Knowledge and Data Curation Specialist, Part-time position

Posted to IASSIST on: 2014-11-24

Employer: Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences International Program

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[T]{.text}he Cornell Alliance for Science (CAS) is a global agricultural communications platform in CALS International Program (IP-CALS) that promotes evidence-based decision making and aims to improve understanding and acceptance of agricultural technologies in both public and political sectors.  Supported by a $5.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Cornell Alliance for Science will help inform decision-makers and consumers through an online information portal and training programs to help researchers and stakeholders effectively communicate the potential impacts of agricultural technology and how such technology works.

Contribute to the strategic planning, execution, and maintenance of effective communication and knowledge efforts for CAS and lead the knowledge management efforts.  Gather and disseminate in strategic and innovative ways information on issues relating to CAS and biotechnology to a variety of stakeholder groups.  Use science-based information to empower a cadre of global communicators to contribute to a rational, science-based debate on biotechnology in Africa, East and South Asia, the US and Europe by discovering, compiling, editing and advising on the knowledge base within the project web presence which includes scientific, institutional, and policy information in addition to information on research personnel, capabilities, projects, global inventories of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other international advocacy groups.  Develop and manage new databases and datasets.  Use a self-guided interest in contemporary web tools that facilitate communication leading to partnerships and coordinated action as well as global dissemination of evidence-based information.  Assist with depolarizing the controversies around biotechnology and build a global agricultural science consortium so that smallholder farmers have access to new technologies by leading efforts to develop and maintain a comprehensive web-based information system that will facilitate growth and outputs of varied communities of practices.  Provide the project and global community as a whole with access to comprehensive, historical and up-to-date knowledge relevant to CAS goals.

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  • Bachelor’s degree; more than 3 but less than 5 years experience or equivalent. Experience working knowledge and information management. Investigative nature with drive to assimilate new information.  She or he will be highly analytical and will have a drive and the skills to be investigative.  Proven ability to grasp a broad range of scientific content and synthesize it for multiple, highly attuned user groups. Proven ability to multi-task and manage large amounts of documentation. Skills in computer technology, especially databases, website development, and graphic design software desirable. Familiarity with collaborative modern web tools for facilitating communication and coordination. Proven abilities in technical writing/editing. Proven ability to contribute to multi-institutional, international research programs with multiple stakeholders. Skills in computer technology, especially web authoring and multimedia development and production. Knowledge of or interest in the international agricultural research community. International experience and proven ability to work in developing country circumstances preferred; superior communications, computing, and organizational skills; knowledge of foreign languages desirable. Exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University. Must be personable, flexible, possess excellent organizational, written, and oral communication skills, and take pride in their work. Demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships with diverse students, faculty, and staff. Ability to create an inclusive, high-quality and respectful work environment both in a team setting and independently to achieve department and university goals. Willing to travel internationally.


  • Degree in information science or a related field. Familiarity or desire to become familiar with Drupal preferred. Experience working with databases preferred. Knowledge of Intellectual property and copyright issues.

Archived on: 2014-11-25