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Digitization Technician

About the Job

College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) Entomology Department
Position Title: Digitization Technician Effort: 1.0
Approximate Date: March 1, 2024 - August 31, 2025 with possible extension 
Reporting To: Insect Collection Curator Robin Thomson
Classification #: Research Professional 1 (8352P1)
Pay Range: DOQ

Position and/or Unit Overview:

Housed within the Department of Entomology, the University of Minnesota Insect Collection is one of the largest university-affiliated insect collections in North America. Contributions to the collection began in 1879 with specimens of insects and spiders from the North Shore of Lake Superior. Over the past 140+ years, the collection's holdings have grown from a regional reference resource of approximately 3,000 specimens to a major national and international resource of over 4 million individual specimens, representing more than 53,000 described species of insects and related arthropods. The collection is an invaluable resource for students and researchers at the University of Minnesota, citizens across the state, and members of the entomological community both nationally and internationally.

We seek a full-time, in-person employee with the opportunity of flexible scheduling (including setting work hours that might differ from official business hours). This is a research technician position to assist in digitizing and data basing specimens for the University of Minnesota Insect Collection, specifically the 118,000+ bee specimens currently housed in the collection.

Data basing these specimens and making the data publicly available and accessible will help the University of Minnesota Insect Collection to become a central location and model for housing and maintaining pollinator data for conservation and other research purposes. The candidate will also work with the Department of Entomology’s Native Bee Lab to develop workflows. This position is funded by the University of Minnesota (UMN) College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) as recommended by the Pollinator Research & Outreach Grant Program.

This position will be responsible for developing a data basing workflow, incorporating data from multiple sources and formats, that will be used by additional data basing workers and volunteers. Additionally, this position will also involve the physical manipulation of specimens, digitization of specimens, transcribing metadata associated with specimen records, ensuring quality control, data upload into the database, oversight of undergraduate student workers and volunteers, and potentially participating in outreach events to educate the public on our work.

Major Areas of Accountability:

  • Data Management and Research (90%)
  • Develop workflow to be used for data basing and photographing specimens
  • Secure and efficient collection and documentation of data for upload into the University of Minnesota Insect Collection Specify database
  • Provide quality control checks on datasets
  • Oversee diverse undergraduate workers and volunteers in coordination with Curator
  • Outreach (10%)


Essential Qualifications

  • B.A. or B.Sc. degree in any field of natural science, social science or humanities, or a combination of related education and experience equal to at least four years.
  • Data Management Experience
  • English proficiency
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team
  • Close attention to detail 

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with biological collections, library collections, special collections, or museum records
  • Experience managing small numbers of employees and volunteers
  • Experience communicating with diverse public audiences
  • Experience working with academic institutions, state agencies, federal agencies, or museums
How To Apply:

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume and contact information for 3 references.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

For questions about the position, please contact Robin Thomson ([email protected]). 

Postdoctoral Research Associate

We do not have a postdoctoral research position open at this time. However, those interested please feel free to contact Dan with ideas and potential funding opportunities.

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