Metabolic pathway curator position available March 1, 2004
We are seeking applicants for a full-time position of a curator to annotate
metabolic pathways of plants, with an emphasis on secondary metabolism. This
project is a collaboration between Carnegie Institution and SRI
International, in which plant metabolic pathways are being curated into
MetaCyc, a comprehensive, experimentally verified metabolic pathway database
(http://www.metacyc.org/) and AraCyc, an Arabidopsis-specific metabolic
pathway database (http://www.arabidopsis.org/aracyc/).
The curator will be responsible for:
1. researching new plant metabolic pathways, enzymes, and transporters in
the scientific literature, and to evaluate, organize, and add that
information to the MetaCyc and AraCyc databases.
2. contributing to the development of standard operation procedures on
annotation methods and to the general development of MetaCyc and AraCyc such
as adding new data types, data integration, and web page enhancement.
3. communicating with researchers at meetings or via email to improve the
quality of the data, train researchers in using the tools at MetaCyc and
AraCyc, and supporting user questions.
The successful candidate will work with a team of curators, software
engineers, and database developers. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D.
degree or equivalent in biochemistry, a demonstrated ability for
independent, critical thinking and excellent communication and
Qualified candidates should email a resume to Peifen Zhang at:
peifenz at acoma.stanford.edu