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Scientific Program Coordinator
Phoenix Bioinformatics and The AgBioData Consortium
Position Close date: 
Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Scientific Program Coordinator

Phoenix Bioinformatics and The AgBioData Consortium are seeking a Program Coordinator to support the activities of a recently funded three year NSF Research Coordination Network award ( The AgBioData RCN aims to accelerate research in agricultural science by increasing the accessibility and reuse of large- scale biological data. We will do this by creating a network of Genomic, Genetic and Breeding Databases, researchers, scholarly publishers, and funders to advance data capture, findability, access, interoperability, reusability, and sustainability. This is a unique opportunity for an individual seeking to advance into a variety of careers away from the bench such as teaching at primarily undergraduate institutions, biocuration, database project management or scholarly publishing.

The Program Coordinator will support the activities of the RCN and work collaboratively with the Steering Committee to ensure the timely completion of the RCN objectives.

The position reports to the AgBioData Steering Committee and the coordinator will be part of a diverse and skilled professional team at Phoenix Bioinformatics. This position is a full time, remote working position with collaborators across multiple US time zones so hours can be flexible.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

· Develop FAIR data management curriculum and disseminate content

· Schedule and arrange meetings and events (two annual online workshops, one in person workshop and committee meetings

· Organize and monthly webinars

· Recruit network and training participants with specific emphasis on diversification

· Mass communication including quarterly newsletters and social media

· Track and report on working groups’ progress towards achieving the stated goals of the RCN

· Prepare annual reports to funders in collaboration with Steering Committee and Working Groups

· Coordinate and participate in preparation of scholarly publications (e.g. white papers.)


· PhD in an agricultural or related field such as plant biology, plant or animal breeding. Individuals with a Masters degree and compensatory experience may be considered.

Essential Skills

· Outstanding interpersonal skills. This position requires interacting with stakeholders (i.e. database professionals, researchers, funders and publishers) and building a large and diverse community. A strong candidate for this position will be expected to be respectful of others cultures, identities and backgrounds.

· Excellent oral and written scientific presentation skills. This position requires preparation of graduate level curriculum, talks, quarterly newsletters, annual reports to the funding agency, and coordinating/writing collaborative scientific white papers.

· Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems and use informed judgment to make independent decisions.

· A demonstrated, strong interest in, or experience with education/curriculum development and community outreach. A significant component of the coordinator’s time will be spent developing and delivering a FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) data management curriculum for the agricultural science community.

Desired Skills

· Familiarity with collaborative software tools such as Zoom, Slack and Google Suite.

· Experience with large scale data/data analysis, familiarity with FAIR data management concepts.

Other requirements

· A small amount of travel is required (1-2 trips per year).

· Eligible for employment in the United States.

For full consideration, we ask to receive applications by August 31, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. This is a 3 year, fixed term, grant funded appointment.

Phoenix Bioinformatics benefits include family-friendly policies, ten paid holidays, 18-25 vacation days and 9 days of sick leave per year, retirement plan (401K) with matching contribution of up to 8% of salary and an excellent insurance plan,

Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

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