Information Technology Specialist (Data Mgt/Inet)

The position is located in the Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit, Midwest Area, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Ames, Iowa.
The mission of the organization is to apply bioinformatic methods to develop an understanding of genomic mechanisms controlling agronomically important traits in crop species. The primary purpose of the position is to serve as the Database Administrator for MaizeGDB (the next generation database of maize genome information) and implement the Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) on varied platforms (Linux and Windows operating systems), including the network connectivity to the data.
Major Duties may include, but are not limited to:
Works with other project staff in design and interface considerations, and manages several millions of database records.
Performs project presentations aimed at educating others on how to create direct connections to the MaizeGDB databases and on how to design and create new biological databases.
Recommends or implements appropriate changes, improvements or enhancements to software.
Develops new database applications and specific data mining solutions applications to meet the needs of the research Unit, maize researchers and geneticists.
Creates simple and advanced mechanisms for data interrogation that work side-by-side.
Optimizes code to speed the return of formatted results sets.
Improves clickstream to create direct accesses to data of interest to a user.
Makes database administration actions such as designing, creating, and populating relational databases with scientific datasets.
Travel Required
Occasional Travel
To attend scientific conferences
Relocation Authorized

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