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Ragan, Mark Mark.Ragan at nrc.ca
Mon Nov 29 08:12:07 EST 1999


Two positions available IMMEDIATELY

Research Associateships in

Genomics / bioinformatics and computational biology

Institute for Marine Biosciences
National Research Council of Canada
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Starting salaries generally C$ 41K - 46K plus benefits
(depending on level of professional development)

(1) Bioinformatician - NRC genome program

One position in the high-profile Aeromonas salmonicida and
Staphylococcus aureus genome projects.  The successful
candidate will be responsible for bioinformatic analysis of
the Aeromonas and Staphylococcus genomes, for leading
the annotation of these genomes, and for coordination among
the microbiology, sequencing and bioinformatics groups.  
This is a responsible position that will offer rich opportunities
for developing and linking new types of analysis, for identifying
genes and proteins for further analysis, and for initiating group
and single-author publications.  A well-developed software
environment for genome annotation (MAGPIE) is already in
place and would not have to be developed de novo.  We intend
to support this position by hiring one additional technician or
programmer.

Required: candidates must meet requirements for Research
Associates in Canadian government laboratories.  PhD in a
relevant field (microbiology, genetics, molecular biology,
biochemistry, computer science, statistics).  Extensive and
substantial hands-on experience in the identification of genes 
and proteins using molecular-sequence databases and diverse
software tools.  Good interpersonal skills and ability to work
well in a highly interactive group.  In addition, knowledge of
bacterial metabolism and pathogenesis, and programming
skills (C, PERL, Java), would be significant assets.  

(2) Comparative genomics

A second position is available in comparative genomics, to
work in collaboration with Dr Mark Ragan in research
supported by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research,
Program in Evolutionary Biology.  The successful candidate
will implement and carry out computer-based analyses
involving large molecular-sequence data sets; construct
specialized molecular-sequence databases; link diverse
software tools; and implement sophisticated graphical tools
to visualise the results.

Required: candidates must meet requirements for Research
Associates in Canadian government laboratories.  PhD or
equivalent experience in a relevant field (computer science,
mathematics, statistics, genetics, molecular biology); good
knowledge of Unix operating systems; and extensive
experience in applications-oriented programming (C, PERL,
Java).  In addition, an appreciation of the structures of DNA
and proteins, and familiarity with molecular-sequence databases
(e.g., GenBank), would be significant assets.

This position can be re-described (with similar salary range
and benefits) for candidates who do not have a Ph.D. but who
otherwise meet all criteria.


For both positions please contact Mark Ragan

Tel   902-426-1674
Fax  902-426-9413
mark.ragan at nrc.ca <mailto:mark.ragan at nrc.ca> 

Applicants with a Ph.D. degree (or expecting to receive one
soon) are encouraged to submit your application on-line at
www.nrc.ca, but please also contact Dr Ragan.

These two positions are available IMMEDIATELY.

The greater Halifax metropolitan area, located on Canada's
Atlantic coast in the beautiful province of Nova Scotia, has a
population of about 325,000.  The city offers diverse educational,
business and cultural resources and a superb quality of life.
Opportunities abound in the biological and biomedical sciences,
computer software and services, and networking.  For more 
information, please link to www.halifaxinfo <http://www.halifaxinfo> .com
and to
www.greaterhalifax.com <http://www.greaterhalifax.com> .

Our Institute's own website is under extensive redevelopment
and should be back on-line in the very near future.





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