Employment and Internships

The Encyclopedia of Life is looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals. We currently have an opening for a Systems Administrator, available through the Bay Paul Research Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory. See below for information about internships.

Jobs

EOL Component Position Location
Biodiversity Informatics 

Systems Administrator

The Encyclopedia of Life and Bay Paul Center research community are seeking an experienced systems administrator who is comfortable in a DevOps environment. Our ideal candidate would be familiar with writing code as well as systems administration. The position emphasizes communication, collaboration, and integration with our software developers. We will use your expertise to help migrate several large (>1TB) data stores and a 100,000-hits-a-day website to a new systems architecture while enhancing our Chef-based systems architecture, sensu monitoring systems, and capistrano deployment processes. We aim to improve our deployment frequency and deploy time, maintain minimal failure rates, and shorten lead time to fixes. We are looking for a systems administrator who can improve our processes to become increasingly programmable and dynamic, using a DevOps approach, in order to maximize the predictability, efficiency, security, and maintainability of our operational processes. Experience with large-scale product delivery, quality assurance, feature development, and systems maintenance is a must; you should be able to demonstrate your ability to improve reliability and security and to provide faster development and deployment cycles, as well as your experience with process control and granular tracking and reporting of events and efficiencies. Qualifications: A master’s degree or an equivalent experience level in system administration, computer science, computational informatics, or related field. 3-5 Years related work experience is expected. Mastery of Unix-like operating systems (RedHat, CentOs, Ubuntu, Debian, OS X). Ability to work in Agile/DevOps environment, knowledge of Chef or Puppet, understanding of best practices while creating scripts for computing infrastructure. Mastery in understanding hardware/software for large-scale informatics operations, ability to troubleshoot emerging issues. Deep knowledge of virtualization and cloud technologies (OpenStack) is a plus. Ability to work with in a distributed team of researches, developers, project managers, high communicational skills. 

Interested applicants should apply here.

Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA 

 

Internships

The following unpaid positions below are available through the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.  Please note that we receive a large number of inquiries and are currently only considering candidates who have already been active in the biodiversity data community. The required record of involvement can be established through participation in EOL (as an assistant curator or content contributor) or a related project (e.g., iNaturalist, eBird, Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia, Notes from Nature).  

EOL Component Position Location
Species Pages Group
Biodiversity Data Mobilization Internship (unpaid) 

The Encyclopedia of Life seeks interns to assist with the mobilization of biodiversity data from the literature and other sources. Data will be uploaded to the EOL TraitBank repository and are made available to researchers and the public in human and machine-readable formats.  Recent life science graduates and undergraduates (juniors or seniors) with an interest in biodiversity data science are encouraged to apply.  This position requires good quantitative skills and great attention to detail.  Basic scientific computing skills (python, R, advanced Excel) are desirable, but training will be provided.

Depending on skills and interests, data mobilization interns may participate in the discovery of suitable data sets (about ecology, life history, distribution, behavior, physiology, morphology, etc. of organisms); evaluate data structures and map traits and trait values to domain-specific ontologies and vocabularies; transform structured data for TraitBank ingestion; mine or scrape data from unstructured sources; perform data cleansing and quality assurance routines

For more information about this opportunity, please send an inquiry to  eolpages [at] eol.org.  Be sure to include a statement of interest and information about your previous activity on EOL or a related project.

Smithsonian Institution or remote
Washington, DC
Species Pages Group Technical Writing Internship (unpaid)

The Encyclopedia of Life is seeking interns to help with the writing of high priority species pages for special EOL projects and program areas. Recent life science graduates and undergraduates (juniors or seniors) with excellent literature research and writing skills are encouraged to apply.

Interns will be able to specialize in a given group of organisms. Students interested in marine organisms, plants, and arthropods are particularly encouraged to apply. Internship activities include: Managing multiple writing/research assignments; surveying available online resources for a given species; conducting literature research and communicating with subject area specialists; drafting, writing and editing species pages; using and testing the EOL data entry tools.

For more information about this opportunity, please send an inquiry to  eolpages [at] eol.org.  Be sure to include a statement of interest and information about your previous activity on EOL or a related project.

Smithsonian Institution or remote
Washington, DC