Data Manager

Would you like to sharpen your skills in data science and analysis? Want to contribute to understanding the world’s biodiversity? If so, we want you to join our team!

The Barcode of Life Datasystem (BOLD) is a web platform supporting genomic research at a global scale. BOLD furthers conservation and biodiversity science by allowing researchers anywhere to share and analyze high-dimensional genetic and ecological data. You will engage with the DNA barcoding community by helping scientists upload, analyze and curate the data of nearly 300 000 species of plants, animals and fungi. This will include helping initiate the Planetary Biodiversity Mission (, an ambitious project to catalog biodiversity, detect invasive species, pests and track how climate change is affecting the global ecosystem.

We are seeking a data manager to add to our diverse and inclusive team at BOLD. You’ll have the opportunity to support researchers with data validation, submission, and data analysis on the BOLD and related services, such as our recently developed online meta-barcoding analysis platform mBRAVE. We want people interested in helping the academic community conserve and catalog our diverse and threatened natural world, but also those who want to help create new data products which take advantage of the world-class talent and infrastructure found at BOLD.


  • Process and validate large data sets submitted from the international barcoding community
  • Communicate with members of the academic research community about data management processes and policies, support training initiatives and workshops
  • Support users of our web-based services in a timely and informative fashion
  • Database curation – resolving taxonomic and geographic inconsistencies
  • Literature-mining, database-mining, data analysis, report preparation, and other data-oriented projects
  • Generate documentation and collect Key Performance Indicators to help improve processes over time


  • Bachelors degree in Biology preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Good judgement, decision-making, organizational and analytical skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Time management and problem-solving skills
  • High performance mind-set, with the ability to work in a team-oriented environment with multiple competing priorities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel, is required


  • Master of Science degree in biology, molecular biology, bioinformatics or a related field
  • Familiarity with statistical analyses and software (R, SAS, etc.)
  • Familiarity with taxonomic concepts, field collection experience and/or DNA barcoding and molecular biology, including next-generation/third generation sequencing technology
  • Experience with SQL and Microsoft Access
  • Experience in a customer service role
  • Strong documentation skills

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

Posting Date: 2018 06 29

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Our preference would be candidates who are currently residents of Guelph/Kitchener/Waterloo Region or those who would quickly relocate here. If you would like to join our friendly and diverse work environment, please send your resume to: