[AniMov] Position Opening: Tracking Data Curator for Movebank

Wed Oct 13 21:28:24 CEST 2010

Position Opening: Tracking Data Curator for Movebank

Animal tracking has a rich history in science and conservation and an
even brighter future with millions of GPS points from tens of thousands
of animals being collected every year. It is critical that we manage and
archive these invaluable data and deliver them to appropriate
scientific, educational and political audiences. Movebank
(www.Movebank.org) is a new community resource that allows individual
researchers to archive and analyze their data, as well as manage the
sharing rights with students, collaborators, and educators.  It has
long-term support from the Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology (MPIO)
and the New York State Museum.

Movebank has an opening for a new position as Data Curator, helping
researchers to archive their data and encouraging collaborations between
prospective users.  This curator will work with the existing Movebank
technical team (funded by the US National Science Foundation, German
Science Foundation, and MPIO) to ensure the web application meets the
needs of the community, and work with the Movebank PI’s to promote and
grow the application.  Some of the curator’s duties will be similar to
that of a journal editor in recruiting submissions from professional
scientists and checking the quality and completeness of the submission. 
By being familiar with the data available, the curator will also be in
an excellent position to encourage collaborations between animal
trackers, theoreticians, educators, and conservationists.  However, we
do not expect this position to specifically develop a research program
of their own. 

This position is offered at full time (optional ½ time) for 1.5 years,
with work location preferred at the New York State Museum in Albany, NY.
The job will require substantial travel to professional conferences and
workshops.  Successful candidates will have experience tracking animals,
working with tracking data, and enjoy networking with other scientists. 
We would prefer a candidate with a PhD in a related field, but will
consider other candidates with sufficient experience and perspective on
the field. 

Applicants must be a US citizen or already have a valid work Visa for
the USA [sorry, no exceptions]

Applicants should apply by sending a CV, cover letter, and names of
references to Dr. Roland Kays rkays at mail.nysed.gov 

Deadline for application is 24 November 2010 

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