SANParks Jobs – Bioinformatics & Science Manager

Website South African National Parks - SANParks

Job Description:

A challenging vacancy exists for a Bioinformatics and Science Support Manager, based at the Cape Research Centre, working with the Scientific Services division of South African National Parks (SANParks). The successful candidate will lead and coordinate an initiative to modernise biological species data management at SANParks

Job Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate development of knowledge systems and facilitate data management, synthesis and use for informing SANParks’ conservation actions
  • Manage relationships with the donor and project partners, including SANBI
  • Manage and administer a complex two-year national-scale project
  • Oversee a project team and manage finance according to SANParksâ policies and procedures

Job Requirements:

  • Good working knowledge of GIS
  • A driver’s license and willingness to travel to national parks across the country
  • Strong experience in manipulation and analysis of large datasets from different sources
  • Excellent knowledge and experience in data management, including in database development.
  • Five years of working experience in an ecological field and/or bioinformatics-related field.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Five years of project management/coordination experience
  • Experience managing teams and project finances
  • MSc degree in Natural Science/Information Science or equivalent qualification.
  • Sound understanding of taxonomy and South Africa’s biodiversity datasets

Qualification & Experience:

  • PhD degree in Natural Science/Information Science.
  • Experience working with geographically-dispersed project teams.
  • Demonstrated experience and networking within South Africa’s bioinformatics community, especially with SANBI’s biodiversity information systems team.
  • Experience working with GBIF data and APIs.
  • Experience working with Excel, Access, BRAHMS and Specify software.
  • Experience writing peer-reviewed journal articles.

Job Details:

Company: South African National Parks – SANParks

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Cape Town, Western Cape, SA

Application Deadline: N/A

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