[Arabidopsis] plant ontology editor position: job opportunity

Pankaj Jaiswal pj37 at cornell.edu
Wed Jul 12 17:39:33 EST 2006

Postdoctoral Associate – 05677

Job Description


Gramene database (http://www.gramene.org), is seeking applicants for a 
full time position for a plant biology curator who will participate in 
the development and maintenance of structured vocabularies for 
describing plant morphology, anatomy, growth and development stages for 
its Plant Ontology Consortium (POC) project 
(http://www.plantontology.org).  These vocabularies (ontologies) are 
necessary to provide the backbone for describing phenotypes and gene 
expression patterns, and allow database users to perform a set of common 
queries or searches across different plant databases. The Plant Ontology 
Consortium is a collaboration among plant genome databases related to 
rice, Arabidopsis, maize, legumes, Solanaceae, etc.

The successful candidate will work with a team of curators, software 
engineers, and database developers at Gramene and collaborating database 
projects, such as TAIR (http://www.arabidopsis.org) and MaizeGDB 
(http://maizegdb.org); contribute to annotation of phenotypes, germplasm 
and gene products by using the vocabularies developed in the project; 
participate in development and application of methods to improve 
consistency and to enhance the quality of annotations; promote the use 
of ontologies in comparative genomics and biology through active 
participation in workshops, seminars and scientific meetings.


Successful candidate will have a Ph.D. degree and training in Plant 
Biology and related fields (e.g. Systematics, Development, Physiology), 
a demonstrated ability for independent, critical thinking and excellent 
communication and teamwork skills. The curator must be able to travel to 
and attend 2-3 national and international meetings per year. Familiarity 
with biological data mining, basic UNIX/Linux commands, spreadsheets, 
and commonly used biological research tools is desired. A working 
knowledge of SQL would be an asset but not required.  Qualified 
candidates should e-mail a cover letter and resume to Pankaj Jaiswal 
(pj37 at cornell.edu).

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