Research computing associate position available

We’re looking for a research computing associate! Details:

The Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology project (HAO) at North Carolina State University seeks an innovative and creative programmer to help build a foundational resource for a broad range of disciplines, including biodiversity research, systematics, genomics, and evolutionary biology. The programmer will work with a small but dynamic team of researchers to develop the informatics infrastructure for the HAO. All HAO products will be open source and we encourage active involvement in open source based communities.

As a vertex of North Carolina’s Research Triangle NCSU benefits from close proximity to a large community of programmers and biologists, including the communities at NCSU’s Centennial Campus, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as our affiliation with the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent).

The position is available from April 1, 2017 (negotiable) and is offered for one year, with the possibility of reappointment for a second year.

Required experience:

Candidates should have a 4-year degree in Computer Science or related field, plus 2 years full time programming experience OR a graduate degree that required significant programming and was in the field of evolutionary (including genomic) or systematic biology, philosophy, math, computer science, physics, or related field. Other requirements include:

  • demonstrated experience in web-based API development
  • intimate familiarity with XML and structured data
  • some experience with ontologies or semantic-web technologies (e.g., OWL)
  • excellent written and oral communication skills
  • ability to work with a team of people with diverse backgrounds

Desirable experience (in order of preference):

  • intimate knowledge or development of the TDWG standards and/or familiarity with the field of biodiversity informatics
  • extensive programming experience with Ruby and Java
  • formal education in philosophy or logic
  • experience developing browser or web-page plugins or portable applications
  • experience with social network integration, particularly as it applies to research related questions (e.g., Mechanical Turk and other crowdsourcing approaches)
  • experience in morphological evolution, developmental genetics or other fields of evolutionary biology
  • experience with visualization and manipulation of large datasets
  • previous contributions to open source projects
  • remote server management or systems administration

This is a 1-year time-limited position, with the possibility to reappoint for another year.

To Apply

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a one-page statement of interest, and a CV with at least two references. Clearly highlight or link to your past or current programming contributions. Creative applications are a plus – e.g., surprise us with a useful patch or a code audit of our existing software. Review of applicants commences March 15th and continues until the position is filled.