.uk/jobs, email vacancies at cardiff.ac.uk, or telephone +44 
(0)29 2087 4017.
Informal contact: Dr Andrew Jones (Andrew.C.Jones at cs.cf.ac.uk), 
Object-oriented and Knowledge-based Systems Group, Dept. of 
Science, University of Cardiff.
Post 3.         Applicants should send a full curriculum vitae, including 
the names and addresses of three referees, to the Personnel 
Department (S), 
University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ (tel: +44 (0)23 8059 
email: recruit at soton.ac.uk, minicom 023 8059 5595).
Informal enquiries: Dr Richard White (r.j.white at soton.ac.uk), Biodiversity 
& Ecology Research Division, School of Biological Sciences.
* A cost of living rise will increase all salaries from 1 Aug. 2002

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Susan T. Meiers
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL  61455
office: (309) 298.2008
FAX: (309) 298.2270

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