Postdoctoral Opportunity: Semantic Reasoning for Biological Phenotypes

July 28, 2011

We seek a postdoctoral researcher in computational biology for Phenoscape.  This person will contribute to two important research strands within the project:

  1. Development of computational and statistical methodology for measuring semantic similarity between sets of phenotypes, in order to support searches within extremely large phenotype datasets.
  2. Development and testing of methods for automatically generating ontologically based phenotype expressions from structured excerpts of natural language.

The position is based in the informatics group at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), and will be administered through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) under the supervision of Hilmar Lapp at NESCent and Dr. Todd Vision at UNC-CH.   The research will be in collaboration with Dr. Chris Mungall at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Dr. Hong Cui at the University of Arizona.  The project also includes biologists and bioinformaticists from the University of South Dakota, the University of Chicago, the University of Kansas, in addition to the model organism databases for mouse (MGD), zebrafish (ZFIN), and Xenopus (Xenbase).

Applicants should have a PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology or a related field. Prior experience with machine reasoning using ontologies is strongly preferred. The position is for two years, pending satisfactory performance and availability of funds.  To apply, please provide a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references.  Inquiries and applications may be sent to Hilmar Lapp at hlapp@nescent.org.  The post is open immediately and will remain open until filled.


Postdoctoral opportunity: The genetics and evolution of anatomical diversity in fishes

June 16, 2009

An NSF-funded postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Monte Westerfield (University of Oregon, Institute of Neuroscience) to study experimentally candidate genes for the diversification of skeletal architecture in fish species related to zebrafish.

The position is available through the Phenoscape project, a collaboration among evolutionary and model organism biologists (including Paula Mabee of the University of South Dakota, Monte Westerfield of the Zebrafish Information Network, and Todd Vision of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center). Read the rest of this entry »


Summer Training Opportunities

February 1, 2009

We are offering summer traineeships for graduate students and postdocs interested in gaining expertise in informatics and the application of ontologies to evolutionary, anatomical, developmental, and genetic data.

Opportunities are available to work as part of the Phenoscape team on data curation or open source software/database development. Participants would be located at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center or the University of South Dakota. Stipends of $5,000 will be given to participants to cover travel, room and board for 10-12 weeks. Read the rest of this entry »


Summer internship opportunities available

February 1, 2008

We have summer internship funding for graduate students and postdocs interested in gaining expertise in informatics and the application of ontologies to evolutionary, anatomical, developmental, and genetic data. See details on the NESCent employment page.