[Maize] [Fwd: plant ontology editor position: job opportunity]

Pankaj Jaiswal pj37 at cornell.edu
Wed Jul 12 18:13:08 EST 2006



Postdoctoral Associate – 05677


Job Description
		

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.

Qualifications

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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