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Subject: Position : Research scientist phytoplankton taxonomy
From: Daniel Vaulot <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 13 Mar 2006 09:26:44 +0100
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We are offering a position for a *research scientist specialized in 
phytoplankton taxonomy*.
The person will be based at the Station Biologique, Roscoff, France.

The position is linked to a two-year european project called 
*Plankton*Net*, set up as a co-operation between the 
Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Roscoff 
and four other institutes from France, Portugal and UK. The candidate 
will be based mainly in Roscoff but some travel to international 
partners will be required.

The main objective is the initialisation and improvement of a global 
online phytoplankton database based on the existing database format 
Plankton*Net 
<http://www.sb-roscoff.fr/baypaul/microscope/general/page_01.htm> (see 
http://www.sb-roscoff.fr/baypaul/microscope/general/page_01.htm), which 
is itself based of Micro*Scope 
<http://starcentral.mbl.edu/microscope/portal.php?pagetitle=index> (see 
http://starcentral.mbl.edu/microscope/portal.php?pagetitle=index) 
developed at the MBL Woods Hole. This is a challenging multidisciplinary 
project with strong taxonomy/ecology but also important state of the art 
IT components.

Specific tasks

The following tasks should be accomplished within the 2 year project:
- Setting up the Roscoff node of Plankton*Net from software developed at 
the AWI and MBL
- Inventory of phytoplankton species from Roscoff
- Populating the Roscoff node of the Plankton*Net database with images 
(light and electronic microscope) from all phytoplankton species found 
off Roscoff (diatoms, dinoflagellates, flagellates) as well as from the 
Roscoff Culture Collection (see http://www.sb-roscoff.fr/Phyto/RCC/ ). 
Images from other research groups may also be integrated in the Roscoff 
node.
- Adding taxonomic information on these species (from scientific 
journals and textbooks)
- Building taxonomic keys
- Development of a web-based easy-to-use graphical user interface
The person selected will also be able to carry out focused taxonomic 
research on picoplankton species from the Roscoff Culture Collection.

*Necessary qualifications*
- Very good knowledge of modern Phytoplankton Taxonomy (both 
traditionnal and molecular approaches)
- Good practice of optical and electron microscopy
- Good knowledge of imaging technologies and image processing techniques
- Working knowledge of web site design and maintenance
- Structuring and handling of relational databases

Operating language will be English, but it will help to have some 
rudiments of French.

*Applications*
Closing date : April 1, 2006
Interested persons should send in a letter of application with a short 
CV and the name of three referees via email to Daniel Vaulot 
([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>).
For further information, please contact Daniel Vaulot 
<http://www.sb-roscoff.fr/Phyto/index.php?option=com_contact&task=view&contact_id=78&Itemid=3> 
at the Station Biologique de Roscoff.

More information at : 
http://www.sb-roscoff.fr/Phyto/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=121&Itemid=133 
<http://www.sb-roscoff.fr/Phyto/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=121&Itemid=133>

--
Daniel VAULOT
Directeur de Recherche CNRS
Groupe Plancton Océanique
Station Biologique, CNRS-INSU-UPMC, UMR 7144
BP 74 Place G. Tessier
29682 Roscoff Cx FRANCE
email: [log in to unmask] Skype : danielguip
Ph: +33 2 98 29 23 34 Fax: +33 2 98 29 23 24 Mobile : +33 6 75 54 20 41
*Plankton group* : http://www.sb-roscoff.fr/Phyto/
*Roscoff Culture Collection* : http://www.sb-roscoff.fr/Phyto/RCC/
*Plankton*Net* : 
http://www.sb-roscoff.fr/baypaul/microscope/general/page_01.htm
*Marine Microbes Forum* : http://www.sb-roscoff.fr/marine_microbes/

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