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Jobs @ CETAF General Secretariat

CETAF aisbl is recruiting a:

Technical Assistant


As Technical Assistant(M/F/X), you will join our team at the General Secretariat in Brussels. You will oversee creation, implementation and enhancement of the technical products of CETAF. This includes contributing, and developing when necessary, several websites, tools and databases to reinforce the access and dissemination of the work developed by CETAF working groups, to showcase outputs in connection to the ongoing CETAF projects and initiatives (such as registries), to provide support for collaborative work (e.g. supervising online platforms) and to ensure technical sustainability and accessibility to the CETAF community products and services.

One of these projects – and your main focus while at CETAF – is SYNTHESYS+, a European Commission-funded project providing access to natural history collections and laying important groundwork for an integrated European Research Infrastructure for natural history collections. The project started on 1 February 2019 for a duration of four years. Within this project, CETAF has several tasks which require technical expertise and the ability to create visualisations for the outputs.

Linked to these activities, you will support the General Secretariat in its daily activities related to the management of the CETAF website and IT support as well as to the provision of services to CETAF members. You will be working closely with the rest of the CETAF team and under the supervision of the Executive Director.

You will furthermore be responsible – in close collaboration with the respective project assistants – to take over the technical responsibilities for CETAF in other projects. These include specifically DiSSCo PPP (, but also ICEDIG (, BIOTALENT (, MOBILISE COST Action (, ENVRI-FAIR ( and (

Specific Tasks: 

-        Design and create databases and virtual tools for different purposes, as necessary to meet CETAF commitments under different tasks in relevant projects.

-        Contribute to develop and support a helpdesk to the CETAF community and monitor its performance.

-        Integrate different natural history collection assessment tools, such as KPIs, progress reports, etc.

-        Support collation and structure of information from the CETAF community as relevant for projects in dedicated registries.

-        Visualise (e.g. via Microsoft Power BI) and implement integration of data via Dashboards and other similar mechanisms (e.g.  Natural History Collections Digitisation Dashboard).

-        Support the team in developing websites and platforms currently operated by CETAF.

-        Coordinate with technical teams from other institutions under CETAF projects.

-        Propose to and/or participate in the CETAF Working Groups and their activities.

-        Participate in events to network and promote CETAF.

-        Report on matters related to CETAF technical activities.

-        Other technical-related activities as necessary for the effective functioning of the CETAF General Secretariat and the successful achievement of CETAF community goals.


-        Informatics/Computer Science (or “similar”) degree, or equivalent by experience in database design and management, and web development.

-        Well-organised, self-sufficient and with an eye for detail.

-        Collaborative in nature and working as part of a team.

-        Languages: English is CETAF’s working language. Good knowledge of French and/or Dutch valuable. Other European languages an asset.

-        The ideal candidate will have the following specific competencies:

Required competencies

·        Very good knowledge of relational database modelling, development, administration, and client implementation;

·        Working knowledge in website management and development, specifically with Drupal and WordPress;

·        Ability to make data and other outputs available online in a user-friendly manner;

·        Efficient use of visualization tools via dashboard software (e.g. Microsoft Power BI);

Desired competencies

·         Very good knowledge of CMS and web programming (e.g. DRUPAL, WordPress, Python, PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS)

·         Good knowledge of object-oriented programming as well as service-base architectures

·         Familiarity with biodiversity informatics, which includes but is not limited to biodiversity data standards, semantic web annotations, persistent identifiers and virtual research environments;


-        Start date: 20 May 2019

-        Work pattern: Part time (3 days/week, 24 hrs/week) – Project based

-        Contract: 1 year (renewable up to 4 years)

-        Workplace: CETAF General Secretariat

c/o Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences

Rue Vautier 29, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

If interested, please send your CV (max. 2 pages) and motivation letter (max. 1 page) in English and as a single PDF to the CETAF Executive Director, Ana Casino (, with subject line “CETAF Technical Assistant” by the 25 April 2019, 24:00 , Brussels time zone. Interviews will be held during the first half of May 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Jobs @ CETAF's member institutions & other organisations of interest

The Biology department of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Bonn, and the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig – Leibniz Institute for Animal
Biodiversity (Bonn) are calling for a

Director of the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

associated with a professorship (W3) for Animal Taxonomy and Systematics at the University of Bonn

to be appointed on 1st of August 2019. Deadline for applications is the 31st of March.

The ZFMK seeks an exceptional, visionary and integrative leader and scientist for the position of director of this institution, able to foster the ongoing development of the ZFMK as a a
globally leading institute for biodiversity research and biodiversity monitoring. This process requires establishing research strategies in consultation with the Scientific Advisory
Committee and the Board of Trustees. Applicants should have experience in leading a research institution and fulfill the requirements for holding a professorial chair. Scientific
excellence of candidates includes outstanding contributions in the fields of zoological taxonomy, phylogenetics, phylogenomics and its algorithmics, species‐based and molecular
biodiversity research as well as successful fund raising. Applicants must be familiar with collection‐based research and collection management and must have taxonomic expertise.
They should also have excellent communication and negotiation skills and speak the German language fluently (CEF‐level C2). The professorship is a permanent position, approbation as director will initially be for 5 years; as a rule approbation will be extended.

The full job posting can be seen here.

The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig – Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity (Bonn) and the Biology department of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Bonn, are also calling for a

Professor (W3) for Biodiversity Monitoring
to be appointed immediately.

The professor will simultaneously hold a chair for Biodiversity Monitoring at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of the University of Bonn. The succesful candidate will contribute to the conservation and exploration of species diversity, to promote taxonomy and molecular biodiversity research and will develop tools required for biodiversity monitoring and for documentation and analysis of biodiversity changes especially in Central Europe, and to promote knowledge transfer.

Any candidate should have an excellent zoological background, knowledge in taxonomy and ecology of European fauna, in ecological statistics, in modern species monitoring technologies, and familiarity with distribution modeling along with a strong research and publication record in the field of species diversity, and an excellent understanding of the challenges in this area of research. They are successful in fundraising, including planning, organizing and managing research in national and international networks, and they are experienced in supervising and working with museum staff, students and volunteers. Candidates are committed to the conservation of biodiversity and are actively engaged in research relevant for species and habitat conservation. They are visionary and
able to provide strategic direction and strong leadership. A successful candidate is experienced in leading large research teams, formally qualified for a professorship, and able to participate in the institute’s self-governance.

The full job posting can be seen here. Deadline for applications is the 31st of March.


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