Informatics & Data Science Analyst, YPM

Updated: about 13 hours ago
Location: New Haven, CONNECTICUT
Job Type: FullTime
Peabody Museum - Collections - Director
Informatics & Data Science Analyst, YPM
Head of Biodiversity Informatics Research
None - Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)
Full time
Galleries & Museums
Informatics & Data Science Analyst, YPM (P5)
Central Campus
170 Whitney Avenue New Haven, CT 06511
Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
The Yale Peabody Museum (YPM) is among the oldest, largest, and most prolific university natural history museums in the world. Fundamental to the Peabody’s mission is the stewardship of the Museum’s rich collections, which provide a remarkable record of the history of the earth, its life, and its cultures. With over 65% of our collection digitized, the Peabody Museum has a strong track record in specimen digitization and database efforts and in contributing to national biodiversity informatics initiatives.
The Head of Biodiversity Informatics Research will support the development of an expanded vision for biodiversity and specimen-based informatics that links the YPM scientific divisions and other university activities with the goal of ensuring access to and sharing of biodiversity data developing national and international leadership roles in this arena. Reporting to Curator of Informatics, responsibilities for the Head of Biodiversity Informatics Research include: create a strategic vision in the areas of natural history informatics system design and architecture; advance the innovative use of informatics tools for the synthesis and utilization of biodiversity information in research and education; set priorities and develop plans and initiatives related to Biodiversity Informatics and Data Science; partner in the development of grant proposals for funding of informatics projects; facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations and research programs at the museum, University, national and international level; serves as liaison and/or representative of YPM.
1. Provide technical leadership by developing, integrating, promoting, and facilitating the use of informatics technologies and geospatial & remote sensing analysis into the museum collections and research environment. 2. Track and participate in design and implementation of protocols and standards promulgated by the natural history informatics community and geospatial organizations nationally and internationally. 3. Provide informatics research support for multiple curatorial Divisions of the Peabody Museum. 4. In collaboration with the YPM Head of Computer Systems: promote design improvements for existing systems, analyze and evaluate new system software and make recommendations; promote integration with distributed information retrieval mechanisms; promote initiatives for geo-referencing and digital image and data capture 5. In consultation with the YPM director: establish and achieve informatics program research, development, and funding goals; identify, analyze, and pursue prospects for public and private research funding at the national and international levels. 6. Develop museum informatics growth strategies, and direct the involvement of the Director, faculty-curators, and staff, and when appropriate, representatives of the University. 7. Develop training and education programs for museum staff and collaboration partners that facilitate utilization of informatics technology. 8. Facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations and research programs at the museum, University, national and international level focusing on the application of informatics to fundamental anthropological, biological, and geological questions; develop research program that leads to demonstrated scholarly activity and publications. 9. Rationalize, document, and communicate the logical foundation, interfaces, methods, and features of informatics technology and applications for adoption and use by staff and collaboration partners and other institutions. 10. Travel and make presentations on the status of the YPM Informatics Research Program and application development projects at University, project, national and international meetings. 11. Administer staff, including working facilities, ongoing training and development and other support, for a team of programmers and technicians.
1. Master's degree in natural sciences or computer sciences and 5 or more years of experience in planning, development, and implementation of biodiversity informatics projects or equivalent combination of education and experience.
2. Competency in innovative approaches for data integration and data fusion.
Demonstrated research program at the intersections of natural history and informatics. 
Proven ability to lead, manage and engage a broad constituency. Demonstrated collaborative work habits, leadership skills, and proactive communication and outreach tendencies. Strong verbal and written communications skills. Proven grant writing ability.
Developer's level understanding and competency in informatics web application and database development (e.g., Java, Apache/HTTP, PHP, MySQL, Ruby), scripting (e.g., Python, Perl), and geospatial analysis (e.g., ArcGIS, R, web mapping).
Advanced systems administration skills with one or more of the following:  Unix servers, Windows servers and/or desktop computers. Advanced knowledge of  Unix, Windows and/or MacOS operating systems. Proven ability in application of digital imaging technology to museum collections; cloud architecture, cloud data flows and pipelines; and Web GIS development.
Demonstrated ability in taxonomic integration, such as familiarity with concepts and tools addressing taxonomic harmonization. Familiarity with taxonomic naming concept management and formal knowledge representation addressing ontologies and semantics.
1. Ph.D. in natural sciences or computer sciences. 2. Relational database management and SQL, with Postgres/PostGIS. 3. Previous experience with highly technical and collaborative projects.
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