Entomología, fotografía y colecciones zoológicas: trabaja digitalizando imágenes de abejas ~ Bioblogia.net

13 de enero de 2022

Entomología, fotografía y colecciones zoológicas: trabaja digitalizando imágenes de abejas

Oferta compartida por Nuria

UC Santa Barbara's Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration is offering a Digital Imaging Assistant (Lab Assistant II) position as part of the Big-Bee project (http://big-bee.net), a newly funded US National Science Foundation Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections initiative to understand bee declines via specimen image digitization and trait analysis. Over the course of three years, we will create over one million high-resolution 2D and 3D images of bee specimens, representing over 5,000 worldwide bee species, including most of the major pollinating species.We will develop tools to measure bee traits from images and generate comprehensive bee trait and image datasets to measure recent and deep evolutionary patterns.The Big-Bee network of participating institutions includes thirteen US institutions and partnerships with US government agencies. We will develop novel mechanisms for sharing image datasets and datasets of bee traits that will be available through an open, Symbiota data portal called the Bee Library. Reporting to the Director of the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration at UC Santa Barbara, the Digital Imaging Assistant will collaborate closely with the Director to lead the digitization of bee specimens from natural history collections at UCSB via 3D and 2D imaging. They will help develop novel methods in imaging and anatomical trait measurement, including crowdsourcing measurements via the Notes From Nature community science platform. Applicants for this position are expected from various disciplines because of the cross-cutting nature of the work, and applicants from entomology, media arts, engineering, digital arts, biodiversity data science, museum curation, or related fields are welcome. Job responsibilities include:
  1. implement imaging and processing workflows for 2D & 3D specimen imaging;
  2. evaluate results to determine scientific accuracy;
  3. organize, manage, and preserve digital files, including raw data, metadata, and derivatives;
  4. coordinate undergraduate imaging and research internships;
  5. create training and outreach materials in specimen imaging;
  6. assist in the overall coordination of the Big-Bee network;
  7. and perform other duties as assigned.
Preferred candidates will also demonstrate:
  1. knowledge of basic principles of photography;
  2. knowledge in insect morphology;
  3. knowledge about natural history collection databases, particularly Symbiota, and biodiversity data sharing;
  4. comfort with diverse software tools (Adobe) and online collaboration platforms (Google Documents, Slack, GitHub);
  5. writing and understanding of a scripting language (Python, R);
  6. the ability to meet a high level of production on a daily basis and work in a fast-paced, multi-project and dynamic environment;
  7. the ability to drive project completion on time and in a detailed manner, as well as self-motivation, intelligence, and strong work ethic;
  8. excellent organizational skills, good communication skills including writing and verbal;
  9. comfort with handling small delicate objects.
The person will join a research group focused on biodiversity data science and entomology. They will work closely with Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration Director, Dr. Katja Seltmann, who also has a background in media arts. The position is based at the University of California, Santa Barbara but includes cooperation with colleagues at other institutions. This is a full-time position (including full benefits) with a starting salary range between $20.14 - $21.31/hour. To apply for this position use the UCSB online application portal. Applications for the position will be reviewed starting January 16, 2022. Please send questions toseltmann@ucsb.edu

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