CYBERTAXONOMY AND SPECIES EXPLORATION
The International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE) at Arizona State University invites applications for two unique tenured/tenure-track faculty positions at the intersection of life sciences and informatics. The IISE is dedicated to modernizing and advancing descriptive taxonomy and its collection and cyber infrastructures. We seek individuals with unusual vision to serve as ASU professors and as assistant directors of the institute. Positions are open rank, salaries commensurate with experience. Each position involves the use of effective leadership skills and a desire and capacity to work as part of a trans-disciplinary problem-solving team. The IISE, with partner museums and botanical gardens, is committed to identifying and removing obstacles to rapid progress in taxonomy. The successful candidates will join the director and existing assistant directors as the IISE leadership team. Each position includes 30% administration in IISE managing projects and partnerships, 30% teaching in the tenure home unit, and 40% research in area of expertise, related broadly to Institute goals.
Assistant Director for Monography and Inventories. The successful candidate must have an earned doctorate in systematic biology and demonstrated experience with descriptive taxonomy in a terrestrial or freshwater arthropod taxon. As assistant director, the successful candidate will coordinate interdisciplinary teams and advance projects with partner museums that include building international taxon knowledge communities, producing online monographic treatments, and undertaking large scale species inventories as well as work with IISE team to identify and remove impediments to taxonomy. Tenure home will be in School of Life Sciences.
Assistant Director for Taxonomic Cyberinfrastructure. The successful candidate must have an earned doctorate in computer science/engineering and demonstrated technical leadership for a domain specific cyberinfrastructure for taxonomy that will create and apply a new generation of tools, techniques and research environments that accelerate species exploration in all its phases. The successful candidate will both engage in projects with interdisciplinary teams of faculty, students, and partner institutions to conceive, engineer and prototype new digital tools and software as well as liaise with the Fulton School of Engineering faculty and external partners to recruit expertise appropriate to solve particular problems. Tenure home will be in the School of Computing and Informatics within the Fulton School of Engineering.
Please send CV, brief statement of interest, and names and e-mail addresses of four references to: Dr. Quentin Wheeler, Director, IISE c/o Ms. Shannon Keen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Documents must be submitted in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2008, and continue until the search is closed. Nominations are welcomed. A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.