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BioInformatics Post-Doctoral Fellowship
A post-doctoral fellowship is available at the Smithsonian Institution,
Department of Systematic Biology, Entomology Section. The fellowship
includes a $36,000 stipend and health insurance. Initial funding is
available for one year, subject to possible renewal. For general
information on Smithsonian fellowships see
The Biosystematic Database of World Diptera is the authoritative source
for the names of flies. Diptera, an insect order, represents about 10%
of the World's biodiversity and is one of the most critically important
groups in respects to man. The BDWD provides a framework to index and
integrate current and future information and is a resource to ensure
that knowledge about flies is easily accessible to all. Today over a
quarter of million name records are available in a Nomenclator with some
10,000 references (see http://www.sel.barc.usda.gov/Diptera/biosys.htm).
Opportunities include facilitating communications and cooperation among
various contributors and the editorial team; assisting contributors in
information gathering and publishing their contributions; building and
maintaining BDWD reference materials and literature files; expanding and
maintaining the BDWD web site; providing administrative support for the
BDWD and representing BDWD at various national and international
meetings. Fellow will be expect to work on their own group of flies as
an active contributor.
Qualifications: PhD in Systematic Entomology, experience in team
research, excellent written and oral communications skills,
self-starter. Web site development and database management skills as
well as background in Diptera Systematics are critical.
Fellowship is located at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural
History on the Mall in downtown Washington, D. C. The position is
available 1 October 2003.
Electronic applications are required and must be sent to:
cthompso at sel.barc.usda.gov. Send a 2 paged research proposal
describing how your work and experience will contribute to BDWD project
goals; a NSF-style 2 page Biographical Sketch (Resume/CV, see pages
20-21 of http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03041/nsf03_041.pdf) along
with the names with addresses (e-mail) of three professional references.
Application should be received by 15 August 2003. No telephone calls.
F. Christian Thompson
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution NHB-0169
PO Box 37012
Washington, D. C. 20013-7012 USA
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