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Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Comparative Plant Genomics and Bioinformatics

The Computational Plant Genomics Lab invites applications for a Postdoctoral position in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. We focus on developing computational approaches that integrate next generation sequence data to address questions in non-model plants, particularly forest trees. The lab has the following ongoing projects: 1) Understanding the evolution of alternative translation initiation using RNA-seq data 2) Integrating new and existing approaches to gene prediction to improve the annotation of complex genomes 3) Analysis of gene family evolution and related comparative genomics questions 4) Detecting variation in populations from GBS and related sequence data.

Qualifications:

  • PhD in Genetics, Plant Genetics, Evolutionary Biology, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, or other related field.
  • Track record of publications in comparative genomics.
  • Programming skills in Python, Perl, Java, C++, R or other language.
  • Experience with Linux and high performance computing environments.
  • Demonstrated ability in developing/applying statistical or machine learning methods in computational biology.
  • Experience in genome scale data analysis including RNA-Seq data, genome annotation, biological sequence analysis or other relevant computational genomics experience.
  • Highly motivated for interdisciplinary research, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work independently as well as within a research group.

Interested applicants should send their C.V., 2-3 page research statement, available start date, and contact information for three references to: jill.wegrzyn@uconn.edu.  Applications that do not contain all materials will not be considered.

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar: Comparative Plant Genomics and Bioinformatics
Location: University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA
Start Date: ASAP
Duration: Full-time. Initial appointment is one year, with possible extension.

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Postdoctoral Researcher: Forest Genomics Database and Software Developer

The Plant Computational Genomics laboratory at University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT) has an opening for a database and software developer position as part of a collaborative project involving researchers from around the world. This person will take a lead role in the continued development of the TreeGenes genomics database and the CartograTree application (treegenesdb.org and cartogratree.org). These web-based resources serve vast amounts of genomic, phenotypic, and environmental data to our diverse user community. In specific, the CartograTree application provides a portal for association genetics studies of georeferenced forest trees through the implementation of web services and high performance computing resources available through the iPlant/Cyverse project (http://www.cyverse.org/). In addition, we are committed to developing mechanisms for data sharing among partner databases through Galaxy modules, the Tripal platform (http://www.tripal.info/), the GMOD project, and custom analysis/visualization platforms.

The successful candidate will work as part of a small interdisciplinary team of bioinformaticians and data curators. Tasks will include development of the existing database, developing connections to collaborating databases, improving the user experience (interface development) and implementation of novel analysis and visualization tools for comparative genomics. The Postdoctoral Scholar will be provided with training opportunities and will attend conferences to present/train users on these new tools. In addition, publications on innovative software solutions will result from this work.

The qualified applicant will have a PhD degree in Bioinformatics, Information Systems, Computer Science, or a related field. Biology/Bioinformatics experience is essential as well as previous experience with web/database development. The applicant should have strong knowledge of Java and JavaScript (jQuery). Experience with Linux/Unix, scripting languages (Python), and relational databases.

Interested applicants, Please send the following THREE documents: cover letter, research statement, and CV to: Jill Wegrzyn at jill.wegrzyn@uconn.edu 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar: Forest Genomics Database and Software Developer
Location: University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA
Start Date: ASAP
Duration: Full-time