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[Maize] Plant Reactome pathway curator job opening

Pankaj Jaiswal (OSU) via maize%40net.bio.net (by jaiswalp from science.oregonstate.edu)
Wed Mar 4 15:24:38 EST 2015

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Pankaj Jaiswal

Position description:


Pathway database called Plant Reactome 
(http://plantreactome.gramene.org) has an immediate opening for a 
full-time biocurator to annotate plant metabolic, signaling and 
regulatory pathways. The successful candidate will be a recent PhD 
(within 0-5 years) in one or more areas of biochemistry, molecular 
biology, gene regulation, plant biology, epigenetics, bioinformatics, 
gene expression and related fields including the use of NGS technology. 
The curator will be responsible for (1) curation of the plant pathway 
and networks, associated small molecules (compounds) and gene products 
and their function by exploring the scientific literature and developing 
computationally driven methods; (2) contributing to the development of 
standard operation procedures on project specific and community-wide 
plant pathway annotation methods, (3) development and improvement of the 
database content and user interfaces for the online portal and (4) 
participating in communicating with researchers at meetings and 
workshops or via electronic media to improve the quality of database 
content, train database user groups involving researchers and students, 
and address user feedback queries.

The successful candidate will work with a team of curators, software 
engineers, and database developers. The candidates must demonstrate 
ability for independent, critical thinking, excellent communication and 
teamwork skills and meticulous work ethic. Candidates must have 
excellent publication record from their prior work and show strong 
interest and knowledge in biochemistry, molecular biology, gene 
regulation and bioinformatics. Knowledge of bioinformatics, software 
programming, management and analysis of large genomics datasets 
including those generated by NGS for genome and transcriptome 
sequencing, wet lab experience in a plant biology lab, biochemistry and 
plant anatomy are a plus. Familiarity with spreadsheets, literature 
databases, basic UNIX commands, and commonly-used biological research 
tools is desired. A working knowledge of Perl and/or SQL will be 
considered an asset but is not required. Excellent English, written and 
oral, and interpersonal communication skills are essential. Must be 
willing to travel for presentations at national and international 
meetings, and able to function as a communicative, pragmatic, and member 
of a research team with diverse expertise and perspectives.

How to Apply / Contact

Interested candidates should submit the following documents to 
jaiswalp from oregonstate.edu. If shortlisted, the candidate must be 
available for an online interview, and/or willing to travel for an 
onsite interview on short notice.

     - A cover letter citing your experience and interest in the position
     - Curriculum vitae
     - Your current and future research interests
     - Names and full contact information of three references. One of 
your references should be your current major supervisor.

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