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Request for Proposal: ILSI Crop Composition Database
ILSI Research Foundation
The International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Research Foundation is a non-profit organization that advances and disseminates science for public benefit. We convene scientists from public, private, and academic sectors to address scientific issues that are relevant to human health and environmental sustainability. The results of those discussions are disseminated through publication, capacity building, education, and stakeholder engagement.
The ILSI Crop Composition Database (ILSI-CCDB) is maintained by the ILSI Research Foundation. The ILSI-CCDB contains compositional data obtained from studies that assess similarities and differences of levels of important nutrients and anti-nutrients that are an essential part of the safety assessment of conventional crop varieties used as food and feed. The database can be accessed at https://cropcomposition.org.
The ILSI-CCDB was created in 2003 with the same look and feel that it has today. The database is used by government, academia, and industry to create reports on the over 1.4 million data points stored in the database. The ILSI Research Foundation’s partners have access to the database to upload new datapoints, and about 100,000 new data points are added every year.
The ILSI Research Foundation currently must rely on developers to edit data already in the database, make changes to the website, add fields, etc. The database’s limited functionality from an administrator’s standpoint makes it very difficult to make modifications quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively.
Additionally, users of the ILSI-CCDB have reported the following pain points related to the database’s usability:
- Session timeouts during multiple queries;
- Not user friendly;
- Outdated look;
- No available API;
- Inability to perform quick searches;
- Inability to refine searches from results;
- Inability to graphically display data based on a query; and
- Lack of choices for reports.
The ILSI Research Foundation is seeking a new developer to accomplish the following tasks:
- Update the look and feel of the website and database;
- Create a system that is flexible enough to accommodate the addition of new crop datasets (i.e., the ability to add additional fields without a domino effect);
- Modify the backend to allow the ILSI Research Foundation to make corrections to database values;
- Increase the speed of search queries and reduce the incidence of session timeouts;
- Make the interface more user friendly by adding the ability to conduct fast searches and then refine searches from the results;
- Add the ability to take a dataset and create pie/bar graphs;
- Hide any database values from the exported report that are not populated on search results;
- Provide weblink API’s for the ILSI Research Foundation’s partners so that third-party programs may be used to view the data;
- Provide ongoing support to the ILSI Research Foundation; and
- Make the platform more cost-effective (the ILSI Research Foundation currently spends $800/month for hosting).
Software Currently in Use
Oracle Linux, Oracle Standard Edition One, Java version 7, and Tomcat version 7 release 7.0.30
The ILSI Research Foundation would like to complete this project before September 2019.
After the development of the new ILSI-CCDB, the new developer needs to agree on a maintenance plan with the ILSI Research Foundation.
Submission of Proposals
The contact person for this project is Dr. Andrew Roberts, Deputy Executive Director, ILSI Research Foundation.
Proposals should be submitted via email to email@example.com.
Interested in joining our team?
The ILSI Research Foundation is a leading global organization that is committed to a work environment that:
- Encourages relationship building, knowledge sharing, and collaboration
- Drives change and improvement
- Invests in our staff
- Promotes a diverse workplace
- Thrives through work-life balance
View our job openings below or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Scientific Program Manager
Reporting to the Deputy Executive Director, ILSI Research Foundation, the Senior Scientific Program Manager (SSPM) contributes to the continued development and implementation of the ILSI Research Foundation’s applied research and capacity building programs related to the safety assessment of foods developed with advanced technologies, like biotechnology. The SSPM works closely with multiple internal and external partners to ensure that programs are science-focused, have broad participation from multiple sectors, and are directed toward concrete and achievable objectives. The position is in Washington, DC, and requires 30% domestic and international travel.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Develops and implements research programs that advance the science that informs the safety assessment of foods developed with advanced technologies, like biotechnology. This includes organizing and convening multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary expert working groups, preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication, and representing the ILSI Research Foundation at conferences and other scientific convenings.
- Helps guide knowledge dissemination, outreach and capacity building programs internationally, including technical workshops, symposia, and conferences that facilitate information sharing, dialogue, and harmonization of assessment methodologies and practices.
- Promotes partnerships between the ILSI Research Foundation and academic, governmental, non-governmental and private sector institutions and organizations to further the foundation’s work.
- Helps ensure that programs are impactful by ensuring that appropriate monitoring and evaluation mechanisms are in place.
QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- Doctoral degree (Ph.D. or M.D.) in a food/feed safety related scientific discipline such as: food technology, microbiology or biochemistry; toxicology; human and/or animal nutrition, or other related areas.
- 10+ years of work experience after completion of Ph.D. in professional positions that are directly relevant to the safety assessment of foods and feeds derived from genetically engineered plants, or other advanced technologies.
- Proven experience in management and implementation of donor-funded projects involving technical capacity building.
- Excellent English-language oral and written communication skills, including presentation experience to high-level scientific and policy audiences, and publication in peer reviewed journals.
- Professional and diplomatic demeanor and conduct, and proven ability to work sensitively and effectively across cultures.
- Strong analytical and conceptual skills, and the ability to think and plan strategically,
- Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks, and balance competing priorities within a required timeframe.
- Strong group facilitation skills.
- Advanced experience with Microsoft Office applications.
Individuals interested in applying for this position should send their resume and cover letter to Careers@ilsi.org.