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Opportunity Alert: Graduate Research Assistant

The Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute (TUBRI) is a research center of Tulane’s School of Science and Engineering, located on the grounds of the F. Edward Hebert Research Center in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans. TUBRI houses the Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection and specializes in biodiversity discovery (primarily involving fishes) and biodiversity informatics research. Henry L. Bart, Jr., Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology serves as TUBRI Director and Yasin Bakış is Senior Manager of Biodiversity Informatics and Data Engineering for the center.

A Graduate Research Assistant is sought to assist with fish-related research of the newly funded, NSF Harnessing the Data Revolution Institute project entitled, Imageomics: A New Frontier of Biological Information Powered by Knowledge-Guided Machine Learning. The project involves using Machine-Learning methods to train neural networks to extract phenotypic trait data from images of fish specimens, aided by a fish anatomy ontology and trees depicting phylogenetic relationships among tested fish species.

The successful candidate will actively participate in the research and design a related original dissertation research project of their own to be conducted under the mentorship of Bart and Bakış


Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working knowledge of at least 2 of the following languages (one from each group)

{Java, C, C++, C#}, {Python, PHP, Perl}, {R, Bash, JavaScript}, {ORACLE SQL, MSSQL, PostgreSQL, MySQL}

Required Education and/or Experience

BSc in Biology, Computer Science, Information Sciences, or a related field

Should commit to complete PhD study in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) or Interdisciplinary EEB and Computer Science

Preferred Qualifications

MSc in Biology, Computer Science, Information Sciences or a related field

Working knowledge of Unix based operating systems

Prior experience in one of the following fields; Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Genetic Algorithms, Biodiversity Informatics, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Biomedical Informatics, Ecoinformatics or a related field (publications)

experience in Image Processing projects

experience in Artificial Intelligence/Neural Networks projects

experience in web-database applications

experience in Genetic Algorithms

Other requirement for the position

Admission the Ph.D. program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University

The position is open to international candidates

Should be able to travel internationally

Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Preferred Start Date: 1 January 2022

Salary: $30,000

Statement on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

To become a truly great university – defined by breakthrough discovery, world-class scholarship and transformative personal growth and enrichment – Tulane must be an equitable, diverse and inclusive community that welcomes and supports a diverse array of students, faculty and staff. We must foster an environment where each member of our academic family, particularly our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and other underrepresented members, are not only supported but are able to thrive. BIPOC persons and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

For additional information, including application instructions, please contact Henry Bart (

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