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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Work With an Invert! - Clam Tree of Life Webmaster

Position Announcement Available Immediately

The Paleontological Research Institution is a not-for-profit educational and research organization located in Ithaca, NY. It is PRI's mission, with its Museum of the Earth and other programs, to increase and disseminate knowledge about the history of evolution of the Earth and its life.

Scientists at PRI, in cooperation with Field Museum of Natural History, Harvard University, and eight other international partners, have been awarded a five-year National Science Foundation grant to build the Tree of Life for Bivalve Mollusks (= clams). We are seeking a motivated, full-time WebMaster to work closely with our research and outreach teams to coordinate all aspects and maintenance of our web presence.

The Position: Tree-of-Life WebMaster

We have an immediate opening for a skilled person with good communication skills to join our not-for-profit team. Participate in the planning, design, implementation, and execution of website activities that will facilitate communication and data-sharing among 15 scientists from 11 different institutions around the globe, translate research results into retrievable knowledge for the lay public, teachers, and students, and produce and maintain web-based deliverables. This is a full-time, five-year position dedicated to the requirements of the grant and other IT needs of PRI.

o Excellent organizational skills
o 3 to 5 years of demonstrated proficiency in web design and implementation (please provide written project documentation and links to completed projects)
o Ability to work independently and in small groups, manage time, and meet project deadlines
o Must work out of our Ithaca, NY, office
o Start date January 2008
Seeking Skills:
o Project Management experience is a must
o Experience with SQL type databases (MySQL), PHP, HTML, *NIX machines
o Solid understanding of cross-browser/platform issues and coding solutions
o Familiarity with Joomla website design software and Mesquite evolutionary analysis software
o Salary to be determined, depending upon qualifications (please include salary requirements in your cover letter)
o Standard benefits package, including health, disability, dental
o Employee discounts for Museum programs and store
Email by 20 December 2007 your resume and cover letter to: pmm37::at::cornell::dot::edu
Use Email Subject: Tree-of-Life Webmaster


  1. Just discovered your site. Delightful. Hope you'll link to the Harvard Museum of Natural History, where we have a new permanent exhibit entitled "Arthropods: Creatures that Rule"..,
    a must-see for your site fans!
    The museum is on the Harvard campus at 26 Oxford Street, just 6 minute walk from Harvard Square.

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